How do adjustable beds work?

In the past, electric adjustable beds were relatively uncommon. However, as the technology used in these products has progressed and public awareness has grown, their popularity has boomed.

If you don’t yet have one of these innovative sleeping aids, you may be missing a trick. They can make nodding off at night much easier, and they can help ensure that you awaken in the morning feeling rested, refreshed and ready to face the day. They can also alleviate the symptoms of a host of medical problems.

Of course, before you go ahead and splash your cash on these pieces of furniture, you’ll want to know exactly what they do and how they work.

The basics of how an adjustable bed base works

The most important feature of how an adjustable bed base works is the fact that, at the press of a button, an adjustable bed can be adjusted to a number of different positions.

Using simple and intuitive controls, you can manipulate the base of the adjustable bed base to elevate your upper body, legs or both. Because the upper and lower sections of adjustable beds operate independently, you benefit from total control.

Regardless of the position you want to sleep in, you won’t struggle to achieve it. Meanwhile, mastering the controls takes a matter of moments and you will be provided with full instructions.

The mechanics of an adjustable bed

Some people are put off purchasing adjustable beds because they assume that the products will have an industrial, unappealing appearance. However, in reality this isn’t the case. Rather than being on show, the sophisticated mechanics that enable the beds to change shape are all carefully concealed, meaning the sleeping aids look no different to regular beds and they blend in seamlessly with typical domestic décor.

As with any other type of bed, you can choose from a selection of different styles and headboard designs. It’s also possible to purchase single adjustable beds, doubles, queens and king size adjustable beds, and you have the option of selecting doubles that feature two independent mattresses and sets of controls. These designs allow you and your partner to sleep side by side but in different positions.

Can you use a regular mattress with an adjustable bed?

You can use a regular mattress with an adjustable bed as long as it is flexible enough and the right size to fit an adjustable bed. Although these tend to be latex and memory foam mattresses, you can find hybrid models that work well with most adjustable bed bases. However, we recommend using a dedicated mattress such as the SleepID® mattress. If you’re looking to find the perfect mattress for your adjustable bed, take a look at our adjustable mattress buying guide to purchase the right one for you.

The benefits of an adjustable bed

There are two primary benefits of using adjustable beds. The first concerns achieving a good sleeping posture. While some people like lying flat on a mattress, this posture is not suitable for everyone.

For example, individuals with back pain, arthritis, breathing problems or poor circulation can find lying flat uncomfortable or even dangerous. With an adjustable bed, it’s simple to find the right level of support for both the upper and lower body.

The second major advantage is the fact that these products make it easier to get into and out of bed. At the click of a button, you can bring yourself up to a sitting position. This takes much of the strain off your joints and muscles. If have limited mobility, this could be especially important as it can help to increase your independence and boost your confidence.

Extra features

As with any product, the devil is in the detail when it comes to adjustable beds. The very best designs incorporate a host of extra features that make them straightforward and pleasant to use. It’s worth noting that our products benefit from a special Easy Reach system. This uses state-of-the-art technology to keep you next to your headboard when you raise your upper body.

Our Wallhugger lift technology ensures that as your bed base lifts your torso, you simultaneously glide backwards. The major advantage of this is the fact that it means you stay aligned with your bedside table, keeping you within easy reach of drinks, books, reading glasses and any other items you might need while you’re in bed.

So that you never get stranded in the event of a power cut, our beds also have a backup battery system that provides hours of off-mains functionality. This sort of attention to detail can provide you with added peace of mind.



However, perhaps the most notable additional feature is our Cyclo-Therapy® massage system. This medically-proven technology offers pain relief for a range of medical conditions and it can enhance blood circulation. It also promotes relaxation. Because it is integrated into the beds, it offers a full body massage. You can adjust the settings too. Whether you want a gentle massage to help lull you to sleep or you need a vigorous massage to increase your pain threshold, you’ll be able to find a level that suits.

Unlike other systems that rely on backwards and forwards motions, Cyclo-Therapy® uses a three-way technique. It pulsates and rotates out from the centre in a whirlpool-like motion, while vibrating in all directions.

What you can expect from mobility beds

There’s no panacea for poor sleep. However, by using an adjustable mobility bed, you stand to benefit from significantly improved sleep. Being able to get into and out of bed with ease and knowing that at the click of a button you can raise your upper body, your legs or both can be a big comfort. This can help you to nod off much more quickly and easily, and stop you from waking up in pain during the night. 

You don’t have to sacrifice style to benefit from these products. We offer a wide range of styles and sizes so you can select a bed that suits your home. 

“The bed itself is very comfortable as we can adjust it to the position that we find gives us the most comfortable night’s sleep. With our old bed, my wife would often wake up at 3 am in discomfort, feeling quite stiff and tensed up.

However, since using the Adjustamatic Bed this doesn’t happen anymore and both of us always have a great night’s sleep.”

Mr Brown, from Streatham (London)

Take your time when buying the perfect bed

Bear in mind that if you’re going to purchase one of these products, it’s important to take your time and ensure you get the perfect version for you. As long as you choose a high-quality bed that meets all of your practical requirements, you should have it for many years to come. This means it’s vital that make the right decision.

With this in mind, don’t hesitate to contact us. Give us a call on 0800 689 9823 (9am-5pm Mon-Fri), or drop us a message for further information on any of our adjustable beds. Our experts are on hand to offer all the guidance you may need. You can also request a brochure or even arrange a free adjustable bed demonstration to help ensure you’re able to make a fully informed decision when buying an adjustable bed.