The Bedstar’s Definitive Guide to Adjustable Beds.

As the name suggests may, your adjustable beds may be adjusted to several different positions. For people with certain types of back problems, sleeping on an adjustable bed that is at a slight incline may be comfortable, with the upper body positioned higher up than the lower body (as when sitting in a recliner) and some support under the knees to bend the knees at a slight angle.

Combining upper body incline and knee support can help take some of the stress off the lower back. Provided that the patient is comfortable sleeping in this manner through the night, this position can support the spine’s curves and relieve pressure on the entire body.

In addition, after having low back surgery, some patients feel that an adjustable bed is more comfortable than a flat mattress. Like most choices when it comes to mattresses, this is largely a matter of personal preference.

In general, it is reasonable for a patient to consider the option of an adjustable bed if he or she feels better sitting in a reclining chair with the knees supported or slightly elevated and if he or she is having trouble getting a good night’s rest on a conventional flat mattress. If a patient is not sure if they would benefit from an adjustable bed, or is not sure about buying a new bed, then it is also possible to use pillows to prop up the upper body (being careful to provide support for the lower back) and placing a pillow beneath the knees.

Adjustable beds can be more a medical choice of bed or a lifestyle one.

You can buy one to watch TV in that extra bit of comfort or to help relieve some of the aches, pains, or other health problems that you may start to suffer as you grow older. It’s a question of knowing what you’re buying and how to choose the right bed. This guide looks in-depth at adjustable beds so you can make the decisions you need to before you buy, starting with why you might consider buying one.

Potential benefits of an adjustable bed

Basically, an adjustable bed has the potential to help anyone who feels more comfortable in an inclined position (such as sitting on a recliner with the feet up) rather than when lying on a regular flat mattress. The following provides a few examples of certain back conditions and how an inclined position in an adjustable bed can sometimes help the patient feel more comfortable.

Degenerative spondylolisthesis. For some people with degenerative spondylolisthesis, sleeping in a reclining position with support under the knees can reduce some of the pain discomforts in the lower back, making it easier to sleep through the night.

Pictured: Sleepezze adjustable bed, which adapts to exerted pressure offering improved back support /facilitates even distribution of pressure which can help improve blood circulation / gaps allow air to pass freely beneath the bed which keeps your mattress fresher for longer

Osteoarthritis. Individuals with osteoarthritis in the spine, or facet joint arthritis, often wake up feeling quite stiff and sore in the morning. Sleeping on an adjustable bed may provide better support and decrease irritation by minimizing joint compression.

Spinal stenosis. People with spinal stenosis most often feel more comfortable when bending forward instead of standing up straight. Likewise, sleeping on a flat mattress can sometimes be less comfortable for people with this condition than sleeping in the reclining position, such as that afforded by an adjustable bed. The patient’s preference should determine the choice of bed and mattress.

It is important to remember that the patient’s personal preference for sleep comfort and back support should ultimately determine which type of bed or mattress is best. There is no single type of bed or mattress that works for all patients, and there is no real medical evidence that supports that an adjustable bed is a preferable option. The bottom line is that whichever bed or mattress allows a patient to sleep comfortably and without additional pain or stiffness is the best choice for that individual.

Why should you buy an adjustable bed?

Adjustable beds are a lifestyle choice if you’re looking for that extra comfort. You can position to sit up and watch TV at just the right angle for you. You don’t have to worry about propping yourself up constantly.

It’s not just comfort that adjustable beds offer, though. If you’re suffering from sciatica, backache or circulatory problems, or having difficulty with your breathing, an adjustable bed can really help. Acid reflux and snoring are two examples of problems to which an adjustable bed can provide a solution.

Besides offering comfort and the chance of better sleep, bed features such as massage units lend even more to the therapeutic function adjustable beds can perform. As we get older and struggle to get in and out of bed, adjustable beds can make the task safer.

Sleeping in an adjustable bed

Adjustable beds give you the freedom to sleep comfortably in the position you choose. More importantly, they allow you to sleep in the best position for your spine (the spine isn’t flat; it’s naturally curved) and enjoy the right support. 

On an adjustable bed, you can sleep in the following positions:

  • On your side: Adjusting the top and bottom sections of your bed will allow you to align it correctly with your spine and sleep comfortably on your side. The position will relieve pressure on the hips and other areas of your body. It’s a good position to sleep in if you suffer from acid reflux.
  • Contour position: This position relaxes the body. The head is elevated slightly, but the feet more so, creating a contour shape that allows you to adopt a fetal position, only this is on your back and not on your side. This position of the bed supports the whole body evenly.
  • Raised head and feet: Raising the head and feet will help you if you have mobility problems. You can swing your feet around much easier to get out of the bed. It’s a comfortable position, too, for reading a book or watching a movie.
  • Feet raised only: This is the perfect position if you’ve been on your feet all day or if you have swollen legs or feet. The position directs fluid away from your feet, which gives you temporary relief.
Raised legs help with leg cramps and pain.
Raised legs can help with cramps and pains, an adjustable bed will help you find a comfortable sleeping position.

The main features of an adjustable bed

As you might have guessed, an adjustable bed isn’t just a regular bed and has a special set of features. Expect to find the following on an adjustable bed:

  • Motorised action so that you can lift your torso or your legs independently.
  • A handset, so all you have to do is push a button to adjust your bed.
  • Additional optional accessories such as massage units, headboards, or drawers.

Adjustable beds consist of varying numbers of adjustable parts. Beds that only elevate the upper torso will suit people who are just looking for comfort from their bed. They’re more of a lifestyle choice. They contrast with beds with more than one adjustable part ― five, for instance, such as some of our adjustable beds ― which provide comfort and perform a more therapeutic function.

Adjustable bed sizes

We sell a range of different bed base sizes to suit your needs. You’ll find adjustable beds in the following sizes on our site:

  • Small single
  • Single
  • Double
  • Kingsize
  • Super kingsize

The beds have different bases. If you’re sleeping alone, you’ll likely prefer a single bed or a double bed that moves as one. If you’re sharing the bed with a partner, note that our kingsize beds and super kingsize vary —some move as one when they elevate at the same time.

Others consist of dual beds which operate independently. You may prefer a dual bed so that you can operate your side without disturbing your partner.

When you’re choosing an adjustable bed, the first thing you should consider is whether the bed will fit in your room and if you can get it through the door. Check, too, that the retailer will deliver it to you, including the room you want them to do so. 

As well as the base type and how the bed will fit in your room, you should think about your bed’s height. The older you get, the harder it can become to lift yourself out of bed, so your bed must be at the right level for you to get in and out comfortably. Is the bed so low that you’ll have to push yourself up hard off the mattress to get up? That’s not the right bed for you.

Is there a weight limit?

This is an important question to ask yourself because some beds will have a weight limit. Check this in the specifications and if you’re not sure whether it does or not, contact the retailer. If you’re buying the bed for someone who weighs 18 stone or more, you should do this. Many standard beds will set this weight or a similar one as the maximum for their beds, and you may have to invest in a specially designed heavy-duty adjustable bed instead.

Choosing a mattress for your adjustable bed

It’s possible to use a regular mattress with an adjustable bed if the mattress is compatible. The mattresses that work best with adjustable beds are latex, memory foam, and pocket spring ones. If you decide to go with an innerspring mattress, be aware that the standard open-coiled mattress, in which all the springs are linked together, creates pressure points, which is why pocket sprung mattresses are the better option of the two.

Do adjustable beds ruin mattresses? Not if the mattress is compatible. However, it would be better to avoid using an air mattress with an adjustable bed. The mattress’s bending and flexing can obstruct the airflow and make the mattress feel a lot harder than it normally would be. 

What to consider when choosing your mattress

When choosing a mattress, flexibility and durability will be the two main factors to consider. Depending on the number of parts that make up your bed, you’ll be able to raise your head, legs, hips, and feet, so you need a mattress that can cope with all the different demands you’ll be placing on it. 

Mattress thickness is another aspect to consider. A mattress of between 20 and 35 centimetres (8 to 14 inches) would be best. A thicker mattress could hinder the base’s function and limit the range of positions the bed offers. If the mattress is firmer, thinner is better, but this should not be at the expense of comfort and support. 

To say on the safer side, choose an adjustable bed mattress. The manufacturers design these mattresses, especially to go with adjustable beds. They can also save you some time and trouble when you have to replace your mattress. Note that adjustable mattresses may be no-turn mattresses, so if you’re trying to get that little bit longer out of your mattress, check the specs. Please don’t neglect your own personal wellbeing by sticking with a mattress that’s past its best.

Styles and designs

You can choose from a range of colours when you buy one of our adjustable beds. From sophisticated black and clean and fresh-looking white to flexible beige or brown, we have colours to suit your tastes and requirements to more neutral grey and silver. We also offer a selection of fabrics, including plush velvet and elegant sierra. 

Our bed bases come in two main styles: with legs, which give the bed a more traditional look, or the popular divan bed style, which consists of two major parts and is extra practical if you opt for storage drawers.

Several of our beds are five-part beds, which allows you to raise or lower different parts of the bed as you please. The more parts the bed has, the better if you’re buying your bed for therapeutic purposes. 

Podded frames

The term ‘podded frame’ may sound like the bed has its own little cocoon, but this isn’t always the case, depending on the retailer. In our case, the term refers to the frame’s pods, which replace the traditional slat-type frame. These pods help the bed distribute the user’s weight evenly across the bed, easing some of the pressure on the mattress and keeping it intact for longer.

Massage units

This is a special feature of our adjustable beds. The massage unit can relieve tension and stress and help you to address aches and pains. The combination of the unit and the ability to adjust your bed into one of several different positions for the utmost comfort all makes for a more energising, rejuvenating sleep. 

Not only this, you save yourself some time and money on regular trips to a massage specialist. That’s not to mention saving yourself the awkwardness some people experience when they visit a massage specialist and must remove some of their clothing. In the privacy of your own home, you can use the massage unit as little or as much as you like and without feeling any embarrassment.

TV beds

An adjustable TV bed is that little bit more cocoon-like, thanks to incorporating the headboard and footboard, and has the features for you to set up a TV at the end of the bed. TV beds may come with a remote for the TV and a side section to store additional devices. You may also choose your mattress and add a massage unit for the utmost comfort.

Can you put a headboard on an adjustable bed?

The short answer is ‘Yes.’ We want you to be as comfortable as possible in your bed and sell a selection of different headboards. You can customise your adjustable bed and make it as stylish as it is comfortable. Choose from fabrics such as plush velvet, a lightweight Verona, a cosy wool, or a more distinctive hopsack, but to name a few.

How much does an adjustable bed cost?

Adjustable beds are more expensive than standard beds. The bed’s size and the features you choose can all make your bed cheaper or more expensive. A small single bed costs £539.00 or more, whereas a super kingsize bed costs more than £1 600.00.

This doesn’t mean that you should rule out buying an adjustable bed if you want but are on a budget. Depending on the circumstances, we can match an adjustable bed price if you see it somewhere at a lower price. We also offer financing options so that you don’t have to miss out on the comfort you need. You pay an initial deposit and then pay the rest of the outstanding amount in instalments.

A final note on adjustable beds

Adjustable beds provide much comfort and will be worth the expense as you grow older and struggle to get in and out of bed with the same ease as you did in your younger days. They’re not just about comfort, though, the more parts they have, the more you can contour them to the position of your body and make the most of their more therapeutic function. 

If you’d like help or extra information on adjustable beds or any of our other beds, feel free to call us on 01423 863914. We’re happy to help or take your order. If you know what you want from your bed and have seen one you like, you can save time and order your bed online. On some of our models, we can deliver the next day to waste no time getting to enjoy the comfort you deserve.

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