Adjustable beds accept most innerspring, foam or air mattresses; however, shoppers should always let the salesperson know that they are shopping for an adjustable bed. Innerspring mattresses with a border wire do not work with adjustable beds.
The adjustable bed takes the place of the box spring and bed frame, so there is no need to purchase these items when shopping for a new mattress. Many mattress retailers offer mattresses as a separate purchase and do not require consumers to buy the foundation or frame with the mattress, although individual king mattresses are more difficult to find.
Adjustable beds generally work with any bedding a customer might buy for a regular bed. However, if a customer chooses to add a bedskirt, she may need to cut holes in the platform of the skirt due to the mattress retainers. Ironing a fusible interfacing before cutting the skirt helps to ensure the cuts do not tear.
Some manufacturers make adjustable frames for use with existing bedroom furniture. These units fit inside the side rails of existing beds or replace the frame for the unit. A consumer who intends to use her existing bedroom furniture or mattress with the adjustable bed should consult the manufacturer to ensure compatibility before making a purchase.