Wow, Babette, you are a woman of action! It's neat that you are thinking about your stepfather. It sounds like he has a good way of dealing with his disability.
I'm giving some ideas of what I see good and bad about my nightstand first. My nightstand is perfect for me right now, so I don't need one, but the reason I thought to post this is that I'm helping someone else get set up with her cpap and we were talking about tables. She is over 80 and has a few problems bending over, etc. This table would not work for her as well as it does for me.
Good: The cage portion is good as is for preventing any damage to the machine. It still looks stylish, not like something for medical equipment. I think many of us don't want the decor of our bedrooms to look more medical than they need to.
Good: There's enough clearance between the top and bottom shelves that it's not at all cramped when I attach my hose or take out the humidifier tank.
Good: The bottom shelf is large enough for a tank and for the HC 100 standalone humidifier that I will use in the winter. I can slide it over to remove my card, etc.
Good: It looks good with my furniture. Not so good: You can see the cpap. I don't mind, but the drawer idea is nice for that reason.
Good: It has a roomy top, enough for a lamp, books, and some other misc stuff. When I get up I can put my mask and mouthband on there right after I take it off, etc.
Not so good: The down side is that I have to slide the machine out to remove the attached humidifier. I do empty it every day and let it dry each morning. So, I either have to lift the whole machine to the top of my nightstand or bend down. If I'm bending down, getting good leverage to seat the humidifier properly is a problem. This is a minor inconvenience for me, but for someone with more limited bending ability, it would be a big deal. For someone with these issues, the shelf for the cpap would need to be higher and also more open from the top. The cpap shelf would need to still the the right height from the top of the bed, so not too high, given problems with rainout. It could have a drawer underneath it for cpap supplies like filters and mask parts.
Drawers: I thought about getting a nightstand that would fit my cpap into a drawer of some kind, but then I'd have to lift out the cpap with the humidifier with water every morning. It would not work with the HC 100 or 150 standalone humidifier. But perhaps a false front could serve the same cosmetic purpose of hiding the cpap. Not only for aesthetics, but also safety from kids and pets. I think ventilation would be a good idea, too.
Drawers. Having some drawers for cpap stuff could be nice.
I think there would be a market for really cool nightstands to accommodate different machines.
Perhaps others have some ideas of what they'd like to see.
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