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Adjustable bed buying guide

The best adjustable beds don’t just help alleviate your back pain, or manage other medical conditions – they can significantly improve your lifestyle. The problem is knowing what adjustable bed to buy.

Step 1: What type of adjustable bed do I need?

Before you start to think about the added features you might like with your adjustable bed, you need to consider which type is best suited to your needs. Generally, adjustable beds can be divided into two categories: lifestyle and profiling.

Lifestyle beds

Lifestyle beds usually just have a moveable function at the head end, making things such as watching television or reading more comfortable. However, they are unlikely to offer different sleeping positions or adjustable height options. As a result, this type of bed is more suited to people who want an adjustable bed for comfort and luxury, rather than to help with health conditions.

Profiling beds

Profiling – or ‘variable posture’ – beds offer greater flexibility and increased postural support, with a variety of positions and features available. Although some can be adjusted manually, typically adjustable beds for the home are adjusted electronically via a handset – so you can make adjustments even while in the bed. For example, we offer profiling beds with optional Cyclo-Therapy massage technology built in to help with circulation.

Step 2: What size adjustable bed is best?

It may be obvious, but one of the first things to consider is how big you require your adjustable bed to be.

Larger beds, for example, are often more comfortable and obviously give you more space – but you need to measure the space you have available first. Bed sizes are not standardised for adjustable beds, however, so the size can vary between suppliers.

Height is just as important as width and length

Width and length are obvious measurements to take for any piece of furniture, but it’s also vital that you think about the how tall the bed needs to be. Making sure it’s at the right level for you to get in and out of bed with ease can make a huge difference to your lifestyle.

Autovariable Bed

The Autovariable Adjustable Bed adjusts to a variety of heights

Adding a few inches to the height of your adjustable bed could easily stifle that early morning groan as you have to push yourself up and out of bed – making mornings that little bit easier. If this is something you’re looking for, then make sure you choose a bed that can alter its height too.

Are you sleeping alone, or with a partner?

Many assume that having an adjustable bed is a solitary experience because it’s designed to suit your specific needs. But the options available are actually very flexible – with options such as a split or ‘dual’ mattress meaning you can enjoy the benefits of adjusting your side of the bed without disturbing your partner.

Best adjustable beds for sleeping alone

  • Single bed – good for carers to reach you and often the cheapest option
  • Double bed – if you prefer sleeping with more space

Best adjustable beds for sleeping alone

  • Split or ‘dual’ — two mattresses independently controlled but built in one frame. Designed to let the users independently adjust how they sleep throughout the night without disturbing their partner
  • Two singles hooked together
  • Both of the above available as doubleking size and super king
  • Double bed

Pay attention to weight limits

Do you require a bed that is sturdier than traditional ones? Many adjustable beds can be built to support and lift heavier loads. Our beds typically take weights up to 28 stone as standard – although our Contour AV adjustable bed takes up to 50 stone.

Adjustable BedWeight Limit
Find out moreMajestic22 Stone
Find out moreOttoman20 Stone
Find out moreAutovariable22 Stone
Find out moreElite28 Stone
Find out moreHeritage28 Stone
Find out moreHeritage Classic28 Stone
Find out moreContour AV50 Stone

Step 3: What added features are you looking for?

Once you’ve decided on the size and specification of your bed, it’s well worth looking into what features are available. This will enable you to get the most value from your bed by tailoring it to your needs.

Easy Reach

As the bed adjusts and moves higher, the mattress glides back (towards the wall) so the head of the bed always stays in convenient contact with your bedside table. Also known as ‘wall hugging’ because the frame of the bed can sit right against the bedroom wall even as the bed adjusts.

Massage and heat pad technology

Adjustable beds can now be packed full of innovative technology for a relaxing and invigorating night’s sleep. They can even provide medical benefits, such as to aid pain relief and reduce swelling through massage and heat pad technology. Some of these adjustable beds may even classify as Class IIa medical devices, such as those including our Cyclo-Therapy massage technology.

Battery back-up system

Most electric adjustable beds rely on mains power to power their adjustable functionality. Operated via a handset, this makes them highly convenient and stops you having to get out of bed to make any adjustments – providing you don’t suffer a power cut. A battery back-up system provides you with many hours of functionality in the event of a power cut, saving you hassle and stress.


Most electric adjustable beds rely on mains power to power their adjustable functionality. Operated via a handset, this makes them highly convenient and stops you having to get out of bed to make any adjustments – providing you don’t suffer a power cut. A battery back-up system provides you with many hours of functionality in the event of a power cut, saving you hassle and stress.

Step 4: Does an adjustable bed need a special mattress?

The nature of an adjustable frame means you will need a special mattress for an adjustable bed. This is because most mattresses have different zonal structures that correspond with the bed’s adjusting zones to enable free movement and prevent damage to the mattress. There is a lot of variety, however, including foam, pocket sprung, firm, medium and soft.

Airflow Mattress

Airflow® Orthopaedic Mattresses have an egg box surface which allows easy movement and ventilation.

Where can I buy a mattress for an adjustable bed?

Usually sold separately to the frame, the best mattress for an adjustable bed is usually one from the same retailer as the bed. The manufacturer will recommend the most appropriate mattress for your purchase, but most are size and type compatible. We recommend pairing our adjustable beds with one of our Airflow® Orthopaedic Mattresses to maximise your comfort.

Step 5: What styles and designs are available?

Although the functionality of your bed should always come first, it’s also important to consider the look and feel of your adjustable bed. Once you’re happy that it meets your needs, what headboard and décor options are available? Will the provider provide swatches to help you decide?

The comfort and health benefits of an adjustable bed have pushed manufacturers to revamp the traditional look. At Adjustamatic, our adjustable beds are available in styles that will blend into any room’s décor – with a wide selection of luxury fabrics, woods, headboards and storage designs to suit your tastes.

Are there choices of headboards available for my adjustable bed?

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Border Linen
Cobbled Steel
Contemporary Harmony
Contemporary Oyster
Elegance Grouse Flecks
Panal Stone
Plain Steel
Royal Oyster

Since we build each of our adjustable beds specifically for you, you’re free to choose a headboard that suits you. Currently we have 8 headboard design options available, with a selection of fabric covers to choose from too. You may even prefer to use your current headboard – just make sure to check with our adviser at your free home demonstration so we can check the measurements and specification.

Step 6: How to buy an adjustable bed

When you’ve chosen the size, specification and features that you want, the next step vis to look at actually buying your adjustable bed. You should think of this as a long-term investment that will guarantee comfort, and last you many years.

How do I know I’m getting quality?

The first thing to look for is a reputable supplier, to instil some confidence that the investment will last and perform as it should. This is easy to identify through a number of approval schemes, such as Trading Standards Approved (TSI), British Healthcare Trades Association (BHTA) and National Bed Federation (NBF). These ensure that companies comply with a code of practice and meet stringent standards.

Look out for these logos to identify reputable companies:

Trusted Logos

Bear in mind that higher quality materials and added features do often increase the cost. However simple adjustable beds are still just as popular for their practicality and value.

Look for accreditations for ‘medically certified’ products

Make sure you look out for accreditation marks that indicate that these products have been fully tested for safety and quality.

These include Class IIa certification, regulated by the Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Authority (MHRA), and CE marks.

Step 7: Where to buy your adjustable bed

There are a number of options worth investigating when it comes to deciding where to buy your adjustable bed. These include purchasing direct from the manufacturer, high street retailers or online. We recommend shopping around and exploring all the options available. Remember that this is about finding the right bed to suit your needs, improve your lifestyle, and fit within your budget.

Specialist manufacturers

Specialist manufacturers that only deal in adjustable beds or similar mobility products will have an online presence and often a freephone telephone number to call. These specialist suppliers will offer bespoke beds tailor-made to your specific requirements — including your budget and bedroom space.

Most have their own factories and hand craft their made to order beds with strong attention to detail. At Adjustamatic, our beds are all handmade and built in our North Wales factory. Be open to home visits by companies with British Approval Schemes, as most will provide free no-obligation home demonstrations and a consultation for you and your entire family. This will allow you to make an informed decision before you buy without even having to leave your home!

Buying from a high street store

Buying from a high street store is an option you might be more familiar with. You’ll be able to see different brands and easily compare prices. It will also allow you to ‘try before you buy’. However, there is a limited choice of adjustable beds currently on the high street, and those available may not suit all your needs. Most high street stores will also not be able to offer built-in specialist technology like our Cyclo-Therapy massage technology to help alleviate back pain or improve circulation.

Fortunately, we now have three stores for you to visit, in Macclesfield, Southampton, and at our factory in Denbigh, North Wales:

Macclesfield Southampton Denbigh

Adjustamatic Beds Ltd,
34-44 Roe St,
SK11 6XD

Tel: 01625 568544

Adjustamatic Beds Ltd,
280 Winchester Rd,
SO16 6TQ

Tel: 023 8017 0136

Adjustamatic Beds Ltd,
Colomendy Industrial Estate,
Rhyl Road, Denbigh,
North Wales, LL16 5TS

0808 301 5338

Shopping online

Online shopping will give you a lot of options and prices to consider which you can do in the comfort of your home. However, it may be difficult to assess the product quality and appearance solely from a photo. Look for the reputable brands you know, but if you haven’t heard of a company before, then do your research.

Key questions to ask include:

  • Do they offer secure credit card transactions?
  • Do they have a clear returns policy?
  • What are their delivery prices?

If you have any questions for us, you can easily get in touch via our contact form. We’re also always happy to chat over the phone for free on 0808 231 2964 if you’d prefer a phone call.

Should I buy a second-hand adjustable bed online?

Buying second hand online may be a cheaper option. However, we advise against this, as it can be risky. These beds will not have a guarantee, finance or aftercare and adjustable beds can be very expensive and difficult to repair without one. Often beds can be sold second hand under false brand names. For hygiene reasons, if you do decide to buy second hand, do buy a new mattress and steam clean the adjustable base before use.

Step 8: Financial considerations

Adjustable beds can be costly, but they are an investment purchase. Look for companies that offer finance options such as interest-free credit to make the purchase more manageable. For example, we offer a 0% finance option to enable you to pay for your purchase over time with 0% interest – spreading the cost of such an important purchase to suit your budget.

Check if you are eligible for VAT exemption

Buying an adjustable bed for use at home? Then you could be eligible for VAT exemption. This could allow you to make considerable savings of 20% – meaning a bed worth £2,000 could cost you just £1,600!

Find out more about VAT exemption >

Step 9: Don’t just think about now – consider the future

If you’re stuck between a few equally good products, consider how the retailer’s aftersales service might sway your decision such as:

  • How long will it take to deliver?
  • Will they be able to take away my old bed?
  • What guarantee or warranty do they offer? Make sure the electrical components are included
  • Do they offer a free home annual inspection?

Got any other questions you need answering? Check out our helpful Frequently Asked Questions for more help, or get in touch.

Buying a bed shouldn’t be the end of the journey

At Adjustamatic we know that an adjustable bed is a big purchase, so we want to help you get the most out of it. That’s why we offer lifetime aftercare with every adjustable bed we sell. Every 2 years we check in to see how your bed is treating you, how you’re feeling, and arrange a visit to chat about it all face-to-face if and when it’s convenient. Because getting the right bed for your needs can make all the difference to your lifestyle.

Have any questions?

We all know how good we feel waking up after a great night’s sleep, which makes investing in a good quality bed an important decision. For any questions or advice on buying your adjustable bed, please don’t hesitate to give us a call on 0808 231 2964, or drop us a message. Let’s help you find the adjustable bed you deserve!

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