How to Use a Vacuum to Inflate an Air Mattress

Written by kimberly johnson
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Air beds are portable bedding units similar to inflatable pool floats but more durable and usually with a fabric covering. Air pumps to inflate the mattresses are available, but you can also inflate an air bed with a common household appliance, the vacuum.

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Things you need

  • Vacuum
  • Hose extender or extension-wand attachment
  • Duct tape

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  1. 1

    Remove the cover from the vacuum bag per the manufacturer's instructions and detach the vacuum bag. Detach top motor from canister on a canister vacuum, remove canister and set aside.

  2. 2

    Insert the vacuum's hose extender or extension-wand attachment into the opening where the vacuum bag or canister attaches to vacuum. Wrap duct tape around attachment base to secure.

  3. 3

    Insert the free end of the attachment into the inflation hole in the air bed. Seal with duct tape to create a tight fit between the attachment and the mattress opening.

  4. 4

    Plug the vacuum's electrical cord into an electrical socket and turn on the vacuum.

  5. 5

    Inflate the mattress to desired firmness. Remove the vacuum attachment and insert the plug into the mattress.

  6. 6

    Detach the attachment from the vacuum and replace the vacuum bag or canister.

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