A trapeze bar is considered a patient transferring device that assists with bed mobility. Here are the best trapeze bars for 2020.
When someone has limited mobility, it can introduce a number of complications that make it difficult for someone to overcome basic tasks. For example, the act of simply getting out of bed can be a challenge that adds a roadblock to your everyday routine. If you don’t have a movement-impairing condition, you might not think much about raising yourself off the bed in the morning. However, for someone with an arm or back-related disability, you may need a patient transferring device such as a trapeze bar for assistance.
Thankfully, there have been a large number of innovations in the assistive technologies sector that are designed to make simple tasks easier. Whether it’s to get out of bed or change your position, a trapeze bar offers a number of flexible options to people with movement-impairing conditions.
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What is a trapeze bar?
For starters, let’s take a look at what trapeze bars are.
“Trapeze bar” is a term given to an assistive technology that helps someone get out of bed or change their position on the bed. It’s considered a patient transferring device in medical terms and may also be called a bed pull up bar.
To describe what a trapeze bar is, picture a bar that hangs over the bed that can be reached from the side of the bed. A trapeze bar is usually shaped like a triangle and there may be different levels where the user can hold the triangle. This triangle bar is suspended in the air from a higher position, often using a chain or a belt. The entire trapeze construction itself can be anchored to the bed, the ceiling, the wall, or even from a weighted stand that can be placed on the floor. Most trapeze bars offer multiple methods of installation based on your personal circumstances, though free-standing trapeze bars tend to cost more due to more materials involved.
An example use case for a trapeze bar is when transferring someone from a chair to the bed. This simple task can be easy for someone that doesn’t have a movement-impairing condition. However, for someone that has a bad back or weak legs, it can be surprisingly hard to lift yourself off a chair and climb onto a bed. The action of getting onto the bed can be difficult when the bed is high, but transferring off the bed when it’s low can also introduce difficulties. By having a trapeze bar above the bed, you can grab hold of the overhead bar and use it to help you get in and out of the bed.
What are the benefits of using a trapeze bar?
Trapeze bars come with a number of benefits, but it’s understandable if you’re still not sure what they are really used for or how it can help you.
- Allows you to become more independent since you can get in and out of your bed without the need for a caregiver or helper.
- Helps you develop upper body strength since you’ll be relying on your arms and chest to help you pull yourself up.
- Offers a simple and convenient form of exercise that you can perform in your bed.
- Can help people recuperate and rehabilitate as they regain their mobility.
- Minimizes the amount of assistance that a carer or helper needs to give someone.
- Provides a convenient way to transport a patient on and off a bed.
- The act of moving off your bed with a trapeze can prevent pressure ulcers and bedsores from developing.
These are just some of the main benefits of using a trapeze bar. In reality, everyone has different uses for a trapeze bar and the benefits will depend on the way they use it. While some people rely on trapeze bars every day to help with their independence, others can use a trapeze bar mainly as a convenient form of exercise during rehabilitation. The great thing about using a trapeze bar is that it’s flexible and can be used in many different ways.
If you’re unsure if a trapeze bar can help with your situation, then we invite you to read the rest of this article to help you get a better understanding of the different types of trapeze bars available and the differences between them. Alternatively, you’re always welcome to contact us regarding our trapeze bars or other assistive products.
Can I add a trapeze bar to any bed?
Yes! The trapeze bars we offer at Scooters ‘N Chairs can be added to any bed. While medical beds usually come with a trapeze bar or pull up bar, our options are designed to work with any bed. This means you can add a trapeze bar to any bed in your home which can assist with your independence and provide safety and peace of mind.
What are the different types of trapeze bar?
You may notice that there are actually a number of different trapeze bars available. Scooters ’N Chairs actually offers several different kinds of trapeze bars with different features such as anchoring points and weight support limits.
What is a ceiling-mounted trapeze bar?
A ceiling-mounted trapeze bar is one that hangs from the ceiling as the anchor point. This often involves installing a bar or handle to the ceiling above the bed and then threading a belt through it. This belt is then attached to the trapeze bar itself and can be lowered to the perfect height for the patient. A ceiling-mounted trapeze bar is only as strong as the anchor it has to the ceiling. If the weight of your pull is too much, then it could rip the bar off the ceiling and become a hazard for the user.
What is a bed-mounted trapeze bar?
A bed-mounted trapeze bar attaches to either the headboard or the end of the bed. They can also sometimes connect to the frame of the bed. Due to the varying number of bed designs available, it’s important to make sure that the trapeze bar is suitable for your bed. A specialized bed, like a hospital bed, may already have mounting points for a specific trapeze bar accessory. There are universal trapeze bar attachments that can generally be anchored to any kind of bed. Since these can be quite flexible in where you install them, it may be possible to attach it to not just the bed, but any adjacent furniture as well.
What is a free-standing trapeze bar?
A free-standing trapeze bar is one that sits on the floor using legs and a heavy base. The base helps to keep the trapeze bar still and it offers a high degree of flexibility in terms of the height of the trapeze bar and rotation. While these can be convenient for people that don’t have the option of a bed-mounted or ceiling-mounted trapeze bar, it does take up a lot more space. However, since they don’t rely on being anchored to something else, they can often hold a much higher weight capacity. Some free-standing trapeze bars can also be converted to be attached to a ceiling bar or fixed to a headboard.
What features should I look for in a trapeze bar?
A trapeze bar for bed mobility can have a great number of differences. We’ve already discussed the type of trapeze bar that is available, but we’ll offer a brief summary as we look at the features you should be considering.
As previously discussed, there are three main types of trapeze bars available. They differ based on the mounting mechanism used. These are free-standing, bed-mounted, and ceiling-mounted. Please refer to the section above to get a better understanding of what type of mounting mechanism is most suitable for your needs. Rest assured that regardless of the mounting option that you pick for your trapeze bar, you’ll be getting a quality product that works much in the same way. When deciding how you want to mount the trapeze bar, you should think about the space you have in your bedroom and how practical each option is.
Though the different mounting mechanisms are vastly different, it doesn’t have much effect on the general usability of the trapeze bar. You should pick a mounting mechanism based on your personal preferences, weight capacity, and convenience.
A bed pull up bar needs to be able to hold the weight of the person using it. Since you’re going to be pulling on it with a lot of strength, you need to be sure that it can withstand your pull. The last thing you want is to pull an entire free-standing trapeze bar off its support and have it collapse onto you. You also don’t want a bed-mounted trapeze bar to snap a piece of your bed frame off. A trapeze bar must be able to hold the weight of its user, so make sure you’re looking at the weight capacity before you purchase one. This is one of the most important aspects to consider since it directly affects the safety of the user.
A trapeze bar like the Keen Healthcare: Tuffcare® Bariatric Trapeze Bar offers a weight cap of up to 700lbs. This is one of the stronger trapeze bars available at Scooters ’N Chairs. The construction is much more rigid and sturdy than other trapeze bars since it’s a free-standing model with a wide base. Heavier patients with movement-impairing conditions can use this trapeze bar with confidence knowing that it will certainly support their weight and provide enough leeway to improve the overall stability of the entire bar.
Stability is a concern mainly aimed at free-standing trapeze units. This is because the action of pulling on a trapeze bar that is connected to a stand creates tension in the bar. If the free-standing trapeze isn’t stable, it could tilt the bar when you pull it, causing it to topple over and fall onto the bed and potentially injure you. Stability is also a factor for ceiling-mounted and bed-mounted trapeze bars. Improved stability means less chance that the bar breaks when pulling it, and there’s less chance of damaging the object that it’s anchored on. Stability tends to increase the further you are from the weight capacity. With this in mind, purchasing a trapeze bar with a high weight capacity tends to offer more stability as well.
In general, a trapeze bar with a large base tends to be the best option for added stability. Anchoring to something like the ceiling or a bed can be more convenient, but isn’t the most stable option. With that said, there’s certainly nothing wrong with using a bed or ceiling-mounted trapeze bar, especially if you are well within the rated weight limit of the trapeze bar.
The size of the trapeze is also a concern that you need to keep in mind. Large and study trapeze bars can take up a lot of space since they need to be heavy and have a large base to provide added stability. However, there are much smaller options if you don’t have much space in your bedroom and would like a more compact solution. There may also be a situation where you want a portable solution that can be moved to a different bed at a moment’s notice.
This is where a trapeze bar such as the Keen Healthcare: Tuffcare® Bed Mount Trapeze Bar can come in handy. This trapeze bar attaches to the frame of the bed, meaning it takes up no space on your floor and has no stand. It can be quickly installed onto a bed frame and then moved to a new bed if needed. However, due to the way it anchors to the bed and the overall construction, it can’t hold as much weight as a large and sturdy free-standing trapeze bar. However, if this isn’t a concern for you, then it may be a fantastic space-saving option.
The material of the trapeze bar
Materials can be a deciding factor when choosing a trapeze bar. In general, you’ll want to have the trapeze bar made from a durable material such as carbon steel. You’ll often notice that many trapeze bars have reinforced areas where there is high stress. This means that areas where the frame of the trapeze bar bends can have reinforcements, such as an additional bar that connects two perpendicular sections of the stand. This provides additional support to ensure that the entire construction remains rigid and is less prone to wear and tear damage over many years.
A sturdy trapeze bar should be made from a strong material that lasts essentially forever. However, given that most trapeze bars are made from the same kinds of materials, this usually isn’t a concern unless you’re buying an extremely cheap and flimsy trapeze bar. Some trapeze bars also describe the type of coating used for the bar itself. For example, the Healthcraft: SuperTrapeze has an antimicrobial white powder coat paint. This helps to protect the trapeze bar from microbial growth and degradation, prolonging the life of the bar and helping it stay hygienic.
What are the most important features to consider for a trapeze bar?
While there are many different features that you can consider for a trapeze bar, there are two main points that you should ultimately spend most of your time thinking about. These are the weight capacity of the trapeze bar and the amount of space it takes.
Weight capacity governs how useful and secure the trapeze bar is. The further you are from the weight capacity, the more safety and peace of mind you’ll have knowing that the trapeze bar is going to remain still during use. Since everyone’s bedroom is a different size, the amount of space the trapeze bar takes is also going to be a huge concern. If you have plenty of space, then a free-standing option might be best for reliability and ease of setup and transportation. However, a ceiling-mounted trapeze bar could be a great alternative if you don’t want it to take up much space.
How much should I spend on a trapeze bar?
The cost of a trapeze bar correlates with the number of features it has and the weight capacity. A trapeze bar that can hold more weight will be more expensive due to the durable construction, increased size, and also reliability. Something like a ceiling-mounted trapeze bar will typically be cheaper since it doesn’t rely on many materials and only needs to come with a few mounting accessories.
Scooters ‘N Chairs offers a range of trapeze bars that are suitable for different needs, patients, and weight capacities. We have trapeze bars that start at just $22.42, but it can quickly grow to $1,480 for a trapeze bar with a much higher weight capacity. In short, there’s no specific price range that you should be aiming for when it comes to a trapeze bar. Your budget should be defined by the weight capacity you need and the mounting option that you’re interested in.
Do I need a lot of arm strength to use a trapeze bar?
Since you’ll be pulling yourself up with your arms, it’s recommended that you have a bit of arm strength in order to use a trapeze bar. It’s not recommended for people that have a movement-impairing condition that stems from their arms or shoulders. However, do keep in mind that you don’t need to be extremely physically fit or strong to use a trapeze bar. Unlike a pull up bar, you’re not carrying your entire body weight. Instead, you’re only lifting a small portion of your weight since the rest of your body is stationary on the bed or the chair you’re looking to transfer from.
In other words, no. You don’t need a lot of arm strength to use a trapeze bar. However, it can train your arm strength depending on how often you use it and can offer a bit of exercise.
How long does it take to set up a trapeze bar?
This will depend on the type of trapeze bar that you’ve purchased.
A ceiling-mounted trapeze bar will need to be drilled into the ceiling and secured properly before the trapeze bar itself can be used. This won’t take long since it’s usually just a single bar that needs to be installed into the ceiling. However, it does mean that you may need assistance if you’re unable to climb on a ladder to reach the ceiling, or if you don’t have the tools necessary for the job. It’s recommended that you get a sturdy installation for peace of mind.
A bed-mounted trapeze bar is typically clamped onto the bed frame. As a result, it doesn’t take long to set up a bed-mounted trapeze bar and you likely won’t need help doing it. However, if your bed is pushed up against the wall then you may find it difficult to successfully clamp the trapeze bar to a specific side of the bed. As such, you may want a bit of assistance moving your bed away from the wall so you can install the trapeze bar in your preferred position.
Lastly, a free-standing trapeze bar typically won’t take much time to set up. Most of the setup time is going to be in constructing the frame itself. This usually involves slotting a few large pieces together and then tightening it with a screw. It’s recommended that you tighten it a considerable amount to ensure stability.
In summary, you may need a bit of help when it comes to setting up a trapeze bar. However, it really doesn’t take long and even large free-standing trapeze bars require minimal assembly. This is thanks to their small number of parts and simple instructions for construction.
What are the best trapeze bars available for 2020?
Scooters ‘N Chairs offers a range of different trapeze bars, so here’s a selection of our most popular trapeze bars.
The Tuffcare® Bariatric Trapeze Bar with Stand | Model – P270 is one of the sturdiest trapeze bars that we offer. At a weight cap of 700lbs, this provides the user maximum safety and peace of mind. The angular carbon steel frame has a polyester-coated finish and is constructed in four heavy-duty pieces. This makes assembly extremely easy but also means that it’s a lot more rigid and sturdy compared to our other offerings.
The overall height of this trapeze bar reaches 73.5”. This can be a little too much for some people, so it’s important to check that you can comfortably fit this in your room. The base dimensions are 40.5”W x 56″L, meaning it can take up a considerable amount of space on your floor as well.
If you’re searching for a free-standing trapeze bar then this is a great option. It’s sturdy, it has a high weight capacity and it’s made from heavy-duty pieces. It requires minimal assembly and you’re going to get a long-lasting trapeze bar that will offer peace of mind. While it’s certainly much more expensive than other options, it’s well worth the added safety and guarantee if you have even the slightest doubts with cheaper alternatives.
The Tuffcare® Trapeze Bar with Stand | Model – P250 is a smaller cousin to the P270 that we covered above. At a weight capacity of 250lbs, this is a much lighter and cheaper model that still offers the same comforts. As a free-standing trapeze bar with compact construction, this can be fit over any bed or even wheelchair for convenience. It’s made from a durable carbon steel frame much like the P270 and takes up much less space.
The overall height of this trapeze bar is 67” and it takes up roughly 31.25”W x 39.75”L in space. This makes it much easier to fit into a small room and you’re less likely to be struggling for space. As an option for smaller bedrooms, we highly recommend the P250.
A unique feature of this trapeze bar is that it can also be mounted to a standard homecare bed without additional hardware. This is thanks to the mounting brackets that you can see in the provided picture. This means you can treat the P250 as a long-term option that can be used in free-standing mode and then convert it into a bed-mounted trapeze bar if you ever change your bed for a hospital bed or homecare bed.
The Tuffcare® Bed Mount Trapeze Bar | Model – P200T looks incredibly similar to the P250 without the free-standing base. This is essentially what the P200T is–a slightly stripped-down version of the P250 that still offers all the same adjustable options and reliability, only that it doesn’t come with the free-standing base. Despite it not having a base, it still supports a weight capacity of 250lbs if it’s installed correctly onto a bed.
If you thought that the P250 was suitable for you but you didn’t want the base, then the P200T will be the obvious choice as it’s essentially the same trapeze bar. If you already have a homecare or hospital bed, then the P200T can easily be clamped onto the bed. However, the clamps can be adjusted to suit most beds. Before you purchase this, you’re always welcome to contact us to learn more about the mounting mechanism so that you’re clear on how it attaches to your bed.
The Healthcraft: E2 Ceiling Mount Trapeze is a ceiling-mounted trapeze bar that requires you to attach a grip bar to your ceiling. As such, you might find it difficult to install this trapeze bar unless you’re able to perform a bit of DIY work on your ceiling or have a friend or family member that can help. The trapeze bar itself is attached to a belt that is connected to a loop. The loop is on a long hook that is attached to the grip bar on the ceiling. This allows the trapeze to be easily removed and swapped if needed.
This trapeze bar is suitable for users up to a maximum of 300lbs and it’s covered in an antimicrobial powder coat. This helps to keep the trapeze bar hygienic and prevent microbial growth and degradation. One of the more unique aspects of this trapeze bar is the award-winning ergonomic handle that assists users in getting or sitting up. It’s similar to the rungs on a ladder. If used regularly, it can improve your arm strength and greatly increase comfort when using it. The handle can also freely slide to one side of the bed and be stored out of the way when you don’t need it.
Much like the previous E2 Ceiling Mount Trapeze, the Healthcraft: SuperTrapeze - STP-S is a slightly more expensive option that has a stand that extends from the floor to the ceiling. The important distinction here is that while it seems like a free-standing trapeze bar, it can’t actually move freely like the other options on this list because it needs to be anchored to both the floor and the ceiling.
Known as the SuperPole, the jackscrew can easily be adjusted to install or take down this trapeze bar in just a few minutes. There’s no drilling required which is a big advantage over the E2 Ceiling Mount Trapeze. It features the same ergonomic trapeze bar that is reminiscent of a ladder and it retains the antimicrobial powder coat. In terms of weight capacity, it still retains the 300lbs limit. Overall, this is a great alternative for people that won’t be able to drill into the ceiling or would prefer an option that can easily be moved. While a bit more expensive, the convenience is certainly worth the price.
We hope that this article has been useful in helping you pick a trapeze bar for your needs. If you’re in need of more assistance or would like further guidance picking one, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us for help