Zenbivy Light Bed Owner's Manual


* The assembly video shows our 2021 Light Bed, which is slightly different than our new 2022 model Beds. We are working on updating our instructional videos. The general steps are the same, but please note that the new 2022 Light Sheets only have 1 strap on the back now. 



Full written instructions

Attach sheet to mattress

The Light Sheet needs to attach around a mattress, whether it’s one of our mattresses or your existing sleeping pad. Attach the corners of the fitted sheet around an inflated mattress, then clip and adjust the strap on the underside to keep it securely in place. Inflate your camp pillow and pop it inside the sheet's integrated hood. 

Assemble the footbox

Now that your sheet is on your mattress, we’ll move on to the quilt. The Light Quilt features a series of color-coded hooks/loops, a snap, and a cinch to form the footbox in a variety of different ways, some options integrate the sheet and some don’t. 


Option 1: Mummy Mode

On cold nights, you’ll probably want to use mummy mode to keep your feet toasty warm. Note that when the footbox is in mummy mode, the clips on the bottom half of the sheet will not be utilized. These sheet attachment points are for rectangular mode only (see below).

To form mummy mode, start by laying the quilt flat on the ground with the lining facing up. Kneeling at the foot end, grab the green loop on the bottom left corner and fold it over to meet the green clip. Clip that. Now grab the blue loop on the right corner and fold it over to meet the blue clip. Clip that. Working your way up the footbox, you’ll find 3 loops to clip in: 2 green ones and then a yellow one at the top. Clip all those. Finally, back down at the bottom edge, locate the interior snap and snap those two sides together then pull the footbox cinch to securely close it all up. There you have it! Mummy mode. 


Option 2: Wide Mode

If you want more leg room, you can open up mummy mode into what we call “wide mode”. Simply unclip the top two clips on the footbox you just formed and that will provide a wider footbox while still maintaining warmth.

Option 3: Flat Mode

This option is great for those warm summer nights when cooling drafts are necessary. Just use the quilt like a flat blanket on top of you—simple! If you want to keep the quilt from drifting away, you can hook one side (or both sides) of the quilt to the sheet but keep the bottom of the quilt flat and open to easily kick your legs out as needed.  

Attaching the quilt to the sheet

By attaching the quilt to the hinged “wings” of the fitted sheet, you’re blocking drafts and also keeping the quilt from sliding off you throughout the night. Attaching one side is great for side sleepers and attaching both sides is ideal when it’s cold out to block any side drafts. However, you don’t have to attach the quilt at all if you don’t want to!

To attach the quilt to the sheet, you’ll find 4 yellow loops on either side of the quilt’s exterior that match up with the 4 yellow loops on each side of the sheet. How many you clip is up to you! 

Cinching the Kylie-curve™ 

When needed on cold nights, you can cinch the drawstring that runs along the top center portion of the quilt. This helps to seal in warmth around your neck and prevent any drafts.

To cinch the Kylie-curve™, squeeze the cord lock and pull on the loose end to create the curve in the center. The shorter tunnel on the corner of the quilt is just to help guide the excess cord out to the side of the quilt. (NOTE: You do not need to cinch it much. A small amount of cord will create the “hook”. If you cinch it all the way, it’s only going to shorten the top edge of the quilt. You want to cinch it just enough to “hook” around your shoulders/neck. Play around with it and find what’s comfortable for you.)

To undo the curve, simply squeeze the cord lock and pull on the sewn-in end to straighten the top edge of the quilt again.


Rectangular Mode

Rectangular mode is a unique additional option. This set up is perfect for campers that want plenty of leg room to move around at night. It’s also great for those that don’t want to fuss with the hooks/loops all the time since you can connect the quilt to the sheet once and keep it that way. When you’ve got it clipped in rectangular mode, just remove the sheet from the mattress then shove both the sheet and quilt—still connected!—into your dry sack. Then when you get to your next campsite all you have to do is inflate your mattress, put the sheet back on, and climb in.

To form rectangular mode, lay the quilt on top of the sheet (which should be attached to your mattress already) exterior side up, with the bottom edge at the foot end of the sheet. Locate the yellow hook at the bottom center of the sheet, then fold the quilt's blue and green corner loops in to clip onto the yellow hook. Working your way around both sides, match the hook and loops by color to finish clipping the quilt to the sheet. You can leave the bottom uncinched if you want to vent it, or you can cinch it to make it draft-free.


“What are the elastic loops for?”

You may have noticed that there are elastic loops on your quilt that don’t seem to attach to anything… Well, they do! These loops are built into every Zenbivy quilt we’ve ever made and are there to attach our quilt accessories: our new Duvet Cover and soon a Quilt Liner as well! *Quilt Liners are not yet available. 

Final tip: Customize it to suit your sleep style

There are a variety of different ways to set up and use the Light Bed. It’s fully customizable to your sleep style and the environment/temperatures you’re in. Try out different configurations and play around with how you set it up to find the ways that work best for you.   


Long term storage:

When storing your Zenbivy, it's important to give it space. To protect the longevity of the down, you never want to store it long-term fully compressed. Each Zenbivy Bed comes with a large mesh storage bag. When coming back from a trip, we'd recommend pulling your Zenbivy out of its Dry Sack as soon as you get home. If it's a nice sunny day, you can hang it up outside for a bit to air it out and let any moisture completely evaporate before stuffing it loosely into the mesh bag.

Each of the down chambers is fully baffled and separated from other baffled chambers, so down can’t migrate and never needs to be “redistributed”. Simply shake the quilt out and let it sit in a warm room and it will regain its loft even after being semi-compressed for a very long time.

Detailed washing instructions can be found here.