Mattresses have come a long way. From leaves and palm fronds strewn on the floor, to mattresses stuffed with feathers, straw, wool or reeds, to the present-day mattresses made of a combination (or solely) of springs, memory foam and cloth. In 1980, the first air mattress was invented, and it created a versatile mattress which remains much loved today. These versatile mattress is available in many places, and well suited for many applications - sleeping included.
Basic raised air mattress
The cheapest raised air mattresses can be found at budget stores like Walmart. These raised air mattresses can be found in the sporting sections, and are sold according to use, such as for floating on water or an airbed for camping (though some can be used for both). These raised airbeds will not always be of the highest quality and may not last more than a few seasons.
Better quality raised air mattresses
If you are looking for an air bed which will serve as a spare bed when you have company or for a child's bedroom, then stores like Bed, Bath and Beyond and Marks and Spencer would be a better source. They come in various sizes, from single to a double airbed to a queen airbed to king. These beds com with a variety of price ranges, meaning that you will be able to find cheap air beds to buy here. You may even find these beds on sale - a price which may be comparable to the lesser quality raised air mattresses found elsewhere.
Best quality raised air mattress
If you are serious about camping or are looking to buy a raised air bed which can be used as an everyday bed, then specialised camping supply or sporting goods stores and furniture stores might be the place for you. Sporting supply stores can offer beds which are inflatable in a range of prices which will be guaranteed to last more than a few seasons. Furniture outlet stores will be a good source for raised air mattresses like the Select Comfort mattress. Online dealers may also be an excellent source, like Amazon, for they do not have to have the added cost of maintaining a brick and mortar building.