What is a Zip and Link Bed?

What is a Zip and Link Bed?

A zip and link bed is basically two single beds that are joined together to form a super king bed. They use a special zip and link mattress, which consists of two single size mattresses joined together by a strong zipper.

This way you can have a super king size bed, but when the need arises, you can unzip and separate it to make two singles.

In this article you’ll learn everything you need to know about zip and link beds and you’ll be able to decide if they’re right for you and your family.

Are zip and link beds divans? 

Yes, a zip and link bed is made up of two divan bases that are joined by secure metal or brass links at the head end and foot end of the divan. On top there are two mattresses that are also zipped together with a strong, zipped seam. 

Being designed this way, zip and link beds are super easy to convert from one bed into two or two beds into one. In some cases you’ll also have the option to buy the divan bases with one or two drawers on the side, providing you extra storage space. 

Also, keep in mind that you’ll need to buy two single size headboards, instead of one king or super king size.

Read all the pros and cons of having a zip and link bed in this guide

Why would you buy a zip and link bed? 

The primary reason why you would purchase a zip and link bed is due to its versatility. If you regularly welcome guests to your home, or if your kids enjoy hosting sleepovers, zip and link beds are the ideal solutions, as they can accommodate several sleeping arrangements.

zip and link bed separated into two single beds

Image Credit: BedStar

Whether you’re hosting a couple or two singles, the same bed can serve each purpose, which is a great space and money-saving option. 

Another reason would be that some homes have tight spaces and it’s impossible to bring inside a super king size. For example, a home with a small entry way or an attic bedroom. This solves the problem of transportation and carrying inside the mattress and beds. 

Tip: Check out our guide, highlighting some smart spare bed ideas, which can provide clever alternatives to having a double guest bed in small spaces. 

What are the main benefits of a zip and link bed?

Apart from their obvious versatility, there are several benefits to buying a zip and link bed, including:

1. Individual mattress preferences

As well as being attractive to people looking to save on space, zip and link beds are an ideal proposition for couples who don’t share the same sleeping preferences.

Because they’re formed of two individual mattresses, each person can order the sleep surface that is best suited to their needs, in either: “soft”, “medium”, “firm”, or “extra firm” comfort level. It’s a good compromising solution.

flaxby zip and link mattress

In the picture above you can see the Flaxby’s Natural Mattress collection by Dreams, which is also available as a zipped option in the king and super king size. This way you can choose one side to be “medium”, while the other to be “firm”.

Another example is the iGel Mattress collection from Bensons for Beds, which is also available as a zip and link option (see below).

igel zip and link mattress
igel zip and link mattress super king size

This allows you to customise the firmness level on each side. Depending on the model you can choose between: “soft”, “medium”, or “firm”.

2. Zip and Link Mattresses are comfortable

Couples who have individual preferences on the firmness level of their mattress, will find a zip and link option to be ideal and highly comfortable for their needs. This way each person can sleep on the firmness level they prefer on their side of the bed.

There is a wide choice of zip and link mattresses, from pocket spring, memory foam, innerspring, wool, latex, gel and others. This means that you can find the type that most suits your needs.

3. Easy to convert

Zip and link beds are nice and easy to convert and change as and when the need arises. Thanks to the metal or brass links, they can be transformed in a matter of minutes, which is helpful to know if you’re short of time before your guests arrive.

4. Cost-effective

Purchasing a zip and link bed is a cost-effective solution for your spare bedroom. Instead of investing in two singles, for example, you can buy an all-in-one zip and link bed that serves multiple purposes. 

They’re an ideal solution for those limited on space, who are also looking to save some money at the same time.

Link and link bed sizes and dimensions:

There are two sizes that you can buy a zip and link bed: king or super king.

  • King size: 150cm wide x 200cm long (5’0” x 6’3”). It is made up of two European small single size mattresses zipped together: 75cm wide x 200cm long. 
  • Super king size: 180cm wide x 200cm long (6’0″ x 6’3″). It fits two European single size mattresses zipped together: 90cm wide x 200cm long.

Make sure you double check what are the exact dimensions of the bed frame, since it will be longer than 200cm due to the headboard. Also, don’t forget to measure the space you have in your bedroom so you can decide which size is better for you.

Can you turn a zip and link mattress?

Yes, you can turn it clock or counterclockwise. First you need to unzip it, then rotate both mattresses and zip them back again along the side. 

However, keep in mind there is only one zipper located on one side of the mattress, so once you turn it you’ll be then sleeping on the opposite side of the bed.

For example, if you were sleeping on the left side, once you turn the mattress, you’ll then need to sleep on the right side of the bed. So you’ll need to switch sides with your partner. 

Is a zip and link bed ideal for you?

Although not everyone’s ideal choice, zip and link beds are undoubtedly space, time, and cost-saving products, that make your life a lot easier if you regularly welcome guests into your home. 

If you like the idea of having a flexible and versatile two-in-one bed in your guest bedroom, then a zip and link bed is definitely worth your consideration.