MattressFirm Logo
Bed Basics
Bed Basics

Buying Guide: Adjustable Beds

adjustable bed base buying guide

An adjustable base bed will take your sleep experience to the next level and provide you with the comfort you are looking for. If you're still wondering if you should get an adjustable bed, look no further. We'll tell you everything you need to know about the adjustable bed and how you can find the perfect one for your sleep style.

Here are some of the basics you'll need to know about adjustable beds:

What is an adjustable bed?

If you have never heard of an adjustable bed before, it is a movable foundation that can adjust the position of your head and feet, so you can always be comfortable in bed.

The concept of adjustable beds has been around since Ancient Rome — back then, 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 an adjustable bed base only is reserved for medical uses. In the last several years, adjustable beds have become one of the most common bedding accessories: 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. And what's better, you can purchase an adjustable bed base only, as most work with any mattress, including one you may already own!

What kind of adjustable bed frame is right for me?

When it comes to adjustable bases, there are plenty of options that will help you customize your sleep, adjusting to the perfect angle for you. Not sure if you want an adjustable base? Next time you're shopping for a mattress, take a look around and see if there are any adjustable beds on sale — you can often get a great deal on an adjustable base if you're also purchasing a mattress. Here are just a few of our favorites…

Leggett and Platt 50 Series Adjustable Base


If you're in the market for your very first adjustable bed, this is the one for you! Perfect for any sleeper, this bases’ modern design combines function and fashion, while the frame responds to your body’s natural movements. From reading a book to watching television in bed, this adjustable bed lifts your head to the perfect angle all while giving you the freedom and flexibility to choose your perfect position.

Mattress Firm 900 Adjustable Base


If you need to get rid of back pain and experience unparalleled sleep, then the Mattress Firm 900 Adjustable Base is perfect for you. The head and feet up positioning allows for optimum relief from aches and pains while the edge to edge lumbar section gives superior back support where it's most needed. The Mattress Firm 900 was designed for the person who enjoys watching TV, reading or even eating in bed. Additionally, this base is equipped with Therapeutic Dual Massage, under bed LED lighting and a voice-powered app to control the base. The adjustable base features three per-set positions or program your own ideal position with the remote customizing the base to fit your personal sleep needs.

Purple Adjustable Base


Sleeping with a partner can be a struggle if you don't have the same sleep preferences, but with the Purple Adjustable Base, sleep struggles are a thing of the past. Designed to transform your mattress into a productivity powerhouse for work, leisure and play, this adjustable bed lets each partner choose their own sleep position independently. Even better, it's loaded with features and endless possibilities, so you can sleep like a robot, an astronaut, or even a log. Hey, they're your dreams, after all, so you should sleep how you want!

Mattress Firm 300 Adjustable Base


If you suffer from joint pains and pressure, this is the adjustable bed base for you! Offering a personalized sleep experience, this adjustable base comes complete with head and foot adjustment settings designed to help alleviate joint pains and provide increased pressure relief. Plus, the wireless remote makes finding your perfect position easy with its back-lit buttons and programmable memory option. Even better, the Mattress Firm 300 adjustable bed frame can stand alone as its own piece of furniture or be combined with your existing bedroom furniture as it has removable legs, making this base compatible with most bed sets including platform beds.

Leggett and Platt 500 Series Adjustable Base


A king among adjustable bases, the Leggett and Platt 500 Series Adjustable Base features a wireless remote control for easy access, head and foot elevation, and an emergency power-down feature. Even better, the WallHugger® engineering lifts you up while simultaneously gliding you back, and the retainer bar keeps your mattress from slipping as the base articulates. The 500 Series adjustable base also includes a dual USB charger and electrical outlets located on each side of the base making charging devices both easy and convenient.

For more information on adjustable bed bases, go to or visit a Mattress Firm store near you.

Shop These Great Deals

Purple Mattress
Purple MattressesFREE Sheet Set & Pillow
Bundle & SaveSave up to 50%