How to Make An Air Mattress Quieter (number Proven Tricks)

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How to Make An Air Mattress Quieter (number Proven Tricks)
Tom Greenspan
December 21, 2022

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If the thought of sleeping on an airbed makes your blood run cold, you are not alone. They squeak and creak every time you move, and of course, you have the image of waking in the middle of the night with your butt on the floor after the air mattress has sprung a leak. Air mattresses are great for kids, but when it comes to adults, they can be a challenge to sleep on. At first, they seem ok, and then you move, and they make weird sounds. Why is this? Can it be overcome?

This article uncovers the reasons your air mattress is noisy and what you can do to alleviate the noise and make the air mattress a better place to sleep. We answer many frequently asked questions and bring you factual information.

Let's jump in.

Why do air mattresses make a noise?

There are many reasons air mattresses are noisy, from the obvious reasons like friction to the least obvious reasons, such as not allowing the mattress to adjust to the air pressure. The truth is air in a mattress is unstable and inflating the mattress to the correct pressure is tricky, not only tricky but near impossible, as your air mattress will lose air pressure as part of its natural process.

When inflating an air mattress, you should let the mattress adjust to the pressure as the seams stretch. After an hour, you should top the mattress with air to compensate for air losses and the mattress stretching. So, what's causing the noises in the air mattress?


You only have to look at the way air mattresses are constructed to understand where the creaking noises come from. You may have vinyl and vinyl touching. Vinyl on a hard surface is unstable and tends to move naturally whenever you turn in bed.

Insufficient inflation

If your air mattress is not inflated sufficiently, the air will move from chamber to chamber, causing noise and a lumpiness in the mattress. This can lead the mattress to move on a hard surface inadvertently.

Air mattress location

If you have guests sleeping over, they will typically be in the smallest bedroom in the house, which is fine for one night. But placing an air mattress in a small room may lead you to place the mattress against the wall at the head of the mattress and down the length of the mattress. So effectively, you now have three points of contact with solid objects, the base of the mattress is in contact with the floor, the head of the mattress is in contact with a wall, and one side of the mattress is in contact with a wall.

While it may seem cozy and comfortable for one night, you have three contact points where it's possible for friction to occur, increasing the likelihood of squeaking and abrasive sounds.

Air bubbles

Tiny holes in your air mattress may bring on air bubbles. The air bed may generate amusing popping noises when you move while sitting or sleeping on it, and air bubbles are difficult to sleep on.  As soon as you see any air bubbles, remove them. Your air mattress could burst if you don't make an effort to remove the air bubbles. You might require assistance getting rid of the air bubbles, depending on where they are in the mattress.

Apply pressure by placing your palm on the air mattress over the air bubble. Try to pop the bubble by pressing down on it.

The mattress is leaking

There's a chance that your air mattress has started to leak. Your air mattress may become noisy if a hole or rip in the material lets air out. These leaks could cause hissing or squeaking noises, which could interfere with your ability to sleep through the night.

Leaks in air mattresses can be irritating and challenging to find. A small puncture will hiss like crazy, and with your weight on the mattress, the mattress will quickly lose a surprisingly large volume of air.

Top tips to remedy a noisy air mattress.

You can take steps to make changes to the air mattress to eliminate the noises as much as possible. Some of the fixes are self-evident and will prolong the life of the mattress.

  1. Use a mattress slide stopper.

Yes, a lot of the noises experienced by the air mattress are attributed to the mattress sliding on the floor or the farmer it supports. A mattress gripper is inexpensive and makes a big difference, and it's simple to fit or layout on the floor before the inflation of the mattress.

  1. Remove potential friction points.

Don't place the mattress against the walls. The air mattress will rub and squeak the whole night through, and you run the risk of puncturing the mattress.

  1. Use bed sheets

Many people don't cover or safeguard their air mattresses before lying down on them. However, this is the most significant error you could make. While bed sheets are not the best fix, they can make a difference in securing the mattress and allowing for easy movement when you are turning during your sleep.

If you have a thick air mattress, use a sheet that will cover the base to avoid friction if the mattress comes into contact with a wall.

  1. Use an air bed stand.

A cheap option to have complete control over the airbed is to place it on a metal or wooden stand. The stand raises your airbed by 12 to 14 inches. Additionally, the stand shields the bottom from harm. The stand also maintains the proper temperature in your bed. A stand also provides a number of benefits, including protecting your body from the bed's direct contact with the cold floor.

More importantly, it prevents small particles from entering the inflated mattress. Using an air mattress bed stand will increase the life of the mattress significantly as there will not be fine particles rubbing on the base of the mattress.

  1. Use rugs or carpet.

The blow-up bed's tendency to slide around on the floor is a typical complaint, although that issue might also be resolved by using a carpet or rug. Rugs are a great option because they can be repurposed after the bed is deflated, but when the bed is resting on a rug, the sounds from the mattress will be attenuated, and you should receive a decent night's sleep.

  1. Use a mattress topper.

If you want to pamper your guests, then use a mattress topper. It will take the cheapness away from the feel of the air mattress and provide a much better night's sleep. A good quality foam topper will prevent the irritating noises that will keep your guests awake through the night, and what's more, if the mattress does deflate slightly, they will never know.

  1. Buy an air mattress that does not squeak.

The next step is to get a new air mattress if the solutions mentioned above don't help your air mattress. A nice air mattress enables you to obtain a good night's sleep. You'll take pride in having guests stay over with a mattress that will provide an excellent night's rest. Your blow-up bed should initially have a top layer made of nylon to help with noise reduction.

Another crucial step is ensuring your air mattress is at the proper temperature for the night and has appropriate ventilation and a supportive mattress. A built-in heater is a common feature of inflatable beds. Keep the temperature steady during the night and avoid it decreasing in air pressure unexpectedly.

Frequently asked questions

How do you make an air mattress feel like a real bed?

There are steps to make your air mattress feel like an actual mattress, but you should know you can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear! In other words, if your air mattress is of poor quality, you are doomed from the outset.

Here are some pointers to make your air mattress feel more comfortable like a standard mattress:

  • Ensure That It Is Properly Inflated
  • Spread the bed covers and sheets evenly.
  • Place air mattresses on soft surfaces.
  • Raise your mattress off the ground.
  • Use a bed topper.
  • Use a headboard or a wall.
  • Use proper pillows.

Why does my air mattress have a bubble?

A bubble in an air mattress could result from over-inflation, subpar factory bonding techniques, or thin seams that can't withstand the pressure of inflation. Avoid loading the air bed above its maximum weight limit because doing so can result in a lump or bubble. If the air mattress you purchased has a manufacturing issue, you may return it as long as the store has a welcoming return policy. 

The bottom line

Making an air mattress quieter may seem daunting, but when you get down to it, many of the fixes are common sense. Although it might not require much work or time, it will provide you with a lot of comfort. Your guest will appreciate your efforts if you just follow the straightforward instructions!