There was a point in time that the use of an adjustable bed was confined only in health care settings. But over the years, things have changed and our need for this type of bedding system shifted to domestic use because it has now found its way to private homes — almost to the point of being ubiquitous.
One reason why this type of bed, which is specially intended for use by people with infirmity, is now available for domestic use is because of the prices. There has been a dipping on the market prices for this type of bed lately. Hence, making it more affordable for people with special needs to buy one of their own. Add to this, the fact that there is now a wider selection of beds for people to choose from. In order to put away the impression that they look like a hospital bed, new functionalities and usable features were incorporated into them.
There are also varying designs for this type of bed. It is a normal feature for them to provide a mechanism that will allow the user to lower his upper body and legs or to raise it, depending on their preferred position where they are most comfortable. This adjustable positioning of the body can significantly help in alleviating most cases of back pains, which is done by virtue of shifting most of the user’s weight off the back.
The Base of the Bed is Often Sold Separately
If you are planning to shop for this type of bed system, know as early as now that several manufacturing companies sell the bed itself and it’s base as one, single unit. So they are sold as a bundled package.
But then again some sell each one as separate units. Normally, the base would be fitting to a wide array of mattresses. The use of box springs is not necessary.
Standard Features for This Type of Bed
Adjustments that will help in raising or lowering parts of the bed can be achieved with the help of remote control, which of course would depend upon the bed model itself if it is remote control operated.
As for the number of adjustments that one can have with a bed, this aspect would vary depending upon the design features it came with. Generally speaking, the more options you have in this area, the greater its cost will be.
The most common features you will see usually in some models include:
- Adjustable firmness to work on your lumbar area.
- Massages, this feature may be available in the form of foot massage which sometimes has a dual function as an alarm clock.
- Timer, it reverts the bed to its original flat position after the user has fallen asleep.
Available Sizes for Adjustable Bed
You will find these beds in single, king and queen sizes. King and queen size beds come with a mechanism that will allow the user to make needed adjustments to the settings and customize it for each side of the bed.
Some couples find the adjoining space where the 2 mattresses meet discomforting. For this, you need to make sure exactly what type of bed that you and your partner will mutually agree on having. Otherwise, you might eventually end up regretting your choice by leaving that aspect to chance.
First-time users of adjustable beds always say that the experience is much more different than when you are on a standard, regular bed. Hence, you need to take the following into account.
If you are sharing the bed with someone, the adjustment motor may sound loud enough to cause disturbance to the other person and wake him up. There are a few bed models that the makers would market as having peaceful, quiet motors compared to others.
If you have this option, you might want to consider having the bed only for a trial period first. To many users, it took them several weeks before they could finally say to themselves they have gotten used to it.
If you will just try it for a few minutes or so in the store, that won’t be good enough for you to have an accurate feel if the bed would be comfortable to sleep in through the night.