An air mattress is an inflatable mattress, usually made of plastic or textile-reinforced plastic or rubber. The deflated mattress can be rolled up and carried or stored relatively easily, making air mattresses a popular choice for camping trips and for temporary bedding at home for guests. They are inflated either orally, by blowing into a valve, or with a manual, foot-powered or electric pump.
Traditional mattresses sizes are available – twin, full, queen, king, etc. – and standard sheets should fit, albeit sometimes more snugly. Lightweight, reduced-size air mattresses specifically intended for camping and backpacking, often called sleeping pads, are also available.
Ruggedly-built air mattresses have come on the market in recent years that are intended for full time use in the home. Often mounted on a special foundation, they are made of durable plastic- or rubber-impregnated fabrics, and are usually equipped with an electric pump and a firmness controller. For double beds they have the advantage that each half of the bed has its own firmness control. This type of product is usually called an air bed, to distinguish it from camping mattresses. Some individuals who relocate frequently prefer an air bed over a traditional mattress due to its portability.
The term air mattress may also refer to a certain inflatable swimming pool toy, which has an air-sac “pillow” and several (usually four or five) tubes running its length. Also called “pool air mat”, “air mat”, “pool lounge”, or “float(ing) mattress”, it is used to recline on the surface of a swimming pool. Although it bears some resemblance to an air mattress, it is typically not built as strong and may not reliably stay inflated all night long, making it impractical for use as a bed.
Air supported mattress and box spring sets are designed to appeal to those people who have never been able to find the mattress which perfectly suited their body’s needs. Now with the touch of a button either size of the ComfortAire bed can be adjusted in seconds to the perfect comfort level. The Gold Series Pillow Top Air Supported Mattress Set combines a soft plush surface feel with a firm level of support determined by the individual hand controls. Perfect for the husband and wife who have different ideas of the firmness level needed to obtain their best nights sleep. Pressure point reduction and less tossing and turning are just a few of the benefits of the System.