Guide to Choosing A Raised Air Bed

If you're in need of a comfortable bed to accommodate your guests, but want something that won't be a permanent fixture occupying a whole room when it's not in use, a Raised Air Bed is the perfect solution. In this guide we'll be taking a look at some of the things you need to take into account when choosing one.

But before we get into how to choose one of these beds let's take a quick look at the basic characteristics of raised air beds.

Just as the name implies, a Raised Air Bed is an inflatable bed. The difference between these inflatable beds and the traditional camping variety is that the sleep surface stands anywhere from 16 to 24 inches high depending on the brand and model you select.

Inflating these airbeds is effortless and takes just a few minutes as most (but not all) brands/models are packaged with a powerful electric pump. Deflating it is just as fast as they either have a large valve to let the air out, or the pump action can be reversed to suck the air out.

Once deflated the air bed can be rolled up compactly and stowed away until the next time you need it.

It's also worth noting that quite a number of these inflatabel beds feature remote controls that let you adjust the firmness of the bed for optimum comfort.

When you start looking for your ideal Raised Air Bed you're going to find that there is a staggering variety to choose from and each has it's own distinctive characteristics, depending on the brand and model. So here's a list of things to consider before you buy:

  • Bed Size: Typically, but not all, are available in the following sizes:
    • Single (US Twin): 96 W x 190 L cm (38 W x 75 L inches)
    • Double: 137 W x 190 L cm (54 W x 75 L inches)
    • King (US Queen): 152 W x 198 L cm (60 W x 78 L inches

    (Please Note: Sizes are approximate and may vary between brands, also, not all brands/models are available in all three sizes)

    If the bed going to be a general guest bed then a Double or King size would probably be the right choice.

    If it's for one of the kids to use in College then a Single will probably do the job

  • Construction: The typically these airbeds are made from heavy gauge vinyl with electronically welded seams for strength and durability. Quality does vary depending on the gauge of the materials used and the construction method employed, so if your raised air bed is going to be a permanent guest bed solution you will want a higher quality, higher priced, bed which will be more likely to last for years. If it's only going to be a temporary solution then a lower quality, lower priced, model will probably meet your needs.
  • Inflation and Deflation: If you're looking for a permanent guest bed solution then ideally you should choose a brand/model that has an "integrated pump" for inflation and deflation. You will find this a lot more convenient when preparing your bed for guests. An integrated pump will also ensure that you don't have to find extra storage space for an external pump.
  • Sleep Surface: Most raised air beds incorporate a soft, flocked fabric top for added comfort, but there are a number of brands which now offer modern sleep surface materials such as pillow top and memory foam. These materials are reflected in the price, but if you want to provide your guests with a more luxurious bed, these are what you should be looking for.
  • Fitted Sheets: Most raised air beds will fit standard sheet sizes, but there are exceptions, so make sure that you check the dimensions of the model you're thinking of buying. Extra deep fitted sheets work better with these beds. Ideally choose a model that allows you to tuck sheets in otherwise there is a danger that the bedclothes may slide off during the night.
  • Mattress Covers/Toppers: Some brands supply their beds with a mattress cover or topper but if the model you choose does not include one you should consider buying one separately as this will reduce the chances of staining the sleep surface if your guests perspire when they are asleep. It will also help enhance the sleep surface making it more comfortable to sleep on.

Raised Air Beds are an excellent alternative to a traditional box spring and mattress and will provide as much comfort, if not more, for your guests, plus they are a less costly solution and have the added benefit of saving space when they are not in use.

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