Understanding Profiling Bed Mattresses: Types, Materials, and Maintenance

Understanding Profiling Bed Mattresses: Types, Materials, and Maintenance

When choosing a profiling bed mattress, you need to ensure it is flexible enough to move with the bed. Not all mattresses are suitable to use with a profiling bed, and improper use can lead to discomfort and damage to the bed.

In this article, we’ll explore the different types of profiling bed mattresses which include adjustable comfort and pressure care mattresses. By understanding the main types, materials and how to care for each mattress type, you can decide which is best for you, or a loved one.

With over 20 years of experience, our team of experts at Opera Beds can find the perfect bed and mattress. If you’d prefer us to guide you through the process, choose how you’d like to get started.

Profiling Bed Mattresses

Profiling beds are designed to help facilitate care needs and provide enhanced comfort and support. As the name implies, profiling beds have a profiling mattress platform to create various positions. Therefore, it is essential to choose a mattress that is flexible enough to conform to the adjustments of the bed.

All our mattresses are suitable to use with any of our profiling beds. We provide two main types of mattresses, designed to give enhanced comfort and support.

Adjustable Comfort Mattresses

If you prefer a traditional mattress or do not have pressure care needs, look for an adjustable comfort mattress for your profiling bed. There are different types of adjustable comfort mattresses that are designed to cater to different preferences. Here are some of the types:

Memory Foam Mattresses: These mattresses are made of high-density foam that molds to the shape of your body, providing excellent support and comfort. Our Memory Adjustable Mattress has layers of both memory foam and comfort support form to provide a supportive sleep surface and redistribute your body weight evenly. If you regularly move during the night or sleep on your side, you may wish to opt for a memory foam mattress. The high-density foam reduces motion transfer across the mattress.

Pocket Sprung Mattresses: These types of mattresses have individual springs inside which are wrapped by fabric pockets. The individual springs contour to the movements of a profiling bed and provide a high level of support and proper posture.

Overhead view of a pocket sprung mattress with a blue scatter cushion and blue thrown over it

At Opera Beds, we have two different pocket-sprung mattresses. Our Natural 1000 Mattress is rated soft to medium and uses 1,000 hand-nested pocket springs for movement and support. Our Natural 2500 Mattress is rated medium firmness, with a blend of micro-coil and hand-nested springs for a more supportive sleep surface.  

Gel Mattresses: These mattresses are made of gel-infused foam which gives a cooling effect and are a good choice for those who get hot during the night. The gel-infused foam also conforms to the shape of the body, providing excellent support and comfort.

We have two mattresses to choose from if you’re looking for a gel mattress for a profiling bed. Our Gel 1000 Mattress uses advanced cooling gel-infused foam, memory foam and 1,000 pocket springs to give the ideal balance of softness and support.

Meanwhile, our Gel 4000 Mattress is firmer due to its blend of 1,000 pocket springs, gel-infused foam layers and 3,000 pocket surface gel matrix. The addition of the gel matrix gives even more cooling properties and pressure relief. 

Adjustable Comfort Mattresses Maintenance

It’s important to care for your mattress when using it on a profiling bed because these types of beds are designed to facilitate care needs and provide enhanced comfort and support.

If you require an adjustable comfort mattress, ensuring it is cared for will help to keep its longevity and save you money in the long run. At Opera Beds, our comfort mattresses have a ventilated cool weave cover which helps protect the mattress and its lifespan.

Pressure Care Mattresses

As profiling beds are designed for care and support, often they are paired with a pressure care mattress. These types of mattresses are used for people with, or at risk of developing a pressure sore (also known as a bed sore)

If you or your loved one spends a long period of time in bed, has limited mobility or previous pressure sores, it’s likely that a pressure care mattress is more suitable. This is because they are designed to provide relief and comfort for those unable to move regularly.

There are different types of pressure care mattresses, the main types are:

Static Foam Mattresses: These are everyday pressure care mattresses made of high-density foam. They provide consistent support and pressure distribution. Static foam pressure care mattresses can either be made of single or multiple foams.

Over head view of a blue mattress with Opera printed on the mattress cover

Our Serene Pressure Care Mattress is made with a single grade foam which offers high levels of pressure relief and support, whilst being comfortable for the user.  

Air Mattresses: These mattresses are powered and use a system of air cells which inflate and deflate. The alternate airflow in the mattress cells creates a pattern to shift pressure points and promote blood flow. This helps to reduce the risk of pressure ulcers.

We have a selection of air therapy mattresses to choose from to suit users who are classified as medium risk up to very high risk of pressure sore development.

Our Flo Auto Mattress is a popular pressure care mattress as it features auto-weighing technology. The mattress responds to the user’s body weight to apply the optimum level of airflow through its cells.   

Hybrid Mattresses: These are pressure care mattresses which combine foam and air for advanced pressure redistribution and comfort. They aim to provide both the support of foam and the dynamic pressure relief of alternating air systems.

Our Impulse Hybrid Mattress can be used as a static foam mattress or as a combination of air and foam. It’s advanced pressure relief and prevention, make it a suitable choice of mattress for high-risk users.

Learn more about which pressure care mattress is right for you in our complete guide. Alternatively, our helpful team can give you advice and recommendations through a consultation.

Pressure Care Mattresses Maintenance

Pressure care mattresses look and feel different to a regular mattress. This is because they are designed for pressure relief and care. Pressure care mattresses often have a wipeable cover for easy cleaning and maintenance.

Here are some general guidelines on how to care for your pressure care mattress:

  • Follow the Manufacturer's Instructions.
  • Regular Cleaning to prevent the buildup of dirt, sweat, and bacteria.
  • Keep the mattress and its surroundings dry.
  • Be cautious about sharp objects in the bed or near the mattress, as they can puncture or damage the mattress.

Considerations When Choosing a Profiling Bed Mattress

Ultimately, choosing the right mattress for a profiling bed depends on user preference and the level of support needed. Buying the right mattress is equally as important as buying the right bed. As such, it’s essential that your choice is futureproof for you, or a loved one.


Futureproofing your choice of profiling bed mattress is crucial because it ensures that your mattress will continue to meet your needs in the future. This means that you won't have to replace your mattress every time your needs change, which can save you a lot of money and hassle.

For example, if you are currently using a profiling bed mattress for comfort reasons, but you anticipate needing a pressure care mattress in the future, you may wish to choose a hybrid pressure care mattress which be converted to deliver more advanced pressure relief in the future. This will allow you to use the same mattress for both purposes, without having to purchase a new one.

At Opera Beds, we support end users, family members and carers in helping them choose the right bed and mattress for now and future needs. Our friendly advisors have a wealth of experience, contact us today to see how we can help.

Try It at Home

Trying a new mattress in the comfort of your own home is a great way to ensure it’s suitable for your needs whilst giving you peace of mind in case it isn’t.

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We provide a 10-night trial service across all our mattresses, just be sure to purchase our mattress protector sheet to qualify. If you find your mattress isn’t suitable, we will find you an alternative mattress.

Find out more information on our 10-night trial service here.

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