What You Should Know About Buying an Overbed Table
Now that we’ve provided an overview of some of the best overbed tables for seniors, let’s delve into the things you should consider when making this purchase.
Perhaps the most important feature is the amount of space you have. Most products we researched were at least 24 inches long though many were 30 inches. Either one gives you plenty of room. Another consideration with this feature is the width of your bed to make it’s suitable for your situation.
We’d suggest sticking with products that have a lip on the perimeter to avoid spills, burns, and items falling out of reach.. Also, make sure the edges are rounded especially if you tend to rest your elbows on the surface.
Many of these products are adjustable although the range may vary. Most likely, you’ll set it in one position and leave it there most of the time. It isessential that the height of the overbed table accommodates the area where you will need it, whether that be your bed, recliner, or wheelchair. Consider the placement of the lever to make sure you can access it easily if you think you’ll need to change the height often.
The angle of the table is a crucial feature, especially if you use your table for a variety ofactivities such as reading or using a laptop or tablet. Along with height, it will allow you to adjust it to the precise position you want for the greatest comfort and functionality. You’ll find products that go up and down only or those that swivel all the way around, so make sure the table offers the features that you will need.
Storage is another important factor to consider. If it can fold, that will make it easier to place it out of the way when you’re not using it.
There are two considerations when it comes to how well your table will stand up to daily use – assembly and cleanup. We prefer products that have clear instructions with an easy setup. That is perhaps most important when it comes to the height adjustment. The mechanism should work smoothly and stay in place. Also, we urge you to stick with products that have at least two locking wheels for added stability.
The other thing we pay attention to is the finish of the tabletop. We prefer an overbed table that is easy to clean and disinfect with a finish that can stand up to everyday use. We lean toward laminated wood products since they often look more attractive than a metal surface.