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Tips on Using and Choosing Bed Risers

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Getting a Lift

If you want a bed, table, chair, or sofa to sit higher, bed risers can provide a simple, easy-to-install, and affordable way to do this. They can provide a very practical solution to a number of problems.

Bed risers fit onto the feet of your bedposts to lift them anywhere from just a couple of inches to a foot or more. Of course they can be used on other furniture such as sofas, chairs, and tables as well. By lifting your bed, they can provide additional storage space beneath it; perfect when extra space is at a premium in a smaller home, condo, or apartment.

They can also be very useful for people who are taller. Some individuals may be more comfortable sitting down on a bed, sofa, or chair that is a bit higher. This can also be advantageous for people with restricted mobility. In fact, short, sturdy bed risers can be used on the front legs of furniture but not on the back, to provide some tilt, making it easier to rise from a seated position or to work at a table without bending and straining your back too much.

They can be used to elevate the head or foot of the bed when medically indicated and in some instances, can even be used to help furniture set level, despite a slanted base or floor.

Risers can also be placed on tables or computer desks to make more room between the bottom of those surfaces and a person's legs for greater comfort. They can be ideal for making a bit of extra space for someone in a wheelchair.

Choosing Your Bed Risers

When it comes to purchasing bed risers there are just a few things to consider when making your choice. Here are some critical ones:

Construction/Type

Plastic, wood, and metal bed risers are available. Solid wood provides a very stable base and makes the possibility of collapse nearly impossible. Plastic is particularly affordable, but only heavy-duty plastics are acceptable to avoid excessive risk of collapse.

Size

Know the diameter/dimensions of your bed legs/casters to assure a fit. Most of these lifts allow the leg or caster to sit down into a well but some require you to remove existing feet/wheels and to screw on the risers. Either choice can be a good one, but you need to know how easy/difficult installation will be and that it will work for your purposes.

Height

If you want 8" of additional height, then a non-stackable 3" riser won't work. The higher you raise a piece of furniture the more concern you need to have about stability.

Number

Most will come in a set of four. Four lifts are generally enough for any chair, table or bed. However, if you have a long sofa or a large bed, then six or more may be necessary for center support.

Weight Capacity

Know how much weight the bed risers can support. In the case of a bed, sofa or chair, you need to then compare that to the weight of the furniture as well as the people who will be occupying it. Some manufacturers will indicate the weight that a single riser can handle and others will indicate the weight the entire set can handle.

10" Bed Risers

Tips on Installing Your Bed Risers

While many products will install in a different manner, they rarely require tools. However, lifting a bed and inserting the risers under the legs can be a bit of a challenge. For your safety, it is best to have two people for the job; one to lift the bed and one to slide the risers into place.

Certainly, it's also an easier task if the lifts are placed with the mattresses removed from the bed. If you have the task to complete by yourself, a car jack can be used to raise the bed securely as you work to put the lifts in place.

Once your bed risers are installed, they may well be visible. On a bed, if you don't like the appearance, they can sometimes be covered by purchasing or making an extra long bed skirt. Of course, bed risers can be made of different materials and finishes for more aesthetic appeal. Some can also be covered or painted.

Stackable Bedrisers

Non-Slip Bed Risers

Making Your Own Bed Risers

While there are a number of types on this page, you may not have found what you want. You can, of course, make your own if you are DIY inclined. To give you a good start you can find some instructions for some homemade versions online.

An online search on "how to make bed risers" should give you plenty of options. You can, of course, use heavy blocks and so forth—covering them with cloth, felt, and so forth to make them more attractive—but whatever plan you devise or select, evaluate its safety. The more securely the bed fits into the riser, the better. The riser also needs to be capable of holding the furniture as well as any and all people who may sit or lie on it, without collapsing. It also needs to offer a non-slip surface to prevent sliding and it needs to be evaluated to be sure there will be no tipping either; this is particularly important the higher you lift the furniture.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

© 2011 Christine Mulberry

Comments

darrell rogers on March 13, 2020:

what about square or rectangle legs?

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on July 18, 2011:

Thanks for share this valuable information. I love all your tips. I spend much time on the bed. Vote it up!

Prasetio

RTalloni on July 17, 2011:

Bed risers are great for raising a table. Doing this has helped when I wanted a tall serving table as well as when I cut out a sewing project.

Tony Payne on July 17, 2011:

Excellent information. I do like to have storage space under a bed, but isn't it funny how even lying in a bed, the height off the floor can make you feel uncomfortable if it is too high or too low.