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Pros and Cons of Adjustable Bed Frames

March 09, 2021 2 min read

Adjustable Bed Frames

Many people rave about the benefits of using adjustable bed frames. And while they're sometimes referred to as the crème de la crème of bed frames, adjustable bed frames still have some downsides.

So, before you rush to a bed frame store and blow thousands of dollars on one, it’s better to know about the pros and cons first. This way, you can make an informed decision on a potentially big investment.


Adjustable bed frames are great for the following reasons:

  • They can provide pain relief. People who suffer from chronic back pain, neck problems, postural problems, snoring, sleep apnea, acid reflux, and so on find using adjustable bed frames to be beneficial. That's because the height and angle of the upper half of the bed can be adjusted quite easily to satisfy the user’s comfort needs.
  • They are convenient to use. Adjustable bed frames give you the freedom to rest in a variety of positions, so you can eat, watch television, read a book, or work in bed.
  • They have long limited warranties. You can get up to 25 years of limited warranty, although component parts would have different warranty periods.
  • They come with a host of features. There are split-queen and split-king adjustable bed frames that allow you to adjust your bed independently of your partner’s side. Some units also feature a massage function, USB chargers, lumbar support — the works! And yes, things can get pretty expensive from there. But if you want to treat yourself, why not?


Even shiny new, innovative adjustable bed frames have some disadvantages.

  • They may not work with your mattress (no matter how great your mattress is). You need to have to use a flexible mattress with an adjustable bed frame for the best results. 
  • They can fail. Like all mechanical objects, adjustable bed frames have the possibility of failing. The good thing is that you can have one to five years of comprehensive warranty, depending on the manufacturer and model.
  • They’re super heavy. Most high-end units can easily exceed 100 pounds, making them somewhat problematic to set up and move around.
  • They can shorten the lifespan of yourlatex mattress. Adjustable bed frames raise the head and foot and change the body’s weight distribution, which puts undue stress on specific points of the mattress resulting in higher failure rates
  • Inconsistent sleeping surface body impressions and creases can form in and around where the mattress bends. This can happen in a short period of time. 
  • Increased mattress maintenance. Frequent rotation and flipping of the mattress or layers is required to minimize the unique wear patterns caused by adjustable beds.

Our latex mattresses are warranty approved for use on adjustable bed frames provided there is sufficient support. However, we only recommend them is cases where it is medically necessary due to the increased likelihood of issues with your new mattress.

We suggest taking usage patterns, and how they relate to specific material performance, into account when making your decision on what mattress and bed frame combo is right for you.


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