Hospital beds are adjustable in the sense that the angles of incline at the knees and hips are variable. Adjustable beds are meant for home use and incorporate a number of other options and design features to blend with home decor.
Hospital beds are meant for single occupancy. Adjustable beds come in not only twin bed size, but full, queen and king widths. Long and extra long beds are also available. They use traditional household linen sizes.
Hospital beds can lower and raise the foot and head portions of the frame. Adjustable beds independently elevate these areas. Either head or foot areas can be raised, or head and foot can be raised together to create a recliner-like contour at full incline or at slight elevations, offer a comfortable sleeping position.
Adjustable beds can be ordered with a separate mattress and independent controls for each side of the bed, permitting each person to customize positions. Height is also adjustable.
Hospital beds are meant to be utilitarian, portable and easy to clean. Adjustable beds are designed to fit into a home setting. Foam, latex and coil mattress options are available. Frames are decorative rather than utilitarian. Some models can incorporate headboards.
Adjustable beds can be ordered with massage units, warming elements to heat mattresses, remote controls and built-in music. Models vary from manual, semi-electric to fully electric.