How This Adjustable Bed Became an Easy IKEA Hack

How This Adjustable Bed Became an Easy IKEA Hack

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Justin Young
Oct 30, 2018
(Image credit: Yaasa)

I started my search for an adjustable bed after my chiropractor suggested that one could help alleviate back pain and neck issues from sports injuries (and just getting older.) However, many of these beds would require getting rid of my current bed frame or even mattress, which is what led me to trying out the Yaasa adjustable bed frame.

Yaasa's adjustable bed consists of a moveable platform on a metal frame. A remote allows you to adjust both the lower and upper parts of the bed to various heights, including a "zero gravity" position that raises both your head and feet slightly. The entire system is held up on four legs, which already sets it apart from a lot of competitors. Some adjustable beds are designed so there is little, if any, under-bed storage. Yaasa, on the other hand, has some space underneath (and you could even put it on risers if you want more). But I wanted to take it one step further.

I realized I could take the legs off the Yaasa bed frame and place it on top of my existing setup, the IKEA BRIMNES frame. Yaasa frames are pretty easy to set up on your own, so it didn't complicate things too much. Basically, I skipped the last step of installing the four bed legs and instead placed the Yaasa frame on top of the IKEA bed slats and used four L brackets to keep it in place. With this setup, you can't tell I have an adjustable bed when it's fully flat. And now I can still use the four storage drawers on my BRIMNES frame.

The bed frame fully flat (left) and in the "zero gravity" position
(Image credit: Justin Young)

Another great thing about choosing to go with a Yaasa frame: I was able to keep my existing mattress. I recently got a Purple mattress, and didn't want to get rid of it. While Yaasa does make its own mattress, it's also designed to work with most "modern mattresses"—that means it works with anything that is foam or latex, or even a hybrid with coils and foam. If it came in a box, chances are it's flexible enough to work. More traditional coil mattresses with wire frames are not designed to work on adjustable beds, however, and won't work here.

An adjustable bed is an investment, but for me it's been worth it. I've had the Yaasa frame since July, and so far, I like it. As for my back, I don't feel as achy when I wake up. I set it to the "zero gravity" configuration when I sleep, and it helps me feel so much more well-rested. I'm also able to save my sleep setting (there are two pre-sets), so I can quickly get it to the best position for my back and neck. It's also great for watching TV in bed since I didn't realize the strain I was putting on my neck when I watched shows lying down—my other pre-set is saved for that. This raised position was also helpful when I had a cold and had a hard time breathing.

I've only noticed one small drawback. Yaasa also includes a handy USB port for charging. However, it's in the middle of both sides of the bed, and so it's a little too far for charging cables and devices to reach the nightstand. In a perfect world, it would be up closer to the head.

Interested in getting a Yaasa adjustable bed? You can currently get a free mattress and set of sheets with purchase through Cyber Monday, saving over $1,000 on your total sleep system.

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