Last Updated on July 27, 2021
What to do when you are camping with others and don’t have enough space in the tent to fit cots for all of them?
The innovative answer to that question is, bunk beds! You may think that bunk beds are for children, but in this review, we will talk about Disc O Bed cot bunk beds, which are the only assemblable bunk beds built for adults! For a quick summary, here are the pros and cons:
|WHAT WE LIKED|
- Super strong construction
- Sleeps two people for the space of one
- You can use them as two single beds and a bench as well
- Loads of accessories available
- Large, spacious bag to put in all the parts
|WHAT COULD BE IMPROVED|
- Heavy, not meant for backpacking
- It takes 10-15 minutes to assemble
- Lengthy and does not fit well in ridge tents
What Is Disc-O-Bed?
Disc-O-Bed is a 33-year-old family-owned company based out of Lawrenceville, Georgia. Their unique bunk beds have been used worldwide in the most extreme conditions: refugee camps, field hospitals, hunting, camping, and van life.
The name “Disc-o-bed” comes from the unique disc-shaped connectors used to join the bunk beds together to connect the sleeping surface of the bed with its frame.
Once you set up a sleeping surface on the connecting rods (just like you do with most other camping cots), you pop in these disc brackets at the ends of the rod (there is a small push button to attach them in firmly), push them in the curved slot on the top of each of the legs and then you will have a taut bed to sleep in.
You may think this friction-based system is not that secure, but when you put it together, you will notice that it takes quite a bit of effort to push the bracket in place, and it takes the same amount of effort to pop it out too.
If you are still unsure, the good folks at Disc-O-Bed provide a strap to hold the beds together, just in case the disc bracket slips out.
The second innovation is the bunk beds, and that’s fairly straightforward: You push in the legs of the top bunk into the slot on the bottom bunks discs and then set up your top bunk in the same way as the first one.
The whole thing takes about fifteen minutes to do, and once you have a bit of practice, you can do it in under ten. You can watch the setup process here.
What Sizes Do They Come In?
These bunk beds come in four sizes: L, XL, XXL, and a kid-friendly bed called Kid-O-Bunk. Here is a small comparison between these versions.
Table 1: Disc-O-Bed and Kid-O-Bunk Specs
|Parameters||Disc-O-Bed (L)||Disc-O-Bed (XL)||Disc-O-Bed (XXL)||Kid-O-Bunk|
|Weight of bunk (lbs)||60||62.5||86||36.5|
|Capacity per bunk (lbs)||500||500||600||200|
|Dimensions (LxWxH, inches)||82 x 32.5 x 36||82 x 39.5 x 36||87.5 x 44.5 x 46||65 x 32.5 x 32|
|Sleep area (L x W, inches)||79 x 28||79 x 35||85 x 39.5||62 x 28|
|Height of bottom cot (inches)||11||11||15.5||9.5|
|Height of top cot (inches)||32||32||40||28|
|Pack dimensions (L x W x H, inches)||32.5 x 15 x 5||39.5 x 15.5 x 14.5||47 x 21 x 4.5||32.5 x 15 x 3.5|
|Frame Material||Anti-rust steel |
|Anti-rust steel |
|Anti-rust steel |
|Anti-rust steel |
|Upholstery||PVC Coated |
600D polyester fabric
|PVC Coated |
600D polyester fabric
|PVC Coated |
1200D polyester fabric
|Eco-friendly PFC free |
PVC Coated 600D polyester fabric
|Red/Lime Green/Teal/ |
Later in the article, we have shared a small review of each product individually, focusing on the differences.
What’s So Great About Disco-O-Bed Bunk Cots?
Unlike most other camping cots, which come in tiny stuff bags, disc-o-beds carry bags have a lot of space in them, so putting the bed back after taking it apart is not very hard.
Each of the two bunks weighs about 30 pounds (for the L and XL versions) and 43 pounds for the XXL version. Unfortunately, even the Kid-O-Bunks are 18 pounds each, so this is not a lightweight cot for backpacking.
The bags are heavy-duty, each having superb stitching and material. Both have zippers to keep the contents safe. As a result, these bags will not rip easily on your camping trip.
You might have noticed the 500-pound weight limit of the L and XL cots in our table above, and you might think that’s the combined capacity, but it represents the capacity of a single bunk!
These cots can hold out in extreme weather conditions. The size and weight capacity belie every other camping cot in the market. Queen size camping cots like the Coleman Queen Air Mattress Folding Cot usually have a combined capacity of between 500-600 pounds, but not this one.
The secret, of course, is the super-strong powder-coated steel construction, which can withstand heavier weight. In addition, the sleeping bed uses 600D polyester fabric (D= Denier, a measure of fiber thickness), which is considered quite strong for camping cots.
This product is used extensively by the army, so you don’t need to worry about their strength. In any case, all Disc-O-Bed bunk cots have a one-year warranty on them for both materials as well as workmanship.
You can use the Disc-O-Bed cot in three ways:
- As a bunk bed with two beds
- As two individual beds
- As a bench
Converting to two individual beds is fairly simple ( you just set them up separately and not stack them up).
To convert to a bench, you need to pop out the disc brackets on one side of the top bunk and then put them in the socket meant for the lower bunk discs on the other side of the bed.
It’s not the most comfortable couch (you can feel the metal bar on your back if you try to lean back), but it’s fairly efficient for seating three to four average-sized people. If you are sitting alone, you can just put your shoulder on the lower bar, and it can get quite comfortable.
There are so many scenarios in which this cot can be used: as a bunk bed for a kid’s outdoor party, a place to sit in on a rainy day at the camp and have a beer, a temporary bed if you are “in-between” cities and jobs, a perfect bunk for your van life adventures, and of course a camping cot that can hold two people for the night.
Extra Space To Keep Your Things
The Disc-O-Bed has velcro tapes on the sides of the bed, to which there are organizers attached for space.
In case you damage your organizers, you can always buy more of them from their website. However, they do hold a lot of stuff, so I would suggest you get them.
Sometimes you also need a bit more space, especially if you plan to camp for longer than a week. Disc-O-Bed has a nice little cabinet space that you can hang on the side rails of the bed.
And if you need even more space, you can also get a footlocker that will slide right under the bed. All three storage accessories use the same 600D polyester material as the bed itself. In addition, the footlocker and Cabinet have movable shelves to give you space to organize your items easily.
Disc-O-Bed Bunk Cot Reviews
The Disc-O-Bed Large is designed for people who are under 6.5 feet tall and with a smaller build. Nevertheless, both bunk beds can withstand a fairly muscular body.
Even if you lay on your side, there is 21 inches of space between the two bunks. So you won’t feel confined during the night. The top bunk will sag a little, but even then, there is enough space for both people.
One great feature about the Disc-O-Bed is that you don’t have to deal with the center beam, making it very comfortable to sleep on.
The L size and its two bigger versions XL and XXL, come in various colors, including navy, black, green, tan, and a special camouflage version for hunting and other similar activities.
For a larger person (let us say, above 250 pounds), 28 inches of space just won’t cut it. But, on the other hand, if you want real comfort and a nice bed-like feeling to sleep on, the XL is what you should opt for. The price difference is a mere $20, but you get so much more space here.
For those who are above 6.5 feet, the Disc-O-Bed 2XL is the optimal choice. This bed will hold 600 pounds, and it is wide enough to boot. In addition, there is additional space between the bunks and below the bottom bunk (24.5 inches) to take care of the extra girth and sag.
However, if you find that a 24.5-inches gap is not enough for your size, you can opt for leg extenders to increase the gap by a further seven inches.
The bed’s fabric is twice as strong as the ones on the L and XL versions. However, note that the 2XL is heavier to carry and larger when packed, so keep appropriate space in your car.
The Kid-O-Bunk is the mini version of the Disco-O-Bed, meant for children below 200 pounds. The only difference is that the PV coating on the bed is PFC-free. In addition, these cots are available in different colors such as Teal, Red, and Lime Green, keeping in mind the kids’ preferences.
The Dog O Bed is an innovative dog bed based on the same design as the Disc-O-Bed. It can support large dogs up to 200 pounds heavy. It also has an optional canopy that can shade your dogs from heat.
However, the bed is a bit heavy and takes time to assemble, unlike normal dog beds. See our best tents for camping with dogs if you’re a lone hiker who enjoys the companionship of your dog during adventures.
Accessories For Extra Sleeping Space
Two is a company, but three need not be a crowd. These two accessories add space for one more person in the tent.
The Single L is just the top bunk of the Disc-O-Bed L (without organizers) sold separately. It costs nearly half the price, and if you are camping alone or with more than two people, it’s the perfect third bed to put in your tent.
The Single L comes in two height options. You can either use it as a low cot at 13 inches or add the leg extenders provided as part of the package to make it a 20-inch high cot.
The Single L is great, but it does take up the space of one more bed, which defeats the most important benefit of the Disc-O-Bed. So instead, you can opt for the Trundle Cot, which fits right underneath the lower bunk.
Since the Trundle Cot has to slide inside the Disc-O-Bed, it has a smaller sleeping area (72×35 inches), so if your friend is taller than six feet, you are better off with the Single L mentioned above.
Secondly, the Trundle Cot also comes with its own leg extenders, so you can make it a 13-inch high bed during the night and then slide it under your bed during the day.
Putting A Disc-O-Bed In a Tent
Do The Feet Ruin Your Tent Floor?
Thankfully no, the Disc-O-Bed feet are designed to be tent friendly. Take a look:
If you are paranoid about damaging your tent, you can always buy rubber footpads. If you are camping on uneven terrain, I suggest you get these because they would add more stability to the cot.
Will it Fit In a 2 Person Tent?
A 2 Person tent like the Alps Mountaineering Lynx Tent typically has anywhere between 25 to 40 ft² of floor space. The Disc-O-Bed L takes up about 18 ft², XL takes about 22.5 ft², and the XXL takes about 27 ft², so the XXL may be a bit tight, but the other two will fit right in.
However, the problem isn’t the square footage but the height. A Disc-O-Bed L or XL might fit into a dome-shaped tent, but if you have angled walls, it’s not likely they will fit. Lastly, the XXL does not fit into a two-person tent because of the height issue.
Do You Need a Sleeping Pad?
Like all camping cots, the Disc-O-Bed can get cold in the winters due to the flow of cold air underneath. So the makers have created a simple and comfortable solution: a sleeping pad (it is available in size L).
Disc-O-Bed Bunk Cots Reviews FAQs
How easy is it to wash the Disc-O-Bed?
Yes, you can wash the canvas with cold water and a mild detergent. Use a sponge or a soft cloth for wiping first. You can use a soft cloth for wiping the steel parts too.
Can two people sleep in one bunk?
The beds are probably strong enough to hold two people on each bunk, but we wouldn’t suggest it. If you do try such things, you might end up voiding the one-year warranty.
Does it need any tools for assembly?
No, you can put everything together without any tools.
Does it have an instruction booklet?
Yes, there is a detailed assembly instruction booklet that comes with each Disc-O-Bed.
Are individual parts of the Disc-O-Bed available if you break or lose something?
Yes, you can buy all parts separately from the Disc-O-Bed website.
Do you need a ladder to climb on the top bunk?
The top bunk on the L and XL versions is 2.75 feet, and on the XXL, it is 3.25 feet. So ideally, a ladder is not needed unless you have a disability or have joint-related problems.
Can you stack three Disc-O-Bed bunks on top of each other?
Again, it’s possible, but I wouldn’t suggest it, and the company will definitely consider it as misuse and void your warranty.
Can you roll off the disc-o-bed bunk cot at the top?
Practically no, because the canvas sags a bit with your weight. So the design is not likely to support rolling off the bunk.