Mattresses, Mattresses Everywhere: Air beds


Mattresses are designed to prove the support and comfort you need to relax and have a good night’s sleep. While the most popular mattresses these days are innerspring, foam and pillow top mattresses, it’s always best to weigh all your options. One of the lesser used mattress types found in Houston is the air bed mattresses, which we’ll be talking about in today’s blog post.

Air beds

Air bed mattresses use an adjustable air chamber as its support system. These mattresses are covered by padding or upholstery materials which can include various foams and fiber. Air beds allow you to adjust the firmness and usually allow each side of the bed to be controlled separately to please the needs of couples.

The skeleton of air mattresses is made of foam rails, which gives its shape and allows you to sit on the edge of the mattress without falling over. The main part of the bed is made up of air chambers. Air beds either have separate or built in pumps to fills the chambers with air.

Finally, all air beds have a top foam later and special cover made to help prevent punctures as well as provide extra comfort.


  • Air beds provide personalized, adjustable support which tends to result in greater comfort and pain relief.
  • Good longevity and last for an average of 9 years because they can be repaired by the owners themselves.
  • Little to no initial gassing/odor problem.
  • Little to no owners of air beds have complained about sleeping hot or cold through the night.
  • The core of the bed does not need to be rotated or flipped, however the comfort layers may benefit from being rotated or flipped occasionally.


  • Air beds are mechanical which means more can conceivably go wrong with them.
  • Noisy when filling mattress with air.
  • Air bed availability in smaller markets can be very limited.
  • On the pricier side of mattresses. Range from $450-$5000+
  • At least 25% of owners have at least partially paid for replacement parts at some point during ownership.
  • Warranties are 10-25 years in length, but usually only the first few years are non-prorated, so owners will often need to pay 20%+ of repair costs.

Mattress Types

Mattresses are designed to provide the support and comfort you need to relax and rest. If you’ve had your mattress for a while, it may be time to buy a new one. Research shows that people sleep better and suffer less back pain when sleeping on a newer bed. Matching your specific comfort needs is important when choosing the right mattress because mattresses are made with a variety of materials and technologies that meet a broad array of people’s needs, tastes and budgets.


According to consumer reports, mattresses should be evaluated every seven to ten years for quality and support. There are many options to choose from if you haven’t shopped for a new mattress recently:

– Innerspring Mattress – Uses a steel coil system. The greater number of coils, the more points of support and greater distribution, and the bed can better contour and support the sleeper.

– Foam Mattress – Uses one or more types of foam for support. The foam used in these mattresses can be manufactured in a variety of shapes and densities.

– Hybrid Mattress – Combines steel coil support and one or more types of foam.

– Pillow Top Mattress – Provides an additional upholstery layer sewn into the top of the mattress. This layer can be made from a variety of fiber and foam materials.

– Gel Mattress – Uses a type of foam that contains gel in the product’s support system, upholstery layers, or both.

– Memory Foam Mattress – Uses high density polyurethane foam as the support system, in the upholstery layer, or both.

Often times people tend to repurchase the same type of mattress they had before out of fear of making a costly mistake or because they are unsure of their options. Researching products takes time, something many of us have little of to spare, but it is important to consider all your options so you are better equipped to cut through the hype and choose a bed that meets your needs.