Deluxe Folding Cots | Padded Fold-up Cot
Deluxe folding cots offer extra features for more comfort. Most campers looking for more comfortable cot are interested in padded cots.
If you are looking for information on standard cots, please visit the
camping cot page.
Bi-fold/tri-fold deluxe cot and pad combos
Padded deluxe folding cots are available in the
bi-fold and tri-fold cot style.
The foam padding may be permanently sewn into the sling fabric, but it is more likely a separate 1" to 3" thick pad in a zippered, fabric enclosure that sits on the sling and attaches to the frame via straps with snaps or velcro.
Since bi-fold cots have a permanently assembled frame, these deluxe cots have frame and deck features that most resemble a spare bed at home.
Padded-cot deck styles
Padded bi-fold and tri-fold cots come with various frame and deck styles:
- Sling fabric attaches directly to the frame rails
- Sling fabric attaches by springs to the frame rails of the cot
- Link springs attached to the frame rails form a deck under the camper instead of a fabric sling
The fixed frame of a bi-fold/trifold deluxe folding cot allows the use of springs, which allows the deck to flex under the camper.
If a cot frame does have springs, then the more springs, the better.
Link spring deck
Link springs are the deck type used under the mattress on most bunk beds and roll-away beds.
Springs and metal links (link spring) will add to the weight of the cot.
A link-spring deck may squeak when you shift during the night.
You may also need extra cushion so that you do not feel any metal links underneath you on a link-spring frame.
Indoor and outdoor cots
If considering a link-spring frame cot, make sure that it is not designed for indoor guest use. It should have feet that can be used on a tent floor, and it should not be too heavy.
Padded cots designed for outdoor use should offer a foam core or polyester filling that is enclosed in a water-resistant fabric cover.
Padded cots offer a sleeping surface that approaches a bed in comfort. Since a padded cot is narrower than a raised twin mattress and offers storage underneath, it is more tent friendly.
Bi-fold/trifold folding cot and pad combo manufacturers include Blantex, GigaTent, Coleman, Ledmark, LL Bean, Rio and Stansport.
Padded military cots
Padded deluxe folded cots are also available in
This style offers the advantage of breaking down and storing in a smaller, duffle-type carrying case.
The pad sits on the sling and attaches to the side rails with straps, so that it does not shift when the camper turns in his/her sleep.
There are not any springs on a padded military cot frame to allow the deck to flex, because the frame needs to come disassemble and fold up for transport.
Padded military cot brands include Blantex, Cabelas and Slumberjack.
Adjustable, deluxe, tri-fold padded cots, lounge cots
These padded deluxe folding cots fold in thirds to pack away and offer a padded fabric sling and adjustable legs.
Adjustable folding cots are supported by 3 to 4 pairs of straight legs, which are individually adjustable in length. These cots can be set up and leveled on uneven ground.
The legs open and tip out slightly so that the cot is very steady when lying in it.
Adjustable deluxe folding cots are available in lengths of 6' to 6'6", widths of 30" to 32", and weigh about 25 lb.
They have a weight capacity in the heavy range (approx. 350 lb). Since these cots have straight legs, they can be loaded closer to capacity without fear of failure.
It's a chair, too
One end of an adjustable folding cot can usually be tipped up to transform the cot into a reclining lounge cot (chair), which can be used inside or outside the tent.
A camping chair is probably still necessary for sitting upright while eating and chatting around the campfire. A reclining chair is still nice for relaxing and enjoying the view.
Adjustable-cot brands include Black Pine, Cabelas, Chinook, Gander Mountain, REI and VM Innovations.
These are luxury cots, and therefore are heavy and require extra room to transport, but offer a very comfortable, portable, elevated sleeping platform for the tent camper that wants extra comfort and convenience.
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