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Do Adjustable Beds need Special Mattresses?

When buying an adjustable bed, ensuring that you have the right mattress for your bed frame is vital. This leaves us asking ourselves do adjustable beds need special mattresses. We may try to use our old mattress with a new bed frame to save the cost or look to purchase a new one alongside the newly bought adjustable bed base. The popularity of adjustable beds continues to rise, with many opting to switch to a more versatile and comfortable bed. As customers switch to new beds, they often disregard what mattress type will be best for their bed frame and make purchases on a cost basis. In this article, we will look into whether adjustable beds need special mattresses and help you find the best mattress for your bed.

Qualities to consider with an adjustable bed mattress

If you are looking to purchase an adjustable bed it is essential to consider the qualities needed from your mattress. Two of the main elements you need to consider are the flexibility & durability of the mattress and its size in regard to thickness and dimensions.

Flexibility & Durability

Flexibility & durability of your mattress is the most important quality for use with an adjustable bed frame. Mattresses need to be as flexible as possible so they can bend with your adjustable bed base without damage. This will allow your mattress to move with your bed smoothly and efficiently. Whereas a more rigid mattress would not work as well with an adjustable bed, as it will not be able to withstand the shape changes of the bed frame. As your bed will be moving and changing shape regularly, your mattress needs to be durable enough to cope with the operations of the frame. Mattresses made of high-quality durable materials will last longer and will lead to better performance with less wear and tear.

Size of Mattress

The size of your mattress should not be compromised when paired with an adjustable bed frame. When it comes to thickness and dimensions, you need to have mobility in mind as well as comfort. If your mattress is overly thick you may not be able to adjust the frame as well. Although thin mattresses may operate better, comfort will be compromised so it is important to find the right balance for your bed. Finally, when it comes to size it is best to choose a size that fits your bed base perfectly. Any smaller or larger may mean that the mattress does not fit the adjustable bed frame or disrupt its operations. This is similar with length as adjustable bed mattresses need to be slightly longer in length to be able to flex and bend with your base.

Using a previous
mattress on an adjustable bed base

If you have just bought an adjustable bed base and want to use your current mattress with it, you can do this. However, you should consider whether it is compatible or not before going ahead and using it. Depending on the type of mattress you possess you could potentially cause damage to your adjustable bed frame. Although, if your mattress fits the bed base it will likely pair well with your bed, leaving no damage other than general wear and tear. From this, it is best for you to think about your mattress first, before purchasing an adjustable bed base so you can ensure they will pair together effectively.  Most mattresses would not work on an adjustable bed, so it is essential to ensure your mattress is compatible before using it with your bed base. As adjustable beds need an extra 3 inches in length to allow for bending it is more than likely that your current mattress will not work with an adjustable bed.

The best mattress
types for adjustable beds

Now you know the qualities needed from a mattress for use with an adjustable bed base, we will now provide you with the best types of mattresses for adjustable beds. Mattresses that are best for adjustable beds will bend and flex while maintaining support and structure, for optimum comfort. The most common mattress types that pair perfectly with adjustable bed frames/bases are memory foam, latex and innerspring beds. In this section, we will talk you through the benefits of each type and how they are ideal for your adjustable bed.

Memory foam mattresses

Memory foam mattresses are the most popular choice for adjustable bed bases, due to the great comfort they provide to users. Memory foam is very flexible, which allows the mattress to adjust to your body shape. As the mattress adjusts to your body position and shape, back and neck pain is eliminated. The foam base means that the mattress remains durable and your body is supported in any sleeping position. When used with an adjustable bed, memory foam mattress fit the contour of your bed base as they can flex while maintaining great comfort and support.

Latex mattresses

Latex mattresses are made up of a core of springy latex, they are just as effective at preventing pain in the back and neck as memory foam mattresses. This allows the mattress to similarly flex to adjust to any contour and shape of an adjustable bed base. Latex mattresses provide a great choice for adjustable bed users as they give users a buoyant feel. Although latex mattresses have similar benefits to memory foam mattresses, they are found to be sturdier. Which means that you will need a thicker latex mattress for similar comfort levels to memory foam ones, so it can adapt to your base properly.

Open coil spring mattresses

Before the development of memory foam and latex mattresses, open coil spring mattresses were the best option available. These mattresses are still used a lot with adjustable beds, however as they are more rigid and are made up of coiled springs, they provide a stiff sleeping surface. Open coil spring mattresses are still highly popular due to them being priced considerably lower than foam mattresses. Although these mattresses are cheaper than the memory foam and latex options, performance is compromised. Open spring mattresses will have much more limited flexibility so your sleep will be less comfortable, and your mattress may require more frequent replacing.

Pocket sprung mattresses

Pocket sprung mattresses have springs sewn into individual fabric pockets. These springs coil and recoil independently leading to your mattress offering full support by contouring to your body shape. As the springs function independently pocket sprung mattresses support your body to a greater degree than open coil spring mattresses. This helps you to feel more comfortable and supported, with a reduced risk of pressure point build-up. Memory foam mattresses are found to mould to your body shape better than pocket sprung mattresses. However, as they are more breathable, pocket sprung mattresses are not as warm as memory foam mattresses.

Adjustable beds do need special mattresses as the mattress needs to be compatible with your bed base to function correctly. However, depending on the mattress you choose you may reap more benefits of comfort and support. Find the ideal adjustable bed mattress now by browsing our excellent selection. Contact us today if you require any further information on any of our mattresses.

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