Using an Air Mattress as a Primary Bed

Sometimes there are situations where people have to sleep on an air mattress longer than a few weeks; this could be either moving, renovating, or long term travel. In these situations an air mattress becomes a primary bed, and it’s worthwhile to invest in a quality air mattress.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, most people feel a mattress and bedding is crucial to sleeping well. A poll by the NSF in 2012 showed that 93% of respondents rated having a comfortable bed and pillow. When it comes to sleeping well, everybody knows mattresses play a critical part.

Moving and Renovating

This is a common time for people to use an air mattress. In this “in between” time of moving or renovating, it can often span many months before houses are sold or renovations finish. We have a number of customers who use their air mattress as their primary bed during this time. One such customer is from Nashville, TN, and he describes his experience using the California King Size Best Guest Air Mattress:

“We bought this bed to use while renovating a house on week-ends. It is very comfortable, easy to set up and hasn’t leaked any air. We have deflated it and moved it from room to room with no problem. We also added a 2″ memory foam topper for added comfort. Very quick shipping. Best purchase we’ve made.”


While people are in the process of selling their home, they look for ways to improve the décor of the home. Buying a whole new mattress just for staging purposes can be costly. An affordable air mattress that looks nice is a useful alternative, and it can be inflated for months. One of our reviewers used her Fox Signature Memory Foam to help stage a room:

“I’m using my air bed to ‘stage’ one of my bedrooms while my house is for sale. I didn’t want to leave the bedroom bare so this was a great alternative. It went together easily & looks terrific. After I sell my house, it will come in handy for a spare bed for visitors in my new home.”

Permanent Guest Bed

Getting a quality air mattress as a permanent guest bed might be a viable solution, especially if you’re on a tight budget. Once money or space no longer becomes an issue, having an extra air mattress around is never a bad idea.

For most guest beds, looking into a raised air mattress with some sort of topper will ensure guests feel right at home.


It even comes down to personal preference, some people just prefer to sleep on an air mattress. This could be for various reasons. Back problems are sometimes a factor in why people opt for an air mattress. If this sounds like you, there are just a few things to keep in mind. Purchase a raised air mattress to limit the strain of getting in and out of bed. Most raised air mattresses are at least 20 inches. This also adds more air to support your back with. An air mattress with a built-in pump is preferable because it allows you to adjust to optimal firmness level.

Even if you don’t have back problems, some customers find they enjoy sleeping on an air mattress. Read what one of our customers out of San Francisco had to say:

“I bought this as a temporary solution but after sleeping on it for a while, I see no reason to get another bed. It is more comfortable than my traditional bed and it will be much easier to move when the time comes. I have had no problem with losing air and it is incredibly sturdy. The height is perfect (and generous at 25 inches).”

No matter the reason for long term use, read what other customers have to say. Every product on our website can be reviewed, so you don’t just have to take our word for it.

Best In Home Air Mattress

Now that summer holidays are upon us, it’s likely you’ll have family and friends come and visit you. Not everyone has a guest room where they can put up their guests, so many people resort to an air mattress. With an air mattress at your disposal, you can turn your living room or office into a guest room pretty quickly. We’ve tried a lot of air mattresses, so it’s easy to know which ones guests usually prefer. We also know the best hints and tips to make your guest’s air mattress feel more comfortable.

Tips For any Air Mattress:

  • Keep your Guest Warm and Comfortable: Many of the quality, raised air mattresses offer a memory foam or pillow top that comes with the purchase of the air mattress. This adds comfort to the air mattress, and makes it feel like a real bed. It also helps out in one other way, it keeps your guest warmer. While this may not seem like a concern in the summertime, it’s better to put a blanket between them and the guest. This way, your guest has more options and won’t get cold during the night. It’s easy to take blankets off the top so a guest can achieve the optimal temperature they want.
  • Add Bedding to Any Air Mattress: Air mattresses are designed to fit standard sheets depending on its size. Setting your guest’s air mattress up with regular bedding can go a long way to making a guest feel at home. As previously mentioned, putting a blanket in between the guest and the air mattress is a good practice. (An air mattress doesn’t need this if it doesn’t have a memory foam or pillow top.) Simply put the fitted sheet over top of the blanket, which secures the blanket and the sheet.
  • Offer Ear Plugs and Sleep Mask: To ensure your guest has the best night’s sleep in your home, offer them ear plugs and sleep mask. This is especially important if your guest is sleeping in a place where they noise levels are high, or the morning light comes into the window full force. This way they have an option of sleeping later, even if you’re up and about.

The Best Guest Beds

Perusing around can be a little daunting at times. It can be difficult to sift through all the air mattresses on the site. Also, some things are just hard to quantify, or they simply come down to personal preference. This is also one reason why we offer reviews for each of our air mattresses. This allows each customer the option of reading a variety of opinions. That way, you’re more likely to come across someone with similar preferences to your own.

Even beyond the review, there are product descriptions and pictures designed to help people make an educated decision when it comes to their purchase. Even after all that, there are still air beds that most people agree on as the best in home air mattress.

  • Fox Air Bed Signature Memory Foam Air Mattress: Right off the bat, the nice thing about this air mattress is we have a video you can watch. This helps you to see the air bed more closely, and decide if it has the features you need. Most people agree the Fox Signature Memory Foam is a comfortable air mattress, and some people even use it as their primary bed. This might be due to a number of factors: its 1 inch memory foam, raised 25 inch height, reinforced edges, and one year warranty. It also looks better than most air mattresses and comes with a bed skirt and top sheet. This air mattress is the perfect solution for putting up guests. It’s cheaper than refurnishing a whole new room, but the air mattress is such a great quality guests will sleep well. This air bed runs at $249.99.
  • Intex Memory Foam Top Queen Air Mattress: For those who are looking for maybe a cheaper air mattress should look to the Intex Memory Foam. It may not have all the features of the Fox Air Bed, but it still has received quality reviews. You can watch a video about the Intex Memory Foam to see its unique features in action. This air mattress runs at $99.99.
  • Fox Airbed King Size Best Guest Air Mattress:Sometimes even a queen air mattress won’t cut it. For those of you who are putting up the taller than average guest, this is the air mattress to invest in. It has a 750 pound weight capacity and is 7 feet long, making any guest feel at ease. You could even pull it out for family movie night. Like other Fox Airbeds, it has a high output pump that inflates even this California king in less than 2 minutes. As a middle ground between the two other air mattresses, this bed is $179.99.

Putting up family and friends in small spaces never has been easier. Investing in a quality air mattress ensure a great night’s sleep for all your guests.

If you still feel overwhelmed with how to be a proper host, check out this article by Apartment Therapy, which gives more advice on how to make guests feel at ease when you don’t have a guest room.

Fall Asleep Earlier Tonight

My coworker, Juliette, explained that she and her husband made a plan to get to bed earlier this week. “We are useless if we don’t get to bed at a good time,” she laughed. She also explained to me that they are more likely to sleep better if they fall asleep at the same time, so it’s been a team effort for the two of them in improving their sleep. They have both found that making a commitment to be in bed, working on falling asleep, before 10:00 p.m. is a realistic deadline.

Many people wish they could go to sleep earlier, and they often make commitments to do so. However, it can be difficult to integrate a new routine into your lifestyle that will blossom into a habit. Fortunately there are some steps in which you can take to build healthy sleeping routines. Check out our suggestions to help you get you bed earlier and maintain your system:

  • Set a bed time: Children are not the only ones who need a schedule, including a bed time. For a busy life, a bed time is a great way to give yourself the consistent energy you need to accomplish the things you wish to do. Make sure this bed time is reasonable. Everyone has a limited amount of 24 hours in a day, and there are always loads of things to do each night. Consider the time you have been falling asleep. Since you wish to go to bed earlier, start out by adjusting this time to 30 minutes earlier.
  • Time your evening routine: How long does it take you to brush your teeth, take your medicine, wash your face, say your prayers, read a book, whatever it is you do before crawling into bed? It may take you 20 minutes to complete this routine. Not a problem, this just means that you need to calculate this time before your desired bedtime. For example, if you want to get to bed at 10:00 pm, but it takes you 30 minutes to get ready for sleep, then you need to start this process at 9:30. Setting a bed time, doesn’t mean that you say you are going to sleep by 10:00 when you still have a load of things to do.
  • Set an alarm in the evening: Use whatever alarm is least obnoxious (or maybe you prefer a shrilling buzz). In any case, set a dependable alarm that includes the time it will take you to fulfill your routine before bed.
  • Set a curfew for your electronics: If you like to unwind with TV or the latest Deadspin post on your smartphone, then do so at a limited time before bed. It may help you to get to bed earlier if you limit electronic use.
  • Dim the backlight of your electronics: If you must use your phone for emails or you need to read on your tablet before bed, then it can be beneficial to dim the backlight. A bright backlight can affect your ability to fall sleep, especially if your eyes are exposed to it right before sleep. Using a dimmer light will not be as harsh on your eyes.
  • Keep a notepad near your bed: This notepad can be used to jot down things on your mind. Use this scratch paper to unload your worries or build your to-do list for the next day. By writing these things down, you can free your mind and prepare your body to rest.
  • Leave school and work behind: Grant yourself space from work and school. This means that you may have to finish homework and emails earlier. If possible, keep work and school separate from your bedroom. This will help your body to associate your bed with sleep and other private matters.
  • Listen to your body: If you are dragging and feel yourself falling asleep earlier than expected, then listen to your body. Go to sleep when your body naturally needs to, even if you haven’t finished all that you need to do. Your body will thank you in the morning.

You may not be able to fall asleep early right away. This may take time to train your body into a new schedule. Before long, your body’s natural clock will start adjusting, and you will finally be able to get to bed at a decent hour.