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How to Buy an Air Mattress

Whether you need a comfortable place to sleep while camping or a temporary sleeping area for overnight guests, an air mattress offers a convenient solution.


  • Step 1: Determine use Determine how you will use the air mattress and use a computer to research the available options. If the air mattress will be your primary bed, you'll want a good quality, name-brand raised mattress; for the occasional camping trip, a regular low-lying air mattress should suffice.
  • TIP: Check the weight rating of the air mattress. Never exceed the recommended weight limit as the mattress may burst.
  • Step 2: Decide on raised bed Decide whether you want or need a raised bed, which inflates to the height of a normal bed. Such a height may be prohibitive if you're camping in a tent, but may be ideal for overnight guests.
  • TIP: High-quality air mattresses will feature a flocking material on top for added comfort. Some even come with their own mattress pad and storage bag.
  • Step 3: Choose right size Consider a twin- or full-size bed for single guests, or a full- or queen-size for two sleepers. Some air mattresses can be stacked on top of each other to create a raised twin, then disassembled to form a low-lying king bed.
  • Step 4: Consider cost Consider the cost of the air mattress. A good quality twin mattress may cost around $50 while a raised queen may cost several hundred. Check online and visit a few stores to compare prices.
  • Step 5: Research how to inflate Research how the mattress is inflated. A built-in electric pump is best for heavy use. Other mattresses come with a separate pump.
  • FACT: Mattresses during the Renaissance were stuffed with pea shucks, straw, or feathers, and covered with velvet or silk fabric.

You Will Need

  • Internet access
  • Research

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