Grand Island Sleeper
HDR Architecture Thursday 13 Jan 2011

The Grand Island Sleeper, designed by HDR Architecture in collaboration with David Edward, was designed to accommodate family members and serve multiple functions within the limited space of the family zone in a patient's room.

Research proves how important family members are to the patient caregiving process. During the day, this comfortable sofa seats multiple users. At night, it effortlessly transforms into an inviting bed. Functionality: An intuitive, physically undemanding operating mechanism allows the back cushion to fold over onto the seating surface. No metal components or mechanisms were utilized in order to maximize long-term function. The drawer offers convenient linen storage. Heavy-duty slides facilitate drawer movement; the handle is flushed into the face of the drawer.

The Grand Island is highly durable to withstand the wear and tear associated with healthcare furnishings. Seat cushions have double-reinforced seams with luggage stitch detail. The one-piece seat cushion is reversible, zippered and recoverable and strapped into place; a "crumb slot" affords easy cleaning. Legs are made from solid aircraft-grade aluminum or hardwood. Twin wheel nylon casters lock on both the swivel and wheel. Aesthetics/Style: The Grand Island Sleeper is highly customizable for maximum design versatility.

Two basic frame sizes can be mixed with arm unit, arm cap and front kick panel options to suit any style and setting. Custom sizes also are available as well as armless sofas or one arm sofas for use in a wall niche. Drawer handles come in multiple finishes, such as satin nickel or matte chrome. Environmental Sustainability Available in FSC-certified woods with water-based, low-emitting finishes, cushion materials include soy and natural rubber foam. Solvent and formaldehyde-free glue is used for all core materials and joinery. Its mechanism-free design means less weight and material usage, and reduces the need for repairs or replacement.