Board Room

Board Room

There is a mystery of the universe that I’d like to solve.  No, not the case of Solange in the elevator with the shoe. (Actually, I’d TOTALLY like to solve that one.  What the heck was that about?  I’m very much dying to know). No, the mystery I’m talking about is footboards!  What are they exactly?  What purpose do they serve?  Are they really necessary?

Answers: They are mini headboards for your feet; none, other than to take up extra inches in your bedroom and make making the bed harder; and no.  Not really.  I think you could safely rid yourself of your footboard and all would be well.  But this isn’t really even a post about footboards at all.  It’s a post about boards!

Lindsay recently updated her bedroom by removing her footboard and adding a whole lot of reclaimed boards on the wall.  The result is a woodsy funky Gramercy Park Hotel-like vibe that she was aiming for all along.  Nailed it! (ha! pun!)  See more on her blog Another Mormon Mommy Blog.

A beautiful reclaimed wood wall makeover at


A beautiful reclaimed wood wall makeover at



  1. AEli
    May 14, 2014 / 4:42 PM

    Mystery solved: Footboards keep your covers from sliding off the bed into the netherworld where you can’t reach them in the night.

  2. Molly
    May 14, 2014 / 5:03 PM

    I used to think the same thing about footboards, and then we ditched our massive wood bed frame for a simple metal under the bed frame that doesn’t have a headboard or footboard – and now I realize that the footboard was making it so you can’t see the sheets coming untucked, because for some reason our comforter isn’t nearly long enough to cover the edge of the mattress, and it was also hiding all our stuff stored under the bed. Drives me nuts to be able to see all of that stuff!

  3. Sandie
    May 14, 2014 / 5:43 PM

    I just bought a bed where it has to have a footboard in order to set up since the side rails are connected and there’s no other bed frame. Plus the design is beautiful and we really like the look of how it’s finished off. Like the previous comment, you don’t see messy bed linens that don’t cover everything.

  4. May 14, 2014 / 7:43 PM

    Aha! Now I see. That would come in handy because that is one of my pet peeves!

  5. May 14, 2014 / 8:18 PM

    I am the owner of this featured bedroom, and allow me to weigh in on the function of this particular footboard: to get in my way every time I walked around the bed in the night (and day, too, let’s be honest), and the sharp corner rammed into the side of my thigh so hard I got a dead leg nearly every single time. Finally I had enough and have it the boot. Sadly my clumsiness remains, but ramming into a mattress isn’t nearly as painful. Everyone wins… Except the footboard.

  6. Emily
    May 14, 2014 / 10:00 PM

    This after is incredible! Oh my goodness I love the funky eclectic vibe I’m getting from it! I so want a wall like that in my room.

  7. Marci
    May 14, 2014 / 11:44 PM

    Years ago I was engaged to a guy who told me that he hated footboards because they made him feel claustrophobic. I’d always had a fondness for sleigh beds, but I would have given up my dream for him. Fortunately, we broke up and I vowed to one day have a bed with a footboard just because there was no one to tell me “no”. My taste has shifted to iron bed frames, though. I’ll have to remember to choose one with no sharp corners. 😉

  8. Denise
    May 15, 2014 / 12:39 AM

    I love the “after”! It’s the perfect mix of masculine and feminine. Very woodsy but pretty, too.

  9. Bee
    May 15, 2014 / 6:17 AM

    Are there a lot of Mormon mommy bloggers? Is that a trend? Why is that?

    I like footboards but not the ones that stick up and ambush you when you walk by, block your view and make you feel claustrophobic, or take up a lot of visual space in the room.

    I got a second or third hand sleigh bed with a low footboard that I like a lot. It covers up the bedding at the end of the bed, keeps the blankets from falling on the floor, and makes the bed look finished.

    But I like Another Mormon Mommy’s AFTER look too.

  10. Katie J
    May 15, 2014 / 1:11 PM

    Looooove this makeover!! Beautiful room!

  11. Kristin F
    May 16, 2014 / 8:03 AM

    AEli pegged the very simple reason behind the footboard’s mystique. Ever since we got rid of the sleigh bed for a new king-on-a-frame we wake up freezing in the middle of the night. All those dang coverlets and comforters just slide right off the end of the bed. I might use the idea of putting a bench at the end though instead to hold those suckers in place, though a footboard def takes less room.

    But yeah! What is the dealio with Solange? Girl freaked right on out in that elevator!! Inquiring minds HAVE TO KNOW!

  12. Coreena
    May 17, 2014 / 8:42 AM

    I have always wanted a sleigh bed and finally got one. I am not giving it up!

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