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Blow-up mattresses don’t have to be tiny! In fact, a queen-size model offers comfort and convenience, and means that surprise sleepover buddies don’t have to rough it on the couch! Whatever your needs, here are a few things to look for in the ever-handy balloon bed.

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Inflatable mattress options are usually twin-sized or queen. For ease of use, portability, or even squeezing into the family tent, a twin is the way to go. But a queen-size mattress stored at your camp clubhouse or cabin will serve your guests or extended family in ultimate style.


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Some mattresses are a single layer and fine for throwing out anywhere you have the floor space. But the most comfortable ones are the equivalent of a box spring and mattress, about 18 to 20 inches high, and make both sleeping in the bed and rolling out of it in the morning more comfortable.


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Originally, air mattresses were sold with a separate pump that required making a connection to both an outlet and the mattress itself. The best modern versions feature a built-in pump that makes inflating the bed easier and also eliminates the risk of losing a vital component so that you can rest in peace rather than in pieces.