Top 8 Mattresses for Bunk Beds – Reviews and Buying Guide

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There is nothing more important than a good night’s sleep. Getting enough rest sets you up for a good day. As important as this is for adults, it’s even more important for kids. This is true whether they sleep in a traditional bed or a bunk bed. Of course, the type of bed you have greatly affects the type of mattress you need. If you have a bunk bed, you’ll want to make sure that you find the best mattress for bunk beds, so that your little ones can get the rest they need.

Now, while it might seem straightforward to find a good mattress, that isn’t always the case. This is due to the ever-changing technological advances that companies continue to make in their manufacturing process. It can be quite dizzying to find the right mattress for your needs. Luckily, we have put together a comprehensive list of the eight top bunk bed mattresses available today. We took the time to compare all of the different mattresses on the market based on the reviews of satisfied customers, expert recommendations, and verified facts. This process has allowed us to find the best of the best mattresses for bunk beds out there so that you don’t have to spend much time.

Top 8 Mattresses for Bunk Beds Review 2018

Below, you’ll find a table that highlights our picks, as well as in-depth reviews of the mattresses we selected. You should also make sure to take the time to read our Buying Guide to find out all you need to know about the different features and considerations that are required to get the best bunk bed mattress for your needs.

Name and Features Image Rating Price
1. LinenSpa 8″ Memory Foam and Innerspring Hybrid Mattress (Editor’s Choice)
Soft, yet supportive hybrid mattress with tempered steel coils and memory foam layers with a perfect size for bunk beds and a fabric topper for added durability, top-rated by customers and perfect for children, CertiPUR-US certified
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2. Signature Sleep Contour 8 Inch Reversible Coil Mattress (Runner-up)
Firm reversible mattress with independently encased springs for superb support and foam layers on both sides, very durable and perfectly sized for bunk beds, CertiPUR-US certified
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3. Olee Sleep 10 Inch Gel Infused Innerspring Mattress (Best for Cooling)
Medium firm mattress with a 5-inch coil layer, foam layers, and 1-inch gel foam for cooling, durable thanks to high-quality materials, CertiPUR-US certified
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4. Zinus 6 Inch Spring Twin Mattress (2-pack Ideal for Bunk Beds)
You get 2 extra firm 6-inch mattresses in a pack, with traditional innerspring base covered with a thin layer of foam, CertiPUR-US certified
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5. My Green Mattress’s Pure Eco (Best Eco-Friendly)
Medium-firm 9.75-inch mattress with a 3-zone coil spring system covered by specially designed GOTS certified organic cotton layers, ideal for those suffering from allergies
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6. LUCID 5 Inch Gel Memory Foam Mattress (Slimmest Mattress Available)
The thinnest 5-inch mattress, firm, composed of 4-inch high-density support foam and -inch gel memory foam, lightweight, CertiPUR-US certified, 25-year warranty
LUCID-1
7. Home Life Euro Top Harmony 8 Inch Mattress (Budget Pick)
Very affordable medium firm 8-inch mattress with a pocket coil spring base and 2 foam layers on top, Green Foam certified
HomeLife-1
8. LINENSPA 6 Inch Innerspring Mattress (Most Durable)
Firm 6-inch mattress with tempered steel coils and a foam layer, surprisingly durable, CertiPUR-US certified
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Top 8 Mattresses for Bunk Beds – Reviews and Buying Guide
Features
  • Tempered steel coils + felt pad + foam comfort layer + quilted memory foam
  • Firmness: medium-firm
  • CertiPUR-US certified
  • 10-year warranty

OVERALL RATING: 10 out of 10

LinenSpa8

This medium-firm feeling mattress is perfectly ideal for use on a bunk bed. It is 8 inches thick, making it just the right size to stay put and keep the user at the right height, which is super important when you have a little one high up on a top bunk.

This is a hybrid mattress, which combines soft and cozy memory foam on the top, with a more traditional innerspring system in the middle. When combined, these two systems provide a comfortable and supportive sleep experience that is tough to beat.

The memory foam on the top is encased in a soft, knit fabric cover, which will help to keep the memory foam from wearing out too quickly. The only problem with this, however, is that this makes the mattress a bit less breathable and therefore a bit warmer than some others that are available for purchase.

PROS:
  • Soft, yet supportive hybrid mattress
  • Perfect size for a bunk bed
  • Fabric topper for added durability

CONS:
  • Fabric topper might cut down on breathability

Features
  • Independently encased coil system + 1.6-inch layers of memory foam on the top and bottom; two-sided construction extends the life of the mattress
  • Firmness: firm
  • CertiPUR-US certified
  • 1-year warranty

OVERALL RATING: 9.7 out of 10

SignatureSleep

While the first mattress on this list is, without a doubt, our number one, tip-top, absolute favorite, this one is a close second. You can only get it at one firmness setting, which is firm. So if you, or your child, really need a stiffer mattress, then look no further than this one right here!

It is an 8-inch thick mattress, which makes it ideal for use in bunk beds. It is constructed of three different layers. On the top and the bottom are memory foam for coolness and comfort, and in the middle are independently encased springs for support.

This design makes this one of the most durable mattresses out there. Why, you ask? To put it simply, it’s because you can flip the whole thing over and sleep on either side! This helps to reduce the wear and tear that the mattress is put through on a daily basis, and instead allows you to spread that same punishment out over many years.

PROS:
  • Can be flipped for added durability
  • Perfect size for bunk beds
  • Independently encased springs for superb support

CONS:
  • Only 1-year warranty

Features
  • 5-inch coil layer + 2 high-density foam layers + 1-inch cool gel foam + 1.5-inch soft foam layer
  • Firmness: medium firm
  • CertiPUR-US certified
  • 10-year warranty

OVERALL RATING: 9.5 out of 10

OleeSleep

Olee Sleep 10 Inch Gel Infused Innerspring Mattress is a hybrid mattress, since it has both gel foam and innerspring support systems. These two systems are combined perfectly to provide a solid, yet comfortable medium-firm mattress that would be great for kids and adults alike.

Another great feature of this mattress is how cool it will keep the sleeper. The gel memory foam, which is embedded in the mattress near the top, allows for such a high level of breathability that you’ll hardly even notice that you’re against anything. Instead, you will simply be left with a cool and refreshing night’s rest.

Also, this mattress can rest on whatever you’ll place it: box spring, platform, or slats. It’s a good mattress for the price, and many customers noticed that it’s really comfortable. The 10-year warranty is another pleasant bonus.

You can also allow your children to sleep on this mattress comfortably, knowing that it has been thoroughly tested and has received both the CertiPUR-US and OEKO-TEX certifications. These two institutions have completely vetted this mattress, and have affirmed it to be both safe for use and absent of harmful substances or allergens.

PROS:
  • Nationally recognized certifications
  • High-quality materials
  • Durable
  • Cool all night

CONS:
  • Can be too high, so check out your bed measurements

Features
  • Traditional innerspring covered with thin layer of foam
  • Firmness: extra firm
  • CertiPUR-US certified
  • 10-year warranty
  • Comes in a set of two mattresses

OVERALL RATING: 9.0 out of 10

Zinus

This set of mattresses (that’s right, it’s a set of two!) is a tremendous value. For basically the price of one mattress, you can have your whole bunk bed system covered with this purchase. Of course, you should make sure that the extra-firm firmness level is the right fit for your kids, or they might have a tough time getting enough rest.

The reason that these mattresses are so firm is easy to see. They are some of the thinnest mattresses out there, measuring a quite skinny 6 inches thick to fit in a bunk bed easily. The reason that they are so thin (and therefore so firm) is that they only have a thin layer of foam that covers their inner springs. While this thickness is ideal for use with bunk beds, the lack of padding might not be.

Since they are missing out on a good deal of padding that other mattresses have, you could expect that these mattresses might wear out relatively quickly. Luckily, if that should happen, they are covered by a ten-year warranty.

PROS:
  • Two pack
  • Ten-year warranty
  • Ideal thickness for bunk bed

CONS:
  • Lack of padding might lead to durability issues

Features
  • 3-zone coil spring system + heavyweight organic cotton batting + cotton insulator pads + GOTS certified organic cotton
  • Firmness: medium firm
  • GREENGUARD Gold Certified
  • 10-year warranty

OVERALL RATING: 9.0 out of 10

If you have any sort of allergy concerns for your child or yourself, then this might be a good mattress to try out. It is made with certified organic cotton and has manufactured in such a manner that it does not have any unnecessary chemicals or plastics added into it. This makes it a great choice for individuals with sensitive skin.

This mattress, which is medium-firm, is a bit on the thicker side, measuring almost ten inches thick. This would make it a better choice for a bottom bunk mattress for a younger child, or a top bunk option for an older kid. Since it is so thick, there is the chance that a younger child or a more restless sleeper may accidentally roll off.

The thickness does help to make this an extremely durable mattress. The springs are not individualized but are connected as a system. This helps to the mattress firm all over for a longer time.

PROS:
  • Organic composition
  • Coil spring system for durability

CONS:
  • There might be a specific smell
  • Some customers report sagging after a year or two of use

Features
  • 4-inch high-density support foam + 1-inch gel memory foam + polyester cover
  • Firmness: firm
  • CertiPUR-US certified
  • 25-year warranty

OVERALL RATING: 8.5 out of 10

LUCID

This is one of the only mattresses we looked at that doesn’t use any sort of spring system whatsoever. This mattress is manufactured with different foams to provide support for the sleeper. Most of the 5 inches of thickness for this mattress are made up of high-density foam, with the last inch being a gel memory foam topper. When these parts are combined, they come together to create a firm feeling mattress that would fit very well on any bunk bed.

However, since there are no springs, you would have to make sure that this mattress is rotated quite often. Otherwise, the gel memory foam topper will start to degrade to the point where it will be completely flat. After that, you would be left with only the high-density foam for support. Luckily, this CertiPUR-US certified mattress comes with a 25-year warranty, which is one of the longest warranties out there for a mattress.

PROS:
  • Slim design makes it perfect for bunk beds
  • 25-year warranty
  • Lightweight; easy to move

CONS:
  • Has to be rotated often

Features
  • 5-inch pocket coil spring + 2 layers of high-density foam + 1.5-inch pressure relieving foam
  • Firmness: medium
  • Green Foam certified foam
  • 20-year warranty

OVERALL RATING: 8.5 out of 10

This mattress, which is 8 inches thick, relies on a combination of two different types of foam (high-density and pressure relieving) and individual pocket springs to provide a medium firmness level sleeping experience. This size and firmness level makes a great choice for anyone but the youngest sleepers.

This mattress comes with a 20-year warranty, which is one of the longest warranties on the market. This is a good thing, too, since you will have to make sure that you rotate it often. The reason for this is that you don’t want to put too much wear and tear on the individual springs. Since they are not connected to a system, you run the risk of one spring or a couple of springs failing, which would create uncomfortable pressure points. If, however, the mattress is rotated every other month or so, this shouldn’t be an issue.

PROS:
  • Perfect thickness for bunk beds
  • 20-year warranty
  • Budget-friendly

CONS:
  • Has to be rotated often

Features
  • Tempered steel coils + supportive felt pad + 1-inch foam cover
  • Firmness: firm
  • CertiPUR-US certified
  • 10-year warranty

OVERALL RATING: 8.0 out of 10

LinenSpa6

This is, without a doubt, one of the simplest and most straightforward mattresses out there. It has a slim foam topper, which covers over tempered steel coils. While this makes it sound as though it wouldn’t’ be all that durable, this is not the case. The steel coils are surprisingly strong and should last a good long while, even if you don’t remember to rotate the mattress all that often.

Of course, this firm mattress might not be the most comfortable on a bunk bed, since you cannot use a box spring with it. The metal coils, while very supportive, do not give a whole lot, which might make it harder for your little one to get comfortable.

PROS:
  • Slim, straightforward design
  • Durable

CONS:
  • Not a lot of give

Buying Guide

There are, of course, several different factors that you need to keep in mind when you are looking to get the best mattress for bunk beds. Be sure to read through these carefully, since each item is something to consider when you are ready to make a purchase.

Mattress Type

There are several different types of mattress available for use with bunk beds. These include:

  • Gel. Gel mattresses are especially soft since they utilize soft gel-infused foam.
  • Memory Foam. Memory foam mattresses utilize polyurethane foam, which contours to the sleeper’s body.
  • Latex. Latex foam mattresses are a bit stiffer than others since they are somewhat plastic-feeling.
  • Pillow-top. Pillow-top mattresses can be made from any type of material. They get their name from the extra soft layer of pillow-like upholstery that is sewed to the top.
  • Innerspring. This is highly considered to be the best type of mattress for kids, since it is the most durable. The support system in this type of mattress is a system of springs that are insulated in padding. These types of mattresses hold their shape the best out of all the different types.

Thickness

Since bunk beds are relatively shallow in comparison to other beds, you want to make sure that you get a mattress that isn’t too thick. Your best bet is to aim for something in the 6 inch to 10-inch thickness range. If you go any thicker than that you run the risk of falling overboard at night.

Firmness

mattress-firmnessThe firmness of the mattress describes how much give it will provide the sleeper. The firmer the mattress, the less the person laying on it will sink in. The firmness level of a bunk bed mattress depends on two things: the age of the child and their preferences.

If you are shopping for a bunk bed mattress for a younger kid, ages 4 or younger, you will want to go for a firmer mattress. This will help to ensure that there are no suffocation hazards. For an older child, the firmness level is more dependent on what they think is comfortable. Just like adults, some kids prefer softer mattresses, while others like the feel of a firmer bed.

Size

Since we are focusing on bunk bed mattresses here, you will need to be sure that you are looking at twin size mattresses. Anything larger than that and you won’t be able to fit it on the bed properly.

Durability

Top 8 Mattresses for Bunk Beds – Reviews and Buying GuideSince you are most likely buying this mattress for a child, you want to be sure that you get one that has a high level of durability. Otherwise, you’ll have to replace it very quickly, which will end up wasting a ton of money.

If you have a younger child, it might not be a bad idea to invest in a waterproof mattress as well, since there is a good chance of nighttime accidents. This will add another layer of protection to help the mattress last even longer.

Certification

There are several different institutions and certification boards that certify mattresses. Each of them covers different types of mattresses and manufacturing processes. What you need to do is a consumer is to make sure that the mattress that you wish to purchase has a certification label on it. If it does not, it has not been thoroughly tested and will most likely be a poor quality product.

Safety from Allergens

mattress_childA hypoallergenic mattress will be made with materials that have been proven through trial and error and clinical studies to help eliminate allergic reactions in sleepers. Even if you don’t think your child is allergic to anything, the last time you want to find out is in the middle of the night when they can’t sleep because of their mattress.

Breathability

The breathability of the mattress refers to how much airflow will be allowed to reach the sleeper during the night. This is an important consideration since a mattress lacking in breathability will make it difficult for the sleeper to regulate their body temperature, which will make for a fitful night’s rest.

Is a Box Spring Necessary?

Most bunk beds do not utilize box springs like regular, one-level beds. What this means for you is that you need to be sure to find a mattress that has enough support and durability built into it so that a box spring is unnecessary. If you don’t, then you run the risk of getting a high-quality and expensive mattress that will fall apart quickly because it wasn’t designed to be used without a box spring.

Child’s needs

Every child is different, so you need to be sure that you take your own child’s individual needs into account when you are purchasing a mattress. Be sure that you think about the type of sleeper that they are, whether they prefer a firm or softer mattress, or have any allergy needs before you make your purchase.

Check out this detailed mattress buying guide by Consumer Reports.

Conclusion

So there you have it! Now you know everything that you need to make sure that you can get your hands on the best mattress for bunk beds! Hopefully, you can find the mattresses of your dreams after reading this article. Thank you so very much for taking the time to read it! Good luck, and sweet dreams!

10 Total Score
LinenSpa 8" Memory Foam and Innerspring Hybrid Mattress - Editor's Choice

In our opinion, the best mattress for bunk beds has to be the LinenSpa 8" Memory Foam and Innerspring Hybrid Mattress. Its combination of durability, comfort, and support make it the mattress to get, and we highly recommend that you check it out!

Comfort
10
Thickness
10
Durability
10
PROS
  • Soft, yet supportive hybrid mattress
  • Perfect size for a bunk bed
  • Fabric topper for added durability
CONS
  • Fabric topper might cut down on breathability
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