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What is an Adjustable Bed?

An adjustable bed is a bed that features an electronic mechanism that offers varied movements to provide a number of different sleeping positions at the touch of a button. Adjustable beds are designed to allow common adjustments such as inclining your upper and lower body independently from one another.

These beds were once perceived as 'hospital beds' but developments in design mean they now offer something for everyone. Adjustable beds enable you to set your optimum sleeping position to offer a wide range of health and lifestyle benefits.

The Sleepeezee Cool Comfort Memory Adjustable Bed, with top section of the mattress lifted up
Sleepeezee Cool Comfort Memory Adjustable Bed offers a sleeping position that is perfect for you

Who are adjustable beds most suitable for?

For years, adjustable beds have been perceived as beds for the elderly or those with mobility issues. While this was their primary role, adjustable beds have now grown in popularity and are used by people of all ages for health and lifestyle benefits.

Health benefits of an adjustable bed

  • Mobility issues
    Adjustable beds can be lowered or raised to aid those who struggle to get in and out of bed.
  • Back problems
    Set the perfect sleeping position to help ease any back pains you may have.
  • Post surgery recovery
    Promotes healthy circulation and improves comfort if you are bed-bound.
  • Injuries
    Rather than using pillows or cushions to raise injured body parts, adjustable beds allow different injuries to be elevated to help reduce swelling.
  • Snoring
    Sleeping in a more upright position reduces the chances of airways being blocked helping to reduce snoring.
  • Digestion
    If you suffer from digestion issues, an adjustable bed allows you to sleep in a raised position to help process food more effectively.

Lifestyle benefits of an adjustable bed

  • Reading or watching TV
    Instead of sitting uncomfortably in a regular bed, an adjustable bed can offer an elevated seating position that will eliminate any neck or back pains.
  • Different sleep positions for couples
    If you or your partner prefer different sleeping positions, adjustable beds have remote controls so you can adjust your own side of the bed.
  • Work life
    Those who are stood up most of the working day can suffer with swollen feet. Having a bed that elevates your feet at night will reduce swelling and may help prevent the chance of developing conditions such as varicose veins.
  • Comfort
    A healthier, comfier alternative to a regular bed.

What do adjustable beds look like?

For years people have been put off adjustable beds due to their size and appearance. However, developments in design mean that adjustable beds are now slimline and available in a range of different colours.

Not only does an adjustable bed offer a comfortable sleeping position, it's also a stunning bedroom centrepiece. Browse our adjustable beds range to discover the perfect colour for you!

Two Sleepeezee Latex 1200 Adjustable Beds joined together
Adjustable beds are now designed with beauty to match their comfort

Are adjustable beds loud?

Adjustable beds are silent when stationary. They do make a slight noise as you alter the position of your bed, however, this is a lot quieter than it used to be. It certainly won't wake the neighbours!

How long do adjustable beds typically last?

Like with every other bed, it is still recommended that you change your bed and mattress every seven years. With this in mind, our adjustable bed guarantees offer extra peace of mind.

All of our adjustable beds include a:

  • 7 year guarantee
  • 2 year motor guarantee

... so you have all the cover you need until the time comes to buy your next bed!

How much do adjustable beds typically cost?

In recent years, the price of an adjustable bed has fallen to become an affordable bedroom upgrade. Our adjustable bed range here at Mattress Online is competitively priced.

Here are our current price ranges:

Size Price
Adjustable Small Single From £694.95
Adjustable Single From £694.95

Are adjustable beds available in larger sizes?

It may seem that adjustable beds are only available in small single or single sizes, but this is not the case. Although adjustable beds don't come complete as one full bed, small single or single beds can be pushed together to create a king size or superking bed!

This means you can continue to share a bed with your partner while setting your own sleeping position.

Will any mattress work on an adjustable bed?

Not all mattresses will work on an adjustable bed as standard mattresses can't adjust to the movements of the bed. Using a mattress that isn't suitable for an adjustable bed is likely to:

  • damage to your mattress
  • damage your adjustable bed
  • create more aches and pains while you sleep

Adjustable beds: what mattress types are suitable?

When buying a mattress for your adjustable bed, it's important to know what will and won't work. Nearly all mattress types work on adjustable beds but there are some exceptions.

Here are the mattress types that are suitable for adjustable beds:

Suitable Mattress Types Unsuitable Mattress Types
Memory Foam
Reflex Foam
Gel Foam
Pocket Sprung
Open Coil (Standard Sprung)

Adjustable beds: why are specifically designed mattresses the best option?

Although some standard mattresses can be used in conjunction with an adjustable bed, those specifically designed for adjustable beds are highly recommended. This is because they are designed with regular bed movement in mind.

Here are the adjustable mattresses we have available here at Mattress Online:

Mattress Fillings Firmness
Sleepeezee Pocket Natural Adjustable Mattress 1000 pocket springs and natural wool Medium
Sleepeezee Latex 1000 Adjustable Mattress 1000 pocket springs and latex Medium
Sleepeezee Cool Comfort Memory Adjustable Mattress 1000 pocket springs and memory foam Medium
Sleepeezee Gel Comfort 1000 Adjustable Mattress 1000 pocket springs and gel foam Medium
The Sleepeezee Pocket Natural Adjustable Mattress
Adjustable mattresses can adapt to the movements of an adjustable bed to provide the perfect sleeping position

Adjustable beds: how big should my mattress be?

It is advised that your mattress is 200cm (6'6") long. This is so that it fits flush within the adjustable bed frame and is secured in place when you change the position of your bed. Adjustable mattresses are built to these exact dimensions. However, if you are looking to purchase a standard mattress then please keep these guidelines in mind.

How deep should my mattress be to work on an adjustable bed?

It is important that your mattress is the right depth to ensure your adjustable bed works to its optimum performance. Mattresses should be less than 10 inches (25cm) thick to work effectively on an adjustable bed. Anything deeper than this will struggle to adapt to the movements of an adjustable bed, creating a poor sleeping position and an uncomfortable night's sleep.

The Sleepeezee Latex 1200 Adjustable Mattress is under ten inches deep, so is ideal for an adjustable bed
Mattresses less than 10 inches deep are ideal for adjustable beds

Do adjustable beds come with instructions?

It's vital that you know exactly what your adjustable bed can do so that you can achieve optimum comfort. Instructions are great to have on hand but sometimes they don't quite provide all the answers you're looking for.

This is why our trained delivery team will:

  • install your adjustable bed in the room of your choice
  • demonstrate how to use your adjustable bed
  • answer any questions you may have
  • provide an instruction manual for ongoing support

Adjustable beds: is there a weight limit?

An adjustable bed mechanism may not perform to its full potential if it is under added pressure. This is why adjustable beds come with weight guidelines. All of our single adjustable beds have an 18 stone (115kg) weight limit.

Adjustable bed specialists on the market can provide extra reinforcement for bed frames and heavy-duty motors for those who don't fall within this weight limit. Different manufacturers have varied guidelines so be sure to check before purchasing. If you have any queries, just give us a call!

Are headboards available with adjustable beds?

All our adjustable beds come complete with a headboard that matches the divan base. With latches on the back of the adjustable base, headboards can be attached or removed with ease.

For two single adjustables pushed together, there are latches for larger headboards to slot in place at the back of both beds. This is ideal if you want to create a king size bed!

Adjustable beds: what bases are available?

Adjustable beds are available with a range of different bases. Our Sleepeezee adjustable bed range here at Mattress Online includes two different base options:

  • 13" base height - doesn't feature any drawers
  • 15" base height - comes with two drawers

Some other adjustable beds on the market are available on legs. Legs raise the bed so that a hoist can be fitted underneath, which is a great option for those with mobility difficulties. If you have any questions about our adjustable bed base options, simply give us a call!

VAT relief: are adjustable beds included?

If you are registered disabled, you could be eligible for VAT relief on our adjustable beds. Qualifying for this includes meeting certain criteria and filling out a declaration form. Follow this link to find out more on how you can make a claim.

If you're looking for a bed that will offer excellent health and lifestyle benefits then an adjustable bed is a great choice. Easy to operate and set a sleeping position that is perfect for you, an adjustable bed is sure to end your nights of uncomfortable sleep. If you have any other queries about adjustable beds then don't hesitate to get in touch.

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