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FAQs

 

What is included in the basic product?

The base product includes the pivoting bed frame and base, with the fold-out pull-up and dip bars, and all the necessary detent pins etc to make it work perfectly. It does not include a mattress, nor does it include any of the additional items you may see in our promotional videos, such as bedside cabinets, lamps, etc. It does not include the optional power rack attachment, nor a mount for any electronic devices/screens which we will make available separately. All you will need to add is a suitably sized mattress.

How does it stay upright?

The base structure is incredibly strong and stable, and this stays in place on the floor at all times. The frame of the bed pivots on this base and locks into it when in the upright position. The base extends beyond the lines of force created by you exercising - straight down from the pull-up and dip bars - so there is never any danger of it being toppled over. This means it doesn't have to be attached to the wall or floor, although if you want to attach cables/TRX and pull at different angles you will have to affix the base to the rear wall using our optional kit.

How safe is this?

The product is made in the UK and before any member of the public use it, it will have passed BS EN ISO 20957-1 Stationary Training Equipment – General Safety Requirements and Test Methods. This is an internationally recognised safety standard and the only applicable standard for the UK and Europe. At PIVOT, safety is our number one priority.

The pull-up and dip bars will be rated to at least 130kgs, which will mean they have been tested to in excess of 325kgs of load as multiplying the maximum rated user weight by x2.5 is required to pass the safety standard. This load testing and additional fatigue testing will be carried out by an experienced, well-respected, impartial UK testing company.

The product is self-supporting with a very stable base. The bed stays upright even without engaging the dual latches. The latching system is designed to be redundant - any one latch will hold the apparatus upright safely. 

While you don't need to, you can attach the base unit to the wall behind the headboard using our optional kit.

What's it made from?

It's almost entirely made from steel, from the 3mm thick, 75x50mm power rack uprights, to the 2.5mm thick, 40x40mm base unit. All hardware is oversized, A2 stainless steel. There are some wooden components to the bed - slats, the headboard, etc. The steel is powder-coated with a black, textured coat which is non-solvent based just like the coatings for the wooden components. The power rack pins are industry standard 16mm (5/8") diameter stainless steel and the latching system is over-engineered for safet. At present we are not sourcing any components outside of the UK, Europe and the USA and we are only using the leaders in each sector.

We are manufacturing our products in the UK, using one of the most experienced and well-respected steel fabrication companies. Quality is incredibly high, with all welds triple-checked.

How strong do I need to be to lift and lower the bed?

You don't need to be strong as the vast majority of the weight is taken care of by carefully balanced gas struts. If you're able to perform exercise to any reasonable level, you will easily be strong enough and will probably be able to lift and lower the bed with one arm. If you are elderly or have an injury, you should probably get in touch with us before buying or wait until we have some display units near you to try out. If you are able to secure the bed base to the rear wall, with our optional kit, then we also have the option of sending you stronger gas struts as we don't have to balance things so carefully.

Can I use a TRX or similar cables with the product?

We only support this if you attach the bed base to the rear wall using our optional kit. Stud walls and brick are both supported. Without this you may find you are able to rock the entire product a little backwards and forwards, if you're strong and are pulling at an angle close to horizontal. While it is very difficult to pull the device over, due to the way it is balanced and the overall weight including the mattress, we can't rule this out and hence we would rather you were careful and affix it to your wall if you want to perform this sort of exercise. If you only want to pull directly downwards from the pull-up bar, or use the dip bars, then you will be fine without attaching to the wall.

How much does it weigh?

Without the optional power rack attachment, and your mattress, the whole product will weigh around 100kgs. We will update this with an exact figure as soon as we have completed our prototyping and have a final product locked down. The power rack will add approximately 40kgs.

What is the maximum rated user weight?

At this point we have not performed independent tests to be sure of this, so we cannot give you a final, exact figure. Our intention is to support at least 130kgs, which is a standard figure for home gym equipment. It should be noted that to pass the required, internationally recognised, British Standard, manufacturers have to prove that their device can safely hold 2.5x the stated maximum user weight. So if we say 130kgs, you'll know we've given it lots of margin to be safe as it has been tested to 325kgs. We will also be performing strenuous endurance tests, prior to manufacturing any customer units, using an independent, highly experienced British testing company.

Are there any restrictions on the size and type of mattress I can use?

As long as you match your mattress to the bed size, the only restriction is in the height, or thickness, of the mattress. This is roughly 250mm, which covers all but a small subset of really thick mattresses. You will be safe going to about 270mm as the soft, deformable nature of a mattress will allow it to temporarily mould itself around the base. 300mm thick mattresses WILL NOT WORK with PIVOT Bed and we have no intention of making a version which supports these thicker mattresses.

Do I need to do anything with my floor?

This isn't an easy question to answer fully, as there are infinite types and standards of flooring! However, the increased weight over some 'regular' sturdy beds is not huge, and the area which rests on the floor is larger with PIVOT Bed, spreading that weight out, so there really shouldn't be an issue. If you're in any doubt, you should speak with someone knowledgeable in the building trade, a building surveyor or engineer to assess your individual flooring scenario.

It should be noted that your floor MUST BE FLAT! You cannot have the foot-end of the bed lower than the head-end - that could cause damage to the gas struts or their mounts. While you could, theoretically, have the foot-end higher than the head-end, this isn’t an ideal position for sleeping!

Something important to take into consideration, however, is damage you could inflict on your floor from exercising on it - especially if you are using free weights. The PIVOT Bed itself will not influence this in any way beyond enabling you to perform your exercises. We thoroughly recommend a strong, thick, rubber-based mat. We are currently working with a range of manufacturers to provide our own mat solution which will fit perfectly, be made of suitable material and won’t smell of car tyres like many do! However, we fully accept you may prefer to shop around - we are not creating a closed ecosystem like some other large brands. 

Our advice is not to use EVA foam matting as it has quite serious pitfalls. Namely, EVA is not suitable for heavy equipment - so resting the bed itself on it, or a weights bench, or the optional power rack uprights, or a treadmill, or even dropping/storing free weights on it is not a good idea. The foam cells will 'burst' and it will quickly become an unusable mess. EPDM foam mixed with recycled rubber is your best bet, but you must also ensure it is mixed with the appropriate polyurethane to eliminate smells caused by the rubber 'off-gassing', or VOC. You don't want your bedroom to smell like old tyres!

If you are into strength training, you may also want to consider installing a two-layer floor on top of your current floor. This would entail a hard bottom layer, possibly plywood, with a rubber layer on top, optionally bonded together. This will protect your floor and limit any annoyance to your neighbours. You will want this to extend to the extremities of the bed - so right to the back wall, to just beyond the sides, and to just beyond the legs at the foot-end of the bed so the entire bed can also rest on it.

Finally, please, please be respectful to your neighbours! Especially if you live above others in a flat/apartment, exercise of any variety in your home, with or without the PIVOT Bed, can be incredibly annoying to your neighbours. Don't be that person! If in any doubt, install a proper rubber mat solution. If you live above others in an older building with wooden flooring 'rafters', you need to be very careful before doing any exercise at home, regardless of any additional flooring you may add. Basically, please be respectful and responsible.

What is the age restriction for using the PIVOT™ Bed?

We don’t have an age restriction, but children should always be supervised by a responsible adult. Only an adult should lift and lower the bed, and they should be responsible for making sure it is locked in place before any exercise is attempted
 

I live in an apartment so this product is ideal for me. However, I’m concerned it’s going to cause a lot of noise to the residents below when I’m using it. Will it create a lot of noise?

The PIVOT Bed itself will not create much, if any noise. However, exercising at home will always generate noise so you should be mindful of this and be a fair, responsible neighbour! We thoroughly recommend installing a quality exercise mat - see the section/question on “Do I need to do anything with my floor?” for more information.

Will you ship internationally? If so, where? 

We aim to ship worldwide with shipping fees addition to our prices. 

 

Is there any way I can try out PIVOT™ Bed before purchasing?

We're looking into setting up a showroom here in the UK that features the PIVOT Bed. Obviously, those of you who are based in the UK are welcome to visit (as is anyone who wants to fly in to visit us!) and try out the bed – appointments only. However, we also plan on providing an immersive online experience for our growing community of international PIVOT fans who want to see the the bed in action. Please subscribe to our newsletter if you would like more information on this.

 

What is your returns policy?

If you’ve made a purchase and would like to cancel it, you can do so if you notify us within 14 days of receipt of cancellable goods. Please note: goods that are personalised, bespoke or made-to-order to your specific requirements are non-refundable, unless faulty.

To be eligible for a refund, your item(s) must be unused and in the same condition that you received it. It must also be in the original packaging.

You are obliged to organise and pay for the return of the item(s). We recommend you consider using a trackable delivery service. We can't guarantee that we will receive your returned items.

Please email orders@pivot-fitness to arrange a return. Please provide the below information:

  • Order No
  • Item(s) to be returned
  • Reason for return

You must do this before sending any items back. A returns form will then be issued to you to include with your package.

 

I can see that there is a screen in the video. Does this come with the product? What is its specification and will I need to buy anything else in addition for it to work?

The screen in the video is a 12” tablet which does not come with the product. However, we plan to support any device you can realistically mount on the bed. We are looking to partner with RAM Mounts so if they have a solution for your device, you’ll be able to mount it to the PIVOT Bed. If you prefer you can simply use some strong Velcro. The only restriction is the thickness of the device if you have the power rack add-on, as you won’t be able to close the rack if your device (inc. mounting solution) sits out more than 12mm from the wooden bed slats. You can, of course, mount your device slightly to one side to get around this.

I am not a big weight lifter, but I am more interested in using, for example, a treadmill, exercise bike or rowing machine with PIVOT™ Bed. I doubt they will all fit, so how can I achieve all that if you’re claiming to offer a full gym?

You’re absolutely correct, you are very unlikely to be able to fit all that equipment under any one bed at the same time! There are a few home gym equipment rental companies, so you do have the option to swap out treadmills for rowers for bike rollers. Regarding the fit of any one piece of equipment, you will need to be careful with this. We plan to test as many different brands and models as possible and offer a ‘Works with PIVOT’ accreditation, so you can be sure that it will fit under the bed when horizontal, but this will take considerable time and the help of many brands. Note that when the power rack add-on is fitted, the space under your PIVOT Bed will be reduced. We will not be responsible for your equipment not fitting under our product and you should make every effort to check the fit before you purchase your equipment.