Adjustable Beds: Your Most Frequently Asked Questions Answered

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Whether it's your first time stepping into the world of adjustable beds, or you're investing in a replacement, the decision can be overwhelming. In this guide, we answer some of your most frequently asked questions. 

What is an adjustable bed?

An adjustable bed is an electrically-controlled bed designed to provide orthopaedic and mobility health benefits. They enable you to reposition yourself through an adjustable back and leg rest.

Can I use any mattress on an adjustable bed?

It all depends on the type of mattress you own. Most standard mattresses are not compatible with adjustable beds. Pocket sprung mattresses are not compatible, but some foam ones are. It's best to check with your mattress manufacturer. 

If you are concerned about mattress compatibility, all of our mattresses work with adjustable beds, electric beds and orthopaedic beds and the Opera team is only a phone call away when you need advice.  

Man sleeping in elevated adjustable bed


Are adjustable beds difficult to setup?

If you've put together furniture before, you should be able to set up your adjustable bed with ease. In fact, all of our beds are designed for straightforward self-assembly so you experience comfort as soon as possible.

Don't fancy assembling the bed, or need some assistance? We offer a professional installation service to give you peace of mind. 

Can I buy an adjustable bed for two people?

Of course! If you're sharing with a partner, you can buy a dual bed that provides the ultimate comfort for both of you. 

With Opera dual adjustable beds, each person has their own handheld control and mattress adjustment options - no need to fight over the remote. 

Couple using their double adjustable bed

Are adjustable beds noisy?

A quality adjustable bed should never be noisy. Your bed shouldn't disturb your rest and relaxation, and that's why the motors in Opera adjustable beds are super quiet.

Do I need to buy special sheets for an adjustable bed?

Not necessarily. Most standard flat or fitted sheets work with adjustable beds, electric beds and orthopaedic beds. Nevertheless, we have a range of stretch sheets that are made precisely for this purpose. 

Most adjustable beds are 200cm or 6ft6 long, so will need long single sheets compared to a standard UK single, which is 190cm and 6ft3.

Does the backrest of an adjustable bed raise to an upright position?

All Opera adjustable beds raise to an upright position - almost 80 degrees to be exact - allowing you to take a comfortable seated position. 

Headrest of electric bed in elevated position


Can I use an electric blanket on an adjustable bed? 

With an Opera bed, you can use your electric blanket to keep you warm and cosy.

What is the zero-gravity position?

NASA initially developed the zero-gravity position to ease the stress on astronauts' bodies as they launch into space. 

However, it also has many benefits for us here on earth, including improved breathing, reduced pain and swelling, better heart health, and even acid reflux prevention. 

In basic terms, you achieve the position by laying flat on your back and raising both your head and feet slightly above your heart and stomach. Luckily, with an adjustable bed, achieving zero-gravity is almost effortless. 

Can I get VAT relief on an adjustable bed?

VAT relief applies when you buy a bed for the home and are disabled, or have a long-term illness on any products designed or adapted to help you with your disability. Additionally, this applies to services related to the product, such as assembly and repairs. 

For more information on VAT relief, view the government's website.

Have more questions about adjustable beds? 

Call our friendly customer care staff, who are always happy to help answer questions between 7am - 4:30pm, Monday to Friday. 

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