An air mattress is very convenient to use as an alternative sleeping location. Unfortunately, you cannot use it on a regular bed frame. This is because a standard, wooden frame comes with between 3 and 5 slats for support. These are not effective in supporting the aforementioned.
If you really want to get yours raised higher and off the floor, there are a few solutions you can utilize. It is well known that getting on and off one especially if it’s of a low height if located on the floor is quite challenging. Thus, these solutions should assist you.
Use A Piece Of Plywood
Get a piece of plywood that has the same measurements as the mattress and the bed frame. It is best if the plywood has a thickness of 3/4 inch. Once you get it, ensure that you cover with a material such as tarp or some other non-penetrative sheet. This protects the material from splinters that could emerge in the plywood and cause it to burst. Once you are done, place the plywood on the bed frame and the mattress on the plywood surface. This is a safe and effective way for you to have your air mattress on top of your wooden bed frame.
Utilize A Box Spring
If the plywood strategy is too much for you, a box spring can come in handy to solve this problem. Find a box spring and place it on the bed frame. After that, cover it with tarp or some other material that prevents the sharp springs from pricking through. Once the protective material is installed, you can place it on the box spring and you now have a comfortable raised bed to sleep on. As you can see from the inset picture the metal frame will not support anything that has too much weight applied to it, sagging will occur in a very short amount of time. Therefore a box spring (also known as a foundation) will counter this issue effectively.
Get A Special Frame
If you do not want to go through the hassle of these DIY projects, you can simply purchase ready made air mattress bed frames. This type is also known as a Pragma platform. It is built in such a way that the mattress can sit on it safe from sharp edges or slipping off. This gives you a safe, firm, comfortable surface to lay your head.
Overcoming Potential Issues
The main issue that can occur from raising the air bed off the ground and onto a foundation is unnecessary sliding and unwanted movement. This can be very annoying and even unsafe. Below we will discuss a couple of ways to counter this:
- Positioning: It may not always be possible due to space or other restrictions, but where possible, place the mattress and foundation up against the wall as opposed to in the middle of the room. Better yet, if possible, use two walls to corner your setup, which will reduce movement by upto 50%.
- Velcro: Another method to stop slipping and sliding is to place heavy duty velcro strips to join the mattress and box / foundation / plywood together. Be sure to affix strips in both directions to stop movement in the different directions.
How To Maintain Your Air Mattress
Ensure that you pump some air into your mattress regularly. Even the most expensive air mattresses can start sagging over time. This is caused by natural loss of air and stretching of the material, which is usually PVC. Thus, if you want to use yours comfortably for a number of nights continuously, be sure to inflate it somewhat after every two to four days. This can be done quite easily, and certain products such as the SoundAsleep Dream Series Air Mattress have one 1-click built-in pumps for easy and fast inflation. Others will require the use of an external pump which can be fiddly but still worth the effort. The more expensive and better options will have dual pumps, one to inflate or deflate, and another which will detect loss of air and inflate automatically accordingly.
As you can see there are a few options available to raise yours higher off the floor if required. But, a regular wooden frame isn’t the answer, and will eventually cause damage or discomfort. There is no best or worst solution of the above options, it’s simply what you have available to you in terms of materials and budget.