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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).