Design Dilemma: Adjusting to Life Without a Footboard

Design Dilemma: Adjusting to Life Without a Footboard

Colleen Quinn
Oct 1, 2010

Growing up, I dreamed of a high four poster bed with a canopy, but had to make do with an ordinary twin bed with a white headboard. Through the years, I have always insisted on a headboard because I hate having my pillows up against the wall and I love the way a headboard sets off the bed in a room. A few years ago though, I found a bed on Craigslist that suddenly brought to mind my childhood dreams, and I bought it on a whim.

Though this bed has no canopy, it is an antique from Barbados so it is very high off the ground in order to take advantage of the trade winds. Best of all, it is a complete bed with a footboard, a feature perfectly designed to work with my fluffy but slippery duvet. Sadly, my recent overseas move means my perfect bed is now in storage, and I'm back to a regular headboard and metal frame configuration.

The problem is now that I'm used to having a footboard, I'm having a terrible time trying to adjust. Every night my duvet starts off high and snuggly, and every morning I wake up cold with my duvet pooling on the floor. It has only been a week, but I am already looking for a solution. Apart from buying a footboard (and trust me, I'm on the lookout), what are my other options? How do other people keep the duvet from sliding off the bed? And what ever happened to footboards? Why are they so rare today?

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