How To Choose The Right Bedside Steps For You
There are many different options covered above, and even more beyond these, so it’s important to find the right choice for your unique needs. Many variables go into deciding on a bed step stool for adults, and we want to help you make the best purchase.
Here are some important factors to consider before purchasing.
Size of Step Stool
We noticed this to be an issue with a lot of the step stools we tested. Many of them are too small for someone with limited mobility to stand on with both feet at one time, and to us, that is a deal breaker.
The obvious hazard that a stool presents for seniors is falling, so it is incredibly important to consider the height and surface area of the stool in relation to what you need it for most. If you just need it to get in and out of bed, then find a stool that is just high enough off the ground to give you the lift you need. It is essential that seniors avoid heights that exceed their needs as it presents a serious risk should they fall or lose balance. It is also recommended that you find a product that can comfortably hold your weight while accommodating two feet to ensure stability. If both feet cannot be firmly planted without feeling wobbly and unstable, you may want to move on to your next option.
Handrail vs. No Handrail
A handrail is a great thing to have if it functions properly. We noticed in a lot of the stools we tested that the rail becomes a hazard if you rely on it too much. Using the handrail as the primary source of stability to pull yourself up from the floor can result in the stool tipping over and ultimately you falling.
A lot of these handrail stools can be improved upon if they added a platform at the base for you to put your one foot on while you pull yourself up to the step. But even in the absence of that, a handrail may be a very important feature for people who experience dizziness or have trouble balancing, so look for products that are welded together for added security and have a handrail height that is appropriate for your stature.
The handrail somewhat lowers the ability to transport the stool from place to place, but if that is not a concern for you, then this type of stool is a great option.
Many of the bedside step stools you find on the market are collapsible, plastic ones, so you want to be careful when choosing a portable stool. Some of them lack quality and barely hold 200 pounds (even though they claim to hold 350), so you need to spend some time vetting this category.
Several of our recommendations are durable enough to hold your weight, yet portable enough to fold up and slide underneath a dresser. Pay close attention to the size of the stool when folded because some are much more compact than others.
This feature is a must when choosing a step stool. You want to make sure you choose one that has plenty of rubber on the stand as well as on the feet. This prevents it from slipping around, but it also keeps you from slipping while you are standing on the stool.
The best bedside step stools have rubber on the platform so you can grip it while you are moving from the stool to your bed.