Air Mattresses – How Much Weight Can They Take?

Having an inflatable bed can be very useful for unexpected guests or camping trips. For maximum comfort, you should use the correct mattress for the weight of the person or people who will sleep on it.

Blow up beds that have internal baffles or air hollows, are able to transfer and disperse weight more evenly. These baffles can also result in a better night’s sleep for people whose spine isn’t properly aligned.

Before we talk about the numbers- how much weight can an air mattress hold, let’s take a quick look at the most important features of a camping mattress.

How to Choose a Camping Air Mattress

Choosing the right air mattress for camping is very important. The number of supplies you can take with you, and the sleep and rest you will get, can “make or break” a successful camping trip.

What this all means is that your whole camping trip might be a lot better or a lot worse depending on the air mattress that you choose. For these reasons and more, we will give you some very helpful information so that you can find the perfect air mattress for your needs.

So here’s the thing. When I go camping I can sleep on the ground, (not comfortable) sleep on a cot, (better) or sleep on an air mattress. (very comfortable)

Lighter or Heavier Air Mattresses

There are a number of things to look for when looking for a good camping air mattress. Choose the best air mattress for your situation. Here are just a couple:


If comfort is your top priority, the best advice for you would be to get a heavier and more durable air mattress. The comfort is unmatched. You just might wake up and think you’re sleeping on your own mattress at home. They are also an excellent choice for those who like camping close to home or those who go camping with their kids.


If you’re into backpacking, hiking, or climbing, you might want to go with a lighter mattress. They weigh less and fold up smaller, leaving more room in your backpack for other necessities.

These mattresses are durable, but they don’t have the same toughness that heavier mattresses have. Another benefit of getting a lighter air mattress is the fact that they are often less expensive.

Choosing Between Electric Pump or a Foot/Hand Pump

Many of the better air beds come with a built-in A/C pump. Just plug them into an electrical socket and within minutes, you’re ready for bed. If you camp where electricity is available, an electric pump is the way to go. It does the job quickly and easily.

Even if electricity is unavailable, you could always purchase inexpensive direct current (D/C) pump. Just plug it into your car’s cigarette lighter and you can quickly inflate and deflate your air bed.
Of course, if you’re hiking or climbing, you’ll need a hand or foot pump to blow up your mattress. I prefer the foot pump because it’s easier for me to use.

There is one last option (not for me) and that’s to blow the mattress up yourself. Yeah, good luck with that.

How much weight can an air mattress hold?

Here’s a general guideline that you can use to figure out how much weight your air mattress can hold:

  • Twin size mattress – one person who weighs approximately 300lbs
  • Full-size mattress- it can hold two people who weigh 450 lbs together
  • Queen size mattress – will be able to hold two people who weight approximately 600 lbs together

However, these are just the general guidelines to consider when choosing your bed. Carefully read the owner’s manual for your specific airbed.


There are so many types of airbeds on the market. To make sure you purchase the right model for your needs, do a little homework. If you’re buying online, look at the customer reviews and weigh all your options. If you’re buying at a retail store, choose a few models that you like and write down the model numbers. Take that information home and do some further research online.

5 thoughts on “Air Mattresses – How Much Weight Can They Take?”

  1. Hi Sandra, Inside of an air mattress are internal baffles that allow the weight to be dispersed more evenly. So all you need to worry about is the combined weight of you and your husband. So a full-size air mattress will hold up to 450 lbs. A queen mattress will hold up to 600 lbs.


  2. I like that you suggested choosing heavier and more durable air mattresses if your top priority is the comfort when you’re camping because they can make you feel that you’re sleeping on your mattress at home. This is something that I’ll be sure to remember because my son is planning to join a camping event, and I want to ensure that he will have a comfortable sleep at nights while he’s at their camping site. Thaks for sharing all your tips on choosing air mattresses.

  3. Hi Carole,
    Yes, it is normal for your air mattress to lose air during the night. Some airbeds come with a “never flat” pump that will periodically inflate your mattress during the night. We did a review of this product here:

    We also have an article that explains about air loss here:


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