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How To Inflate an Air Mattress

An air mattress is great for guests or for bringing on camping trips. Get a good night's sleep and inflate your air mattress.


  • Step 1: Lay out the mattress Lay out the air mattress, spread across a floor.
  • Step 2: Open valve Open the valve cover and connect the pump.
  • Step 3: Inflate mattress Turn on the electric pump or pump up the mattress manually if you're using a hand or foot pump.
  • Step 4: Insert hose Inflate an air mattress with a vacuum if you do not have a pump by inserting the hose from the vacuum into the valve on the mattress.
  • Step 5: Reverse mode Reverse the suction on your vacuum to make it blow out air.
  • Step 6: Allow to fill Turn on the vacuum and allow the mattress to fill until it is full.
  • TIP: Let out some air if the mattress is too firm.
  • Step 7: Close Close the valve cover on the mattress, lay down, and rest.
  • FACT: Randy Gardner set a record for going without sleep for 18 days, 21 hours, and 40 minutes. He experienced such effects as paranoia, blurred vision, and slurred speech.

You Will Need

  • Air mattress
  • Pump or vacuum

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