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 and occupy 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 18 to 24 inches high depending on the brand and model you select. In other words pretty much the height of a standard box spring and mattress.
Inflating a Raised Air Bed 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 Raised Air Beds feature remote controls, enabling you to adjust the amount of air in the bed for optimum comfort level.
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 - once again depending on the brand and model. So here's a list of things to consider before you buy:
- Decide what size bed you're going to need. Typically, but not all, are available in:
- Single - 38 "x 75"
- Double - 54"x 75"
- King size - 60 "x 78"
- The typical Raised Air Bed is 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
- 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
- Bed linen - 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 to make sure that your linen will fit.
We would also suggest that you 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 - Some brands supply their Raised Air Beds with a mattress cover, 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.
(Please Note: Sizes are approximate and may vary between brands also, not all brands/models are available in all the three sizes)
If it's for 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 would probably do the job.
Raised Air Beds are an excellent alternative to a traditional box spring and mattress and will provide as much comfort 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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