• Introduction
  • Why would you need to use a bed rail?
  • When NOT to use a bed rail
  • Bed rails for health conditions
  • Bed rail top tips
  • Which bed rail is right for you?
  • Things to consider

How to choose the right bed rail

Buying Guide


A bed rail can be an invaluable piece of equipment to those facing mobility issues through disability or as a symptom of age. Not only is a bed rail cost effective, it also contributes significantly to making it easier and safer to get into and out of bed – especially if you need to support yourself when standing up from or sitting down in a wheelchair.

  • The great thing about bed rails is that they come in a variety of styles to suit individual needs and can be fixed to the side of your bed in different ways:

  • In addition to bed rails, you may also want to explore options to make lying in bed more comfortable, such as positioning wedges or pillows. These can be particularly useful for anyone spending a large amount of time in bed, whether due to a health condition or recovering from an operation.

    Why would you need to use a bed rail?

    A bed rail can be a really handy piece of kit, particularly if you need extra help when getting in and out of bed or standing up due to weaker limbs or difficulties with balance.

    A bed rail can offer additional support and give you the confidence to continue living independently. You may choose to use a bed rail if you find it difficult to sit up from a lying position or stand up from the side of the bed.

    You may also choose to use a bed rail if:


    Bed rails can help you sit up from a lying position, stand up from the side of the bed and help you change position during the night, as well as offer you reliable support.

    When NOT to use a bed rail

    There are times when using a bed rail is not a suitable solution to an issue you may be experiencing at home. You wouldn't use a bed rail if:


    All bed rails attach to the side of your bed, but in different ways. Make sure you take a look at which one would be best for your individual needs.

    A bed rail may help those with the following health conditions

    Top tips to get the most from your bed rail

    • The bed rail should be at least 320mm away from the headboard.
    • The mattress should rest against the handle of the grab rail, when fitted, to reduce the risk of the head or limbs becoming trapped between the mattress and bed frame.

    Which bed rail is right for you?


      • Supports you getting in and out of bed
      • Slides between your bed base and mattress
      • Folds flat for easy transport
      • Easy and comfortable to grip
      • £33.54
      • Secured with easy to fit straps
      • Suitable for slatted and hard top divans or frame beds
      • Slim base design makes it easy to slide
      • Not suitable for sprung divan base beds
      • £39.95

    Things to consider

    • What type of bed base do you have?
      Do you have a slatted, divan or multi position (profiling) bed? Not all rails will be suitable for every bed type so it is important to check that your chosen bed rail is compatible with your style of bed base. Beds that have a sprung base may not be suitable for bed rails that rest on the base itself, due to the 'give' that can be experienced as you sit on the edge of the bed when getting in or out. Alternatives such as the Parnell or NRS Rise Easy are potentially more suitable.
    • Do you think that having straps to fix the bed rail in position, would help you?
      Some bed rails have straps that can fasten around the bed base. You may feel more confident using the product if it can be strapped into position, although this isn't necessary. The weight of your body is usually sufficient to hold the grab rail in position.
    • How important is the weight limit for each bed rail?
      It is important you choose a bed rail which can accommodate your body weight. Maximum user weights will vary between rails and should not be exceeded.
    • How do you intend to use the bed rail?
      Some rails can offer a choice of possible 'grab' positions which could be more suited for people who intend to use the rail for a variety of movements, as opposed to someone who needs it for assistance in sitting and standing.