Electric Bed FAQs

If you are thinking of investing in an electric bed, you are probably at a point in your life where you have had enough of sleepless and uncomfortable nights, quite literally waking up on the wrong side of the bed every morning.  However, an electric bed is a considerable investment and there are a few things you may want to know before deciding whether you will purchase that electric bed, or stick to propping yourself up with cushions.

What Exactly Is an Electric Bed?

Electric beds are more commonly referred to as adjustable beds.  This much better describes what such a bed is: mainly that it is adjustable in different parts.  Generally, the following features are available on electric beds:

  • Adjustable foot end
  • Adjustable head rest
  • Adjustable middle
  • Possibility to raise and lower the bed
  • Remote control

Does an Electric Bed Use a Lot of Electricity?

The motors on an electric bed are very well insulated and plug in to any normal household socket.  The only electricity they use is when you actually adjust them, which is quite minimal.  Some electric beds are fitted with a massage option, which vibrates the bed.  This will use more electricity, of course.

Can I Put My Old Standard Mattress on My Electric Bed?

No, you will need a special mattress to be able to use your electric bed.  This is because the mattress needs to be made of such materials that it is not only able to fold in a comfortable way in all the adjustable places, but also regain its original shape when you straighten the bed back up.

Can You Get a Double Electric Bed?

Generally, if you are looking for a double electrical bed, you will be advised to use two singles.  This is known as a twin adjustable bed.  The beauty of an electrical bed is that you are able to set it in such a way that is most comfortable for you and your needs.  Your bed partner’s needs may be completely different from yours, meaning that only one person will be able to find the ultimate level of comfort if you had a double mattress.

What Mechanisms Are Used in Electric Beds?

Usually, one of two mechanisms are used for electric beds.  These are:

  • A standard mechanism - this is most commonly found, as these will allow the head rest and foot end of the bed to be adjusted separately.
  • A four motor system that is able to not only adjust the head rest and foot end, but also able to adjust the upper thighs and lower legs.  Where a standard mechanism can fold your bed into a V shape, a four motor system could make a wave.

Now you know the mechanics of electric beds, you can make the decision as to whether or not to invest in purchasing one.  If you do decide to invest in an electric bed, do make sure you take the proper measurements so that you can purchase the appropriate bed linen too.

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