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Hospital Bed Dimensions / Hospital Bed Size Options

When a person is looking to find the right hospital bed, they must be aware of the available hospital bed dimensions. Many different hospital bed sizes are available on the market. AvaCare Medical has some of the best manual and electric hospital beds, made by the top manufacturers in the medical equipment industry, and we are happy to share all of the most important information about them with you! Read more...

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What are Standard Hospital Bed Dimensions?

When trying to purchase a hospital bed, one may find that there are limits to what size they can find, depending on the model, and some models have a longer hospital bed length in order to accommodate the different sized frames. Another point to consider is that the hospital bed width is often based on the style of hospital bed itself. Even so, certain accessories such as bed frame extenders can increase the hospital bed size to accommodate taller users so they can sleep more comfortably.

Typical hospital bed dimensions in the USA are approximately 80 inches long and 36 inches wide in standard models. In metric terms, the hospital size is approximately 2.02 meters long and 0.9144 meters wide. Do keep in mind that this is the size of the frame inside of the headboard and footboard.

A headboard and footboard may be larger than the amount of space in the room. The actual frame, including the headboard and footboard, may increase the hospital bed measurements to 84 inches long by 36 inches wide. There also needs to be ample room to adjust the bed and for a caregiver to walk around the bed and be able to do manual adjustments when necessary, as even many full-electric beds still have some manual adjustments for emergencies.

Average Bariatric Hospital Bed Dimensions

The size of extra-large hospital beds is naturally different than that of standard beds. The weight capacity of a standard bed is anywhere from 350 to 450 pounds. Our larger bariatric beds are able to withstand weights of 600, 750, and even 1,000 pounds. One thing to note is that bariatric models are also longer and wider than the average small hospital bed (standard beds). If a user is taller than an average person who can fit into a standard-sized hospital bed, or they simply have a higher BMI, they may be able to benefit more by having a bariatric hospital bed.

Any bed that is wider than 36” is considered to be bariatric. Bariatric home hospital dimensions may vary though, and each of them holds different sized sleeping surfaces on their frame. The common sizes of bariatric models sizes are as follows:

  • Medical bed dimensions of smaller bariatric models are approximately 88 inches long and 42 inches wide.
  • A Mid-range bariatric medical bed’s size is approximately 94 inches long and 48 inches wide.
  • Larger bariatric patient bed dimensions (such as our 1,000 lb. capacity model) features a 94” long and 54” wide sleep surface.

How Weight Capacity Affects Bed Size

Depending on the sleeping surface, a user’s hospital bed will be able to hold certain mattresses. The most common size of a bed in a hospital is a full-sized bed frame, as they are more prone to have bariatric beds available to accommodate patients of all different sizes and weights. The good thing about purchasing a hospital bed for the home is that you only need to worry about the size of a hospital bed for home use.

The most common size hospital beds are considered to be comparable to a twin-sized or full-sized bed frame. However, hospital bed sizes may vary from one product to another, and while hospital bed frames may be somewhat comparable, they aren’t the exact sizes of regular beds on the non-healthcare market, nor is the material and manufacturing the same. Hospital beds should be chosen to suit the patient’s individual size and mobility needs.

Non-Hospital Bed Sizes

Bed Frame Size

Dimensions (Inches)

Dimensions (CM)

Twin

39” x 75”

96.5 cm x 190.5 cm

Full

54” x 75”

134.5 cm x 190.5 cm

Queen

60” x 80”

152.5 cm x 203.5 cm

King

76” x 80”

193 cm x 203.5 cm

Cal King

72” x 84”

183 cm x 213.5 cm

Standard Beds

The table above shows clearly that one can’t simply go by regular bed dimensions when choosing a frame size for their hospital bed. The average hospital patient bed size, as stated above, is 36” wide x 80” long. Therefore, the most common standard bed frames are considerably close to being the size of a twin bed, although the dimensions don't match exactly. Accordingly, regular mattresses should not be used for a hospital bed, both because of the dangers involved in using an ill-fitted mattress as well as the fact that they are not optimized for the adjustability features that hospital beds have.

Bariatric Bed Frames

As mentioned earlier, bariatric bed frames are meant to suit a larger user’s size. Since bariatric beds vary in length and width, always be sure that the mattress you get is intended for the bed frame size you have. While people may assume that the size of a hospital bed at home is comparable to that of a full-size bed, bariatric hospital beds are actually longer than any standard full, king, or queen sized bed.

How to Choose the Right Bed

In order to choose the right bed, one must determine which models provide the proper weight capacity for his needs. In addition to the patient’s weight, the weight of the hospital bed mattress, as well as any bed attachments and/or personal belongings should be calculated when assessing the weight capacity of the bed. Other things to consider are whether to purchase a fully-electric, semi-electric, or manual bed, as well as whether or not to get options such as bed rails.


Here at AvaCare Medical, we want to ensure that you end up with a model that’s of the correct hospital bed dimensions! If you have any questions, we’d love for you to give us a call at 1-877-813-7799 toll-free to speak with a customer representative during our business hours. Additionally, you can send an email to info@avacaremedical.com anytime!