Installing assistive furniture and assistive accessories can be difficult without the proper know-how. Sometimes, these devices may even need professional installation to complete. When it comes to balancing aids and accessories, most can be installed with help from a friend or family member, and bed rails are no different. To learn more about installing your new bed rail, read on:

What is a Bed Rail?

Bedrails are a type of balance aid that goes on the side of the user’s bed. They are typically made of plastic, aluminum, or fiberglass, and they are pretty durable. Many bed rails are adjustable as well, and their height or length can extend to fit the user’s needs.

Benefits of Using a Bed Rail

Aside from helping users sit up and get out of bed, bed rails can provide users with a helpful guide to get into bed as comfortably as possible. In addition, bed rails prevent users from falling out of bed while asleep, falling while getting up, and extra support while the user shifts positions in bed.


Bed rails can also provide users a stronger sense of independence as well. For people with low dexterity, poor balance, or any other difficulties moving around, it can be challenging to get out of bed. Bed rails grant extra stability without the need for another person while getting out of bed.

How to Install

The most common kind of bed rail sits in between a mattress and box spring. To install your bed rail, you’ll first need to follow the instructions provided when assembling the device. Assembly tools and parts are supplied in the kit. Before assembling, make a note of the three main components of your bed rail: the handle, which you’ll be using to get out of bed, the feet that secure the rail to the ground, and the base, which goes in between your mattress and box spring.


Next, follow these steps to secure the bedrail to your bed:

  1. With someone’s help, lift the mattress from the bed, leaving the box spring exposed. You can set aside the mattress for later.
  2. Place the bed rail base in its desired position on the box spring, just under the pillow. Make sure the handle is facing upwards-- it will typically have some kind of grip or cloth around it for extra comfort.
  3. Put the mattress back onto the bed, and adjust the bedrail position if needed.
  4. Adjust the bed rail’s height, so the feet of the rail are secure to the ground.

To learn more about how sit-to-stand aids may benefit you or a loved one, talk to your primary care physician. To browse hospital-grade furniture and supplies that can be shipped directly to your home, visit Medical Supply Depot.

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