Hospital beds support us through some of the most stressful and important periods of our lives, and they need to be able to handle anything that is thrown their way. Reinforced Beds looks at the considerations that need to be made when searching for hospital beds, and answers the question – just how sturdy are hospital beds?
Why do hospital beds need to be sturdy?
When fitting out a high-traffic, fast-paced environment such as a hospital, care home or hotel, it is important that the beds are sturdy. But why is it so important to ensure that your hospital beds are durable, and of a very high quality?
A hospital bed will support a wide range of people, body types, and care needs over its lifetime. This means that it is extra important to consider everything before buying a one-size-fits-all solution. For example, a motorised bed is going to have to be able to support more weight when needed, whilst also allowing the mechanism to provide mobility and comfort.
Additionally, the high traffic nature of a hospital environment means it is unlikely to see the regular sleeping patterns that a typical bed might. People will likely be spending more time in the bed, getting up and laying back down several times a day, and this might happen with several people in a very short succession. This will put more strain on a bed than a standard frame is used to, or even rated for.
So a hospital bed needs to be sturdy and designed specifically to hold up to a lot of use. It is likely going to be moved around a lot, and see hundreds – if not thousands – of people using it, so purchasing quality up-front is essential.
Hospital beds also need to be cost-effective. Whether within the NHS or in a private care facility, nobody benefits from paying over the odds for furniture, when that money could be going to much more productive places. As well as coming with a 5-year guarantee and being available for UK VAT Exemption Relief, our beds are built to last, meaning that you won't have to worry about constant maintenance, repair, and replacements.
Product: Denver Adjustable Bed
How sturdy are hospital beds?
The real answer to this question lies in the quality of the bed manufacturer and retailer, and whether they have experience in designing products specifically for high-stress environments.
Reinforced Beds have been making and have been specialising in heavy-duty beds for the last 11 years. This experience, as well as our 10 years of supplying contract mattresses and other contract and care home furniture, makes us the perfect choice to supply high quality at high volume.
Our range of adjustable electric beds are designed with extra needs in mind, and the heavy-duty motors are capable of supporting a weight of up to 25 stone. Not every person who uses this bed will need the extra support, but it will be crucial when it is needed.
It may be tempting to kit out a care facility with cheaper beds but beware of the false economy. Beds that are not rated to hold people heavier than the average may need replacing more frequently than you might expect, or you may risk the safety or comfort of your patients.
This is why our ethos is to build well and build to last. If you do that properly, you will get a better product whilst still saving money in the long run.
Can a hospital bed help with extra care requirements?
Because of the wide range of needs of people who visit hospitals and other care facilities, Reinforced Beds provide a wide range of furniture that is suitable for environments that present extra mental health and care requirements.
This furniture has been robustly constructed and tested to ensure its durability and safety with regard to extreme use, and as such is perfect for places where extra wear and tear are inevitable.
We are also proud to showcase our range of Harley Dementia Bedroom Furniture, which has been specially designed to minimise confusion and anxiety, hopefully allowing for an easier time finding and accessing items.
Our Endurance collection of indestructible bed frames is made using high-strength steel and can support up to 40 stones in weight. In an environment where it is impossible to tell who will be walking through the door to use the bed, being able to easily suit everybody's needs is a must.
Product: Mandy Bed (Endurance Collection)
Discover more hospital furniture
We have already mentioned our furniture specifically designed for users with dementia, however, there is still a world of contract furniture to discover which will be perfect for hospital or care-home use. We offer a wide range of sturdy chairs suitable for NHS hospitals, care homes and bariatric users. These come in low, mid and high-backed options, giving you the full range of support for any patient.
As well as supplying an extensive range of contract mattresses, we also include specialist options such as waterproof mattresses for patients with incontinence.
Our heavy duty beds are perfect for elderly and residential care home environments. These have similar properties to our hospital beds, as they all see a high level of use.
Find hospital beds
Many of the products that we sell are available for UK VAT Exemption Relief, especially when used in environments with chronically sick or disabled users, so ensure you check your eligibility beforehand.
For more information about hospital beds, please read our blog which asks 'how much are hospital beds?'.