Do You Need a Special Mattress for an Adjustable Bed?

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"Do you need a special mattress for an adjustable bed?" This is a question we frequently encounter at Ergomotion.

Investing in an adjustable bed is a significant decision, and it's essential to get all your questions answered beforehand. This includes understanding the type of mattress that works best with an adjustable bed. 

So, let's explore the world of adjustable beds and mattresses to help you make an informed decision and determine if you need a special mattress for an adjustable bed. 

What Is an Adjustable Bed?

An adjustable bed or bed frame is a unique piece of furniture equipped with built-in mechanics that allow you to adjust the position of your head, feet, or both. With just a simple touch of a button, you can elevate or lower different parts of the bed to your liking.

Not all adjustable beds are the same, though. Basic adjustable beds simply have buttons on the base that allow you to manipulate the elevation of the head and foot of the bed. Many have remotes that you use to set your favorite positions and quickly elevate the bed so you sleep comfortably.

More advanced adjustable beds come equipped with technology that lets you program your preferred sleeping and relaxing positions, offer vibration motors, support a zero gravity position, and even report  your sleep metrics, such as deep, sleep, light sleep and can automatically adjust to alleviate snoring. 

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Why Consider an Adjustable Bed?

Investing in an adjustable bed gives you the power to customize your sleep environment, which can lead to improved sleep quality and overall health. For instance, an adjustable bed allows you to sleep with your head elevated without the need for extra pillows, which can be beneficial for people with sleep apnea.

Similarly, you can sleep with your feet elevated without the need for a bed riser, which can be beneficial for those with circulatory issues in their legs or feet. Athletes can also benefit from an adjustable bed as it can aid in muscle recovery post-workout.

What to Consider When Buying an Adjustable Bed

When shopping for an adjustable bed, several factors come into play:

Sleeping Partner: If you sleep alone, any adjustable bed will do. However, if you share your bed with a partner, a split king adjustable bed might be a better option. This type of bed allows each person to adjust their side of the bed to their preferred settings.

Features: While you might not need all the bells and whistles that come with some adjustable beds, it's worth considering the features before making a purchase. After all, you don't want to regret not having health sensors later on. A bed is an investment you don’t make often, so like buying a new computer or phone, it can make sense to invest in the newest technology.

Size and Weight: The size of the bed is an important consideration, but with adjustable beds, you also need to consider the weight. These beds are typically heavier due to the motor and attachments, so ensure your bedroom floor can support the weight and size of the bed you choose.

And, of course, the mattress matters, too. If you are not planning on replacing your mattress, ask if the one you have will work with an adjustable frame. If you buy a new mattress, buy one best suited for the bed.

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Can Any Mattress Go On an Adjustable Base?

While many modern mattress designs can work with an adjustable bed frame, not all of them are the best choice. The most compatible mattresses for an adjustable bed are memory foam and hybrid mattresses.

Memory Foam

A memory foam mattress, like the ErgoMattress, is made of a polymer that makes it elastic and flexible. This mattress is specifically designed for adjustable beds and features bamboo charcoal-infused memory foam, ErgoEdge support, latex with ErgoAirflow cooling vents, support foam, and ErgoAir cooling channels. The memory foam contours to your body, eliminating traditional pressure points on the hips or shoulders.

ErgoMattress Memory Foam Mattress for adjustable bed


Another worthwhile choice is a hybrid mattress. This is a marriage of a traditional innerspring mattress with memory foam. The ErgoMattress Hybrid is constructed with EgroAir Spring Pocket Coils for a similar bounce and feel as an innerspring product. The top layers are ventilated latex and memory foam, so you feel the same contours.

This mattress is specially designed to fit an adjustable bed. The memory foam helps to absorb energy and control movement. The innerspring gives you a traditional mattress feel. If you compare the ErgoMattress and ErgoMattress Hybrid, you’ll see many similarities, including their ability to work well on an adjustable bed frame.

ErgoMattress Hybrid the perfect mattress for an adjustable bed

Create the Perfect Adjustable Bed Setup

So, will any mattress work on an adjustable bed frame? Older mattresses are unlikely to function well, regardless of the type. Most modern mattress designs can work with an adjustable frame, but memory foam or hybrid mattresses are the best choices.

If you're shopping for an adjustable bed, consider ErgoSportive Sleep System - the ideal choice for those with an active lifestyle. You can try it in-home for 30-days risk-free and ship it back to us without any fees if it’s not a good fit for you.

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