How To Assemble A Camping Bed (Easy Fix)

It’s time to start planning your next camping trip, and that means you’ll need to buy a bed. You can bring a sleeping bag with you, but if you want something more comfortable or durable, there are several options available. 

You could go out and purchase an air mattress or inflatable mattress or you could build your own! It’s really not difficult at all: just follow these steps.

Assembling camping equipment can be overwhelming, but with the right steps, it can be done quickly and easily.
Camping equipment like tents, chairs, cots, and backpacks require different methods of assembly, so it’s important to choose the right guide for your needs.
Safety should always be a top priority while camping, so make sure you have the necessary equipment and knowledge to stay safe.
Choosing the right camping bed is crucial for a good night’s sleep while in the great outdoors, so take time to consider all the options before making a decision.
Further reading and FAQs sections offer additional resources and answers to common questions to help you prepare for your next camping trip.

Open Your Tent

Before you begin to set up your tent, make sure that it is in the best condition possible. Check for any damage and make sure that all the parts are still intact. 

If something looks off or broken, don’t use it the stakes could be bent out of shape, which would make setting up very difficult.

Next, gather all the necessary equipment for setting up your tent: tent poles and pegs or stakes; ground mat; sleeping bags or pads; clothesline rope (if available) and a hammer if using pegs instead of stakes. Make sure you have enough space to put up your tent before starting this process!

Assembling a camping tent can be a daunting task, but with the right steps, it can be a breeze. If you’re looking for easy-to-follow instructions, check out our article on how to assemble a camping tent for some useful tips and tricks.

Unpack Sleeping Bag And Place It Inside The Tent

Unpack your sleeping bag and place it inside the tent. Make sure that if you have a mummy-style sleeping bag, it’s not touching any of the walls of your tent because this can lead to cold spots when you’re camping out in colder conditions. 

If your sleeping bag is too big for your tent, you can place other items (like pillows) on top of it to fill up some space or even use a liner if you’d like!

Tips for Unpacking and Placing Your Sleeping Bag Inside the Tent

Sleeping Bag Tips
Unpack your sleeping bag and fluff it up to help it maintain its loft and warmth.
Place your sleeping bag inside the tent, making sure to choose a spot that is level and free of rocks, twigs, or other debris that can poke through the tent floor.
If the temperature is expected to be cold, avoid placing a mummy-style sleeping bag directly against the walls of your tent, as this can create cold spots.
To keep your sleeping bag clean and dry, avoid storing food or drinks inside the tent, and use a groundsheet or footprint under the tent to prevent moisture from seeping through the bottom.
In warmer conditions, you can partially or fully unzip your sleeping bag for additional ventilation and comfort.

Unroll The Air Mattress

The first step is to unroll your air mattress and place it on the floor of your tent. Make sure you unroll it flat, so that it doesn’t touch the sides of the tent or cause any damage. 

Once you have done this, you can move onto inflating!

Camping chairs are a great way to relax and unwind on a camping trip, but they can be tricky to assemble. To make sure you get it right, take a look at our guide on how to assemble a camping chair for step-by-step instructions.

Place A Sheet Over The Mattress

Now that you have a mattress, all you need to do is place a sheet over it. The sheet will keep the mattress clean and dry, as well as help keep it cool in warm weather and warm in cold weather.

You might be wondering why we didn’t put the sheet on first, since it seems like such an obvious thing to do. Well, there’s no right or wrong way to assemble a camping bed; this is just how we’ve done ours for years with great results!

Place A Lightweight Blanket Over The Sheet

The second thing you have to do is to place a lightweight blanket on top of the sheet.

Lightweight blankets are the best option if you want to keep warm at night without having too much weight in your pack. 

A good rule of thumb is that if it feels like more than 5 pounds when you pick up, then it’s probably too heavy for backpacking purposes. 

The same goes for thickness: if it feels as thick as a mattress pad or thicker, it may be tough to compress into smaller bags later on. 

Try finding something thin yet warm; ideally less than 1 inch thick and weighing no more than 2 pounds per person in your group (for example, two people would need four pound-per-person).

A camping cot is a brilliant way to get a good night’s sleep in the great outdoors, but it can be complicated to set up. If you’re struggling to assemble your camping cot, our article on how to assemble a camping cot is packed with helpful advice.

Place Your Sleeping Bag On Top Of The Blanket

This is a great time to reminisce about your childhood, because that’s what you’re doing here: putting your sleeping bag on top of the blanket and making it into a bed. Or more specifically, you are now going to place your sleeping bag on top of the blanket and make it into a bed. 

The first step is to place your sleeping bag which is essentially just a giant rectangle on the blanket and make sure no part of either object goes over any other part or hangs off any edges.

Tips for Placing Your Sleeping Bag on Top of the Blanket

Sleeping Bag and Blanket Tips
Place your sleeping bag on top of the blanket to create a comfortable and cozy bed.
Make sure the blanket is laid out flat and is free of wrinkles, folds, or bumps that can cause discomfort while sleeping.
If you’re camping in colder conditions, consider placing a foam or air mattress underneath the blanket and sleeping bag to provide extra insulation and cushioning.
If you’re camping in warm weather, you may want to use a lighter blanket or sheet to prevent overheating while sleeping.
Fold your blanket and sleeping bag neatly in the morning to keep them clean and organized for the next night’s sleep.

Place Another Lightweight Blanket On Top Of The Sleeping Bag

You’ll need to place a lightweight blanket on top of your sleeping bag for extra comfort and warmth. 

You can use a regular blanket, or you might find that an insulated quilt works better since it’s thinner and easier to compress down with the sleeping bag. 

Keeping warm while camping is essential, so make sure you’re using something soft and comfortable and warm enough for the weather!

Once you’ve covered yourself in your new bedding, go ahead and drift off into dreamland knowing that everything will be there when you wake up tomorrow morning all ready for another day of fun in the sun!

Keeping yourself and your loved ones safe while camping is crucial, but it can be challenging to know where to start. Take a look at our guide on how to stay safe while camping for some practical tips and advice on how to make your next camping trip a safe one.

Cover The Bed With A Heavier Blanket

Finally, you will cover the bed with a heavier blanket. The purpose of this blanket is to provide warmth and additional protection from moisture. 

It should be large enough to cover the sleeping bag, so you don’t get cold spots where your body isn’t covered by the bag.

Make sure that any blankets used are clean and free of dirt, holes or tears as these can cause irritation for those sleeping on them.

Finish up!

You’re almost ready to enjoy your new bed!

Before you go camping, make sure you have all of the following items:

A pillow. It’s important to be comfortable when you sleep, so bring along a nice pillow.

A flashlight. The dark can seem scary when you’re in an unfamiliar place, but with a flashlight it will feel less scary and more safe. This can also help if you get lost or separated from other members of your group at night, since they’ll be able to find their way back by following the beam of light coming from your flashlight.

A camping chair (optional). If you’d like extra comfort while sitting around the campfire or eating food outdoors (or just relaxing), it’s helpful to bring along a good folding chair that fits easily into its carrying bag when not in use; this makes for easy travel!

A camping table (optional). Having somewhere flat on which there are no sharp edges is great for putting things down on like plates filled with tasty food! 

Or maybe even just some snacks…if that’s more up your alley than trying different dishes prepared by experts who know what they’re doing best 😀 

Either way this makes life easier when eating time comes around each evening after all those activities have been done right before heading off home again tomorrow morning!

A well-packed and organized backpack is essential for any camping trip, but it can be challenging to get it right. Our guide on how to adjust a camping backpack has all the information you need to make sure your backpack is comfortable and functional while you’re on the trail.

Your Camping Bed Is Ready To Use!

You’ve done it! Your brand new, highly portable camping bed is ready to use. Now you can take a nap under the stars, or just enjoy your camping trip that much more. 

And don’t forget to sleep well throughout the night the next day will be another adventure waiting for you at dawn.


That’s it! Your camping bed is ready to use. You can now set up your tent and crawl into bed at night. 

Remember to keep your bedding clean and dry, and if you need some tips on how to do this, check out the other articles in our growing series on camping equipment care.

Further Reading

Here are some additional resources you may find helpful:

Lift Air Bed Camping: This article provides information on how to choose an air bed for camping that will provide comfort and support throughout your trip.

Comfortable Truck Camping Bed: If you’re planning a camping trip in your truck, this article has tips for selecting a comfortable truck bed to ensure a good night’s sleep.

Camp Setup Australia: A provider of camping equipment in Australia, Camp Setup offers a range of high-quality gear to help you make the most of your time outdoors.


What kinds of camping beds are there?

There are several types of camping beds to choose from, including air mattresses, camping cots, and hammocks.

How do I choose a comfortable camping bed?

To choose a comfortable camping bed, it’s important to consider factors such as material, weight capacity, and insulation. Look for a bed that provides ample support and cushioning, and consider your personal sleeping preferences.

Do I need a special bed for truck camping?

While you can use a regular air mattress or camping cot for truck camping, it’s often more comfortable to choose a bed that is specifically designed for use in a truck bed.

What should I look for in a camping bed for hot weather?

If you’ll be camping in warm weather, look for a bed that is well-ventilated and breathable. Materials such as mesh and lightweight fabrics can help keep you cool and comfortable.

How do I store my camping bed?

To ensure your camping bed lasts for seasons to come, it’s important to store it properly. Clean the bed before storing it, and make sure it is completely dry. Store the bed in a cool, dry place, and avoid storing it in direct sunlight or damp areas.