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How to Pick the Best Mattress for Your Adjustable Bed Frame

Adjustable beds have become more popular as consumers discover the amazing benefits of sleeping on a mattress with an adjustable bed frame. Adjustable beds can be adjusted into various positions to meet a number of sleep or comfort needs. When using a hinged frame powered by an electric motor,  you have the ability to customize your sleep by elevating or reclining the adjustable frame to your liking, simply by the touch of a button. Many adjustable bases even come preset with a zero-gravity position, to perfectly relieve the body from unnecessary pressure while you sleep. These different, customizable positions can even help alleviate some health conditions, including insomnia, sleep apnea, narcolepsy, chronic pain, arthritis, and heartburn. If you are considering using an adjustable bed frame or base, then you should be conscious of whether or not your mattress is compatible. There are a number of features you should consider when selecting an ideal mattress for use with an adjustable base, such as the materials, flexibility, size, and thickness.

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Single Mattresses versus Split Mattresses

One of the main features you want to consider is whether the adjustable bed you are purchasing is a single or split design. For consumers who may not know, a split bed is when you have two independently functioning bases. The idea behind the split base is that each sleeper can have his or her own sleep settings and positions without affecting the comfort of their partner. In order to use a split design with these intentions, you must also use a separate mattress on each base. The most common setup for a split adjustable bed is to use two Twin XL mattresses with two Twin XL bases, that can either be synced and function as one unit, or function separately.

 

Mattress Material

A primary factor to consider for mattress to be compatible with adjustable bases is the materials, or construction of the mattress. There are a surprising number of mattress constructions available in the mattress in a box market. Popular options include memory foam, latex, inner spring, and hybrid constructions - which use a blend of available materials.

 

Memory Foam

Because of their high flexibility and great response to pressure, memory foam mattresses are one of the most preferred mattresses for adjustable beds. Memory foam mattresses can easily bend and return to their original form, without compromising the quality and construction of the mattress.

Additionally, memory foam mattresses can help prevent or provide relief for a variety of health conditions. Given that adjustable beds also provide similar relief, a memory foam mattress perfectly complements an adjustable bed for comfortable and healthy sleep.

Although memory foam can get a bad rap for sleeping hot, some foam mattress companies, including BedInABox®, are designed with built-in cooling technologies to mitigate this issue.

 

Latex

Latex foam mattress come in two varieties: synthetic or natural. A natural latex mattress is an environmentally conscience choice, usually sourced from the sap of rubber trees. Latex mattresses do often share similarities with memory foam mattresses. For example, they are generally just as flexible as memory foam mattresses, making them another suitable option for pairing with adjustable beds.  Although latex can sometimes be longer lasting and cooler than memory foam, the durability and temperature regulation come at a high cost. Latex mattresses are much more expensive than memory foam mattresses.

 

Innerspring

Steel coils, or innersprings, are the material conventionally used to provide support in a traditional innerspring mattress. These coils are available as either pocket coils or continuous coils. These pocket coils are paired with various foams, fibers or padding, which generally makes the mattress significantly less durable than memory foam or latex mattresses.

For use with an adjustable bed, innerspring mattresses with pocket coils are recommended because these coils are individually wrapped and provide more targeted support to the body’s pressure points. An innerspring mattress must actually be designed specifically for use with an adjustable base in order to be compatible.

 

Hybrid Mattresses

Hybrid mattresses are made from a blend of mattress materials available on the market. Most hybrids are a built with inner coils and memory foam or latex. These mattresses can provide the support of an innerspring mattress with the comfort and durability of a memory foam mattress. Hybrid mattresses give you the best of both worlds. Much like a traditional innerspring mattress though, a hybrid mattress must be designed for an adjustable bed in order to be compatible.

 

Size

When purchasing a mattress for an adjustable bed, it is so important to make sure the measurements for both products align. If you buy your mattress separately from the bed frame or plan to use your current mattress, then it is critical to get the correct measurements. If the mattress or the adjustable bed frame are the wrong size, your ability to find the optimal position for comfort can be negatively impacted.

 

Thickness

Your mattress thickness can affect the flexibility and durability of a mattress when paired with an adjustable bed. A mattress that measures too thick can reduce the flexibility and limits the mobility of the adjustable bed. On the other hand, a thin mattress is much less durable and likely will not provide the support you are looking for. There are tradeoffs with each level of thickness, and you will have to find the best balance for your needs. The suggested thickness for adjustable beds is 8 to 12 inches thick.

 

Flexibility

Flexibility is, perhaps, the most import factor to consider when buying a mattress for an adjustable bed frame. It affects the usable positions of the adjustable bed which, in turn, impact your level of comfort and your quality of sleep. Remember, flexibility is most affected by the thickness of the mattress.

  

This overview of key adjustable mattress features should help you make an informed a decision when buying a new or replacement mattress for an adjustable bed. If you are considering introducing an adjustable base to your sleep regimen, you should carefully consider all of the features mentioned above. If you are still having trouble deciding what to buy, a BedInABox® customer service specialist can be reached via phone call or chat box, and will be happy to help!