All you need to know about Air Bed Systems

Understanding How an Air Bed System works:

Every air bed is made up of the following basic components:

The Air Chambers

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There are many materials with which to make high-quality air chambers for today's sophisticated air beds. There is PVC, (polyvinyl chloride, a plastic), nylon, urethane (which is synthetic rubber), and Vulcanized Natural Rubber, just to name a few. PVC and urethane are considered desirable because the materials are largely inert and don't deteriorate. However, PVC, nylon, and urethane tend to be less responsive, feel a lot stiffer, and don't seem to offer the flexibility and elasticity found in natural vulcanized rubber air bladders, especially when inflated to higher pressures.

Vulcanized rubber air bladders allow for remarkable flexibility within a full range of motion from plush to firm, without either bottoming out or getting as hard as a rock. Advances in safer, less toxic adhesives have made the vulcanized rubber air bladders the best choice for an air bed bladder, which is why we only sell this typ of air beds and replacement parts.

The Air Pump and Hand Controls


Probably the most critical component of an adjustable air bed system is the pump used to control air flow and fill the air bed bladders.The pump should be fairly quiet when in operation, or operate with a slight hum. High capacity pumps are critical. Our pumps include a "Whisper-Quiet" pneumatic air compressor system which features custom computerized circuitry that has been exclusively designed to hold for many years.

All Air Beds should come with at least 1 (Twin and Twin XL) or 2 ergonomically designed hand controls. A numerical reference when adjusting the comfort and support level of the bed is very important to make it easy for anyone to find his or her personal level of comfort. 


Foam Side Rails

These are very important as well and have to be of a higher quality as they avoid the bed to "bow out" or flex outward when weight is applied to the bed. Our beds have rigid foam side rails as part of the air bed design. These foam rails not only support and shape the air bed, but they also prevent edge sag and make getting in and out of bed easier. 

Air Bed Cover and Foam Comfort Layers

All covers, no matter what the style should offer a zip off possibility in order for you to dry clean as needed, ensuring you always have a clean, hygienic sleep surface. The quality of the materials for the comfort layers is essential as it is the last step to deliver a sound good night sleep.