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How to Make a Bed on a Plane

Traveling with your kiddos can become a nightmare if you have a long flight scheduled. They will need to sleep comfortably, so how do you make a bed on a plane?

This article will discuss several options, so make sure you check it out!

1. Make a canopy with blankets

On the plane, you can set up a simple single or double-size bed with a canopy depending on the size of your seat.

I’m sure the majority of you are wondering what this canopy is. A canopy is a piece of rectangular fabric that expands like an accordion; when not in use, it folds flat.

The canopy drapes over your feet, providing adequate ventilation and warmth. It is important to note that when you purchase a heated blanket, it comes with a foot canopy.

When planning to make a bed on a plane, purchasing a weighted yet small blanket is essential since carry-on luggage has little room to spare.

A woolen blanket that is rectangular is worth buying. Most traveling blankets have various lengths ranging between 30 and 50 inches.

During long flights, you will likely be supplied with blankets and pillows.

If you want to save some cash, you can use the items supplied to you. These blankets aren’t the most comfortable but can come in handy for layering up so you’re warmer.

To prevent the airline from confiscating your weighty blanket, having it labeled as medical equipment will help. It is also crucial to call the airline for clarification and guidance before purchasing one.

2. Use a Flyaway kids’ bed

The Flyaway Kids’ Bed is one of the highly purchased and award-winning products that has solved a myriad of nightmares for flying parents.

The product has been recommended to create a comfortable and appealing place for toddlers, babies, and children to play and sleep during flights.

Here are the steps on how to make a kids’ bed on a plane:

1. Wait until the cabin crew is over with the inflight service.
2. Inflate the pillow.
3. Spread out a blanket over the pillow or seat.
4. Lay your kid or toddler down and ensure they are bucked for their safety.

The Flyaway Kids’ Beds have been ranked among the best and most essential traveling accessories that any parent should have while traveling with their kids. The advantages of purchasing the bed include the following:

  • It can be inflated in 90 seconds and can be deflated instantly.
  • It needs only to be wiped clean.
  • Prevents the contamination of your kids’ toys since toys won’t end up rolling on the floor.

Most airlines credit Flyaway Kids’ Bed because it meets IATA’s (International Air Transport Association) stringent guidelines for onboard comfort products.

3. Use inflatable footrests

Inflatable footrests reposition your feet and ensure blood circulation to your feet and legs. This makes flying more comfortable and enjoyable.

Additionally, an inflatable footrest can help in relieving pressure on your back and legs.

Here’s how to use an inflatable footrest.

Inflate the footrest to the level of your seat so that you’ll lie flat once you board a plane and can deflate it upon landing.

If you like, use the pillow provided by the cabin to raise your head and enjoy your sleep.

When shopping around, read the reviews of your intended inflatable footrest and ensure it’s made from a comfortable material. Most inflatable footrests on the market are scratchy and uncomfortable.

That’s not conducive to sleeping on a plane!

You also don’t want to invest in a footrest that leaks air easily, making it uncomfortable during flights. The reviews will indicate how leaky your footrest is.

When deflated, the footrest should not occupy much space in your carry-on luggage, and when it is inflated, it should fit between the majority of seats in economy class.

Just in case it doesn’t fit, one can adjust a footrest to the required size.

Tips for sleeping during a flight

Do you want to catch some zzz’s on the plane? Here are some tips that will make it easier.

  • The location of your seat matters! If you want to sleep during your flight, please ensure you choose a window seat, as it is better for sleeping.
  • The timing of your flight is also important. Flying at night is ideal for sleeping.
  • Avoid alcohol and caffeine before your flight so you can easily fall asleep.
  • Avoid cutting your legroom by stuffing your carry-on luggage under the seat back.
  • Bring your own pillow.
  • Wear noise-canceling headphones.
  • Dress in comfortable layered clothing.


Most people have, over the years, feared embarking on long flights, especially if they have kids or toddlers, as when will you sleep and how?

Fortunately, with the tips in this article, your comfort and that of your kids or toddlers are guaranteed!

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