Do you need a special mattress for adjustable bed?
Ideally, yes, you will need a special adjustable mattress for an adjustable bed base, so it is best to source one that comes as a complete set. Your existing mattress may not have the flexibility needed to suit your base. That being said, some pocket spring or memory foam mattresses are flexible enough to be used, but you should check the manufacturers’ details to see if they are compatible or not.
Do adjustable foundations ruin mattresses?
The best adjustable beds will not cause any damage to your mattress, provided you take care and ensure that it is compatible. As mentioned, an adjustable bed frame will need to have a mattress that is flexible enough to move smoothly when the bed moves. If you place a continuous coil mattress on an adjustable bed base, you can expect that mattress to become quite uncomfortable very quickly. The large coil that runs through the bed is designed to stay in one place, and not bend, so if it is raised and lowered, it may become deformed and the spring will be uncomfortable to lie on.
The best adjustable beds will have details that explain exactly which mattresses are compatible. For best results, you can purchase the mattress that comes with the bed, as you will be guaranteed the greatest level of comfort and compatibility, but if you have a mattress that you already love, don’t rush to through it out. If it is a hybrid construction, made from latex or memory foam, or even individual pocket springs, then you will probably be able to use this on your new adjustable bed frame without causing any damage to either part.