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Adjustable beds explained
Electric adjustable beds provide proper support and comfort by offering a range of positions. These beds can help reduce pain, giving you maximum comfort, as well as increasing your overall sleep quality.
Choosing a new bed can be a huge decision - particularly if you need an adjustable bed. At Opera, we specialise in creating luxurious and comfortable beds that can be used for a number of reasons - for example, providing relief from aches and pains.
We've long been recognised as trusted experts for adjustable beds, enabling you to make healthy choices in regards to your sleep. We have a wide range of beds available to suit your every need - whether you want a profiling care bed to help with a medical condition, or just need an adjustable bed base to reduce pain when sleeping.
We're dedicated to improving your sleep quality, whatever your needs are. All of our beds can be purchased directly through our website, but if you need a little more advice, contact our expert team and we'll be happy to help.
Frequently Asked Questions About Adjustable Beds
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. The position replicates weightlessness and is the body's natural position when there is no gravity. The position 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 Opera® bed, achieving zero-gravity is effortless with a pre-programmed zero-gravity position on every remote. Find out how zero gravity can help your sleep.
Can I use any mattress on an adjustable bed?
Standard mattresses are not designed for use on an electric bed base. If you want to use your existing mattress then it all depends on the type of mattress you own. Standard sprung mattresses are not compatible but some foam models are, it's best to check with your mattress supplier.
All Opera mattresses are designed for use on adjustable and moving bed bases with specially designed hinge points and filling materials for maximum flexibility and support.
Can I buy a split adjustable bed for two people?
Of course! If you're sharing with a partner, you can buy a dual/split/twin bed that provides the ultimate comfort for both of you.
Opera beds in a king and super king size have a dual adjustable base. Each person has their own handheld control and mattress adjustment options - no need to fight over the remote!
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.
Are electric beds noisy?
A quality adjustable electric 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.
Can I get VAT relief on my bed?
If you are buying an electric bed for personal use or a family member/loved one, VAT relief can be applied if you/they are registered disabled or have a recognised long-term medical condition. VAT relief also applies to related products and services such as mattresses, bedding, and your delivery.
For more information on VAT relief, view the gov.uk website.
What is an electric adjustable bed?
An electric adjustable bed is a bed that has an adjustable back and leg rest. These beds have orthopaedic benefits, allowing you to elevate your back and legs to create additional support, as well as adding extra comfort.
Unlike a standard bed, adjustable beds make it easier to find a comfortable sleeping position. An electric adjustable bed will also provide improved postural support, allowing you to find an ideal sleeping position.
Some of the adjustable options you can use to customise your bed include:
- The size of the bed
- The style of bed you prefer
- Your headboard type
- The material used in your bed
- The type of mattress you want to use
Our electric bed frames come with an easy to use handset, although a full set of instructions will be provided when you make a purchase. At the touch of a button, an adjustable bed allows you to conveniently change your bed position to provide postural support and the ultimate in comfort.
Opera electric adjustable beds can be tailored to suit your needs, as they allow you to find a comfortable position for sleeping at night.
Our spines have a natural 'S' shape which conventional beds don't conform to, which sometimes leads to back pain. Using your remote control, you can make your bed align perfectly with the curvature of your spine.
Opera adjustable beds are different to most other electric beds on the market, as they host an array of advanced smart technology, including:
- Zero gravity & anti-snore features
- Smartphone app control
- Massage therapy
- An under-bed lighting feature
- A wall-hugging structure
Please note that light, massage and wall-hugging upgrades are offered as optional upgrades.
All the information you need to make an informed decision can be found on this page. If you decide you need a little more advice, why not speak to one of our friendly advisors?
How do adjustable beds work?
Each bed comes with a straightforward electric handset that allows you to change the orientation of each section of the bed to find a comfortable sleeping position.
You can change this yourself, or use a selection of pre-programmed positions that have been specially created for ease of use. One example of this is our anti-snore position, which gently elevates your head to open your airways.
The process of using our electric beds is effortless, as the handsets are designed for ease of use. They also have a light feature and all the buttons are backlit, enabling use in the dark.
We have a range of sizes available to suit every need. If you share your bed with a partner or spouse, you can even buy a split double/twin bed. This gives both people the option to choose their own sleeping positions, as each side of the bed is independent of the other.
A particular favourite is Our Opera® Motion Adjustable Bed. This bed can be purchased in a variety of sizes which includes our dual sizes two sizes: either as a king dual bed (150cm/5ft) or as a super king dual bed (180cm/6ft).
Why should you choose an Opera® adjustable bed?
Opera adjustable beds are a step up from regular slatted adjustable divan beds, as they offer better quality and enhanced comfort, as well as a vast range of features.
We're experts in the design and manufacture of mobility beds - here are just some of the reasons why you should choose an Opera electric bed:
- We make high-quality beds with all materials ethically sourced across the UK and Europe
- Our beds include smooth, quiet motors that maximise comfort without disturbing you
- Our robust adjustable bed bases are made from an aesthetic upholstery that ensures durability and a plush finish
- We have a bespoke design service that allows you to have a hand in the creative process
- Our beds are customisable in terms of size, style, headboard, material and smart technology
- A choice of orthopaedic comfort mattresses is available, coming with advanced fillings and firmness options
- Our beds come with a 5-year all-inclusive warranty as standard, which covers both parts and labour
- A fast next-day delivery and optional home installation service is available
- You can choose to have a 10-day home trial, so you can be confident your bed is right for you
Our adjustable beds are a great investment, with options to suit every need. If you'd like to find out a little more about these features, get in touch and we'll be able to help.
What are the benefits of using an Opera® adjustable bed?
Electric adjustable beds have a vast array of features that can enhance comfort and give you a better night's sleep.
An electric adjustable bed is now a necessity for many people - particularly if you’re struggling to sleep at night. Some of our beds also come in double sizes, which means you don't have to sleep in a separate bed from your spouse or partner, giving you an extra bit of comfort when sleeping.
All our dual adjustable beds come with two hand controls, allowing each side of the bed to be adjusted individually.
A full range of health benefits
One of the main reasons that people buy adjustable beds is due to the positive effects they can have on your health. An electric adjustable bed can increase your overall well-being, as well as better quality of sleep.
The zero-gravity position was first invented by the American space organisation NASA. It was designed to ease stress on the bodies of astronauts in space, replicating weightlessness. However, it can also have a positive impact on your sleep health on Earth.
Zero gravity is a safe sleeping position and is associated with improved comfort and sleep quality. The zero-gravity position helps to:
- Reduce pain and swelling
- Increase heart health
- Improve your breathing
- Prevent acid reflux from forming
Available as a pre-programmed position on your handset remote, the option of zero gravity is made easy with our adjustable beds.
Some of the other medical benefits that our electric beds have include:
- A decrease in musculoskeletal pain, as well as other orthopaedic benefits
- Increased blood flow to the heart and body
- Diminished sleep apnoea and snoring
- Improved breathing and oxygen circulation, as well as an alleviation of asthma symptoms
- Reduced insomnia
- Reduced leg swelling, oedema and varicose veins
- Less pressure on the back, reducing the risk of pressure sores and ulcers
- Decreased back and neck pain
- Improved digestion
- Relief from arthritis (in some cases, an adjustable bed can actually prevent you from getting this disease)
- Reduced heartburn and acid reflux issues
As you can see, using one of our electric adjustable beds can have a positive effect on your health - particularly as you get older.
If you're worried about pressure sores or pressure on your back causing pain, our collection of pressure care mattresses could be the perfect solution when combined with one of our beds.
Added comfort and support
Our electric beds are perfectly designed to help you with your everyday aches and pains, as our exclusive sleep technology will ensure you get a decent night's sleep - which can be difficult when you have a disability or an illness that causes pain when sleeping.
If you suffer from insomnia or find it hard to drift off at night, using an adjustable bed will allow you to change your sleeping arrangements to suit your needs.
By raising the backrest, there is no need to rearrange your pillows or use someone else to help you get comfortable in bed. Our electric adjustable beds also give added support over a conventional bed/mattress, making sleeping much easier.
Improved quality of sleep
One of the main advantages of using an adjustable bed is that it will improve your overall quality of sleep, making you feel a lot more rested than sleeping on a standard bed. If you're uncomfortable in bed, you're likely to change positions a lot, which may lead to you waking up more often.
With our electric adjustable beds, you're sure to have a better night's sleep, as you can use the electric handset to create a comfortable position that suits your needs. On average, you should change your mattress every six to eight years, and studies have shown that getting a new bed and mattress can improve your quality of sleep in general.
Sleeping with your legs elevated has many health benefits, such as improving circulation and relieving back pain. You're sure to wake up feeling refreshed every time you go to sleep, ready for the day ahead!
Why should you choose an Opera Bed?
At Opera, we’re recognised as leaders within the adjustable bed market - our customers rate us as Excellent, with a TrustPilot Score of 4.9/5.
We’re committed to manufacturing and supplying contemporary beds that embrace new technology, featuring an attractive design to give you quality sleep.
Traditionally, adjustable beds have a slatted divan style with limited design options, however, our beds are different and we believe in balancing both style and functionality. We even offer the opportunity to create your own bed as part of our bespoke design scheme, ensuring your bed fits your room’s unique aesthetic look.
All our beds are designed and manufactured in the UK, balancing clinical functionality with an attractive design, so you're sure to feel pleased with our products.
If you'd like to find out a little more about Opera and what we do, just fill in our contact form - a member of our team will be in touch within two working hours!
Find your best fit with our selection of adjustable beds
As you can see, we have a lot to offer if you're looking for a new bed, particularly if you have a health condition that a conventional bed might make worse.
At Opera, we have something for everyone, whatever your needs are. Optional upgrades and accessories are also available, and any bed can be customised to suit your style of sleep. Our electric adjustable beds are perfect for any sleeper - whether you're trying to find a more comfortable position to sleep in or you'd like to alleviate some pain in your upper body.
Unsure if an adjustable bed is right for you? View our full range of hospital beds here.
If you'd like to start the process of making a purchase, all of our products can be bought directly through our website. Alternatively, get started by giving us a call and speak to a member of our team today.
More Common Questions
Are adjustable beds too big for a small bedroom?
Opera’s adjustable beds, in the single 3ft size, are made the same width as a standard single bed but are a little longer. So, if you are thinking of purchasing for a smaller room, the only size consideration you really need to think about is allowing for a little extra length of around 10-12cm. Although furniture and walk-around room should be taken into consideration for your comfort.
Why don't you sell a standard double size bed?
We provide single and small double sizes for adjustable beds, which have one platform and are designed to accommodate one user comfortably. The next size options then become dual platform, which means each user can control their side of the bed independently. If a dual platform was made in the standard double (4ft 6in) size, each platform would be much too narrow for comfortable use. Therefore, our next size up is a 5ft King Dual, allowing more room for each platform.
Do I need to buy special sheets for an adjustable bed?
Most standard flat or fitted sheets work acceptably with electric and orthopaedic beds. For a perfect fit, we recommend Opera® Jersey Stretch Sheets which are made specifcally for our beds and stretch/conform to the profiling mattress.
Most adjustable beds are 200cm/6ft6 long, so you will need long single sheets compared to a standard UK single, which is 190cm/6ft3.