Inflatable mattresses: the new way to host overnight guests


When hosting guests overnight, always come the question of where are they going to sleep? And then, if you have a small flat, where to pack the bed that overnight guests used? Inflatable mattresses offer a comfortable solution to this delicate question with the added option of rolling the bed in a drawer ‘til the

When hosting guests overnight, always come the question of where are they going to sleep?

And then, if you have a small flat, where to pack the bed that overnight guests used?

Inflatable mattresses offer a comfortable solution to this delicate question with the added option of rolling the bed in a drawer ‘til the next guests come over, so no need to worry about the tidying of the place.

Prices on inflatable mattresses, much to our amazement, range widely from £30 for the cheapest to a painful £200 for the most expensive one.

Truth be told, air mattresses have come a long way since the first ones to appear on the market a few decades ago: at that time, air mattresses were very uncomfortable, didn’t last long and had to be re-inflated almost every day.

Nowadays, air-mattresses are as comfortable as regular mattresses and some even look like real beds!

The best air mattresses to be on the market at the moment are the ones that have a built-in pump, sparing your time in finding the pump and the batteries that come with it.

The built-in pumps mean that you put your inflatable mattress flat on the floor and start pumping straight away.

Some air beds are now solely manufactured for indoor use (overnight guests) whilst others are built to be for outdoor use and indoor use.

So, before buying an inflatable mattress, make sure you know which uses it will serve or you will end up with a very quickly ruined air bed.

Do also remember that air beds come in a variety of sizes and so, you can buy a very normal double or an almost king size air bed!

It is even possible to purchase a raised air bed, making getting out of bed even easier, than with a normal inflatable mattress which is closer to the floor.

Be especially careful to purchase a raised air bed if you have joints and knee problems as, getting up from a low point will be particularly tough on your body.

Contemporary air beds even hold different air chambers rather than the sole air chamber seen on traditional air beds; these different air chambers allow you to make adjustments on the inflating of the mattress.

Flocking of one side of the air bed has become a regular feature amongst manufacturers: this flocking is usually made of a velvety-like material and avoid slipping and sliding off the bed when sleeping.

The flocked side of the air mattress is the side on which you are supposed to sleep; the other side, usually plastic-like is the side that goes on the floor.

If you use your air bed outdoors, do put a cover on the floor before putting down your mattress as it will help protect the air bed from stones or twigs piercing a hole in your air bed.

At the moment, manufacturers tend to add a lot of “features” to the air beds they sell: try to see through the publicity stunt and choose an air bed, maybe simpler, but much more comfortable.

Coleman, the world’s leading camping and outdoor gear manufacturer, offers, amongst others air bed, a “Comfort double Airbed”, priced at £32.99.

Its dual air chamber allows each sleeper to adjust the firmness of the mattress to their content whilst the material used to build it, PVC, is renowned for its durability.

As for the pump, it features a built-in pump composed of the “Coleman Double Lock Valve”.

The “Intex Deluxe Pillow raised Airbed with built-in Electric Pump” is another interesting air bed mattress.

Intex is another company specialized in inflatable objects.

This particular mattress is sold for £42.99 and offers a built-in pillow for a better comfort, and an electric built-in pump which permits the mattress to be inflated in roughly 5 minutes.

Moreover, this mattress is raised 42 centimetres from the floor, which makes it easier to get out of this bed in the morning!

Intex has a large range of mattress of all sizes, colours and types that should make your choice easier.

Aerobed is one of the specialist of inflated mattresses, focusing solely on inflatable objects.

Their “Ultra Mattress, Beige, Double” cost £145 but offers a comfort to a par with any other bed and its built-in pump is impressive of efficiency.

Inflated and deflated in under a minute thanks to a specific feature designed by Aerobed, this mattress is flocked with a velvety finish for added comfort and comes with a washable, removable, machine washable, cover.

Once deflated, this mattress is rolled and stored in its own carry bag for good tidying of the house.

On this very competitive market, a fourth company deserves to be told of its quality Airbeds: Kampa.

Specialists in all things related to camping, their air bed can be easily used for indoor and outdoor uses.

Their “Stay-up Double XL Bed”, priced at £49.99, is a very versatile, but comfortable and stable air bed with its non-slip surface and coil beam construction.

Coming with a built-in pump, its exclusive fast-flow, non-return valve which stops leakages and makes the pumping easier and quicker.

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