An adjustable bed poses the perfect solution if you snore, desire comfort flexibility, or like to adjust your sleeping position. But as you explore different adjustable options, you might wind up with more questions than answers, particularly do adjustable beds fit in a bed frame?
Because adjustable beds come in similar sizes to traditional beds—from twin to California king—the answer is yes.
However, you’ll need to consider your frame type and the kind of adjustable bed to ensure you’re getting that perfectly adjusted trip to dreamland.
With Casper’s Adjustable Bed Frame, you have the freedom and flexibility to customize your bed’s features to your unique sleeping needs.
When we see the word “bed,” most of us think of the mattress or the frame. But, what is an adjustable bed and how does it differ? An adjustable bed is little more than a base on which a mattress rests. Mechanized joints allow you to control how the adjustable bed frame inclines and reclines, folding and unfolding the mattress attached to it.
Okay. So what does that have to do with bed frames? A lot, actually. The type of existing bed frame you’re using makes a huge difference in the installation process.
But first, let’s clarify what we talk about when we talk about beds:
An adjustable bed is simply the adjustable bed base. So, can you use an adjustable base with any bed frame? Yes, but as you’ll see, this depends on both the type of bed frame and the clearance level.
To find the right adjustable bed, you’ll need to identify your current frame type.
While the variety of different types of beds is seemingly endless, they can nearly all be placed into one of two categories of frame: platform or panel.
If you have a high, elaborate, Victorian bed frame, it’s most likely a panel bed. This category encompasses most traditional designs. Other telltale signs of panel beds include:
On the other hand, platform beds have a more modern, minimalist look. What makes a platform bed? They have three key features:
Chances are good that your bed frame fits into one of these two categories. If you’re not sure, lift up your mattress to see whether your base is solid or has a solid wood or metal slat structure. Regardless of whichever frame you own, there’s good news: both can accommodate an adjustable bed base.
Anyone looking into adjustable beds should pay close attention to its “clearance”—an industry term that refers to how much space the adjustable bed needs below the top base to run through its mechanism freely.
Your platform bed has what’s referred to as “zero clearance,” which means the adjustable base can sit flat on your existing bed frame.
To install the adjustable bed base, simply place it on the mattress support part of the frame.
If you have a panel bed that you’d like to outfit with an adjustable bed, you have two options that will work with your existing setup. Your choice will impact how you install your new adjustable bed:
Once you’ve removed the slats, your adjustable bed will fit right in the middle of the frame. If your frame is tall, have no fear—the legs on adjustable beds are, you guessed it, height adjustable.
While that may seem like a lot to take in for one sitting, you only really have to know your bed frame type and the clearance of your adjustable bed.
You’ve already decided it’s time to take your sleep to greater heights with an adjustable bed. Take a look at our selection of adjustable beds and bases which all have a drop-in option—compatible with nearly every bed frame.
And don’t forget, no bed is complete without the mattress. Read up about which types of mattresses work best with your adjustable bed.