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What is the Best Mattress for an Adjustable Bed?

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Oak Tree Team

5th February, 2024

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Choosing the right mattress is important for a good night’s sleep, especially when you have an adjustable bed. In this guide, we’ll help you in finding what is the best mattress for an adjustable bed - showing you the top mattresses that go hand-in-hand with the flexibility of adjustable beds. 

What different types of mattresses are available for adjustable beds?

So what different types of mattresses are available for adjustable beds? Here are the most popular options available, offering unique benefits to different users with different needs.

Memory foam mattresses

Memory foam mattresses are ideal for adjustable beds due to their flexibility and ability to conform to different positions. They also provide excellent pressure relief and adjust to the shape of your body. 

Latex mattresses

Latex is a highly flexible material that easily adjusts to the movements of an adjustable bed. It quickly responds to changes in the bed’s position, allowing for smooth adjustments without compromising support. Additionally, latex mattresses are known for their durability and longevity.

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Innerspring mattresses

Innerspring mattresses are constructed with coil springs for support, offering flexibility to the movements of the adjustable bed. With its responsive and firm support structure, it can be beneficial for those who prefer a more traditional mattress feel. Furthermore, the springs in the mattress respond quickly to changes in bed position, offering dynamic support. 

Hybrid mattresses

Hybrid mattresses are well-suited for adjustable beds for several reasons. They combine different materials, typically memory foam, latex and innerspring coils as a combination to offer a balanced feel and provide you with the benefits of multiple materials. The varied layers in hybrid mattresses contribute to their adaptability to various sleeping positions. 

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The best mattress for an adjustable bed shouldn’t be too thick as this can affect its flexibility and durability. While some companies recommend a thickness of 10 to 12 inches for an adjustable bed. The user’s weight is an important factor too. For example, an 18-stone person would need a thicker mattress than a 13-stone person.

Because of their flexibility and durability, memory foam is one of the best mattress options for an adjustable bed. However, traditional memory foam can retain body heat, making it uncomfortable in the summer.

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Buying a mattress for your adjustable bed

When buying a mattress for your adjustable bed, it’s important to choose one that is compatible not only for your bed, but also for someone with mobility limitations. A mattress that is flexible and resilient will keep its shape and offer support for years to come, all while maximising the benefits of an adjustable base. The following factors are especially important when buying a mattress for an adjustable bed. These features will help you narrow down your options and find the best fit:


Although mattress sizing is standardised, there can be an inch or so of variation. So before you consider buying a mattress for your adjustable bed, It’s important to match the size of your mattress to the size of your bed. 

Firmness level

The right firmness level for your mattress is important to ensure pressure relief and proper support. The firmness of a mattress is rated on a scale of 1 (extremely soft) to 10 (extremely firm). Most mattresses range from soft (2-3) to firm (7-8), with many sleepers preferring a medium firmness. The right firmness level for you will depend on your sleeping position and body weight, and you may need to try out a couple of different options to find the best fit. 


Before buying a mattress for your adjustable bed, it’s useful to check the weight capacity of the base to ensure compatibility. Some adjustable beds can handle heavier mattresses, especially if the base is more substantial. Others will require lightweight mattresses. Foam mattresses tend to be lighter than hybrid and latex models.

Temperature regulation

Foam mattresses tend to work well with adjustable bases, however, they retain heat due to the build-up in foam layers. For good temperature regulation, you may want to consider a latex or hybrid mattress as they tend to be more breathable, therefore improving your comfort through the night. 


As your mattress is regularly repositioned and held in various angles, a durable mattress with high-density foam is more favourable than a low-density foam. This is because a low-density foam is more prone to sag over time.

Pressure relief

Due to an adjustable bed's zero gravity settings, this can provide plenty of pressure relief. Materials like latex and memory foam conform to the shape of the body and cushion areas where pressure points are most likely to develop.


Overall, deciding on what is the best mattress for an adjustable bed comes down to you and your personal preference. Don’t hold back on shopping around to find the mattress that works best for you. At Oak Tree, if you would like to try out an adjustable bed, simply let us know and we will book you a no-obligation home appointment with one of our experts. 

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