How to Patch a Hole in a Air Bed

Air beds can be comfortable and convenient, especially for visiting guests. You may also use your air bed for camping and other outdoor activities. Whatever the occasion, these inflatable mattresses are susceptible to many accidents that can easily puncture them. A frisky cat, rambunctious child or sharp rock or twig can leave you with a a swiftly sinking bed. Fortunately, most manufacturers are aware of this and patching an air bed is a relatively quick and simple process. Does this Spark an idea?

Things You'll Need

Air bed
Tissue paper

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Locate the hole. Fill your air bed with air and lay a sheet of tissue paper over it. Listen carefully for a hissing sound. If you don't hear anything, move the tissue paper to another spot and listen again. The paper should make the hissing sound more audible.

When you've located the area where the hole is, press down on the air bed and hold your hand over the area to feel for the air coming out. This should help you pinpoint the exact location that needs to be patched. Mark the spot with a piece of tape while you prepare your patch.


Determine if you can get a patch from the manufacturer. Many air beds come with one or two patches included. If you don't have a patch on hand, check at the same store or type of store where you purchased the bed to see if it sells additional patches. If you have a patch from the manufacturer, follow the instructions to adhere it to the bed.

If you don't have a patch from the manufacturer, you can create your own patch with duct tape and rubber cement. Cut a small piece of duct tape and cover both the tape and the hole with rubber cement. Allow the rubber cement to dry partially, then press the patch onto the bed.

Tips & Warnings

When purchasing a new air bed, read the packaging carefully to determine if it comes with patches and select an air bed with the proper supplies for fixing holes.

Allow several hours for your patch to dry before using the bed again.