are distinguished by their ability
to bend and elevate into a variety of positions. Originally developed for
hospitals, adjustable beds have long since evolved to bring their lavish
benefits into the private home. Today, adjustable beds are available with
a wide variety of mattress
types, making them a potential enhancement to
nearly any style of bed with few, if any, drawbacks. They also becoming known by a variety of other names, such as the "power foundation" or the "positional mattress."
Historically, adjustable beds have been most prevalent
among those with back problems or other ailments, such as leg or feet swelling.
However, they are now becoming increasingly popular with anyone that enjoys
spending "awake time" in their bedrooms (e.g., reading or watching TV).
For those with back pain, the choice of an adjustable bed is typically one of personal
preference, rather than medical necessity. Many back pain sufferers simply find it
more comfortable to sleep in a more upright position (e.g.,
with their knees slightly elevated, which tends to reduce stress on the lower back. As a general rule,
if you are having trouble sleeping on a conventional flat bed, and find it more comfortable to sleep in a
reclining chair or other more upright position, then you may want to consider an adjustable bed. On the
"flip" side, side and stomach sleepers will generally prefer a conventional flat bed to an adjustable bed.
Adjustable Bed Construction
Adjustable beds, also known as "electric beds" or sometimes
"hospital beds," are comprised of two key components: the frame (sometimes
referred to as the "base") and the mattress. With adjustable beds, the
frame and mattress are often purchased separately, and thus can be thought
of as two distinct purchase decisions.
Adjustable Bed Frames
The movement of an adjustable bed is controlled entirely
by its frame.
When flat, an adjustable bed generally looks like any other bed. But
when "articulated" (i.e., bent), an adjustable bed can take on many
positions. An adjustable bed with
"two-point articulation" is one that
folds in two separate places, dividing the bed into 3 sections — head,
foot and middle — each of which can be elevated and/or angled to achieve
the desired position. One with a "split" design, also known as "dual adjustment,"
allows for independent adjustment of each side of the bed. Some beds are
only split on the top half, providing a blend of individual comfort and
intimacy. Higher-quality adjustable beds are typically electric, operated
through a handheld remote control unit, however it is also possible to
purchase a base that is manually adjustable. Be aware that most adjustable
bed frames will require some assembly once you get them into your home.
Today's adjustable frames offer a variety of additional options
for those seeking a more luxurious experience. Higher-end models often tout
motors (most pertinent with split beds, so as not to awaken your partner with your late-night adjustments),
and may even come with a back-up power supply or other fail-safe way to get the bed back to a
flat position in the event of a power failure. Likewise, fancier remote controls tend to be cordless,
and often feature lighted keypads and programmable settings.
models are designed to keep you conveniently aligned with your bedside tables even as you change
positions, by shifting the bed backward toward the wall as the head is elevated. Some adjustable
beds are even available with massage and/or heating capabilities. Still others offer storage areas
underneath the bed. Aesthetically, adjustable bed frames are increasingly being made to look like
conventional beds, and in many cases can be attractive and stylish in their own right. That said,
certain adjustable bed frames will also work with your existing headboard, footboard and/or side rails.
Adjustable beds are generally made in standard sizes (e.g.,
however those featuring dual adjustment will require special sheets sized for a
King Split or
Queen Split design.
Adjustable Bed Mattresses
While the frame provides an adjustable bed with its
unique features, its mattress is typically still the larger determinant
of overall comfort, support and durability.
Adjustable beds generally require special mattresses built to handle their
characteristic flexing motion. Fortunately, adjustable bed mattresses are
commonly available in a wide variety of styles, including innerspring, memory
foam, latex, and air,
as well as various combinations thereof. Please refer to our respective
mattress guides for tips on how to evaluate and choose between each of
these various bed types.
It is worth adding that in some cases (particularly with memory foam and
latex mattresses), you may be able to use a standard mattress model on
an adjustable bed. For more information on which mattress models can be used with an adjustable base,
please see the Other Details section of any product model page on GoodBed.com,
and look for the note "Works with an adjustable base." That said, we still recommend you check with the manufacturer
in advance, to ensure that the use of an adjustable base will not void the warranty or adversely
impact the long-term performance of the mattress.
Adjustable Bed Manufacturers
Adjustable bed frames and mattresses can be
purchased independently, however they are often sold together as a
In these cases, the brand often reflects the name of the mattress manufacturer.
Although this practice results in adjustable beds being sold under numerous different brands,
most higher quality adjustable frames are actually made by a small handful of manufacturers,
such as Craftmatic,
and Leggett & Platt. When these products are resold under different brands,
they often feature unique designs that distinguish one brand's model from another.
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from Show Low, AZ
on February 22, 2013
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Posted by Carey L
from Athens, TN
on February 14, 2013
Very comfortable. I can finally sleep on my side without pain in my shoulders and hips. I toss and turn much less than on a standard spring type mattress. And when my husband turns over, there is little movement on my side of the bed.
Posted by Heinz K
from High Point, NC
on February 7, 2013
A very comfortable mattress at a reasonable price. We bought one for each of our children to help with their allergies. Our children have slept much better on the Invigo than traditional coil mattresses.
Posted by T B
from Pensacola, FL
on February 6, 2013
It is on guest room queen bed and our guests ( 8 since we installed it) have been consistently enthusiastic about the big improvement. We tried it ourselves and found that it is every bit as comfortable as our much heavier, much more costly but very comfortable mattress. It also ...
Posted by Debbie H
from Saint Francis, MN
on February 5, 2013
We bought this for our sons bed after he left his crib. He sleeps really well on it and the few times I have slept with him liked the mattress. We liked it so much we bought one for our camper. The mattress itself is very supportive and comfortable. I ...
Posted by Mic S
from Daytona Beach, FL
on October 10, 2012
My wife and I use to sleep on a pillowtop and she had bad back pains all the time. We got our Foxopedic Pillow Plush and felt great. The salesmen explained the benefits of support and the quality of the cushion. It really Paid off.
Posted by Bill j
from New Smyrna Beach, FL
on July 15, 2012
great sales staff and delivery was fantastic. Met the owner Rick super nice guy explained the whole thing inside out. Felt very good with my decision then and now.... Keep up the good job!!! They are the factory so I liked the info they were able to give in simple ...
Posted by Stew M
from Aiken, SC
on February 17, 2012
My wife and I tried this bed in the store, after finding the Loft Sparkling Star too firm. The display of the Mystic was much softer, giving in to our bodies, but not "sinking" in. Very comfortable. What was delivered had the same brand, name, model, but was NOT the ...
Posted by Joe t
from Layton, UT
on September 23, 2011
I shopped for months looking for the right bed. I found it in the Brooklyn Mallory. I have never slept this great before. The latex makes for a soft but firm bed. I have a bad back and it was hard to find a bed that gave me the support ...
Posted by roger h
from Astoria, NY
on December 21, 2010
This soft sided mattress is made extremely poorly and is not durable. The manufacturer won't uphold their own warranty. They are unwilling to do anything about the poor workmanship or quality of their product and stand by their retailer. Don't buy garbage from these thieves unless you want to replace ...
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