An adjustable mattress and bed and can be just the thing if you suffer from chronic back pain, or if you have respiratory issues that require you to elevate your head at night. The bed has an automatic controller that allows you to determine the head and foot elevation you prefer, and in some cases it also gives you control over the firmness of the mattress. The following tips can help you prepare for the delivery of the bed, as well as ensure it lasts as long as possible.
Tip #1: Clear Out the Storage
If you've been using the space under your bed for storage, consider clearing it out before the new bed arrives. Find new locations for most items, or move them into low profile plastic tubs that are made for under-bed storage. Why? Adjustable beds and mattress systems are made of moving parts, so you don't want to cram a bunch of loose items underneath the bed that can become jammed in the frame. So although you can continue to store your winter sweaters down there, you do want to make sure they are confined in a smooth-topped container.
Tip #2: Check Your Bedding
Adjustable mattresses come in the standard king, queen and full sizes, but that doesn't mean that your bedding will be a perfect fit. Most adjustable mattresses are made from memory foam, which may not be as thick as a regular quilted mattress. Sheet straps can ensure your old bottom sheets stay on the new mattress securely, no matter how often you adjust it or how thick it is. You will also need to purchase a bed skirt made specifically for an adjustable bed. These attach to the exterior of the frame with hook-and-loop tape, so they don't interfere with the mechanics of the bed.
Tip #3: Rotate That Mattress
Just like a regular quilted mattress, foam adjustable bed mattresses benefit from regular rotation. This ensures you don't wear a groove into your sleeping spot or into the area where the mattress fold when the bed is adjusted into a sitting position. As a general rule of thumb, turn your mattress every three months. Apartment Therapy recommends alternating between end over end and side over side rotation. You can even attach labels to the mattress to remind you which way to turn it next. Frequent rotation is the surest way to extend the life of your new mattress.