Inflatable Mattresses 101

When it comes to temporary sleeping solutions, nothing beats the comfort and convenience of an inflatable mattress. While finding the perfect fit for your needs can take some work, we’ve made it easy with five great tips to help you find the perfect air bed for you and your guests.

Interesting Facts About Inflatable Beds

1

They are great for any occasion.

While it’s a good idea to have an air mattress or two on hand for unexpected guests and family members, air beds can also be a great slumber solution during moves or while camping. Making the right selection will help both you and your guests enjoy a comfortable and rejuvenating night’s sleep, no matter where you find yourself going to bed.


2

They can go almost anywhere.

Even if you already know why you want an inflatable mattress, it’s good to consider where you’ll be using it. Airbeds for guests are often placed on carpeted floors that won’t require the same thick or reinforced material that camping air mattresses do, but if you plan to use your air bed on rocky terrain, you’ll need a more rugged inflatable bed that can withstand potential popping hazards. How often you use your air mattress will also influence its durability and is something to keep in mind as you shop. Check out our selection of camping air mattresses.


3

They offer custom comfort.

Air mattresses come in a variety of sizes and heights to meet the needs of different sleepers, and it’s a good idea to think about who will be using your inflatable mattress before you invest. For example, elderly individuals may prefer a double-layered bed with a higher profile that’s easier to get in and out of, while children and teenagers probably won’t have a problem with a twin-size bed that’s low to the ground. Some air beds are designed to cater to those who prefer a firmer mattress or one that’s softer, and something as simple as a velvet-style flocked top can do wonders for overall coziness and warmth


4

They are easy to set up.

Given that it’s one of the main features, it’s surprising how often people forget about what it will take to inflate and deflate their air mattress (click here to check out our guide to storing an air mattress). While it’s possible to inflate an air mattress by mouth, a pump will save both time and effort, and allow you to adjust the firmness of your mattress with ease. Many blow-up mattresses feature built-in air pumps that inflate the bed in minutes, but manual and electric pumps can be bought separately, are easy to operate, and work just as well. A high-speed pump will help you be ready for your guests no matter when they decide to drop by.


5

They can be made up like a real bed.

Turning a limp piece of material into a cozy nighttime retreat might take a little more than just an air pump, but you’d be surprised the difference a few simple additions can make. A mattress pad can help provide joint support while also making your air bed more comfortable, and traditional bedding — sheets, a comforter, and pillows — will help create a cozy feel that’ll make you or your guests feel right at home. For more ideas, check out our guide to getting the most out of your air mattress.