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Are Adjustable Bed Frames Worth It?

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Shopping for furniture is such a double-edged sword – thinking about reinventing your room is exciting, but measuring everything and fussing over deliveries is a drag. All this is doubly true for your bedroom, as your choice of bed frame can make or break the décor of the whole room.

There are a huge array of bed frames available – from modernist steel to traditional wooden bed frames in the UK – but most designs offer very little versatility. In contrast, modern adjustable bed frames can be raised or lowered for improved comfort and accessibility, making them especially useful for people with reduced mobility.

What is an Adjustable Base (Bed Frame)?

Adjustable beds vary greatly in technical complexity and functionality, ranging from basic models that can be moved up or down to advanced designs that can be changed into all kinds of shapes. While the most basic forms are basically adjustable platforms, the more advanced models have dozens of moving parts that you can adjust to raise your legs, support your lower back and much more.

The more advanced types of adjustable bed frames tend to have special clamps and integral mattresses, and a special remote or control panel to control the shape and alignment of the bed, though this varies by model. By changing the shape and angle of the bed, an adjustable bed frame can support all kinds of sleepers and even allow users to watch the telly or read in bed comfortably.

Types of Adjustable Bed Frames

One of the most important factors for choosing an adjustable bed frame is durability, flexibility and functionality, especially when it comes to the ways your adjustable bed can change shape. For example, if you suffer from lower back pain, an adjustable bed that can only pivot on its base won’t do you much good, while a frame that can raise or lower the middle section can provide much better support.

In comparison to shopping around for wooden bed frames in the UK, finding an adjustable bed frame is much harder, as different models have drastically different features and styles. However, differentiating between adjustable bed frames is made more difficult by the lack of clear sub-types, so you should look closely at the features and specifications before buying.

Furthermore, lots of adjustable bed frames come with mattresses fitted as standard, to prevent them from detaching or deforming when adjusting the bed frame, and are often made from:

  • Latex foam
  • Hybrid
  • Airbeds
  • Memory foam

Advantages of Adjustable Beds

While the main advantage of an adjustable bed frame (i.e. the customisable nature) is plain to see, these high-tech resting places offer various benefits that you might not realise. In addition to customised support and improved comfort when laying ‘up’ in bed, adjustable bed frames also:

Help with swelling

Over time, exercise and added strain can cause your feet to swell up, resulting in discomfort and a higher risk of health issues from poor circulation. Fortunately, adjustable beds can releive swelling in your extremities by raising your feet at the push of a button.

Lessen the strain of digestion

Digestion issues – such as indigestion or heartburn – can keep you up at night by placing stress on your throat, so inclining your bed can help you sleep more peacefully.

Breathe easily

Some people suffer from asthma or sleeping apnea which make it harder for you to breathe whilst sleeping, though inclining your adjustable bed frame can reduce the strain on your lungs and help you breathe more easily.

Allergy relief

Just like sleep apnea or snoring problems, raising your head above your body helps you breathe easier, potentially reducing allergy symptoms while you sleep.

Disadvantages of Adjustable Bed Frames

As much as we wish it wasn’t the case, adjustable bed frames have some downsides, even if you can find one that’s right for your needs. When compared to traditional types of bed frames, bed frames are:

More restrictive

Because they are often softer and higher off the ground than other types of beds, adjustable bed frames may make it harder to get in or out of bed.

More expensive

Adjustable bed frames are far more expensive than other types of bed frames, easily beating wooden bed frames in the UK several times over, due to how mechanically advanced they are.

More noisy

Even the quietest electric motor is much noisier than a static bed frame, so we hope that whirring and humming don’t disturb your rest too much.


While adjustable bed frames are a fantastic innovation and a lifesaver for people with sleeping disorders or back pain, they aren’t ideal for everyone. These types of bed frames are heavier, more complicated and more costly than traditional designs, so make sure to carefully research the features and benefits before you buy.

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