Air mattresses are a convenient way to accommodate
extra sleeping guests without the need for
a permanent bed. Although inflatable mattresses
have been around for a long time, newer models
are far more comfortable because they are
thicker and stand higher off the floor. They
are also much easier to inflate. These mattresses
come in standard twin, full and queen sizes,
so they can use regular sheets and blankets.
The price depends on the size (twins are
the least expensive) and other features,
but generally run between $60 and $300. They
can easily be ordered online. |
The following should be considered
an air mattress:
- Some mattresses are easier to inflate than
others. The fastest have embedded air pumps
in the units and can be ready to go in a
minute or two. If the mattress comes with
a separate air pump, make sure it is easy
- Check to see if the mattress can be adjusted
for firmness after it has been inflated.
Some models will have to be reinflated if
the initial attempt results in a surface
that is too hard.
- Mattresses that stand higher off the floor
are easier to get in and out
of and will
feel more like a regular bed.
19 inches can be difficult
for some adults.
- Consider how heavy the mattress unit is.
Lighter weight models will
be easier to handle,
especially if you will be putting
away every morning and getting
it out at
- More expensive models often fold up into
compact sturdy cases on wheels
for easy storage.
Air mattresses that come with
fold up legs
can be more difficult and time
to set up.
For extra comfort look for mattresses that
include pillow tops or that incline for reading
and watching television.