Buying Guide: Adjustable Comfort Beds
Adjustable beds are electric orthopaedic beds that allow the user to reposition themselves through an adjustable backrest and legrest. They are constructed in the same way as a divan bed and have an upholstered base, optional headboard and castors for manoeuvrability.
Unlike medical profiling beds, comfort mobility beds are not height adjustable and do not have integral side rails to prevent falls from bed. Rather than a metal base, an adjustable bed mattress platform is made up of supple wood slats that respond to the user's weight and movement to ensure comfort.
In this guide, we look at the Opera range of electric adjustable beds and make you aware of the key considerations to bear in mind when specifying and purchasing a bed for yourself or a loved one.
Adjustable bed functions
The backrest is the upper section of the mattress platform at the headboard end of the bed. It is made up of two sections: a small upper section that tilts the user's head forward; and a larger back section that sits the user up in bed. The backrest is electrically raised and lowered and is used to sit up in bed for daytime activities such as reading, and is also used to reach a more comfortable sleeping position (sleeping with the backrest slightly raised has proven health benefits).
The legrest is the lower section of the mattress platform and is also made up of two sections: a thigh section; and a lower-leg/feet section. The legrest is electrically raised through a handset control and elevates the feet above the rest of the body. When fully raised, the thigh section is angled upwards whilst the lower-leg section if horizontal. This position provides excellent circulation control.
The adjustable mattress platform has five sections: a two-section backrest; a two-section legrest; and a static centre section. This centre section is directly beneath the user's lower back and is their seat when the backrest is raised. The section has adjustable tension sliders that enable the user to adjust the firmness of the slats to optimise support.
Some of the adjustable beds in the Alpine HC range have an intelligent memory function that enables users to program their favourite platform positions. This is an excellent feature if you want to maintain consistent, comfortable sleeping and relaxation positions.
There is a small section at the head end of the mattress platform that lits the head and neck forwards. This position helps to ease pressure in your throat and stops your tongue from falling back in your mouth. Sleeping with the head slightly elevated also reduces the pull of gravity on the neck which helps to prevent snoring.
Key purchasing/specifying considerations
When specifying an Opera adjustable bed, you need to carefully consider the following:
There are three models of base to choose from in the Opera range. All models have an electric five-section mattress platform and upholstered surround. The three models and differences are:
- Easy-to-use handset
- Optional storage drawers
- 3 fabric colour options
- Basic castors
- Intelligent memory function
- Premium backlit handset
- Optional storage drawers
- 5 fabric colour options
- Chrome ball castors
Single (2ft6 & 3ft)
All Opera adjustable beds are available in a single size and can be specified as 2ft6 (small single) or 3ft (standard single) wide.
Dual/Double (5ft & 6ft)
The beds are also all available in a double width and can be specified as 5ft (king size) or 6ft (super-king size). The double beds are dual action meaning each side of the mattress platform can be adjusted independently of the other side.
There is a range of adjustable comfort mattresses that accompany the beds. All of them are designed and constructed to offer high levels of comfort and support as well as conform to the profile of the mattress platform. Mattress option include:
- Pocket sprung: Combination of responsive springs and hypoallergenic fillings
- Reflex foam: Single layer of supportive reflex foam
- Memory foam: Layered foam with firm reflex base and visco/memory topper
- Gel foam: Extra-deep gel-infused foam with cooling properties
Each base type in the range has a choice of compatible headboards. The headboards are specially designed and crafted to fit with base and have unique dimensions, strut lengths and depths. All headboards in the Opera range have an upholstered mattress backboard that neatly conceals the Birch struts when the backrest of the bed is raised. For the Auriga model, all headboard options are floorstanding for ultimate opulence.
The adjustable electric beds are upholstered in a soft-touch woven fabric. The fabric is premium-grade and is constructed and treated to meet stringent durability and fire regulations that ensure the beds can be used in domestic homes, care units and retirement complexes. There is a choice of up to 8 colours across the range.