Bed Side Rails
Bedside rails have two purposes: to assist with getting in and out of bed and to prevent rolling out of bed. Bedside rails are usually attached directly to the bed frame, providing the greatest stability and strength. To properly support body weight and pressure applied to the rails, bed rails are made of light steel or other metals. The edges are often rounded and coated with a protective coating to ensure a safe, sure grip. Bedside rails can be the full length of the bed (designed more to prevent rolling out of bed) or half/quarter lengths, thus acting more as an assistive support tool. Some rails have adjustable heights, allowing homeowners to customize the bed rails to a height that best assists getting in and out of bed.
Bedside rails are most commonly used for children. The rails prevent babies and young children from falling out of bed. When children first move from their cribs to a "big kid bed" they are still used to the sides of the crib. They rely on the sides of the crib to hold them in. When they move on to a larger bed, without sides, they have to adjust the way they sleep so they don't fall off. While they are adjusting to this change, you may want to purchase some bedside rails to ensure they do not fall off.
Bedside rails are also used for hospital patients or individuals who move around a lot when they sleep. They are used for hospital patients because the patient may be unaware of where they are because they are not used to sleeping in those areas. In addition, hospital beds are higher than most other beds so if the patient did fall, there would likely be injury from the drop. This also poses liability issues for the hospital staff. The cost of the bedside rails will depend on the make, style and material of the rails.