Murphy beds are a popular space-saving choice for small bedrooms and apartments.

Keep your bed out of sight and out of mind during the day, and then pull it down in the night for a dreamy, restful sleep.

Getting the right mattress for your Murphy bed is important, you need it to be comfortable as well as convenient. 

It can be daunting buying a mattress at the best of times, but it somehow feels a tad more serious if you have a very specific bed that you are buying it for – you really have to get it right!

Pair this with the fact that you are buying online and you would be forgiven for thinking it will end up as a complete disaster. 

But please, worry not, because we are here to help!

This article aims to provide you with five of the best mattresses for a murphy bed around, as well as giving you an informative Buyers’ Guide so you know exactly what to look for when you are mattress shopping.

Best Mattresses for Murphy Beds

1. Zinus Green Tea Foam Mattress

At the top of our list is the magnificent Green Tea Memory Foam Mattress from Zinus.

Yes, you read that correctly – GREEN TEA! No, it’s not a cutesy name for the color of the mattress, in fact, the mattress is white! This innovative creation is infused with green tea and activated charcoal.

These two additional extras may seem totally random, but trust us there is a method in the madness. Green tea and charcoal work to absorb moisture when you are sleeping and to keep it smelling fresh as can be. 

The mattress itself comes in a variety of sizes and thicknesses. The size will of course vary according to the size of your Murphy bed. The thickness you choose should be around 12 inches or lower.

It is made from three different layers of foam, which all serve to make you have a sleep others could only dream of. There is one layer of memory form that conforms and fits perfectly to your own body and shape.

The next layer ensures adequate airflow due to its soft comfort foam. Finally, there is the sturdy base foam which offers firm, high-density support for the mattress, and most importantly, for you. 

The overall firmness of the mattress is firm, making it ideal for those of you who prefer a little more support and sturdiness when sleeping. It truly is the perfect companion to your Murphy bed.

2. Zinus Ultima Memory Foam Mattress

Next on our list is yet another wonderful mattress by the brand Zinus.

Their Ultima Foam Mattress is very similar in specification to the previous mattress we have just reviewed by them. Like the Green Tea Mattress, this Zinus Ultima also has the unique addition of green tea and activated charcoal to ensure the mattress is kept fresh, sweat-free and in excellent condition. 

It has those three luxurious layers of foam. A firm bottom layer to ensure you and the mattress are support, then a softer layer of foam to ensure air can flow freely around your mattress.

It is finished off with a plush layer of memory foam that will envelop you in comfort. You will never want to leave your bed in the morning! 

Compared to the first Zinus, the firmness level of this mattress is slightly softer, with Zinus calling it the ‘plush’ option. This is perfect for those of you who want a luxurious sleep every night and prefer a softer mattress underneath you. 

In terms of size, this mattress comes in every size there is, so buy it according to the size of your Murphy bed. You can also choose your thickness from 8, 10 or 12 inches, so there is plenty of choices depending on whether you want a mattress topper and room for extra blankets and comforters.

3. Ashley Chime Medium-Firm Mattress

Next up we have the sleek Chime mattress from Signature Design by Ashley.

As with all the mattresses reviewed so far, the Chime mattress comes in a range of sizes and thicknesses. You should, therefore, choose the size and thickness that suits you and your Murphy bed best. Keep in mind that ideally, it should be 12 inches or below. 

The mattress is comprised of several layers of foam. The core is the thickest layer, ensuring your back, spine and neck are properly aligned as you sleep. Then there is the layer of transition foam which supports and gives additional comfort.

The last layer is the much-desired memory foam layer which will mold to your body shape. The mattress is then covered with a stretch knit material for protection and a soft feel. 

As if all this wasn’t enough, the mattress itself is also hypoallergenic, meaning it is made from materials that do not tend to trigger allergies. 

Overall, the firmness rating for this mattress is medium-firm. This is a great in-between firmness, perfect for those of you who don’t like to sink right into a mattress but don’t want it to feel stiff as a board either.

4. Memory Foam Mattress by Best Price

Another of our top picks for the best mattress for a Murphy bed is Best Price’s Memory Foam Mattress. Sometimes simplicity is the way to go.

Best Price has prided itself on good quality products and this one is no different. Their memory foam mattress comes in a range of sizes and thicknesses, meaning that you can personalize your choice based on what Murphy bed you have. 

The foam in this mattress is split into three layers. On the bottom layer, we have a sturdy, high-density base for balanced support. The middle layer is some wonderful ventilated soft foam to ensure good ventilation and breathability for your mattress.

This also increases the airflow in your mattress, improving your comfort levels, and helping to guarantee a long life for your product. This is all topped off with a simple but smart jacquard cover made from a poly blend to ensure comfort and style. 

In terms of firmness, this mattress is… well… firm! Making it perfect for those of us who like that extra support when we sleep.

5. Tuft and Needle Adaptive Foam Mattress

Last but by no means least we have the Adaptive Foam Mattress from Tuft and Needle. A well-known name in the industry, Tuft, and Needle has long since been renowned for its high-quality products. Trust us when we say that this one is no different.

Like the others, Tuft and Needle’s mattress comes in a range of sizes, so do ensure that you buy the correct size mattress for your Murphy bed. However, this brand differs slightly when it comes to mattress thickness. No matter what size mattress you get (e.g. full, double, king), the thickness remains the same. 

Each mattress is 10 inches thick, promising a comfortable but supportive night’s sleep. The foam layers do not include memory foam, unlike the other products reviewed here, but please don’t let that put you off.

Tuft and Needle’s innovative mattress is made from high-quality adaptive foam that has been integrated with graphite and cooling gel to stop your body from overheating in the night. The bottom of the mattress is a supportive base layer to ensure stability, durability, and above all – comfort!

The mattress is then surrounded by a soft knitted cover to ensure maximum softness and all in all many, many years of great night sleeps. 

The overall firmness of Tuft and Needle’s mattress is described as medium. With this firmness, you truly get the best of both worlds, enough comfort that you sink in easily, and with the support that a firmer mattress can give you to help any aches and pains

Another positive element of this product is that it comes with a 100-night guarantee. Similar to a ‘try before you buy’, this allows you to test the mattress over a long period to see if it is truly suitable for you and your Murphy bed. This is there to give the customer a sense of security and reassurance that if something doesn’t feel right, they can swap it out for a better-suited mattress.

Murphy Bed Mattresses Buying Guide

Buying a mattress online feels like an impossible task, we know – and not just because you can’t jump around on them like you would in a store!

However, the good news is that we are here to help. We are going to tell you exactly what you should consider when buying your mattress, guiding you through everything.

So keep on reading to become a mattress-buying maestro – with this guide you will be able to sleep soundly without worrying that you will buy the completely wrong mattress. 

Type of Mattress

 A common issue with Murphy beds is that they can damage your mattress. They can cause your mattress to start slumping.

Mattresses are generally designed to be kept horizontally. However, a Murphy bed means that the mattress spends half of its life in a vertical position. This means that the top of a Murphy mattress can start to bunch up.

Luckily though, this is dependent on the type of mattress that you buy. Some materials are more prone to slumping than others. 

For a Murphy bed, there is an overwhelming amount of recommendations for choosing a foam mattress rather than a sprung mattress, and we have to agree with this.

Because of the style of a Murphy bed, with its box shape and deep inside, you don’t want a mattress that is going to add lots of extra height. A foam mattress will give the same comfort as a sprung mattress but will be able to fit the shape of the bed far easier. 

Memory foam is another wonderful choice for your Murphy bed mattress. Memory foam molds to the shape of your body and stays that way, providing personalized comfort for you. It is generally softer and less firm than regular foam. 

Between both types of foam mattress – regular and memory- it is a personal choice what mattress you choose. In terms of your Murphy bed, both of these would be suitable. 

If you are against a foam mattress, you can of course get another type. However, please bear in mind that these will not be as suitable as a foam mattress, they may not last as long and may become uncomfortable due to not being suited to standing vertical. 

Size and thickness

The dimensions of your mattress are an important factor to take into consideration. The actual size of the mattress that you buy will be completely determined by the size Murphy bed that you have.

You need the mattress to fit into the bed perfectly. For example, if you have a Murphy bed that is a double, you need to buy a double mattress. Likewise, if the Murphy bed in your apartment is a queen size, the mattress should be too. 

It is worth noting that typically, Murphy beds don’t come in king or California king size. This is due to the convenient nature of the bed. Having something as big as that would defeat the purpose of the space-saving Murphy bed. Therefore, buying a mattress in either of these sizes is a big no-no!

Thickness is another important consideration to make. As already discussed in our mattress types section, the mattress you choose shouldn’t give the bed any extra height, otherwise, you risk it not fitting when you push the bed up in the morning.

Murphy beds are typically used because they are excellent space savers in those teeny tiny apartment rooms. You don’t want the mattress you choose to compromise this.

The general recommended thickness of a mattress for a Murphy bed will be 12 inches. This is to ensure that there will still be enough room for your pillows, sheets, duvets, and extra blankets. 

If you did manage to get a thinner mattress than this, that means you could even have room for a mattress topper, should you so desire. 


So, we know that the best mattress for a Murphy bed really should be made from foam, and we know exactly the right thickness for it. Now we need to discuss mattress firmness.

As already stated, memory foam and regular foam do have slight differences in their firmness. However, this will also vary depending on the specific brand you buy. 

Mattress firmness is a personal choice, and in terms of your Murphy bed, choosing a soft, medium, or firm mattress should not affect your experience of the bed itself.

That being said, it is good to remember that whatever mattress you do choose will be placed directly onto your Murphy bed, without a box spring as you would find on a standalone bed.

For this reason, you may prefer a firmer mattress over a softer mattress. We recommend trying a mattress with a medium firmness or above to give you the perfect support as well as top levels of comfort. 

Sleep Trials

Another consideration to make is whether your mattress comes with a Sleep Trial warranty. It is becoming increasingly common to see mattresses that come with a 100-night guarantee or something similar.

While this isn’t imperative for your mattress, especially if you follow our advice, it can be comforting to have that peace of mind that if your mattress is nightmarish to sleep you, you won’t be stuck with it forever.

As we say, this isn’t a must-have for every mattress buyer, but if it is something you would like to have as a form of reassurance then consider finding a mattress with this guarantee. 

Bear in mind that a sleep trial is different from a warranty, although they may seem similar at first glance. You should check each mattress that you want to buy as not all will offer a sleep trial such as the 100-night guarantee, whereas nearly all mattresses will have a warranty of some sort.