What is the Bed Wedge Mattress Lifter?
Mattress lifters are simple yet effective tools designed to make the task of bed-making easier and quicker. Getting into bed at the end of a long day can be a relief, however, making the bed can be a struggle. The bed wedge mattress lifter aims to make managing your bed sheet easier and less of a chore. Mattresses, with their bulky size and weight, can be quite a challenge for anyone to handle, but especially for older people or people dealing with disabilities or health conditions.
Our writer Lucy Currier reviews the Bed wedge mattress lifter, An innovative product that makes light work of making a bed by taking the weight of the mattress.
Bed Wedge Mattress Lifter Review by Lucy
I cannot make my bed and currently, my parents help me. They find mattresses heavy so I hoped this product would make it easier. I was shown the new Bed Wedge Mattress Lifter at Naidex on the Disability Horizons Shop stand and was keen to try it.
Why was this mattress lifter made?
The team at the Disability Horizons shop is always looking for ways to make the lives of people with disabilities or health conditions easier. The Shop Manager, Duncan, looked at the current mattress lifters available and found that the original BedMadeEZ from the USA was not available but other sales platforms have been flooded with cheap plastic Chinese-made mattress lifters. Some are too flimsy to work and they are all very ugly looking and made of garish and unsustainable plastic. Identifying a need, a wooden bed mattress lifter was commissioned and produced exclusively for the DH Shop. It is made in the UK by the bespoke furniture makers Griffin And Sinclair, from UK sourced oak. We’ve called it “The Bed Wedge”.
What is the Bed Wedge Mattress Lifter?
The bed wedge mattress lifter is a wedge-shaped piece of wood that is designed to go underneath your mattress and aid in lifting it, hence the name!
It is made of solid oak and is handcrafted. It comes wrapped in tissue paper and when I first saw it it looked like a block of cheese. Unfortunately, I unwrapped it before taking pictures and was unable to rewrap it so it looked anything other than a misshapen lump!
The Bed Wedge’s shape is rounded at the top with a nice big handle for holding it. It is also extremely light, I could barely tell I was holding anything. The specifications for the product say 400g but if you’re anything like me numbers don’t mean much until you have to try and lift something. The wedge is also extremely smooth, it’s obvious that a lot of time has been spent on it.
How does the bed wedge mattress lifter work?
Essentially, a mattress lifter is a wedge-like tool that slides between your mattress and bed frame (or box spring) to create a small gap. This gap allows you to pull your sheets through without exerting too much effort or causing potential damage to your nails or back. The Bed Wedge is very easy to use. I thought the mattress would initially have to be lifted to enable the wedge to be placed underneath and then it would hold the mattress up. In reality, the thinnest part of the wedge can be pushed at the mattress and because the wedge gets incrementally thicker the product itself lifts the mattress for you.
Having pushed the wedge underneath the mattress there is now no lifting to be done and once the bed wedge mattress lifter is in place it can be left there. This gives you two hands-free with which to tuck your sheet in.
Another option is to drape your sheet loosely over the mattress and then use the bed wedge mattress lifter to push the sheet underneath. This is done by placing the wedge at the place on the sheet that you want under the mattress and poking it with the wedge in a forward motion until that piece of bedsheet has disappeared underneath. This is not as precise as using the product to hold parts of the mattress up whilst tucking in the sheet on either side with your hands but if you lack hand function this way of using the product means you don’t need any. This is the way I tried to use the wedge and it worked.
Benefits of using a Mattress Lifter
Mattress lifters offer a back-saving bed-making experience that’s beneficial for anyone, but particularly older or disabled people. It speeds up a morning chore for everyone.
Anyone who finds tucking or untucking bedsheets would find this mattress lifter useful. It eliminates the need to physically lift the mattress with your body as the wedge does take the weight.
The Bed Wedge does not enable me to make my own bed as I don’t have the reach but I could tuck and untuck the parts of my bed I could reach. It will definitely be used as it will reduce the effort needed for people to make my bed on my behalf.
User Experiences with Mattress Lifters
Looking at the reviews around the web, people have reported big improvements in their bed-making efforts after using a mattress lifter. It has helped people with heavy mattresses, those recovering from surgeries, and even those with severe rheumatoid arthritis.
We have a Tempur-pedic king size bed that is extremely heavy which makes changing the sheets a very challenging chore! I came across this item and seeing it was a reasonable price and looked sturdy I thought I would give it a try. Well I am so VERY happy I did!!! It is extremely well made, light weight and tucks the bottom and top sheets under the heavy mattress with no effort! I am 71 years old with arthritis in both hands and the chore I hated is no longer a problem. Whoever invented this, I thank you VERY much!!! Job well done❤️!
Video Demonstration of a Mattress Lifter
@duncantrabasack New Bed Wedge Mattress lifter, designed and made in UK, oak, not plastic! Saves your back from lifting heavy mattress. Neat beds. Tucked in lovely. Buy here http://bit.ly/Bed-wedge #sustainability #innovation #woodworking #ukdesigner #madeinbritain #disabilitytiktok ♬ original sound – Duncan
Adjustable Beds and Mattress Lifters
Adjustable and profiling beds are something that many disabled people have to improve comfort and be able to sit up and move legs and help with pressure issues in bed. Those people with a profiling bed know that a common problem is that sheets can become untucked, leading to discomfort and annoyance. The bed wedge can quickly help with this, if you have a carer or relative who can whizz around and tuck them in again for you.
Other Uses of Mattress Lifters
Apart from bed-making, mattress lifters can also be used for changing bed skirts. They can also be used to tuck in your top sheet, blankets, quilts, and bedspead neatly, making the entire process much smoother and easier.
To Sum up
Maybe if you’ve never thought about how difficult making a bed is, then this gadget would make a good gift for a relative, because for others it can be a real strain and frustrating for those who have always prided themselves on a very neat and tidy bed! It is a practical tool that reduces strain and effort, and when not in use, it adds a touch of elegance to your shelf. So, if you’re looking for a solution to make the task of bed-making easier, the bed wedge mattress lifter is a product worth considering. Made of solid oak it will last a lifetime and won’t hurt the planet, but unlike the plastic alternatives, will not be around in 10,000 years!
By Lucy Currier
FAQs on Mattress Lifters
What is a mattress lifter?
A mattress lifter is a tool designed to assist in the process of making a bed, particularly when dealing with heavy mattresses. It’s a wedge-like plastic tool that slides between your mattress and bed frame or box spring to create a small gap, making it easier to pull your sheets through.
How does a mattress lifter work?
A mattress lifter works by creating a small gap between the mattress and the bed frame or box spring. This is achieved by sliding the wedge-like tool between the mattress and the frame. The gap allows for easier pulling of sheets through, reducing the effort required and making the bed-making process quicker and less strenuous.
How do you lift a heavy mattress to make a bed?
With a mattress lifter like the Bed Wedge from Disability Horizons, you simply slide the device under the area of the mattress you want to lift and apply pressure to the handle to push it in. The tool lifts the mattress 3 to 4 inches. This helps you alleviate pressure on the lumbar spine, neck, and shoulders, making it easier to make the bed.
Can I lift a mattress on my own?
Yes, a mattress lifter is designed to allow a single person to lift a mattress and make a bed. However, it’s always easier and safer to have help, especially when dealing with heavy mattresses.
What do you put under a mattress to lift it?
A mattress lifter is a tool that you put under a mattress to lift it. It’s a wedge-like tool that slides between your mattress and bed frame or box spring, creating a gap that allows you to tuck your sheets in more easily.
Where can I buy a mattress lifter?
The best place to buy a mattress lifter like Bed Wedge is the Disability Horizons Shop, where it retails for about £15 for one. They are made of solid oak and are a beautiful alternative to plastic mattress lifters that are better for the environment and your home.
Are mattress lifters beneficial for people with physical disabilities?
Yes, mattress lifters offer a back-saving bed-making experience that’s beneficial for everyone but particularly disabled and/or older people. They reduce the physical strain involved in making a bed, making the process easier and more manageable.
Can a mattress lifter be used for other purposes?
Yes, apart from bed-making, mattress lifters can also be used for changing bed skirts. They can also be used to tuck in your top sheet, blankets, quilts, and bedspreads, making the entire process much smoother and easier.
How to tuck sheets under a heavy mattress
Tucking sheets under a heavy mattress can be a challenging task, especially for older people or those dealing with certain health conditions. However, the use of a mattress lifter, such as the Bed Wedge from Disability Horizons, can make this task significantly easier.
The Bed Wedge Mattress Lifter is a wedge-shaped piece of wood designed to go underneath your mattress and aid in lifting it. It is made of solid oak and is handcrafted, providing a sturdy and durable tool for bed-making.
Here’s how you can use the Bed Wedge Mattress Lifter to tuck sheets under a heavy mattress:
- Position the Bed Wedge: Start by positioning the thinnest part of the Bed Wedge at the area of the mattress you want to lift.
- Slide the Bed Wedge: Push the Bed Wedge at the mattress. As the wedge gets incrementally thicker, it lifts the mattress for you, creating a gap between the mattress and the bed frame or box spring.
- Tuck the Sheets: With the mattress lifted, you now have a gap that allows you to easily tuck your sheets in. You can do this with both hands, as the Bed Wedge holds the mattress up for you. An alternative way is to push the sheet in as you slide the wedge in. You have the sheet in place first and slide the wedge between the mattress and bed base, pushing in the sheet as you do it.
- Remove the Bed Wedge: Once you’ve tucked in your sheets, you can remove the Bed Wedge by simply sliding it out from under the mattress.
The Bed Wedge Mattress Lifter not only makes it easier to tuck sheets under a heavy mattress but also reduces the physical strain involved in making a bed, making the process easier and more manageable. It’s a practical tool that’s beneficial for everyone but particularly for older or disabled people.
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