As its name indicates, air mattresses are full of air. The mattress is usually pumped with air to keep it inflated, thus allowing it to support its user. However, over time, air mattresses begin to lose air through permeation. After continuous use, compressed air is pushed through the material of the mattress causing the mattress to deflate. Thus, all air mattresses must be inflated continuously.
Intrusion in the Middle of the Bed
Dual-air-chamber adjustable air mattresses are designed with two separate compartments. The firmness or softness of these two compartments can be adjusted to suit the user. Due to the design of an adjustable air mattress, a trench is created where the two compartments meet. This intrusion in the middle of the air mattress can be uncomfortable. This can only be avoided by purchasing a single-air-chamber model air mattress bed.
Price is always an issue when considering a new purchase. In most cases, air mattresses are cheaper than alternatives; though, this is not always the case. In some models, adjustable air mattress beds can be more expensive than memory foam pads, water beds and innerspring mattresses.
Air mattresses can be made from several materials including vinyl, synthetic plastic, rubber or fabric to keep them lightweight, flexible and portable. All of these materials are easily punctured with a sharp object. Special care is needed around air mattresses to prevent breaking the mattress or puncturing a hole in the mattress.