Did you know that adjustable beds, which have recently gained popularity, came into the market decades back? Originally, they appeared in hospitals to help in rehabilitation and later became widely used for seniors and those with movement disabilities. Nowadays, adjustable beds are available to everyone who wants to enhance their sleep experience and take advantage of modern technology.
A mattress for an adjustable bed is as important as a bed’s base. It largely determines whether you can make the most of your adjustable bed and see its true value! This article will teach you what type of mattress is best for adjustable beds, and what to look at when choosing your perfect one.
Some Facts about Mattresses You Should Know
1. Not all types of mattresses on the market are suitable for adjustable beds. Memory foam and latex mattresses are flexible enough to adjust to the base’s bends, being the first candidates to consider. You can also look at a hybrid mattress unless it’s too firm; otherwise, it’ll be too high pressure on the adjustable bed’s motor, reducing its functionality. Innerspring mattresses with their steel coils are generally not compatible with adjustable beds unless specifically designed for them.
2. A good-quality mattress suitable for adjustable beds can tolerate extra strain caused by changing bed positions. However, this may slightly reduce the mattress's life, resulting in deeper dents at the bend points.
3. To ensure your mattress and adjustable bed are 100% compatible, a great rule of thumb is to purchase the mattress from a company that produces adjustable bed bases. You can also get pre-sales advice to find a product that meets your needs and post-sales support to resolve any issues you may have.
How to Choose the Best Mattress for an Adjustable Bed
Quality mattresses don’t come cheap, so you should keep in mind several parameters when selecting the best mattress to make your investment worthwhile.
Check your bed dimensions carefully to pick an appropriate mattress size. Too small or big mattresses won’t let you fully enjoy your bed capabilities.
At Progressive Bed, we offer the following adjustable beds’ mattress sizes:
- Twin XL (79.9" x 37.8")
- Queen (79.9" x 59.8")
- Split King (2 x (79.9" x 37.8")
- King (79.9" x 76")
Generally, it’s not advised to use too firm a mattresses for adjustable beds since they don’t flex enough to repeat the bed curves. Softer mattresses will work better with their ability to adjust to the bed’s changing shape. The mattresses from Progressive Bed come in soft and medium softness levels allowing you to flip the mattress whenever you want to try a new sleep experience.
Thickness and Durability
Mattresses for adjustable beds shouldn’t be too thick. The ideal mattress’s thickness is about 10.63" with 12" as a maximum. Excessive density will make bending and adjusting to the bed motion harder. The mattress’s durability depends much on the material it’s made of and the number of layers. Memory foam and latex are typically durable and resistant to wear and tear and are a good choice if you want your mattress to last for the next 7-10 years. By the way, here you can learn how to prolong a mattress’s lifespan.
Also, before you make the final decision, it pays to search for unbiased customer reviews, know whether sleep trial is provided, what the warranty period is, and check the delivery options.
What Mattresses are the Best Fit for an Adjustable Bed Frame?
If you want to make the most of your adjustable bed, we’d recommend opting for a flexible yet durable mattresses that follow the base contour while maintaining their resilient structure. Latex, memory foam, and hybrid mattresses all match these requirements. Let’s walk through each of them, though.
1. Latex mattresses
Latex mattresses distribute pressure evenly throughout the mattress. To compare latex vs. memory foam mattress, the first one is bouncier and doesn’t let people “sink” in it, while the soft memory foam mattress does. Also, latex is a bit more cooling than memory foam which can be helpful to those who often feel hot at night. And finally, natural latex is environmentally friendlier and lasts longer than synthetic material.
On the flip side, latex mattresses are costly and unsuitable for people with latex allergies.
2. Memory foam mattresses
Since memory foam mattresses are very flexible, they perfectly fit adjustable beds. By bending together with a bed, a memory foam mattress adapts to your body shape and provides exceptional support when you’re having a rest.
Today’s market offers three types of memory foam: traditional, open-cell, and gel. Traditional memory foam adjusts to your body shape softening with the body’s heat. However, people who prefer sleeping cool may feel too hot due to a memory foam's capacity to absorb and retain heat.
Gel-infused and open-cell memory foam both provide better air circulation that removes excess heat, regulating your body temperature. These foam types are more breathable and responsive than traditional ones letting mattresses rebound faster.
Thanks to its softness and flexibility, memory foam is ideal for side sleepers and those with chronic pain. However, memory foam may not be your best bet if you don’t like the feeling of “sinking” into the mattress.
3. Hybrid mattresses
Hybrid mattresses combine springs, memory foam, or latex layers. This structure makes them firm yet flexible enough to repeat the adjustable beds’ motion. Also, the combination of latex and memory foam ensures medium softness, resilience, and sufficient body support. Hybrid mattresses will fit the best people who sleep on the back but may be too firm for stomach sleepers.
When choosing a mattress for your adjustable bed, it’s important to pay attention to its size, firmness level, flexibility, and durability. Not all mattress types are suitable for adjustable beds. Memory foam, latex, and hybrid mattresses, with their ability to bend and match the bed’s motion, are the best options.
Choose a latex mattress if you want more resilient and cooler surface and a memory foam mattress if you like its softness and putty structure that adapts to the body shape. A hybrid mattress will be the best fit for back sleepers and those who prefer medium firmness to softness. Whatever mattress you decide to go with, don’t forget to check whether a warranty and sleep trial are provided to be sure you can exchange or return the mattress if necessary.
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