Before you start
There are a few things to think about before you invest in an adjustable bed.
Where do you need support?
The more adjustable parts your bed has, the more sleeping positions it can offer. If you only need support in a certain area, you may not need as many adjustable parts.
Do you want a single or a double?
If you share a bed with a partner, you'll need to ensure they can stay comfortable too. Some beds allow both partners to adjust their half of the bed separately.
Will you need support getting in and out of bed?
Many beds feature support bars to help you get in and out. Some are height-adjustable, so you can alter them to a comfortable position.
How much space do you have?
Adjustable beds are larger than standard beds and need to be placed near a plug socket. You'll need to make sure your doorways are large enough for delivery.
What are the different types of adjustable beds?
Each adjustable bed is named after the number of sections the bed can be divided into. For example, a two-way adjustable bed has a flat part and a raised part - these are the 'two ways' referred to in the name.
Two-Way Adjustable Beds
These are sometimes known as 'sit-up' beds or reclining beds. They raise your back and shoulders at the top of the bed, lifting you towards a seated position.
Three-Way Adjustable Beds
Three-part beds will raise the mattress at knee level as well as raising your back and shoulders. You can control the rise of each section to find your most comfortable position.
Five-Way Adjustable Beds
Five part beds have an additional adjustable part at the top of the bed that provides extra support to your head and neck.
What else should you consider?
Wireless or cable remote?
Adjustable beds are controlled either by a remote attached to a cable, or one that's wireless. A wireless remote can be kept anywhere that's convenient.
Beneficial if you need to raise or lower the bed to easily get in and out. It's also helpful if you receive treatments or physical therapy in bed.
Drop-down or bed rails
These prevent you from falling out of bed. Some beds have these pre-installed or with the option to add them.
Mattress end support
An end support bar will help prevent the mattress gradually slipping as the bed is adjusting.
Adjustable beds often come with drawer space, providing you with extra storage room.
Dual adjustable beds
These enable both partners to adjust their side of the bed to a position they find comfortable.
This guidance is provided to assist you to pick the right product for your needs. It should not be treated as professional health advice. You should seek advice from an appropriate medical practitioner if you have any concern about any product's suitability to you.
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