Patient Information

Bed Raisers


What is a bed raiser for?

This leaflet is for patients who have been assessed as needing bed raisers to improve independence in the home. It is also for the families, carers and professionals supporting you.

A bed raiser can make it easier to for you to get on and off your bed.

Maximum weight limit: 190 kg (about 29 stones 12 lbs)

When should you not use a bed raiser?

Do not use a bed raiser:

  • if you have not been assessed as needing one
  • on uneven or weak flooring
  • when there are missing bed legs or castors
  • on riser recliners or hospital-type electric or profiling beds which allow you to raise and lower head or foot sections
  • if the bed is likely to move when you get in or out, or when you sit on the edge of the bed.

How to fit bed raisers

  1. For safe manual handling, 2 people are needed to install bed raisers.
  2. Your bed will need either 2 or 3 sets of bed raisers, depending on the number of feet that it has (2 feet per bed raiser).
  3. Check that the raisers are intact and that the wingnuts are in place.
  4. Put one raiser unit at the foot of the bed and loosen the wingnuts to adjust the bed raiser to the width of the bed feet.
  5. Lift the bed and place onto the supports, ensuring any bed casters sit within the raiser wells.
  6. Push the corner supports tight up against the bed and rotate them to get the best possible fit.
  7. Repeat for the opposite end of the bed and middle feet (if needed) and tighten the wingnuts to secure the raisers.
Bed raisers on bed
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Website address and QR code for a video which shows how to fit bed raisers

QR bed raiser video

How to collect your bed raisers or request a repair for broken bed raisers

Each borough’s provider and phone number is listed in the Contacts section below.


Kingston - Medequip 0208 154 2922
Merton - Uniquis 0208 664 8860
Richmond - NRS 0300 100 0253
Surrey - Millbrook 0208 750 1580
Wandsworth - Medequip 0300 100 0253

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