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Pros and Cons of Adjustable Bed Frames

March 09, 2021 3 min read

Adjustable Bed Frames

Pros and Cons of 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 massager, 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. Insisting on using just any mattress can lead to breaking your mattress or bed frame or both.
  • Finding your sweet spot can be time-consuming. Identifying the optimum angle or height that’ll work for you can take days (or nights) to determine with precision.
  • 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 pose a safety risk. There’s a potential for injury if you poke your hand between the bed foundation and the frame. However, most adjustable bed frames have safety features designed to prevent this from happening.
  • They’re super heavy. Most high-end units can easily exceed 100 pounds, making them somewhat problematic to set up and move around.
  • The mattress retainer bars can get in your way. Mattress retainer bars hold the mattress in place and keep it from slipping. However, these can impede you from making your bed.
  • 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. This can result in more body impressions and much higher mattress failure rates.

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 shorter lifespan and much higher failure rates with the mattress.

Organic Latex Rubber is the purest rubber available which also makes it the most elastic. That’s incredibly good for mattresses but not so good for sofas. Typically, you use stiffer, synthetic based foams (or dense fibre batting in the old days) for seating applications due to the difference in surface area and pressure being applied. Adjustable frames essentially turn your bed into a seating surface and the more you use it as a seat the less beneficial the natural properties of organic latex are.

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




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