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Adjustable Base 101: All you need to Know About Adjustable Comfort

Ready to upgrade to an adjustable base? Also known as a movable or adjustable foundation, adjustable bases offer luxurious comfort, ergonomic support and so many comfy ways to enjoy your mattress.

Below we tackle some of the most commonly asked adjustable base questions and share our best tips.

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Can I put an innerspring mattress on an adjustable base?

Good news! Movable bases can be paired with most mattress types: memory foam, wrapped or pocketed coils, hybrid or even air.

If you have a mattress you love and want to upgrade to a movable, we recommend checking in with the mattress maker first.

Our sleep experts are also a great resource on this topic. Let them know the name and specs of your mattress and which adjustable you’d like to pair it with. Innerspring models that feature a wire edge may not be compatible, as there’s risk of the wire getting bent out of shape.

Also keep in mind that adjustable bases have weight limits—be sure to check the weight of your mattress and the weight limit of your base before pairing them up. Mattress weight can be found in your product manual. If you don’t have your manual, check out this chart to get an estimate of what a typical queen size weighs.

How tall is an adjustable base?

The height of an adjustable base depends on a few factors: who the manufacturer is and what type of leg options are available.

Some models allow you to attach shorter or taller accessory legs to create the desired height. If you prefer your bed low to the ground, removing the legs may also be an option.

When ordering, be sure to ask your sleep specialist what your leg height options are. These adjustable bases all have customizable leg options available by special order: Leggett and Platt Pro-Motion,  Leggett and Platt S-Cape.

Do I need a box spring in addition to a movable base?

No. A movable base will replace your standard box spring. Your mattress gets placed directly onto the movable base.

Is there a way my spouse and I can adjust each side separately?

Yes! This is one of the coolest ways to upgrade to a movable, especially if you and your partner have difference sleep preferences. If you each want to control your own side, simply purchase two Twin XL mattresses and put them side-by-side on a split king adjustable base.

A split king adjustable is “split” into two sections that can be controlled separately. Each of you can control your own side for total comfort and harmony. Most models even come with two remotes.

Can I mix and match brands?

It’s best to keep brands together. The reason? Mattress manufacturers are experts on their products and design them to work best in tandem. A matching base is sure to meet your mattress’s weight, height and size requirements.

That being said, if you want an adjustable base from a company that only makes bases, you have the freedom to match it with any mattress you want. Example: Leggett and Platt adjustable bases go equally well with compatible Serta and Simmons mattresses.

We recommend checking with your sleep specialist or mattress manufacturer to make sure the base you want matches your mattress’s weight and structural limits.

What prevents the mattress from sliding off the base?

Adjustable bases feature a metal bar on each side to keep your mattress in place, so there’s no risk of sliding.

Can I program my favorite positions?

With many models, yes! Higher-end models allow you to program your favorite positions so they’re available at the push of a button. Many also come with pre-programmed positions like zero gravity and flat (so you can quickly get back to a flat position with one click).

Common Mattress Buying Mistakes

Common Mattress Buying Mistakes

Buying a new mattress can be a long, exhausting process. You enter a store and are instantly greeted by a sea of almost identical looking rectangles. There’s so much to choose from… plush, firm, pillow top, hybrid, memory foam, innerspring. It can be difficult to decide where to start and unfortunately can lead to people buying the wrong mattress.

We recently sat down with our sleep specialists to compile a list of the most common mistakes they see when people are shopping for a new mattress. Check out these mistakes and make sure you end up with the best mattress for you!

Most Common Mattress Buying Mistakes

1. Buying a mattress that is too firm.

Many people have heard that a firm bed is always better for your back—this is incorrect! When you couple this incorrect information with the fact that most people wait until their current mattress is well past its healthy life, folks will overcompensate for their worn out mattress and select a bed that is just too hard for their sleeping position. Proper pressure relief is key for correct spinal alignment, circulation and support! Choosing a bed that is too firm is the most common error we see people make, and it is the most common reason for a mattress exchange.

2. Trying too many beds.

When shoppers try every bed available, it is like smelling every perfume at the counter all lined up in a row. Let your sales professional guide you to the best options for you based on your sleeping position and preferences, or you can quickly become overwhelmed, fatigued and make a frustrated choice. Avoid laying on beds that are not in your comfort profile, and once you have eliminated a bed, don’t return to it. This will keep your testing palate fresh.

3. Going to too many locations.

Like the previous mistake, going to too many locations before you have selected a bed you love is a common mistake that leaves many shoppers exhausted and confused by the end of the day. They then make a rash decision to end the process instead of making a decision that will help them sleep better. Try to find a retailer that has a great staff and offers a variety of brands and models. Then, if you want to shop for price, do so with a clear choice in mind. Many retailers will give you a window of time to find a better deal on the bed you love AFTER you purchase. This allows you to do your price shopping while well-rested from your new set.

4. Putting too much stock in online reviews or friend’s and family’s preference.

Choosing a mattress is a very personal thing. As with food, there are things that you like that your friends and loved ones can’t stand, and vice versa. Picking a bed based on what others like or do not like is a common mistake, and this goes for both brands and models. Since everyone has different preferences, body types, sleeping positions and medical histories it is important to make your decision based on what works best for you rather than choosing or eliminating a brand, model or type of mattress based on what works for your coworker, parents or that anonymous person online. The only time you should be concerned with others when choosing a bed is when they will be sharing it with you!

5. Too much focus on price.

Of course we all have a budget that must be honored, and when shoppers start the process of selecting a mattress this is usually the one factor they feel most familiar with. Too much focus on this, however, can lead to missing very important queues. Sometimes a small increase—or decrease—in what they expect to spend will have them miss out on a mattress that could be “the one”. When people pick a bed based too heavily on price rather than their sleeping needs, they will be lucky to leave with the right choice.

6. Being afraid of salespeople.

There are good and bad people in any industry and a pushy salesperson can make an already difficult decision even less comfortable. That said there are many salespeople who take great pride in helping a shopper find their perfect match. Buying a mattress is not something most people do very often, and the kind of help a knowledgeable and helpful salesperson is able to provide can be the key difference in making a choice that will serve you well for years to come.

Mattress size does matter - how to find the best size mattress

How Much Does Size Matter?

When it comes to mattress selection, size matters more than you may know. Think you and your spouse can get a full night’s sleep on a full-size mattress? We don’t recommend it, and here’s why: Healthy sleepers move throughout the night—sometimes a lot. Without room to roam, we bump into our sleep partner, wake up more frequently, struggle to relax and just don’t sleep as well as we could. Need more reason to reconsider why size matters? Check out our top-10 list of size-centric tips to mull over as you consider the best dimensions for you.

1. The number one mistake people make when shopping for a mattress? Buying one that’s too small. A common purchase regret couples have is not upgrading to a king size. As a healthy sleeper, you move anywhere from 40-60 times a night, including a dozen full body turns. Healthy sleepers spend an average of a third of the day in bed, so make sure you’re spending that time comfortably.

2. When choosing a new mattress, it’s smart to consider who will be sleeping on it in the next five to eight years. Are you recently engaged or expecting a child? Soon you’ll need more room (a cuddly, sprawling toddler can take up a third of the bed alone, not to mention the real estate your spouse will require), so it’s a good idea to prepare your sleep space ahead of time.Consider a king size mattress if you will have children or pets sleeping in your bed

3. The height and weight of those using the bed are also factors to consider when making a mattress purchase. Want to know if a mattress is going to be wide enough? Try this test: Lie down on your back and put your elbows behind your head. Do your elbows touch your partner or stretch past the edge of the mattress? You probably need a bigger size.

4. Now for the height test. A good mattress fit should give you at least six inches of space at the foot of the bed. If you or your spouse is over 6’6” tall, a California King is probably the best option for you.

5. It’s been shown that couples who sleep in cramped quarters feel less rested in the morning. (If you’ve ever been awoken by an errant arm or a soccer-playing sleeper, it’s easy to imagine why this may be true.)

6. Couples typically gravitate toward queen-size mattresses, but we suggest choosing the largest size your bedroom can accommodate. Surprisingly, at 60 inches wide, a queen bed offers each sleeper nine inches less space than if they were sleeping alone on a twin.

7. Full-size mattresses are best for solo sleepers. At 53 inches wide, a shared full size would leave only 26.5 inches for each sleeper—the same width as a crib.

8. Twin beds are a good option for space-constrained guest rooms. A twin bed can also be a good starter bed for a child, keeping in mind that a full-size or larger will be a better match once they enter their double-digit years. When shopping for your child, consider what their height and weight will be three to five years from the time of your purchase.Twin size mattresses are a good choice for younger kids

9. Mattress thickness doesn’t matter as much as having space to sprawl. But studies do note that thinner mattresses lose support and wear out more quickly than those that are more substantial. So be sure to keep mattress construction in mind, in addition to size, when selecting your ideal model.

10. Consumers who spent more than 15 minutes choosing their new mattress were more satisfied than those who spent less. So whether you’re researching online or rest-testing in store, be sure to take your time, weigh your options and choose the best mattress match (taking into account size, construction, comfort and support) for you and your lifestyle.

Roll-Packed Lux Living Dream Mattress

The New “Bed in a Box”

Introducing the Lux Living Dream Mattress

Roll-Packed Lux Living Dream Mattress
You’ve heard of a bed in a bag, but what about a mattress in a box? The idea of a mattress being delivered in a small, shippable box seems absurd—until today! The Lux Living mattress uses advanced technology to easily roll-pack the mattress into a box that is one-third of its normal size. Not only does this mean a better night’s sleep can be quickly delivered to your doorstep, the smart packaging also reduces the carbon footprint. Once the mattress reaches your home, simply unpack the bed, and it will quickly return to its original shape.

But is it comfy?

You might be thinking to yourself, “This bed cannot be comfortable or provide the support I need if it is delivered in a small box.” Well, it is! The Lux Living mattress combines both latex foam and memory foam to create a comfortable, and supportive, bed that conforms to your unique shape. This means your body will be properly supported throughout the night, reducing your need to toss and turn.

With a medium firmness, this mattress is perfect for those who like to sleep on their back as it will provide ample support to keep your spine in a neutral position while providing enough cushion to easily conform to arch of your lower back. This allows your muscles to full relax during the night, and you will wake up feeling more refreshed.

What’s it made of?

The Lux Living mattress is made of three different types of foams: latex, memory and high density base foam. The combination of latex and memory foams allows the mattress to contour to your unique body shape while the high density foam adds support and durability.

Memory foam is known for its ability to slowly adjust to your body weight and temperature, filling in and cradling every curve. It prevents reciprocal movement between sleep partners which means you will enjoy longer periods of uninterrupted sleep. The restorative nature of memory foam allows it to quickly return back to its original shape and adjust to your new sleep position every time you move.

Memory foam latex foam mattress

The Lux Living mattress features the next wave of memory foam, which is more porous than previous conventional memory foams. This means the memory foam is better at allowing air to travel throughout the foam and dissipate heat while you are sleeping.

Latex foam is known for its great breathability, softness and elasticity, making it a perfect addition to any mattress. Derived from the sap of hevea brasiliensis, latex foam is sustainably harvested by making cuts into the trees and is then transported to factories to manufacture a number of rubber-based products. Unlike memory foam that slowly adapts to temperature, latex foam retains its firmness regardless of room temperature. Designed for breathability, latex foam helps wick away moisture while dissipating your body heat throughout the night. This means you can stop kicking off the sheets and enjoy undisturbed sleep at a comfortable sleep temperature.

This combination of memory and latex foams make the Lux Living mattress a great choice for allergy sufferers. Both memory and latex foams are naturally anti-microbial and resistant to allergen and dust mites.

Interested in learning more benefits of the Lux Living mattress? Click here to learn more.

Benefits of an adjustable bed

5 Benefits of Not Sleeping Flat

Adjustable bases have gained major popularity in recent years, and for good reason. Today’s adjustable bases are attractive and well designed, boasting stylish upholstery, state-of-the-art technology and bonus features like USB ports, wireless remote and full-body massage — plus they offer a ton of lifestyle and health benefits that anyone can enjoy.

Defy Gravity:

Adjustable beds allow the user to achieve “zero gravity,” a semi-seated position where the feet are raised to the same level as the heart. This position mimics the posture astronauts assume during take-off and is said to create a feeling of weightlessness, easing pressure on the back and spine and temporarily relieving back pain.

Squash Snoring:

If you or your partner snores, you know how dramatically this condition can impact your quality of sleep. Not only does the noise keep you wide awake, but the snorer often wakes himself up, too. By lifting the head of the mattress five to ten degrees, you can help banish this common sleep-snatcher.

Halt Heartburn:

An elevated head and torso can help you avoid the stinging pain of heartburn, which occurs when acid from the stomach moves it way into the esophagus. Heartburn sufferers often stack pillows behind their head for relief, but an adjustable bed offers a far comfier, ergonomically friendly alternative.

Boost Circulation:

Raising the feet slightly above the heart allows blood to pump more freely throughout the body, improving circulation and reducing swelling. For those who suffer from edema, or swelling of the limbs, the ability to quickly and comfortably raise the foot of the bed is one of the most valuable features of an adjustable base.

Breathe Easy:

Those with respiratory difficulties such as asthma or allergies may benefit from the breath-boosting powers of an adjustable base. Elevating the torso at a slight angle takes pressure off the lungs and airway and may make it easier to take fuller, more relaxed breaths.