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Adjustable Foundations - Impact on Mattress Longevity? 30 Nov 2013 14:05 #1

I recently started shopping for a new mattress, and this site has provided an absolute wealth of information. Most of my questions were easily answered just by reading through your tutorial articles and searching the forum, but I have one particular question that I haven't seen discussed in depth: Do adjustable foundations have a significant impact on mattress longevity?

I'm looking into picking up a solid latex mattress (most likely NR talalay, although I may end up going with a blended topper for extra durability), and I was wondering if the life expectancy of the mattress would be noticeably decreased by using it on an adjustable foundation. I spend a good amount time reading in bed, and I currently just try to prop up a bunch of pillows to support myself, which doesn't work very well at all. I'm considering buying a Reverie Deluxe (which appears to have a strong price/performance ratio), but, if the adjustable foundation will mean I need to replace my new mattress much sooner, I would rather just try to find a more suitable pillow configuration (perhaps some sort of custom wedge pillow?).

Since adjustable frames are, by their nature, going to result in significant compression of the mattress at the inflection points where the head and foot adjustments start, I'm a bit worried that the latex will wear out much more quickly in those areas. Am I overestimating the impact of the consistent bowing force, or are these justifiable concerns?

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Adjustable Foundations - Impact on Mattress Longevity? 30 Nov 2013 18:49 #2

Hi Alamei,

Do adjustable foundations have a significant impact on mattress longevity?


While constant bending and the greater weight concentration of a raised bed or a sitting position will have some effect on any material (depending on the person and the type and frequency of use), the effect will be much less on high quality materials and much more on lower quality materials. It certainly wouldn't be a significant issue with a mattress that was suitable for an adjustable bed and that used the quality of materials that the site normally suggests. This would be especially true for latex which is inherently a very elastic material.

If you also purchased a mattress where the layers can be re-arranged or exchanged then the individual layers can also be flipped and rotated to extend the life of the layers and reduce any foam softening at the deflection or weight concentration points as well but even a finished mattress that can't be opened up can be rotated which would reduce the effect as well.

Overall ... while it would have some effect on reducing the longevity of any mattress, it's something I would consider to be a much less significant potential issue than the benefits provided by an adjustable bed.

Phoenix
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