Understanding adjustable beds

The world of sleep has seen numerous innovations over the years, and electric beds are among the most significant. These beds offer unparalleled comfort and flexibility, allowing users to adjust their sleeping position at the touch of a button. But with this advanced functionality comes the question: What type of adjustable bed mattress is best suited for such beds? Dive into this comprehensive guide to find out.

Before we delve into the specifics of mattresses, it's crucial to understand what adjustable beds are. Electric adjustable beds, often referred to as adjustable beds, allow users to change the angle of the bed's head and foot sections. This adjustability can aid in alleviating various health issues, from back pain to sleep apnoea, and can also provide a more comfortable sleeping or lounging position.

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Do you need a special mattress for an adjustable bed?

The short answer is yes. Adjustable beds require mattresses that can flex and bend without causing damage to the mattress or compromising its support and comfort features. Traditional innerspring mattresses, especially those with a border wire, might not be suitable due to their rigid structure.

Types of mattresses suitable for adjustable beds

1.    Memory Foam Mattresses: Memory foam is inherently flexible and can easily adapt to the contours of an adjustable bed. Its ability to mould to the body's shape also ensures consistent support and comfort, regardless of the bed's angle.

2.    Latex Mattresses: Like memory foam, latex is flexible and can bend with the bed's adjustments. Additionally, latex is durable and can withstand the constant movements of an adjustable bed without degrading quickly.

3.    Hybrid Mattresses: These mattresses combine the support of innerspring coils with the comfort of foam or latex. When opting for a hybrid mattress for an adjustable bed, ensure that it's designed to be flexible.

4.    Airbeds: Some modern airbeds are designed to be used with adjustable bases. They can be adjusted to change firmness levels, providing an added layer of customisation.

What is the best single mattress for an adjustable bed?

For those with a single adjustable bed, the choice of mattress is crucial. The best single mattress for an adjustable bed would be one that offers the right balance of support, comfort, and flexibility. Memory foam and latex single mattresses are often top contenders due to their inherent adaptability and pressure-relieving properties.

Factors to consider when choosing a mattress for an adjustable bed

1.    Thickness: While thicker mattresses offer more cushioning, they might not be as flexible. For Adjustable Beds, a medium-thick mattress, typically between 8 to 12 inches, is ideal.

2.    Durability: Given the constant adjustments, the mattress should be durable enough to withstand regular bending and flexing.

3.    Edge Support: With the movements of the adjustable bed, strong edge support ensures the mattress doesn't sag or deform over time.

4.    Heat Retention: Some adjustable bed users might find that their mattress retains more heat due to the bending. Opting for a mattress with cooling properties, like gel-infused memory foam, can be beneficial.

5.    Warranty & Trial Period: Always choose a mattress that comes with a good warranty and trial period. This ensures you can test the mattress with your adjustable bed and ensure compatibility.

Benefits of using the right mattress with an adjustable bed

1.    Enhanced Comfort: The right mattress complements the functionalities of the adjustable bed, ensuring maximum comfort.

2.    Longer Mattress Lifespan: Using a compatible mattress reduces wear and tear, ensuring it lasts longer.

3.    Optimal Health Benefits: From alleviating back pain to improving circulation, the right mattress can amplify the health benefits of an adjustable bed.

4.    Improved Sleep Quality: With the perfect mattress and bed combination, users can find their ideal sleeping position, leading to deeper, more restful sleep.


Adjustable beds represent the future of sleep, offering unparalleled adjustability and comfort. However, to harness their full potential, choosing the right mattress for an adjustable bed is crucial. Whether you're considering memory foam, latex, or a hybrid, ensure it's designed for flexibility and durability.

For a diverse range of adjustable bed-compatible mattresses and more insights into making the right choice, explore our collection and resources at Archers Sleepcentre.

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