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 just the 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 them is effortless and takes just a few minutes as most (but not all) brands/models are packaged with a powerful electric pump and in many brands/models the pump is built into the bed.
- It's also worth noting that quite a few raised air beds feature remote controls, enabling you to adjust the amount of air in the bed for optimum comfort level.
- Deflating these air beds 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. Some brands/models are fitted with both methods of deflation.
- Once deflated they can be rolled up compactly and stowed away until the next time you need it.
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 having 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, they are available
- Twin: 38 W x 75 L inches (approx.)
- Full: 54 W x 75 L inches (approx.)
- Queen: 60 W x 78 L inches (approx.)
- King: 72 W x 80 L inches (approx.)
If it's for a general guest bed then a Full or Queen would probably be the right choice.
If it's for one of the kids to use in College then a Twin would probably do the job.
- The typical raised air bed is made from heavy guage vinyl with electronically welded seams for strength and durablilty. Quality does vary depending on the guage 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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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