Are you considering an adjustable bed? Maybe you're weighing your options - traditional vs. adjustable. It wasn't long ago that an adjustable bed was just a hospital bed, and that's pretty much the only place you saw them; hospitals. But now they are becoming more popular and we've started fielding a lot of questions about them.
Our mattresses - even our innnersprings - work with adjustable beds, so we thought it would be a good idea to help our customers make an informed decision with a simple list of pros and cons.
The ability to adjust the height of various parts of your body will give you greater control of your circulation, making life easier for your heart, which is always a good thing. This also allows you to directly affect problem areas, such as legs, by raising them above your heart. This can also help with arthritis.
Aches & Pains
Better control of blood flow coupled with removed stress from areas suffering from arthritis or aches will help minimize and alleviate joint pain. Raising or lowering parts of your body lets your shift your weight, thus taking the weight off of areas of the body experiencing pain, such as the lower back.
Snoring & Asthma
Do you snore? Laying flat when you sleep restricts oxygen pathways and inhibits the traveling of that oxygen to vital organs. Restricted pathways is one of the leading causes of snoring, along with sinus congestions, which also benefits from an elevated position. Your sinuses will stay clearer as gravity, shall we say, does its work on the fluids.
Acid Reflux & Heartburn
If you suffer from acid reflux disease or heartburn, sleeping with your upper body elevated approximately 6" - 8" will help provide relief. Keeping your upper body elevated keeps the stomach acid in your stomach, while sleeping flat allows the acid to enter the esophagus causing distress.
Pure and simple, adjustable bed bases cost more than standard bed frames. A lot more. The base model adjustable bed runs around $800 on sale and goes up to $2000 pretty quickly. You can find expensive bed frames that aren't adjustable, but your options are far greater and the base price is a lot less.
Power, Parts, Motors
Adjustable beds need motors to make their adjustments, which in turn need electricity, an ongoing cost that standard beds do not require. This should be factored into your price comparisons.
On top of that, those small and complex motors can break, short out, or fail during power outages, and can require servicing, replacements, or simply waiting for the power to come back on before you can undo your current bed position. And finally, noise.
Yep, those motors make noise. They make frames with "whisper technology" however, not all - and not the base models - have that technology, which may mean waking your partner up with every change in position.
The very base models weigh about 150 lbs to 200 lbs, but most models that people purchase will weigh anywhere between 550 lbs to 700 lbs. That's a lot of weight, so don't expect to be changing the location of your frame very often. You will also want to be very certain the floor of the room the bed is going in can handle the weight of a 550 - 700 lb bed frame, a 100 lb mattress, and one or two of you.
I hope this helps in your decision making process. Like mentioned earlier, all of our mattresses work with adjustable frames, and we have many clients who love them, but you want to make sure it is right for you and will fit your situation. If you have further questions, please don't hesitate to contact us!