Disabilities that we address on this site, including the inability to sit, the inability to bend, and the need to keyboard in bed
Automobile safety for the horizontal passenger
Computer setups for the horizontal:
Leg & Back Rests
Building Arm Slings
Tch Typist Armrest H&P Typist Armrest
Building Stilt Keybd
Building Kbd Holder
Build Laptop Holder
Build Laptop Cover
Build Paper Holder
Make Back Support
Computing on Back
Building Foam Desk
Build a Book Holder
Recliner with Desk
Computer setups for the back-lying
Computer setups for the reclining
Sleeping and reading
accessories for the
Reading and writing
stand for the standing
Music keyboard raiser
Tray holder and standing assistance acces- sory
Raised work trays for kitchen or workroom
Raised workbench for garage
Raised massage table
Raised sinks, faucets, and towel racks
Mattresses for TV watching and eating
Using a reacher device for dressing, picking things up, and grabbing things that are too high or low to reach without bending or straining
Toilet seat riser
Living Room Floor-Level Back-Lying Remote Holder
Living Room Back-Lying Remote Holder
Two High-Leverage Shower Knobs
Raised Shower Head
Remodeled Counter and Sink Faucet and Faucet Knobs in Bathroom and Kitchen
Left-Click Microswitch and Switch-Adapted Mouse
Xkeys for Easier Drag and Copy and Paste Functions
Bathtub Saddle Remodel for Safety
Do-It-Yourself Accessibility Wrench for Pool Filters and Valves
Accessibility Pool Steps with Reduced Riser Height
Hot Tub with Safety Rail and Safety Pole
Back-lying people can use either lots of pillows or a Craftmatic Adjustable Bed to incline themselves enough to use laptops on their laps, but they should keep in mind that a computer needs to cool off, so resting it on bedclothes that block the fan exhaust slots is a bad habit if you want it to last. Instead, put it on a small square of Masonite or thin paneling.
But all this assumes that your back can cope with this inclining. Many backs cannot.
For these non-incliners, I offer the following method of computing: lie flat on your back, look upward, and type with your hands on Comfort Keyboard sections that are at your sides or balanced on your body with the aid of small, thin, balance pillows. Get a VESA wall mounted KDS Radius Rad-5 flat screen monitor to use with a desktop computer that you store near your bed. The Rad-5 has instructions about getting the VESA attached to it included in the materials that come with it when you buy it. A VESA setup swings over the bed when needed and back to the wall when not needed. Browse and search for VESA wall mount and you'll see it's 178 bucks. Get your KDS Radius Rad-5 flat screen monitor from on-line sources as well.
Currently, the Radius monitor costs 300 plus-with the amount of the plus depending on where you get it. (There are other flat screen monitors that may work all right and fit on a VESA, but the Radius is best, in my opinion.)
In case you have no computer, the deals on slower desktop computers that have USB ports are pretty hot right now—and they can only get better. Store the computer on a nearby side table, desk, or shelf. Wires would extend from it to your other equipment.
In previous parts of this article, you'll find all you need to know about using Comfort Keyboard sections. You'll need to learn to touch type if you haven't already learned this—there's no way to watch the keyboard.
Add a trackball to the Comfort Keyboard sections on the bed, unless you use MouseKeys, which are a little more awkward.
Experiment with various ways of supporting your elbows and/or wrists. Being bedridden doesn't mean no computing or stressful computing; it only means changing your approach!
If you need a ceiling mount (below) to simplify the arm rotation, arm swiveling, and arm extention problems, click here.