If you or the person you care for spends a lot of time in bed or in a chair, then a specialised overbed table can be a great option to give you a useful surface to use during your day-to-day. But there are a variety of types to choose from, which is where our handy guide can help.
An overbed table is a useful table that is designed to be used with a bed or a chair. These types of tables are usually designed either so that the legs go underneath the bed or chair or that the table legs go around the bed or chair. Many are height adjustable and are a very useful way of keeping necessary items within easy reach.
However, not every overbed table is suitable for every different type of bed or chair. Find out more below about the different types of overbed tables.
Things to think about
Knowing where you want to use the table will help to narrow down your options. Will it be used with a chair, with a bed, or both? If you use a wheelchair, for example, a table with a u-shaped frame might be more suitable for you, whereas if you'll only be using it with a bed, then a traditional forked base might be best.
This will also help you to decide what size of tabletop you would need, as if you're looking for more of a raised side table, you may be better off with a narrower tabletop.
Having a table that can tilt could be useful if you were wanting to be able to rest things against it, however, if you only need it to have somewhere to put your food or drinks down then it’s unlikely you’ll need one that tilts.
If you want to be able to use your table with your bed and your favourite chair, moving it between the two, then you may want to consider one that's lightweight or has wheels so it's easier to move around. What type of table you need will all depend on where you want to use it. If you have a Divan base on your bed, for example, then a table with a sliding base might be a better option. If you're in need of a table that would work with both a wheelchair and a bed, then one with a wheelchair base may be more suitable.
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Remember, it's important to double-check that the frame on your potential table will fit with your particular bed.
Consider where you will put the table when it isn't in use. Can it stay alongside the bed or chair or will it need to be put away? Be sure to measure where you intend to store it when it's not being used so you can make sure that the table you choose isn't too big.
Some over bed/chair tables are designed to tilt on one side, meaning they can only be used from one specific side. This won't apply to all over bed/chair tables, but it's worth considering and double-checking the product description to avoid any disappointment.
Things like non-slip mats can be a useful addition to an over bed/chair table as they help to prevent items sliding around on top of it. You can get non-slip mats and coasters in a variety of bright colours, which is handy for those with limited vision or who need colour coding to help with their orientation.
As with any new piece of furniture, it's always a good idea to measure the space you'll be using it in to avoid any disappointments. Once you've decided where you'll be using your overbed table, you'll need to take some measurements.
With a bed:
With a chair: