Asthma and your bed’s headboard


I’ve always had a bookcase headboard. Recently, I saw a movie with a bedroom a lot like mine. The woman didn’t have a headboard. She had lots of pillows and throw pillows propped up against the wall. I thought THAT’S WHAT I WANT. The bedroom needed a change, and the headboard didn’t match the rest of the furniture anyway. I have a new bookcase, so I moved the books and the dolls that were on top of the headboard, took the headboard off (that was a helluva job; one nut was stuck, and it took me an hour with a Craftsman wrench to remove it), took the plastic bins out from under the bed, vacuumed the floor, slats, and boxsprings.

I have not woken up with asthma symptoms since.

I don’t think it’s just the dust from the old books and on the dolls, although dolls are dust magnets. I think that was half the problem, and the other half was not being able to prop myself up in a way that made it easier to breathe. I’ve also had a lot less shoulder pain.

So if you, your spouse, or your child has nighttime asthma or sleep apnea and a bookcase headboard, consider removing it. There are several ways to upcycle a beat-up headboard besides painting or refinishing it and selling it. I’m thinking about using mine as a small “garden” next year.

In addition to no dust and greater comfort, the no-headboard look is trendy right now. It’s easy to add color to your bedroom with throw pillows. I also like using mismatched pillow cases. If you like to sit up in bed and read, not having a headboard makes it much easier. You’ll also gain at least a foot of space. The only problem is not having a lamp on the back of your bed.

When your child has asthma, you need to keep their bed very clean. Headboards and footboards make beds hard to move when you want to vacuum. Now I can pull mine out from the wall and vacuum all around it.

One day, I’d love to have a platform bed with drawers. Not having boxsprings to lift and vacuum would be great. If it’s in your budget, consider under-the-bed storage. If not, well, it doesn’t cost a thing to remove your headboard, and you can find colorful, inexpensive throw pillows at dollar stores.


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