'King’s Fund’ hospital bed, Birmingham, England, 1994

Walk into a general ward in any British hospital and you will be confronted by beds. Perhaps the most familiar piece of hospital furniture. Hospitals are full of beds, but are they just like your bed at home? And if not, how – and indeed why – might they be different? This bed is known as the ‘King’s Fund Bed’. First developed in the 1960s, it revolutionised the role played by hospital beds and se…