A Guide to Air Bed Dimensions
In recent years, air beds have become a convenient alternative to regular beds. Not only are they comfortable to sleep on, but they are also practical and can be easily stored away. Air bed dimensions are measured according to length, width and height. This varies according to their sizes making them suitable for different purposes.
A typical twin-size air bed measures 75 in by 39 in by 18 in. A twin XL air bed measures 80 in by 39 in by 19 in. A full-size air bed measures 90 in by 54 in by 17 in. A Queen-size air bed measures 80 in by 60 in by 18 in. A King-size air bed measures 80 in by 76 in by 16 in. A California-king air bed usually measures 84 in by 72 in by 20 in.
According to their dimensions, air beds can be used for a variety of indoor and outdoor purposes. Some people even use them long-term because of their health benefits. This is discussed in our article about air bed benefits. They are great for camping instead of spending the night sleeping on the ground. They can also be used at home for guests, and depending on the size, they could accommodate two sleepers. This air bed size guide will help you choose the appropriate size for your requirements.
Air Bed Sizes
Air bed dimensions differ as they come in different sizes and these sizes will determine where and how they can be used.
Air mattress sizes include twin, twin XL, full size, queen size, king size and California king size, with twin being the smallest and California king the largest. Air bed heights vary from 6 inches to 18 inches.
Twin-Size Air Mattress
A twin-size air mattress is usually 75 x 39 x 18 inches (L x W x H). A twin-size air mattress only accommodates one person. However, the height (thickness) of a twin-size air mattress will differ according to whether the mattress is a double- or single-tall. A single-tall air mattress has the same length and width dimensions as a double-tall mattress but is much thinner, usually under 10 inches high. A thinner mattress can be very practical for camping since it won’t take up as much space if used in a tent. For car camping, a single-tall version of a twin size is preferable, to fit into the available space. It’ll also be perfect for truck camping.
|Active Era Twin Air Mattress||Inches||Centimeters|
Twin XL Size Air Mattress
A twin XL air mattress is longer than a regular twin-size so it is a good option for taller and bigger people. However, it still only fits one person. It is usually 80 x 39 inches (L x W). A twin XL air mattress can be suitable for camping in large tents, but it is not suitable for car or truck camping because it needs a larger space.
|Tuomico Twin XL Air Mattress||Inches||Centimeters|
Full-Size Air Mattress Dimensions
A double-tall full-size air mattress is usually 75 x 54 x 17 inches (L x W x H). Sometimes the full-size is referred to as a “double” because it can comfortably fit two people. This size is ideal for indoor use and for camping. Single-tall full-size air mattresses are thinner than double-tall ones. A single-tall full-size air mattress is 75 x 54 x 10 inches (L x W x H). This thinner version is more suitable for car and truck camping than the thicker version. The thinner full-size air mattress can, of course, also be used indoors.
It is possible to find longer full-size air mattresses which measure about 90 x 54 (L x W). These are categorized as a full XL size. If you do find one of these, make sure that it will fit into the space that you need to use it. It is unlikely to fit into a truck or car.
|Sable Full-Size XL Air Bed||Inches||Centimeters|
Queen-Size Air Mattress
A double-tall queen-size air mattress is usually 80 x 60 x 18 inches (L x W x H). This size of air mattress can fit two people and is ideal for indoor use, especially when you have guests. It can also be a good choice for camping if you are using a relatively large tent. However, a double-tall queen-size air mattress won’t be suitable for car or truck camping. There is also a single-tall queen-size air mattress that is usually 80 x 60 x 10 inches (L x W x H). This size air mattress can easily accommodate two people who have a combined weight of less than 650 pounds. Read our article about air beds that hold 400 pounds or more to learn more about the weight capacities of various air beds.
|Bedsure Queen-Size Air Mattress||Inches||Centimeters|
King-Size Air Mattress
A king-size air mattress is usually 80 x 70 x 16.5 inches (L x W x H). This size air mattress is suitable for two people and can be perfect for camping as well as indoor use. However, this size won’t be suitable for truck or car camping.
The single-tall king-size air mattress has the same dimensions except for the height (thickness), so it is usually 80 x 70 x 9 inches (L x W x H). A single-tall mattress can be perfect for both camping and indoor use, but it won’t be as comfortable for heavier people. For more information about air bed weight capacities read our comprehensive guide on air mattress weight limits.
|Enerplex King-Size Air Bed||Inches||Centimeters|
California King-Size Air Mattress Dimensions
A California king-size air mattress is longer and wider than a regular king-size. While a king-size air mattress is 80 x 70 x 16.5 inches (L x W x H), a California king-size one is 84 x 72 x 20 inches (L x W x H). This size can fit inside a large tent for camping, but is too large to be used for car or truck camping.
|Englander California King-Size Air Bed||Inches||Centimeters|
You're also going to want to purchase an air mattress that is long-lasting. Be sure to read our article on how to choose a durable air mattress for more information. Also, be sure to check out our air bed price guide as well as our complete guide to air bed costs to make sure you understand the financial side of air mattresses too.
You might also find interest in learning what air beds are used in hospitals. Be sure to take a look at our related article for more information.
How to Choose the Best Air Mattress Size for A Guest Room
One of the best things about air mattresses is the flexibility that they offer. You can keep an air bed stored away until you need it, or keep it out and ready—it’s up to you. Air beds give you the freedom to use your extra guest room in a variety of ways.
To choose an air mattress size for a guest room, first determine how many guests will need to sleep in the room. Then determine if the guests will share the same bed or sleep on separate beds. Finally, determine the weights of the guests and ensure that the air mattress can hold the weight of the guests and all the bedding comfortably.
Step 1. How Many Guests Are You Expecting in Your Guest Room?
The number of guests you expect to accommodate in your guest room will help you determine the kind of air bed you need. Do you need a mattress for a single person or for two or more people? Will these guests sleep on the same bed or do you need separate beds for each? Are they children or adults? Will the type and number of guests vary? For example, this child’s air bed is the perfect solution for a toddler, while this double high air bed is suitable for an adult, However, please bear in mind that using inflatable beds can be dangerous for infants, as explained in this article, from Intex, a manufacturer of air beds.
Step 2. Will Guests Sleep on the Same Bed?
Bed-sharing is an important element to consider. If your guests won't be sleeping on the same bed, you will need several air beds. They will need to be smaller to be accommodated in the room. These twin air beds are sold in handy packs of two and can be used for multiple guests.
Step 3. Choose an Air Mattress Size That Fits
If you need an air bed for one guest, a twin-size air mattress will be big enough. If you're expecting two guests who will be sleeping on the same bed, a full-size air bed will suffice. If your guests won't spend the night on the same bed, you will need two or more air beds arranged in different areas.
How to Choose the Optimal Size Air Mattress for Camping
Camping with an air mattress can make a huge difference to how comfortable your night’s sleep will be. Air mattresses are very convenient to sleep on and are much better than spending the night on the ground or any other hard surface.
When choosing the optimal air mattress size for camping, ensure that the width and length of the air mattress are less than the width and length of the tent by 1-2 inches. Both single tall and double tall air mattresses will fit inside a tent, however single tall air mattresses will leave more headroom.
To ensure an enjoyable camping trip using your air mattress, read our article on common air bed dangers and how to fix them. Below is a guide for choosing an air mattress for camping with two examples of tents that will accommodate different sizes of air mattresses.
Camping with an Air Mattress in a Coleman Skydome Camping Tent
The dimensions of the Coleman SkyDome Camping Tent are 84 x 60 inches with a 48 inch center height. A queen-size air bed fits perfectly into this tent, covering the entire floor, and is comfortable for two individuals. Either a single-tall or a double-tall mattress is fine to use because the tent is tall enough in the center.
For those of you that are going tent camping for the first time, here is a quick video demonstration on how to set up your Coleman Skydome Camping Tent.
Camping with an Air Mattress in a Coleman Sundome Tent
The dimensions of the Coleman Sundome tent are 10 x 10 feet, making it large enough to accommodate any size air bed. Two queen-size air beds can fit into this tent at the same time, making it a great choice for a group that wants to share a tent. The tent comes with a full six foot center height, with enough space to accommodate either single- or double-tall air mattresses, and can even accommodate an elevated air bed. We provide helpful tips to do this in our complete guide on how to lift an air bed for camping.
Car Camping with an Air Mattress
Car camping can be one of the most interesting experiences to try. Choosing the right air mattress will mean conveniently spending a comfortable night in your car. Most SUVs and utility vehicles will easily accommodate an air bed inside when the rear seats are completely folded down.
For car camping with an air mattress in a SUV, measure the available space in the rear of the SUV and choose a single height air mattress which fits. For a sedan, select an air mattress specifically designed for the back seat of the car model since these spaces are smaller.
The dimensions of the back areas in a vehicle can vary a lot. Simply measure the clear flat area available once the seats of your SUV are folded down, to find out how much space you have for an air mattress. Be sure to choose a single-tall air bed since it will be a better fit for your car. For camping in a sedan, select a specially designed air bed for the back seat of your car.
Truck Camping with an Air Mattress
Have you ever tried truck camping? You can use an air mattress and enjoy a very comfortable night’s sleep in the back of your truck, as we explain in our article outlining simple steps to make a comfortable truck camping bed. Truck camping with an air mattress is easy, simply match the appropriate size mattress with the dimensions of the truck.
Below are two examples of trucks with different sized floor sleeping areas and the available mattresses that fit into them.
Camping in The Ram 1500 Express
In the Ram 1500 Express, the width of the floor in the sleeping area is 50 inches. For this truck, you can use a twin-size air mattress. If you need to use a bigger one, a full-size single tall air mattress should still fit easily.
Camping in The 2021 Chevrolet Colorado with Extended Cab
The surface area for sleeping in the 2021 Chevrolet Colorado is 62 inches in width. That means you can use a queen-size air mattress and it will fit perfectly. Make sure to get a single-tall one to suit the height of the truck.
What Are the Dimensions of an Air Mattress During Storage?
Of course, one of the biggest advantages of an air mattress is that it can be deflated and stored compactly. However, the final deflated size of the mattress will depend on the style and features of the mattress.
The dimensions of an airbed are greatly reduced when it is deflated and packed up. Choose an air bed that will fit into available storage space and luggage space, when traveling. A deflated queen-size air bed measures 17 in by 7 in by 13 in. A deflated full size XL air bed measures around 13 in by 7.5 in by 15.5 in and a deflated twin-size air bed measures about 3.4 in by 7.7 in by 7 in.
An air mattress can easily be deflated and packed away. To find out just how easy it is, read our step-by-step guide to deflating an air mattress.
Below are some examples of the differences in the dimensions of air mattresses that are packed up. If you have a tight fit for storage or traveling, be sure to check the dimensions of the deflated air mattress. This instruction manual, from Coleman, has handy tips to help you properly care for your air bed and store it so that it lasts longer.
|Product From Amazon||Unpacked AIr Bed Dimensions(L x W x H)||Packed Air Bed Dimensions(L x W x H)|
|Bedsure Queen Air Mattress||80 x 60 x 18 inches||17 x 7 x 13 inches|
|Sable Full-Size XL Air Mattress||90 x 54 x 17 inches||13 x 7.5 x 15.5 inches|
|Cottile Twin-Size Airbed||75 x 40 x 18 inches||3.4 x 7.7 x 7 inches|