A Green Search: The Best Air Mattress Alternative

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We have a kind of complicated problem: we recently sold a rarely-used futon to make way for a much-needed desk. Then, yesterday, we found out that three good friends are coming to stay for three nights in our one-bedroom apartment. So, two lucky people will sleep in our bed under our organic sheets, and one person will sleep on the couch. Unfortunately, that leaves two people on our hardwood floor. We consider ourselves good hostesses. The people on the floor? That's us...

A year ago, we would've run out to Target and grabbed a Coleman air bed —affordable, comfortable — problem solved. But now, we take one look at the words "durable, heavy-duty PVC construction," and a series of quick shivers runs down our spines.(Why PVC is bad.)

Try finding an air mattress that isn't made out of PVC/vinyl. We've been Googling like mad and haven't decided yet whether it's impossible, or just extremely difficult.

So, we're looking for an alternative temporary sleeping solution: it needs to be easily storable, PVC-free, and at least moderately comfortable.

Any thoughts? All of you in small apartments — where do your guests sleep?

Originally published 2007-11-15 - CB

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