Asked on Oct 21, 2019

How can I cover the footboard of a bed to soften rough edges?

OlivaKaren BrunckCynthia H
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My husband has diabetic neuropathy in his feet and keeps bumping the corners of the bulky footboard of the bed with his shins, causing cuts, scrapes, and bruises. The wood foot board sticks out 6" from the side of the mattress as you are facing the foot of the bed and the foot board is 5" thick. It is a fancy carved pattern with curves and not straight up and down on the corners. A split open pool noodle is too small. What can I cover the corners of the footboard with that is padded well enough to prevent injury? It would need to cover the entire corner of the footboard...meaning the part where it is exposed to the room and the part where it joins to the sideboards?

4 answers
  • Karen Brunck
    on Oct 21, 2019

    Hi Red. Your husband seems like mine. You'd think after a few times they'd learn to move around instead of into! We did the first wrap around with poly batting stuffed into fabric tubes I stitched together with fabric matching the bedding. Attached it with zip ties. He kept hitting into it. 2nd attempt, we added a layer of bubble wrap beneath the stuffed fabric. This made it stick out even more. Third time was the charm, I removed the footboard. No more cussing, bruises, or cuts! Good luck😊

    • Redcatcec
      on Oct 21, 2019

      HI Karen,

      Thanks for your input into this problem, you are much further ahead of me in resolving this.

      We bought this set because it was just beautiful-matching mirrored dresser, chest of drawers, and the bed-which has become a nightmare as far as the foot board goes. I can see that all the "added on paddings" became a bigger target for your husband, I suspect the same would happen here.

      I will have to really look at it and see if it is possible to remove just the footboard, the side boards look like they are mounted into it and then that would result in also removing the headboard.

      Many thanks again for your help and very useful ideas on how to solve this. Best to you.

  • Cynthia H
    on Oct 21, 2019

    I was going to suggest making a padded slipcover for it. Karen may have a better idea.

    • Redcatcec
      on Oct 21, 2019

      Hi Cynthia,

      I did think of a padded slip cover , but I think you are right, he would find a way to collide with it and thin out the padding by repeat hits. Always after him to wear slippers of something to protect the feet and toes, he plays the odds and has had too many surprise mishaps.

  • Karen Brunck
    on Oct 21, 2019

    My rails were attached to the foot board. Ended up getting a regular metal bed frame and attached the headboard. It does make the room feel much larger, so something good comes from it! Still feels ornate. Wrap the feet of the frame cause he'll still find them with his toes!😂.

    • Redcatcec
      on Oct 21, 2019

      Hey Karen,

      Great idea and a good compromise by attaching the headboard to the metal frame, it would still keep some of the theme as far as the bed goes. A metal frame will have to do the trick and of course wrap the feet of the frame, that should be the easiest part of this re-do. Best to you and your good ideas.

  • Oliva
    on Oct 24, 2019

    If you can make a pattern, use two layers of polar fleece with quilt batting between. This should be sufficiently thick as to cushion impacts. The neuropathy makes it virtually impossible to prevent foot injuries, shy of placing a laser beam around the footboard, with flashing lights :(.

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