The demand for adjustable beds has increased significantly in the recent past as more and more people start to realize the benefits of such beds. An adjustable bed is a type of bed that has a multi hinged frame that can be adjusted into different positions. These beds normally make use of hydraulic motors to facilitate these adjustments, hence, they are normally electric. Newer adjustable beds allow for a wide range of positions such as reclining, elevated, and zero gravity. For those who aren’t aware, the zero gravity position is commonly used by people suffering from neck, back, and hip pain. One achieves this position by inclining the upper body and slightly elevating the lower body.
Adjustable beds not only help to induce a more comfortable sleep, but they have also been found to provide significant relief for a wide range of conditions including insomnia, sleep apnea, acid reflux and heartburns, back pain, leg swelling, arthritis, and chronic pain, amongst many other health benefits. Adjustable beds are also widely used for people in need of home care as they help to make tasks such as feeding, changing, and getting up much easier.
Apart from the therapeutic and health benefits offered by adjustable beds, there are other lifestyle benefits offered by these beds. For example, if you are a person who loves reading or watching TV while in bed or before falling asleep, then you are aware of how difficult it usually is to find the best position on a flat base bed. However, with an adjustable bed frame, you can easily turn your bed into a recliner.
Considering all these perks offered by these types of beds, then it is clearer to see why they have become so popular. However, if you are planning on investing in an adjustable bed, then it is logical that you will have to invest in a compatible mattress. Not all kinds of mattresses can be fitted onto an adjustable bed frame. Fortunately, there are many options available out there when it comes to adjustable mattresses. In this piece, we are going to take a look at the various types of mattresses to use for adjustable bed frames, and how to go about buying one.
Types of Adjustable Mattresses
1. Memory Foam
Memory foam is one of the most preferred options for adjustable bedframes. Memory foam mattresses are highly flexible and respond well to pressure. They can easily bend and are able to return to their original state after the pressure is removed. Hence, a memory foam mattress will easily form the position that you are looking for without damaging the mattress. It is worth noting that nearly all kinds of memory foam mattresses can be fitted onto an adjustable bed frame.
Another reason why memory foam is an excellent choice is that on its own, memory foam has been found to help in the prevention of various health conditions and help to provide relief for many others. Thus, the combination of an adjustable bed and a memory foam mattress helps create the perfect setting for a comfortable and healthy sleep.
In terms of customer satisfaction ratings, memory foam mattress score the highest among people of all ages and health conditions. This is one type of adjustable mattress that you can never go wrong with.
Side-Note: To ensure maximum durability, it is always recommended to go for a high-density memory foam mattress. An ideal mattress would be one with a density of at least 3.5 for the upper comfort layers and a density of at least 2 for the base foam. The top layers need to be denser as they bear most of your weight and are more prone to wear.
If you are in the search for a good mattress for your adjustable bed, then a memory foam mattress is a great choice. However, it is known to be poor at dissipating heat, hence, there is a chance of the mattress getting excessively warm.
If you are looking for a more environmentally-friendly adjustable mattress, then a natural latex mattress might be what you are looking for. Emphasis on the word “natural”. Latex mattresses can either be made from natural or synthetic latex. Natural latex is usually extracted from the sap of a rubber tree.
While memory foam and latex do share some similarities in terms of flexibility and other features, latex offers additional benefits, making it a more preferable choice. For starters, it is more long-lasting than memory foam. Thus, if durability is a top concern for you, then you should definitely consider a latex mattress.
Latex mattresses are also better at dissipating heat since latex has a more breathable structure. As mentioned earlier, memory foam mattresses can get excessively warm, and this can interrupt comfortable sleep. If you are having trouble sleeping due to your mattress retaining heat, then you should consider a latex mattress.
While latex mattresses seem to check all the boxes of a great adjustable mattress, they are not as popular due to their high price.
Before we dive deeper, it is important to first note that not all kinds of innerspring mattresses can be used for an adjustable bed setup. Therefore, if you love the bounciness and comfort that an innerspring mattress brings and want one for your adjustable bed, you first have to ensure that it is compatible with an adjustable bed frame. It is highly recommended to go for an innerspring mattress that has pocket coils rather than continuous coils. This is due to the fact pocket coils are individually wrapped and help to provide targeted support to your pressure points.
However, one of the main disadvantages of innerspring adjustable mattresses is that they aren’t as durable as other options. Also, since most innerspring mattresses aren’t designed for adjustable beds, it can be difficult to find a compatible innerspring mattress.
4. Hybrid Adjustable Mattresses
As you’ve already deduced from the name, this type of mattress combines different mattress materials. It mainly blends coils and memory form or latex, making it an advanced innerspring adjustable mattress. It combines the bounciness and comfort of innerspring mattresses with the durability of foam or mattress, making it a great choice for those who can afford it. These types of mattresses are relatively expensive, however, they are worth every penny.
5. Air Mattress
When it comes to adjustable mattresses, air mattresses are normally the least preferred choice. This is mainly due to the fact that an adjustable bed setup can block the air chambers and prevent the formation of desired angles. They are also the least durable and the nature of adjustable beds can easily ruin them.
So, there you have it. These are some of the most common types of adjustable mattresses that you can find on the market today. Again, please remember to ensure that the mattress you choose has been labeled as compatible with an adjustable bed setup.
After identifying your preferred type of adjustable mattress, you might be wondering, how do you go about the process of finding the best one for you. That’s what we’ll be looking at in the following section.
Factors to Consider When Buying An Adjustable Mattress
If you are buying your adjustable mattress and adjustable bed separately, then you need to ensure that you get the measurements right. Adjustable beds come in varying sizes and if your mattress is too big or too small for your bed, then it can significantly affect the ability to achieve the position that you want and your overall quality of sleep.
Another top consideration is whether you want the mattress to come as a single mattress or in a split design. In a split setup is where you get two mattresses fitted side by side but functioning independently from each other. This option is ideal for couples as it allows the two to set up their own sleeping positions without disturbing the other.
How thick your mattress should be is another factor that should be highly considered. Remember that if you choose a mattress that is too thick, then it might not be able to bend effectively and if it is too thin, it loses its durability. Thus, you need to find a balance between the two. An ideal mattress ranges from 8 to 12 inches in thickness. So, if you are confused, then you can use this as a rough guideline. However, keep in mind that generally, the heavier you are, the thicker the mattress you should get.
I hope this article has been able to shed some light on what you need to know about adjustable mattresses and how to go about buying them.