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Features to Look for in an Adjustable Bed

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When you are looking at adjustable beds, it is important to study out your options and choose one that meets your needs. The features included in an adjustable bed will differ from manufacturer to manufacturer and even between models offered by the same manufacturer. The adjustable beds at the higher end of the cost spectrum will also come with the most features, so you should be prepared to pay for the functionality you have to have.

Lift Capacity

One thing you will want to pay attention to is the lift capacity of a bed. An adjustable bed should be able to lift several hundred pounds; that should be enough to lift most single occupants. However, if you are sharing the bed with a partner, you will want to make sure that the total weight of you and your partner does not exceed the total weight that the bed is designed to lift. 

Dedicated Lifts

In some beds, you will only have one lifting mechanism for the head and one for the foot of the bed. In this case, both partners will have to agree on a certain setting, or else one partner will have to adapt to the needs of the other. When you have dedicated lifters, both sides of the bed can be adjusted independently of the other. Thus, if one partner wants to lift the head of the bed for support while reading, the other partner can lay back their side of the bed and go to sleep. 

Wall Hugging

If you use your bed with a side table, then you will want to make sure that lifting the back of the bed does not leave your side table inaccessible. Look for a bed that scoots the head of the bed back toward the wall even as it lifts the mattress. 

Control Style

All adjustable beds will have controls which you use to lift or lower the bed. Some beds will have controls that are embedded into the frame of the bed while others will have a tethered remote and still others will have a wireless remote. If you want to be able to reach your remote from any position in the bed, but you don't want to worry about losing it, a tethered remote should give you the ability to access your remote from different positions on the bed while the wire attached to the remote will retain the remote if you drop or misplace it. 

There is a lot to consider when choosing an adjustable bed. Make sure that you take the time to carefully weigh your options and choose a bed that will work within the confines of your home and with your needs.