What size are hospital beds?

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Hospital beds come in a variety of lengths and widths, which can cause confusion if you need to order a bed for a family member who’s coming out of hospital.

Typically, when it comes to selecting a bed size there are three widths to choose from:

  • 90cm / 3 ft
  • 105cm / 3 ft 6 in
  • 120cm / 4 ft

However, if you’re measuring your bedroom to size up which bed will fit, it’s important to remember that the bed will naturally bed wider than the stated mattress size.

How wide is a hospital bed?

For example, our Opera Signature Profiling Bed is available in three widths, so we specify a mattress width, an internal width and an external width. For measuring whether a hospital bed will fit in a room you should use the External Width.

Mattress Width External Width
 Opera Signature Profiling Bed 90cm 90cm 100.2cm 
 Opera Signature Profiling Bed 105cm 105cm 117.0cm 
 Opera Signature Profiling Bed 120cm 120cm 132.0cm 

How long is a hospital bed?

Most hospital beds are around 200cm in length, meaning most standard size mattresses can be used with the bed. All Opera Care hospital beds can be extended by 20cm by an extension platform for taller users.

Mattress Length External Length
 Opera Signature Profiling Bed 200cm 200cm 207.0cm 
 Including 20cm Extension Platform 220cm 227.0cm 

Our whole range of profiling hospital beds can be bought and installed by our team of UK wide engineers, usually with 2-3 days of purchase. You can view the whole range by clicking here or call our helpful support team who will be happy to advise on 0333 222 8584.

How do I get a hospital bed for at home?

If you or a loved one is coming out of hospital, it's likely you'll need to source a care bed at home before the move can be made. There are a few ways to go about this:

  • Apply to the council for a bed
  • Apply to the hospital for a bed
  • Purchase at bed for yourself
  • Rent a hospital bed

Read our more detailed guide on how to get a hospital bed for at home.

Can I get a hospital bed for free?

Hospital beds can make a drastic improvement to an individual's health, mobility and overall quality of life. There are methods you can explore to help with the cost of getting a hospital bed:

  • Apply for funding from the government, local council, charity, trust or carer group
  • Purchase a recondition or used bed
  • Speak to your local hospital or council

Read our guide on how to get a free or cheap hospital bed.

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