There are a lot of adjustable bed mattresses to choose from today. One size doesn’t fit all, and it’s important to consider performance and functionality requirements for you and your partner before you make the final decision. Discuss how you plan to use your bed, and from there, what materials need to make up the mattress, as well as its overall thickness.
Adjustable beds have the ability to move the head and feet area of the mattress between 40 and 65 degrees generally. These adjustments create a more comfortable living environment for the users, especially if one suffers from acid reflux related discomforts throughout the night. You can elect to put your feet and head up, just your feet, or just your head depending your preference. If you’re more of a “watch TV in bed” type of person, then you’re going to factor in different requirements than someone who just sleeps in their bed.
Whatever your preference, it means the most important things to consider when buying the mattress are flexibility and durability. You need a mattress that bends and flexes to follow the bases contour changes. Throughout it all, you want the mattress to remain intact despite the shifting for ultimate back and spinal support.
There are four common types of mattresses to pair with adjustable beds: memory foam, latex foam, innerspring, and airbeds.
Memory Foam: This option, as well as latex mattresses, is usually consumers’ first choice with an adjustable bed. Their flexibility enables them to match the curves of the base and shift into any type of angled position. Plus, because of the foam base, it will maintain its support and durability in any position.
Latex Foam: Like Memory Foam, this is another viable adjustable bed frame option. Many Latex Foam mattresses are made from 100% foam and are also effective at adjusting to fit any shape and contour. However, Latex Foam is an acquired taste for a lot of sleepers, and can give off a “buoyant” feeling while sleeping. They are also more rigid than Memory Foam, requiring a thicker size for comfortable sleep.
Innerspring Mattress: This is the classic mattress used by your parents and grandparents. Innerspring Mattresses are made from coiled springs and a rigid top, which makes them a stiffer sleeping option. Consequently, they don’t tend to pair well with adjustable beds, although some manufacturers today are working to make flexible models that are indeed compatible. Their most notable feature is being significantly cheaper than Latex and Foam options.
Airbed Mattress: These mattresses embody air chambers, enabling the sleeper to adjust support and firmness by increasing or decreasing pressure. Like the Innerspring Mattresses, only a certain few are compatible with the shifting of adjustable beds.
Lastly, consider your mattress thickness before you lay it on an adjustable bed frame. Thick mattresses won’t be able to bend to the changing contours as easily as other models. The ideal thickness for your mattress is between 7” and 13.” Make sure it’s still thick enough to provide you with a comfortable night of sleep.