Published at Thursday, September 06th, 2018 - 00:23:39 AM. Bedding. By Doreen Allison.
Bed side rails have been in existence for years and are manufactured by several different companies with numerous configurations and designs. A quick search of the Internet discloses a number of medical supply companies which manufacture and sell these products. The most common bed rail designs include full-length rails, three-quarter-length rails, half-length rails, quarter-length rails, and split-rail configuration (often the most dangerous design). Bed rails are used extensively in hospitals and nursing homes. In hospitals, their use is typically a nursing decision rather than based upon a physician’s order. However, in nursing homes, Federal regulations require a physician’s order if bed rails are to be used, as the regulations recognize side rails as a form of restraint. Notwithstanding the requirement for nursing homes, physician’s orders are often not obtained because of the belief that bed rails are simply a safety device. This is a misconception: bed rails often cause injury or death.
A variation of the bunk bed is the loft bed, where there is a bed on top, but the lower area can be used for a variety of purposes. It is sometimes used as a storage space. It is common these days to find the empty space designed into a study with a table and storage cabinets. Sofa beds are a good option if you need to have a spare bed for occasional visitors. They are used as sofas or seating arrangement during the day and can be unfolded into a bed for the night. There are numerous designs available and one should choose based on comfort and ease of use. Traditionally the futons were thin mattresses that were and are still used in Japan. They are folded and stored away when not in use. Today they have been modified and used in the west to look similar to a sofa bed. They usually have a wooden or metal frame with a thin mattress which can be used as a sofa and unfolded to be used as a bed.
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