I’m going to show you all of the facts you need to go from clueless about footboards to making a final decision on whether you need one for your bed.
The day you feared has arrived. It’s time for you to buy a new bed. Whether you’re moving or you’ve broken the old one (I won’t ask how), you now find yourself in an ocean of bed-related information.
You’ve never had a bed with a footboard before and all of a sudden you find yourself looking into the bathroom mirror as you brush your teeth asking are footboards in style? and are they actually useful in any way?
You begin to suffer from Analysis Paralysis – there’s so much choice that it becomes impossible to make a decision. Who knew there was so much to talk about on beds?
I’m going to give you a list of pros and cons on the humble footboard and at the end I’ll provide my own short opinion on whether you should buy a bed with a footboard or not. Sound good?
Pros of having a footboard
- They don’t go out of fashion as such, it’s a personal preference based on a traditional aesthetic
- Helps to hold covers and blankets in place for magazine-ready photographs
- Add decorations to them if you need somewhere to put your never-worn scarves
- Prevents the mattress from slipping, although I’ve never found myself with this problem
Cons of having a footboard
- Stubbing your toes when you try to straighten your legs (a good alarm clock to be fair)
- You’ll feel your blood boiling with rage if you can’t stretch your legs out
- If you have a tall footboard and the bed is facing the doorway, you can’t show off the bed linen. One of life’s great tragedies.
Here’s our opinion
I actually used to have a bed with a footboard. It wasn’t a tall one but it was built in a way that it boxed the top of the mattress at the end.
I’m 6ft tall and that was a really testing time for me. It was much too small for me to stretch my feet all of way to the end and result in me either having to rest my feet on solid wood for 8 hours (painful) or put pillows underneath them (say goodbye to circulation).
There was only one option. To lie on the bed diagonally.
Aesthetically, I don’t mind the short footboards but the tall ones don’t look great. My preferences don’t unfortunately extend to sleigh bed-style footboards that rise 30 feet in the air and have a serpent’s curvature.
An FYI: they’re not useful at all.
I’m a man and I’d love to send out a public service announcement to other males to steer well clear of all footboards to be on the safe side.