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Inflatable Beds

Inflatable beds aren't just for overnight guests or camping anymore. You can buy an air mattress that will give you a great night's sleep from a wide range of stores. Air support sleep systems give you the flexibility of creating the firmness you need any given night. If you're looking for a bed that won't aggravate your allergies, consider inflatable mattresses.

The technology of today's inflatable beds makes them a far cry from the air mattresses we typically think of for camping or swimming. Today's air support sleep systems are designed and manufactured for long-term use at home. Generally speaking, they are made of heavy-duty plastic or rubber that has been reinforced with fabric, and come with an electric pump and a firmness controller.

Some of the most attractive selling points of an inflatable bed include: their adjustability, pressure point reduction, and flexibility of installation.

  • Adjustability:
  • Not only are air beds adjustable, they allow you to adjust each side of the bed to just the right firmness. Since people have different preferences, different weights, and different needs, having the flexibility to adjust your side of the bed to your specific liking is a huge advantage over traditional mattresses. Finding the right firmness means the difference between a good night sleep and a night of restless tossing and turning.

    You'll find that if your air mattress is too firm, you are not supported evenly: some areas are not supported at all while other areas develop pressure points that ache throughout the night. Both extremes result in a poor night's sleep. On the other hand, if your air mattress is too soft, the heavier parts of your body will drop lower than the lighter parts. This usually leads to lower back pain because your spine is not supported.

    Only you can determine the precise amount of support your body needs for a good night's sleep, and once properly adjusted, an inflatable bed will support your entire body so that you wake feeling rested.

  • Pressure Point Reduction:

  • Pressure points are created when the support of a surface is either too firm or too soft. When the pressure on your body is not equal, you feel pain and irritation where there's high pressure and a nagging ache where the pressure is too low. Since inflatable mattresses can be adjusted for your specific needs, they are excellent for reducing pressure points. The ideal firmness of a bed is the one that gives you the support your body needs and reduces the pressure points that keep you awake at night.

  • Flexibility of Installation:

  • Some air mattress companies require you to purchase both the foundation and the air mattress as a set, while others offer greater flexibility by not requiring a special foundation or box spring.

    • If you are on a budget, you may want to consider purchasing a bed from a company whose inflatable mattresses can sit on top of the box spring you're currently using for your conventional mattress. If you find that the box spring is not firm enough, you can add firmness by putting plywood between the box spring and the air mattress.

    • Or if you're changing bed sizes, you can purchase the right size box spring at a local store. You'd be surprised at the good deals you can find at local stores if you scan the papers for a few weeks.

    • If you’d prefer not taking the extra time to hunt for a box spring, you can always purchase the foundation from the company from whom you choose to purchase the air bed.

    • Of course, you can always place your inflatable mattress directly on the floor. It won't be as elegant as a real foundation, but the comfort of the bed won't be hindered just because you're on the floor.


Without a doubt, inflatable air mattresses offer great benefits in sleeping comfort that may fit your needs. The secret to purchasing the right air bed is to do your homework and research several bed companies both on-line and at your local stores. In addition to insisting upon high-quality and good price, look for a company who will stand behind their beds by offering good warranties and good customer service.


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