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Buying Guide: Adjustable Base

Are you in the market for a new bed? Upgrade to the ultimate sleeping experience by adding an adjustable base to any mattress. An adjustable base is a movable foundation that can adjust the position of your head, feet and anywhere else so that you can always be comfortable when you’re in your bed.

What is an Adjustable Base for Mattresses?

The concept of adjustable beds has been around since Ancient Rome — they looked more like today’s adjustable poolside chairs than what we think of as a bed. The first electric adjustable bed was invented in the early 1900s by surgeon Willis Gatch, who was working at the Indiana University School of Medicine.

Contrary to popular belief, gone are the days where adjustable beds are only reserved for medical uses. In the last several years, adjustable beds have become one of the most common bedding accessories and more and more people are taking advantage of their sleek, user-friendly designs to get a better night’s sleep.

An adjustable base can move a mattress into a variety of positions — from reclining to inclining — and can help sleepers with pain, sleep issues or even those just wanting to feel more comfortable in bed.

If you’ve ever thought about purchasing an adjustable base, check out these great bases from Mattress Firm.

How to Shop for an Adjustable Base for Your Bed

Mattress Firm has read the reviews, calculated the ratings and organized our list of the top items to consider when selecting your new adjustable base. Don’t worry, your best night’s sleep is only a base away.

1. Consider your sleep issues.

The best part of an adjustable base is that you can adjust the position to help with a variety of sleep issues. Do you need to release tension in your neck and spine? Would you benefit from greater support in a particular part of the body? Do you snore or struggle with sleep apnea? Are you on your feet all day and deal with swollen lower legs and feet? There are a number of adjustable bases available that have features to fit your every need.

2. Make it work for your mattress.

Adjustable bases work for virtually any mattress, but the best kind of mattress to use is something flexible, like memory foam, latex or anything that does not resist folding. If you already have a mattress, make sure it is made of a similar material, if not, consider shopping for a mattress that will fit your new adjustable base.

3. Test drive some adjustable bases.

Once you’ve seen a few different adjustable base brands within your size/price range, Mattress Firm recommends testing out your options by laying on the base, testing out the features and seeing what feels best. Testing out an adjustable base is an important step in the shopping process.

If you think that an adjustable bed might be right for you, visit a Mattress Firm store today to talk to a sleep expert and try one for yourself.

About The Author

The Daily Dozers The Daily Dozers are the mattress experts behind The Daily Doze, pooling their knowledge to bring you all that you need to know about what’s right under your head (literally). The Daily Dozers are team members who have been embedded in the mattress industry for years, whether that’s at one of our more than 3,000 neighborhood stores, or in our hometown of Houston at BedQuarters. These product experts can answer any question you might have about your bed. From ‘what size mattress do I need for my room?’ to ‘how do I know if I need an adjustable base?’ – there’s no topic too tired for The Daily Dozers. Even better? The Daily Dozers work together with The Savvy Savers to make sure you’re getting the bed you want, at a price you can’t find anywhere else.

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