Great Blow Up Bed To Have In Your Inventory

Home Stager with Redesigned Spaces - Northern Virginia


Until I move into a warehouse space and have lots of strong men to help me, I am using the blow up bed method to furnish my vacant bedrooms.  Not only are they easy to store, set up and transport, it is also cost effective not only for me but for the renter and as long as no one jumps or tries to sleep on it for all intents and purposes it looks like a real bed. 

I try to check on my furnishings in vacant properties at least once a month and I have to say I have not needed to add air to this bed once.  Unfortunately, due to the price point, location and other town homes for sale in this particular area this lovely home has yet to sell so the mattress has been in use for months.  Denise Malden fellow Active Rainer and local staging friend and owner of Interior Concept Designs recommended this brand to me and she was spot on in her recommendation.

I have the air mattress sitting on top of 12 boxes with the bed skirt tacked to them.  I was not able to use the bottom sheet as the mattress was to large so this doesn't work for the "spa look" beds where you want the comforter turned down.  I had also purchased some wood art to use as the headboard however, due to the type of walls I could not get a nail through the wall but fortunately could switch out the original headboard idea for a picture.

Purchase this Coleman Raised Quickbed (airbed with electric pump) from WalMart for about $50.00 and didn't take longer then 20 minutes to fill. 


Redesigned Spaces is located in Fairfax County, Virginia and serves the Washington DC Metro Area.  Please contact Sandra Hughes at 703.750.0060 or visit our web site at to learn how we can assist you in merchandising your home for a faster and more profitable resale or how we can help you redesign your current space for living. 


Comments (46)

Amanda Freeman- Home Evolution Staging -Portland Oregon
Home Evolution Staging - Milwaukie, OR

So I did not use the kmart bed as planned, I used a premiere raised aerobed. It is too low in my opinion, but works none the less. I've had it in a house for 2 weeks now and it is holding air perfectly. It was expensive though...$299. I don't think I'll buy it again. The kmart one seems comparable.

I think it was Maureen Bray who mentioned the Frontgate EZbed. Has anyone used this one? Is it worth the $199 pricetag?

Feb 29, 2008 02:33 PM
Janis Gaines
Staging Sells Eugene Homes - Eugene, OR
Home Stager Eugene OR - The Notably Well-Dressed H

I've gotten my airbeds at Shopko, Walmart and Fred Meyer. If you don't put the mattress in the plastic zipper cover but just set it on top of the frame, you can put the skirt on first and just tape it up the middle to pull up the skirt a bit. Some of these airbeds are taller than others. If the bed is too low for you, purchase bed frame lifters at a bedding store. They raise the bed about 6 inches and come 4 to a box so I usually use a couple boxes and put them under 8 of the camper bed frame legs so that if someone sits on the bed, its still stable.

I've had pretty good luck with the mattresses. However, if one starts leaking, I trash it and get a new airmattress (Walmart has them for under $20). There's no way I'm going to spend time trying to find a tiny air leak and patch it. My hat is off to those who can do this.


Feb 29, 2008 03:24 PM
Sandra Hughes
Redesigned Spaces - Northern Virginia - Fairfax, VA
Redesigned Spaces - Fairfax County, Virginia

Amanda - How about the Wood or Anywhere bed referenced above?  I guess it is a good idea to try all the different suggestions to try to figure out which is the best.  I like the idea of a blow up bed with a frame.

Feb 29, 2008 09:59 PM
Sandra Hughes
Redesigned Spaces - Northern Virginia - Fairfax, VA
Redesigned Spaces - Fairfax County, Virginia
Janis - Thanks for the tips.  I love the idea of using the bed frame lifters.
Feb 29, 2008 10:00 PM
Heather Chotard
In Style - Edmonton, AB

Blow up beds scare me. To easy to deflate at the worst time possible. I have used one ONCE. I would rather have a real bed, that i dont have to worry about in the long run.


Mar 01, 2008 05:43 AM
Sandra Hughes
Redesigned Spaces - Northern Virginia - Fairfax, VA
Redesigned Spaces - Fairfax County, Virginia
Heather - I agree I would rather use a real bed as well.  Unfortunately, I am not able to hire a team of movers at this time so I only have blow ups in my inventory.  However, I am hopeful for the time when I have team to help with just this sort of thing.
Mar 01, 2008 08:06 AM
Amanda Freeman- Home Evolution Staging -Portland Oregon
Home Evolution Staging - Milwaukie, OR

I actually planned on using a real bed but the realtor said her other stagers use blow ups and they work fine. I'm all for anything that makes the moving easier.

I thought about the lifters too. I'm glad they've worked. I think that will solve my problem of height.

Mar 01, 2008 01:37 PM
Ryan Vivo
Gateway Realty - Fairfield, CA
NRBA Realtor Solano County, Gateway Realty 707-384-5894
Neat Idea!  I think its pretty cool how two stagers actually used the same bedspread.
Mar 06, 2008 06:32 AM
Sandra Hughes
Redesigned Spaces - Northern Virginia - Fairfax, VA
Redesigned Spaces - Fairfax County, Virginia
Ryan - it is funny how often stagers do pick the same items whether it is accessories or actual furniture.
Mar 06, 2008 07:03 AM
That looks great for a inflatable bed i would have never known !
Mar 20, 2008 06:04 AM
Sandra Hughes
Redesigned Spaces - Northern Virginia - Fairfax, VA
Redesigned Spaces - Fairfax County, Virginia
Unless you jump on it or something it is hard to tell and it is much easier to carry!
Mar 20, 2008 01:32 PM
Lea-Ann Virnig
Lea-Ann's Home Beautiful Staging and Design LLC - San Antonio, TX
Home Beautiful: San Antonionulls Premier , Home Staging Company
Great, I'm going to get one for a vacant house this week!  I love the idea of stacking them!
Mar 21, 2008 03:31 PM
Trisha Lane
Simple Inspiration Home Staging - Portland, OR
Simple Inspiration Portland Oregon

I have used the camping beds with the metal frames for many of my vacant projects.  I too keep a few air mattresses on hand to replace any that may spring a leak.  I love Janice's idea of using the bedrisers under them to help make them taller.  I will have to try it. 

I will say that in homes of higer price, I will always use a real bed at least in the master, as I believe they present a more polished custom look.  I find it easiest to rent the real beds from a local furniture company and let their crew move it in and out.  I am just not into warehousing and moving bulky bedsets.

Mar 27, 2008 06:21 PM
Emma Vargas
Simply Staging - Cameron Park, CA
Simply Staging

I love using airbeds, that's all I've ever used - even in my million dollar plus homes.  Most people can't tell the difference - unless I tell them or they touch it.  Here's a tip for those of you that are afraid to use them. 

Have you ever seen the little signs that they put on top of the display beds in the bedding section at the home stores - that's what I do.  I put a lovely sign on the bed that let's people know not to sit on them because they are for display only.  Plus I sign it with my company name, which is just another opportunity to market myself.  See the little sign on the pillows - works great! 


Staged Master Bedroom


Mar 27, 2008 07:57 PM
Jeanne Borgstrom
Keller Williams Integrity NW - Saint Cloud, MN
Realtor for Keller Williams Realty Integrity NW
I use the queen size air beds with the fold up frame.  I take it one step further, however, to give a bit more height.  Walmart has bed risers in their laundry and closet department.  I place one of these  6 inch risers under the four corners of the bed.  Nice!
Mar 29, 2008 03:11 PM
Kimo Stowell
HI Pro Realty LLC RB-21531 - Honolulu, HI
REALTOR Associate® RS-76763 - Honolulu Hawai'i

Aloha Sandra,

What a great idea! Thanks for sharing.


Mar 29, 2008 06:59 PM
Nancy Cleary

Sandra, I use the air mattresses, too, but I stack 3 together, whetherit be twin, full, queen, etc.  The bedskirt goes on over the first 2, then the comforter pillows, etc. on the top.  I get the "Coleman" brand at Target.  They have a surface that helps the beds stay in place, rather than sliding all over.   

May 31, 2008 07:04 AM
Tori Lynn Wallitsch
Prudential Ambassador / Ross Designs, LLC - Omaha, NE

That's awesome!  Thanks for sharing your source and pricing.

May 31, 2008 11:43 AM
Kimberley Hawley
Hawley Interiors & Staging - Caledon, ON
Hawley Interiors & Staging

Sandra, I use air mattresses too but I'm always afraid to prop them on anything. I read another blog where an air mattress sat on milk crates. I'm so afraid someone will sit on it and fall. I have used the kind with the legs and build in bed skirt but would really prefer to use the less expensive. Have you had any issues with people sitting on your beds?

May 31, 2008 02:52 PM
Sandra Hughes
Redesigned Spaces - Northern Virginia - Fairfax, VA
Redesigned Spaces - Fairfax County, Virginia

Thanks for the comments.

Kimberley - so far I have not had a problem and I do put a little sign on the bed asking people not to lay or sit on the bed.  Nancy and a few others have suggested using three of the air beds or a bed frame so I think there are several options so I think I am going to try them all and see which one works the best.

Jun 01, 2008 11:40 AM