How to Make an Air Mattress More Comfortable

There is nothing like the great outdoors, is there? The smell and sound of nature all around you is an intoxicating feeling. 

Camping allows us to immerse ourselves in that experience and truly be at one with nature. But if you are anything like me, you still want some comfort while you are camping.

Air mattresses are a staple for many of us. Not just for sleepovers or surprise guests, but to provide us with a comfortable sleep as we snooze under the stars. 

A common complaint of air mattresses is that they aren’t the most comfortable. They can feel hard, thin, and sometimes bumpy, all of which impact our sleep.

So today, let's look at how to make an air mattress more comfortable so that your sleep never suffers again!

How to Make an Air Mattress More Comfortable

There are a few ways you can make your air mattress more comfortable to sleep on, all of which we shall look at now!

These tips and tricks will range in price, and how easy they are to do, so there is bound to be a solution for you and your air mattress!

Is your mattress treated right?

No, I don’t mean bringing it a coffee and asking about its feelings, but rather how you make your air mattress. Are you tossing a sleeping bag on it and calling it a day? That might be why your air mattress isn’t very comfortable. 

Although we usually take the bare essentials when we camp, why not up your game and treat your air mattress like your bed at home? Adding mattress toppers, sheets, and blankets will transform your mattress. 

Don’t forget a thick and warm quilt or comforter to sleep under! We all know how cold a tent can get; creating a cozy bed can keep you toasty and asleep all night!

You can always unzip your sleeping bag and use that as your quilt. Sleeping bags are already thick and designed for outdoor use, so it is bound to keep you cozy in the night! 

Consider swapping the thickness of your sheets and blankets depending on the weather while you are camping. You don’t want to be sweating or cold, as this will impact your sleep quality. 

Don’t forget to bring your pillows either! Be sure to test your pillow out to find the right one that will offer support and comfort all night! It might take you a little longer to set up, but it will make the thought of going to sleep more appealing. 

Top the mattress

We mentioned above adding a mattress topper to your air mattress to make it more comfortable. If you complain that your air mattress is too hard, cold, or uncomfortable, then this is an option for you to consider! 

Toppers range in price and are great additions to your mattress. Make sure that it fits an air mattress before you purchase the topper to avoid disappointment! You don’t need to spend a lot here to get a good quality topper! 

It’s worth looking at the materials you want from your topper; memory foam will be an excellent addition thanks to how soft it is, but this will be down to personal preference. 

You can have a go at a DIY topper if you don’t want to spend a fortune. Often, people struggle to find an appropriate memory topper, a common complaint being that the mattress is too tall for suitable, so they turn to their ideas. 

Try laying foam pads or bubble wrap underneath a fitted sheet to see if there is an improvement! You can play around with the materials to find the one that enhances your comfort. 


Having the correct ventilation can make all the difference! Not only will you be more comfortable, but you will be able to settle into your air mattress better and enjoy your sleep. 

Air mattresses are pretty good at ventilation on their own; a common camping complaint is how cold we can get in the night.

Adding a layer between your body and the air mattress will aid in comfort and provide additional warmth. Whether it is a fitted sheet or a blanket, you should feel the benefit. 

Make sure that the blankets you have brought with you are thick enough to keep you warm too. Check the weather prediction before you set off so you can plan and pack appropriately. 

If you find yourself too hot, a good idea is to lift your mattress off the ground. This will increase airflow and allow for appropriate ventilation.

You can also choose a material that has holes in to aid this ventilation further. Be sure that your sheets aren’t too thick so that you aren’t sweating and tossing and turning all night. 

Lifting the mattress

As we just mentioned, lifting your mattress off the floor can be beneficial. Laying foam tiles underneath the mattress will add comfort and make you forget there is little between your mattress and the cold, hard ground!

Foam tiles are an affordable option and a versatile one that you can use all over the floor of your tent for a comfortable experience. 

Alternatively, you can try a cot. These work well with air mattresses to raise it from the ground and aid in your comfort.

A cot will also help with getting out of the bed, as it will feel more like a bed at home rather than you raising from the ground! 

Is it all in the mattress?

Many argue, and I would agree, that the air mattress you have plays a huge factor in the comfort of your sleep. If you have the budget or are considering purchasing a new air mattress, there are a few things you should keep your eye out for. 

You don’t need to spend a lot to get a great quality air mattress; plenty of reasonably priced mattresses will allow you to have a great night’s sleep! Look out for thick mattresses and those with a high weight capacity, as this will tell you how durable it is. 

When searching for your new mattress, you consider the essential factors that will provide you with a reliable and comfortable mattress. Look out for the warranty, the materials used, its thickness, and if it has an internal pump or not. All of these will indicate the quality and durability of the air mattress.

Don’t forget to check the reviews other customers have left to see how the air mattress performed, so you are buying a comfortable mattress. 

Final Word 

As you can see, there are a few different ways we can make our air mattresses more comfortable.

Adding toppers, selecting the right pillows and blankets, and correct ventilation are ways our mattresses can become more comfortable and allow us a better night’s sleep.

After a day with nature, we deserve it, don’t we? 

Andrew Mullen

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