How Should You Decide on What Matters Most in an Overbed Table?

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There are many scenarios where one will need an over bed tray table by their side. Many doctors will recommend you go on bed rest for recovering from an illness, serious surgery, or bed rest when you’re pregnant, and this is an ideal time where a hospital bed tray table could become your best friend. So, how do you choose what matters the most when you’re looking for an bedside table? Did you even know that you have options when it comes to choosing an over the bed table? No matter the reason you may need an overbed table system, it’s important to know what to look for and here is a list of important features that you’ll be looking for.


This is most likely number one on everyone’s list for what they want in an adjustable bedside table. When you’re stuck on bed rest or have limited mobility, you don’t want to constantly get up or ask for help, the point of bed rest is to stay lying down so your body can recover. A rolling over bed tray table allows you to hold items such as food, beverages, and other personal belongings you want to have close by and within reach. There are some tables that just have a tray table, which is what you typically see in a hospital or care facility. These are great when you’re at a care facility because most of the time you will have someone caring for you and getting items you need. If you’re at home and don’t have this luxury, a table with more features and versatility will be what you want.

Extra Storage Space

The traditional hospital bed table with a single tray table may be what you need but if you like having your electronics, books, medicine, pictures, or other personal belonging near you, you’re going to need a lot more space than just one tray table. You can choose a medical bedside table that has added drawers and shelf space that can hold these items and give you a sense of independence, which when you’re on bed rest, is one of the most important things you can have. The extra storage means you don’t always have to ask for help to get your medicine, your favorite book, or your laptop. You can have the freedom to grab something when you want it and when you need it.

Outlets for Charging Electronics

In today’s digital world, having your electronics by you at all times is very important. It’s how most of us stay connected with our loved ones, work and get a lot of our news and information. The last thing you would want to happen when you’re on bed rest is for your phone or laptop to run out of battery and not have an outlet nearby to charge it, or risk injury by reaching for an outlet. There are over bed tables that have built-in USB and power outlets so you’ll be able to charge your devices at all times, and never have to worry about running out of juice and losing communication with the outside world.

Adjustable Height and Personalization

Many people like to have things personalized and tailored to their needs, and you should expect the same with an over the bed hospital table system. Many traditional tray tables don’t have the ability to easily move up and down or side to side, so it’s difficult to get it just where you want it.  That’s why it’s important to make sure you can easily adjust your tray table, without having to ask for help.  If it includes a storage area, make sure that is adjustable as well, to maximize your comfort.

Additional Lighting

Imagine you have an over bed table on wheels that has an attached LED light with different levels for reading or having a night light by the bed. Most overbed tables won’t have built-in lighting but if it’s important to you then you’ll want one with this convenient feature. It’s nice to have additional lighting because you don’t have to turn on multiple lights in the room just so you can read a book on your tray table. Plus, adjustable lights let you control the brightness which may come in handy if you wake up in the middle of the night and are looking for something nearby or want to get some late night reading done without getting up or disturbing others.

The atHand® Overbed Table System has Everything you Need and More!

If there is one adjustable over bed tray table system that can deliver the features you need to make bed rest more comfortable and enjoyable, the atHand® Overbed Table from Integrant is your best option. The feature-rich table has a sleek, modern design that adds a nice aesthetic while giving you the ability to feel independent while you’re stuck in bed. All the features we described above such as added storage space, USB and power outlets, adjustable height and lighting, the atHand® Overbed Table has it for you. So the next time you have limited mobility or have been ordered on bed rest, think about what you want out of your hospital bedside table, and if it’s convenience, modern luxury, durability, and versatility, then you want a table like the one the experts at Integrant created.

For more information about the atHand® Overbed Table System, contact us today!