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Top 4 Mattresses For Tiny House Sleeping Lofts & Other Small Spaces

If you’re deciding to live in a tiny house with an upstairs sleeping loft then this article is just for you.

It’s going to be quite the challenge to get a traditional mattress up there, so you have to look for alternatives.

Fortunately there are a few workable mattresses you can choose from:

  • Memory foam mattresses
  • Futon mattresses
  • Air mattresses

They all have different price points and features, as you’ll learn right now.

Meg and Joe's Tiny House Tour and Spacious Sleeping Loft
Photo Courtesy of Meg & Joe’s Tiny House

So here are the top 7 mattresses for tiny house sleeping lofts.

1. Six Inch Memory Foam Mattress

6 Inch Memory Foam Mattress for Tiny House Sleeping Loft

This 6 inch memory foam mattress is from Best Price Mattress and has some pretty good ratings/reviews on Amazon.

2. Six Inch Coil Futon Mattress

6 Inch Futon Mattress for Tiny House Sleeping Loft

This 6 inch coil futon mattress is from Signature Sleep and also has some good reviews/ratings on Amazon.

3. Premiere Futon Mattress

Premier Futon Mattress

This futon mattress is 7 inches thick made by Premier and also has excellent ratings/reviews on Amazon.

4. 8 Inch Memory Foam Mattress

8 Inch Memory Foam Mattress

This 8 inch memory foam mattress from Sleep Innovations is available in a bunch of different sizes and has great ratings/reviews on Amazon.

Which one would you go with? Do you have any suggestions? Please share your thoughts in the comments. Which one did you like the best?

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  • Deek March 7, 2012, 9:43 am

    Some cool options. Air Mattresses are the easiest to haul in and out of the loft single-handedly- you can deflate and inflate them when needed (when in place)….for those single dwellers who might have trouble finding helpers to lug a real mattress up topside…
    good post..

    • Alex March 7, 2012, 11:00 am

      Thanks Deek. I agree, I just find those the least comfortable so I decided to leave ’em out, lol. They’re great for a few temporary nights though for sure.

      • jamesskaar April 3, 2012, 12:39 pm

        perhaps inflatable, with 2″ foam on top…

    • Dianne September 27, 2012, 8:36 am

      I would think that an airframe waterbed would also be a good option, you can use it directly on the floor without a base, it lasts considerably longer than memory foam with proper care, can also be used with a waterbed heater if need be…

    • jerryd May 31, 2014, 7:52 pm

      I agree with you Deek, air is the way to go especially in the south.

      It’s also much kinder to my bones and doesn’t sag after a while if you use it a lot like in tiny homes.

      I need 24” ones and the heavy Coleman version works well though rarely in stock.

      Though I’d like to get one with multiple replaceable tubes but they want too much for now. Or just the tubes and make my own holder.

  • susan g March 7, 2012, 11:56 am

    IKEA has affordable and extremely comfortable mattresses

    • Alex March 7, 2012, 1:09 pm

      Thanks Susan, didn’t think of that.

  • Raindog March 7, 2012, 12:04 pm

    I think you need to add Latex to your list. Far more comfortable than memory foam, cooler in a warm climate, hypo-allergenic. The most comfortable mattress I have ever slept on.

    • Alex March 8, 2012, 10:21 am

      Thanks Raindog, checking it out now.. Something like this? This one’s just a mattress topper though.


    • Susie M June 13, 2013, 4:27 am

      An increasing number of us are becoming allergic to latex, it starts with a contact allergy, but can switch to airborne with no warning. I think it is one of the more dangerous allergies out there because of this. Should I ever come into contact with latex gloves for example, my hands are covered with tiny blisters within minutes….. I dread the day it becomes airborne – there will be so many places I will have to avoid. I can’t go anywhere near balloons at parties as it is, and am terrified of someone popping one near me – that could have drastic results – but I’m not going to live my life in a bubble. Just saying….

  • sesameB March 7, 2012, 1:36 pm

    nice. I just ordered’ The Earthing Mattress’!

    • Alex March 8, 2012, 10:24 am

      Cool! Tried to look for that one, but couldn’t find it.

  • Laura M. LaVoie March 7, 2012, 1:59 pm

    We spent a lot of time thinking abuot our bed options. We finally settled on a futon mattress. I don’t remember the actual brand or style, but it is similar to the Premier futon you posted above. I find it extremely comfortable.

    • Alex March 8, 2012, 10:20 am

      Thanks, Laura! Glad that worked out for you.

  • Peter March 8, 2012, 8:43 am

    Can someone tell me why you couldn’t use a normal mattress? I understand it would be sans boxspring… but other than that, is there something I’m missing about putting a normal mattress up in a loft?

    • Alex March 8, 2012, 10:19 am

      It depends on how you build it but some designs make it nearly impossible to get a normal queen/king mattress up there unless you put it in there before finishing construction. But if you leave it all open then you could. So yeah, just depends.

      • Peter March 8, 2012, 10:21 am

        ah… I getcha. So, the common theme with these mattresses is that they squish well.

        • Alex March 8, 2012, 6:57 pm

          Yup, you got it. Thanks for the comments.

    • Lisa Marie June 1, 2014, 12:29 am

      Normal mattresses have a tendency, over time, to get flat(er) at the spot that is used the most. I put a regular, plain old queen mattress in my bus conversion on a plywood platform, and it is starting to flatten out where I climb into bed every night (or afternoon, such as the mood may strike me – one benefit of living off grid is that I can take a nap whenever I want!). Good news is that I don’t sleep right up to the edge of the bed, so no biggie. Big question I have is this: how do you replace the big ones after you build around them?MMMmmmm?

  • Troy March 8, 2012, 10:26 am

    All of these options seem a bit bulky. After living in both Japan and Korea, I prefer their bed mats which come in widths measuring from 2 inches thick to 8 inches thick. The advantage to these matresses are that they are very colorful and decorative and can be folded up and put away just in case the kids come over to play. Sorry I cannot attach any pictures here.

  • Greg Cantori March 8, 2012, 6:48 pm

    Even before our tiny home and boat we used a top of the line Futon mattress and have for over 25 years now – we like the thicker ones with individually wrapped coils. Super quiet, light, foldable and cozy!

    • Alex March 8, 2012, 6:59 pm

      Thanks Greg! Glad we got your input.

  • Troy April 4, 2012, 8:28 am

    For hot summers, Korea offers a air mattress that actually is a constant fan that inflats the mattress. It is very quiet and keeps the whole room cool. The downside is that you have to have it plugged into the wall. I will try to locate the website and post it here, if you are interested.

    • Alex April 13, 2012, 11:15 am

      Thanks, Troy, sure- I’d love to check it out if you find the link.

  • Logan April 13, 2012, 10:50 am

    Tammy and I use a wool stuffed futon matteress from rock soft futon here in Portland with a two inch memory foam topper. One thing to keep in mind is you need a little frame underneath that allows airflow. We discovered mold on the bottom of our matteress before we started using a tiny frame. Dee mentioned she has never had this problem and I’m sure if you live in an arid climate it would Not be an issue, but for two people living in the Pacific NW, a frame is a must! 🙂

    • Alex April 13, 2012, 11:13 am

      I looked on Amazon and found a wool futon mattress (link below). I’ve never tried one. Great advice on preventing mold, too, thanks Logan!


    • Lisa Marie June 1, 2014, 12:36 am

      Hey Logan! I am from Portland, and have slept on the very mattress you are speaking of, from Rock Soft! (Though this one had no topper). I agree, it was awesome – comfortable without being too firm (and you can choose your firmness prefs), and the organic bit really made it cool to sleep on, even on the hottest summer night. And Portland does get them, every once in a while! Thanks for mentioning the frame bit – even an inch or so off the ground will prevent mold, which is a pain to find and even worse to get rid of. Wonder if there is a way of keeping the underside dust free, then… My other dreaded allergy! I am seeing a frame wrapped in muslin. Lets air flow, but not dust so much?

      • Kathy March 14, 2015, 10:23 am

        After researching, I found the mold is from body sweat. We put a plastic cover on our foam mattress to solve the problem.

    • Kelly June 8, 2017, 3:13 pm

      What did you use for your frame that didnt take up too much room? We also live in the valley and I have bad enough allergies without the threat of mold

  • Melissa April 14, 2012, 10:10 am

    Great post Alex! My mission is to build my tiny (ish) house (420 sq ft) With little to no Man made fibres. The wool looks comfy. Bet if you put a feather mattress on top you would never want to get up:) I’ve used feather on top of a convention mattress and it was grand!!

    • Alex October 13, 2012, 12:41 pm

      Thanks Melissa! Let us know how it goes!

  • Brian Dache October 12, 2012, 4:29 am

    I use 6″, thought that’s the thickest. but 8″ memory foam mattress!! That’s what i am going to love it.

  • Rocky Mountain Tiny Houses August 22, 2013, 11:28 am

    You left off what I would consider to be the absolute best option, the tried and true sheepskin. They provide all the cushion you need, lay very flat, are lightweight, are natural and hypo allergenic, keep you warm in winter, cool in summer, do not hold odor, require very little washing, feel amazing, and look cool! I bought a 4 pelt skin (about the size of a double mattress) at Overland Traders, but there are several other places you can buy them, including Amazon.

    • Lisa Marie June 1, 2014, 1:00 am

      Hey! I went and checked out the whole sheepskin thing, and it looks cool (though I would have to build a couple of mental bridges to get over the dead critters and price point – doable, just may take a couple of hours of persuasion). Question: you sleep on JUST the rug? Nothing under it? Do you generally prefer a pretty firm sleeping surface? Asking as I *think* I could do it, but wonder about my partner. You know, us spoiled Americans and our ruined spines. Maybe in combination with a foam pad? Thanks for your input!

  • TERI May 31, 2014, 7:41 pm

    I’m still a year away from my Tiny House, but whenever I need to replace something I buy it “tiny”. It was time for a new mattress and I bought a Sleep Number bed (just the mattress, not the platform). It’s lightweight; in the showroom I lifted it with 2 fingers. The price is comparable to the other big name brands. I love it for my bad back, but the best surprise is when it was delivered by UPS… in a smallish square box! The whole mattress is in bits and pieces, easily put together into a perfect loft mattress!!!! Check out them out for the comfort, but the secret is in the assembly (which is not disclosed on the website). http://www.sleepnumber.com

  • Bobby May 31, 2014, 8:22 pm

    I went to China with an arm injury that also caused pain in my neck.
    I was there 6 months and purchased a sleeping mat double bed size
    that almost fit perfectly inside my Mosquito net pop up tent. It was made
    from chips of bamboo about 1 inch x 1.5 inches and maybe 5/16ths inch thick.
    its finished size was 150mm x 200mm. I had under it kids alphabet foam tiles.
    I realized one day that my back, neck and arm were no longer hurting. I also had a bamboo pillow of similar construction. The mat in China cost me $30 but here in the USA they want $130. The tent cost me $30 also. I still use the tent which came in wonderful during my 6 months in India but now it is getting a bit frayed after being put up and taken down everyday in India. In India they had poly mats instead of bamboo mats and folks liked them. I imagine that they are made of plastic bags, I would love to have a mat like the one I had in China but am too cheap to pay the $$$. I left mine behind as it was heavy and bulky and I had many miles to walk between airports and destinations. I am sure someone is enjoying it still. the bamboo chips were tied together with nylon fish line which went through holes drilled through the bamboo chips … must be tedious work.
    Bobby Ray in SO Cal where this week we are celebrating the Temecula Balloon and Wine festival.

  • Ella June 1, 2014, 12:15 am

    I have a wonderf futon that is made only of layered wool and cotton, from a company out of Montana called Small Wonders Futons. Super comfortable, affordable, and great for those of us who can’t/ don’t want to deal with foam 🙂

  • Odas June 1, 2014, 8:39 am

    I use the select comfort in my home. I don’t have a tiny home yet. Since the select comfort is an air mattress but is also covered with a mattress pillow top, I would think it would be the best way to go. It’s light and you can adjust the firmness for both you and your partner.

  • Martha June 1, 2014, 4:56 pm

    McCrosky’s in San Francisco is a family-owned business that makes hand-built mattresses that are wonderfully comfortable, very long-lasting and, because of the way the coils are constructed or packed, the mattresses are ultra-flexible – could solve a lot of problems re difficult accessibility. They ship all over the world.

  • Barbara S June 3, 2014, 12:28 pm

    I actually currently sell mattresses….my suggestion would be to use a BeautyRest Comfor-Pedic…..the mattress is made to breath….made with air chambers…memory foam absorbs your body heat, and would be very hot to sleep on in the summer…If you want to invest in a High end bed..then of course the Tempur-pedic Breeze Collection is for you…..Very cool to the touch! The Breeze Mattresses only absorb 4 – 5 degrees.
    has any one discussed needing a dehumidifier in the Tiny Homes to prevent mustyness?

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