Which camp bed should I choose?

How to choose your camp bed?

Find the ideal camp bed with Decathlon! Below we offer advice on how to choose the right model to suit your individual needs and your sporting activity.

Camping, whether with friends or family, is one of the most popular activities in France. Spending quality time, near nature, allows you to create lasting memories and fully recharge while disconnecting from everyday life.

But to really make the most of your days in the countryside, it's important to plan your nights! We'll help you find a camp bed that will provide maximum comfort and the ideal sleeping conditions to ensure you enjoy a restful night, even away from home. Follow the guide!

Which camp bed should I choose?

Camp bed: because it will help you get a better night's sleep when camping

Because a "camp bed" is still a bed. And because sleep is essential, irrespective of the circumstances

Although a sleeping bag is still the must-have camping accessory, when used alone it doesn't always guarantee a restful night's sleep after a day of hiking or long walks on the beach. Not to mention games of boules and Finnish skittles etc.

Furthermore, although it's light which means you can escape to the countryside with just the bare minimum of equipment, a sleeping bag will not protect you from the discomfort of uneven terrain. Or protect you from the tiny pebbles you failed to spot when you were pitching your tent but which are now digging into your back and feel like they're 10 cm wide; nor will your sleeping bag insulate you from the ground on cold nights.

So this is when the camp bed comes to your rescue!

But can you really sleep well on a camp bed?Or is it overrated?

With a camp bed, you're raising your sleeping position. The bed is the ideal height to provide insulation from the cold and damp ground, as well as protect you from any creepy crawlies that may be around: animals that are generally harmless but which can be a source of unpleasant, night-time disturbances. By acquiring a camp bed, you'll get to enjoy unrivalled comfort at night when camping or bivouacking, provided, however, you choose a model that matches your requirements and expectations.


Which is the better option, a fold-up or self-assembly camp bed?

To help you compare, here we present two different types of camp bed, each with their own distinct advantages. Below we examine these two different systems to help you choose the model that will best suit your needs. One of them is bound to be your ideal bed!

-A fold-up camp bed: You'll appreciate this easy-to-install equipment each time you set up your bivouac - all you have to do is unfold it and enjoy a comfortable night's sleep. A camp bed that can't be dismantled can be easily stored in its carry bag which means there's less chance of losing a part when camping; and you get to enjoy a well-earned rest straight away. However, it can be quite bulky and will be better suited to campers "staying" in the same spot for several days and with a means of transport to move camp if necessary.

-A self-assembly camp bed: A self-assembly camp bed with a steel tube frame is an easy-to-transport piece of kit, with or without its own travel bag. Although it takes a little longer to put up, it has been designed in such a way that anyone can assemble it. Its compact size, which means it can slide easily into your backpack, also makes it a popular choice. This means you no longer have to compromise on the quality of your bedding when trekking. The folding bed parts can also be kept in the carry sack provided at the time of purchase, which is nice and compact (or at least less bulky than a fold-up bed).

Which camp bed should I choose?

And where does the military camp bed or army cot figure in all this?

Do you have in mind an image of a military-style fold-up bed? This type of camp bed, also known as an army cot bed, is in fact a fold-up camp bed. Initially used by soldiers, but also to stretcher the wounded, it is quick to put up and folds easily for storage or transportation. It shares the same advantages and disadvantages as fold-up beds, as set out above. Army style cot beds often have a bar at each end which holds the structure in place when unfolded. However, some fold-up camp beds, like the Decathlon model, don't have bars at the end, unlike the army cot bed: a series of small latches help secure the legs. This means fewer parts and less weight (for the same equipment).


Which camp bed should I choose?

Whether you're looking for a child or adult camp bed, a standard or a specific size, we'll tell you everything you need to know about the dimensions of camp beds.

Your body needs to be perfectly and uniformly supported to ensure a good night's sleep. So, when you choose a camp bed it's important to choose a model designed to suit your body shape. So, whether it's a single bed or a bed with specific dimensions, you may need to select a longer or wider model, depending on your needs.

If in doubt, we recommend that you choose a larger size so you can enjoy a genuinely comfortable experience during your outdoor adventures. You also visit your store where you can compare available camp beds more easily, by examining (and testing), the display models.

Which camp bed should I choose?

Consider the maximum recommended weight when choosing a camp bed

Not all camp beds can necessarily support the same maximum weight. However, in general, camp beds can support at least 100 kg. That said, if you want to avoid waking up in the middle of the night, having crashed to the ground (it's not much of a drop, admittedly, but it's still a shock nonetheless), always read the spec sheets carefully before purchasing.

Remember to factor in the weight of your sleeping bag, mattress (if you're using one) and any other accessory that you're considering to enhance your comfort. Often it won't make much difference but it's better to know the exact weight your camp bed will need to withstand so as to avoid any unpleasant surprises.

All Decathlon's Quechua camp beds, whether the CAMP BED SECOND 65 CM - 1 PERSON" fold-up camp bed or the "CAMP BED BASIC 60 CM - 1 PERSON" camp bed, support up to 110 kg".


Which camp bed should I choose?

Is it a good idea to share a double camp bed?

If you generally go hiking or trekking as a couple or pair, a double camp bed allows you to spend the night together in any setting. But is it ideal to share a camp bed? Yes, we know that "co-sleeping" is nice and keeps you warm but it also means you're conscious of every single movement made by your sleeping partner. And if your partner snores and you're unlucky enough to fall asleep last, you could well feel grumpy the next morning.

On the other hand, by sharing a camp bed, you are cutting down on the amount of equipment you need so you can get more out of the walking experience and enjoy a change of scenery together. In addition, you save money when making joint purchases as the equipment is more affordable when split between two (it's a bit like tax savings but for camping...worth thinking about).

In sum, if you're going hiking together, discuss it in advance so as to prioritize your well-being and ensure a good night's sleep for all.

Conversely, if you prefer separate equipment or if you mainly walk alone, the wide variety of single beds available means you'll easily find a size to suit your body shape, ensuring optimal solo sleeping. You'll get to enjoy a comfortable, tailor-made experience so you can go off and explore new trails and routes with your bivouac.


If you want to know how to choose a camp bed, you need to be clear about its intended future use. Although camp beds were primarily designed to provide a good night's sleep when camping, they have become much more accessible and can easily be used as an extra bed at home. If you're primarily looking for an easy-to-store, comfortable spare bed for guests, you can opt for a heavier, more stable model than you would use for hiking.

Which camp bed should I choose?

When should you choose an ultra-light camp bed?

When purchasing a camp bed for bivouacking under the stars, weight and compactness are two essential criteria. To enjoy the best possible hiking conditions, you need to reduce the weight and volume of your backpack. Remember to compare the weight and size of different camp beds so you can find the optimum balance between durability and low weight.

Which camp bed should I choose?

What type of camp bed should I get for my sitting room?

If you want to convert your sitting room to a guest bedroom for a weekend and your sofa is too small to use as a bed, a camp bed, together with a small mattress, will provide your guests with optimal comfort. So there's plenty of scope for putting your camping equipment to an alternative use when you're not off on an adventure.

- Have you got a limited budget? In that case, a basic, self-assembly camp bed, which is often cheaper than a camp bed with a fold-up mechanism, will fit the bill nicely. You won't have to worry about the weight of the camp bed which won't budge from your living room.
- Or do you have limited space? If so, the main criteria will be the size of the stored camp bed in order to save as much space as possible in your home.


Which camp bed should I choose?

Why wood, plastic and metal are not all equal

The frame of your camp bed can be made from wood, plastic of metal. However, for strength and durability, you should consider buying metal. In the long run, wood and plastic are generally weaker.

With a steel camp bed, however, you'll have a more robust bit of kit that will accompany you on your adventures for many years to come. There is also less chance of it breaking or corroding so you'll get to enjoy a reliable bed and some of your best nights' sleep while camping! Some brands also offer aluminium camp beds which are both lightweight and sturdy.

Which camp bed should I choose?


Other practical and comfort-related criteria can help you decide which camp bed to choose. The type of canvas used or how easy it is to maintain are other factors that may influence your choice.

- A hard-wearing, comfortable canvas: Whether you're planning long walking sessions or outdoor activities, you deserve a good rest so you can continue with your holiday as planned and achieve all your goals. Whether you prefer a soft or stiffer canvas, or a fabric with a specific finish, it's up to you to choose the bed that will offer your body the best support when sleeping. You just have to choose the camp bed that is most comfortable for you, based on the materials used and your tactile sensitivity. The fabric used is often polyester but bear in mind that not all polyester is the same. You can check the sturdiness of the fabric, its durability and finish for yourself. You can also look for a reference to the number of deniers, for example "600D", meaning 600 deniers. The higher the number, the tougher the canvas.

- Easy-to-maintain equipment: Over time, with all your bivouacking and camping trips, your camp bed will inevitably get dirty. Whether you want to remove dust or stains, we recommend you choose an easy-to-maintain model that you can clean with a simple damp cloth. Then, when you get home, it will only take you a few seconds to clean your camp bed. When it's completely dry, you can fold it up again and put it away it until your next trip. Equipment that is easy to maintain will generally be harder wearing.


Although you now know how to choose a camp bed, you will need certain accessories to ensure you're optimally equipped for your camping holidays. Remember to supplement your purchase with Decathlon's best products!

-A lightweight, insulating sleeping bag: Depending on your size, the season of your planned excursion and outside temperature, there are sleeping bags to suit every need, protecting you from the cold and ensuring you get a good night's sleep under the stars. So you'll find innovative designs, and thick or thinner models that you can take with you. If you're using a double camp bed, you can choose a 2-person sleeping bag or separate models which can be zipped together.

- An inflatable camping pillow: The camping pillow is an extremely compact, easy-to-inflate accessory that will take up very little space in your rucksack. Once inflated, it will provide essential neck support, preventing discomfort when you wake up. You can then deflate it, in just a few seconds, before setting off on the next stage of your trekking journey, rested and refreshed.

- A self-inflating mattress: Unlike thicker, traditional, inflatable mattresses, the self-inflating mattress is only a few centimetres thick, thanks to its innovative, high-performance technology. Inflating the mattress requires minimal effort so you can then position it on your camp bed, protecting your joints and preventing discomfort. Here again, compact models allow you to pursue your outdoor sporting activities without compromising on comfort or the quality of your sleep. It's a great opportunity to try out new and exciting challenges and push yourself a little bit further!

Now you know everything there is to know about choosing a camp bed, whether you're going camping by a lake, trekking to the other side of the world, or entertaining guests at home when not off on an nature trip.

Which camp bed should I choose?
Which camp bed should I choose?


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