The Evolution of the Twin Air Mattress
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If your home is not big enough for a spare room for people to sleep over but you want to be able to offer visiting friends a place to rest their head at nights, you may find a twin air mattress is a great solution for you.
These items are inflatable beds, measuring around 39 inches wide × 75 to 80 inches, which can be packed away when not being used, then brought out and inflated as needed. Nowadays they are very easy and convenient to use as they often come with an electric or battery-operated pump that will inflate the mattress in a few minutes or less. So, if you keep it in the closet with a twin bed in a bag , you can just add a pillow and a comforter and you have a bed ready for your guest in no time!
Of course the space saving element of these mattresses is attractive for those living in apartments, but they have been made more and more comfortable over the years that some people choose these items as their permanent bed in their main bedroom and nowadays they come in all sizes – even Kings! Gone are the days when this was just a camping bed for the “softer” campers who didn’t like the ground-sheet and sleeping bag concept; now they can be serious beds.
Over the years the twin size air mattress has evolved with new, more comfortable materials used on the sleeping surface of the mattress – softer and more capable of holding the sheets in place (which was a problem with the early air mattresses) – as well as non-slip additions to the underside which means they can be used on tiled floors without too much migration in the middle of the night!
Air mattresses are usually made by specialist manufacturers, not the conventional mattress companies (excluding the likes of Sleep Number which use an adjustable air-chamber mattress for their beds.) They might be camping and outdoor specialists for example. Some names you will come across when searching for these items will be Intex, Coleman, Cabela, Aero International or Texsport. You will also come across frames that can be used to raise the mattress off the ground, but these are normally used for camping.
Of course, the other major benefit of these beds, apart from the convenience and space-saving, is that they are usually cheap. You can pick up one of these items online for just $15 or $20 for the most basic vinyl item. They can go up to $700 or 800 for the King size mattresses with all the whistles and bells, but if you are looking for a reasonably comfortable twin size item as a spare bed $50 to $80 will get you a decent standard.