Bed runners can be used not only to accent bedding in a room, but they also
can have a function as well. A little extra warmth for cold feet is nice on cold winter nights. Yet at the same
time one is not burdened with the heaviness of another complete quilt or blanket. When it comes to time to do the
laundry, a bed runner is easier to wash and dry than a quilt.
When people forget to take their shoes off before lying in bed, bed
runners can be used at the foot of a bed to help keep covers clean. This can be especially nice in hotel rooms
for a little extra protection for the comforters which usually do not get washed between guests.
The sizes of bed runners vary depending on the sizes of the beds
they are used on. However, typically they are 24 inches (two feet) wide with a length of 25 to 30 inches longer
than the width of the mattress. That allows for there to be a nice drop-over effect on the sides of the
The fact that they are easier and less expensive to make than a full quilt is
another positive characteristic of the bed runner. It is especially pleasing to have large pillows at the head of
the bed made from the same fabric as the bed runner at the foot of a bed.
For those sheet sets of which the top flat sheets outlast the bottom sheets, a bit
of creativity can put those lone flat sheets back into service. Simply take a flat sheet; fold it in half
length-ways; fold it in half again in the same direction; match up the corners; and lay the now folded sheet across
the foot of the bed. That was easy enough.
But to take it a step further, use four matching colourful buttons to sew on the
four corners in the locations where they would still be on the bed (right before the drop off part). Mark these
four corners with a small pencil marking or chalk marking; keep the sheet folded neatly; take the sheet up enough
to sew the buttons in place through all the thicknesses.
The same effect can be achieved with four matching tie tacks. I do not recommend
using the tie tacks or small buttons if there are small children or pets in the household. Obviously, you would
want to take the tie tacks out before washing the newly created bed runner. Most likely the pillow cases that match
the bed runner are still around as well since pillowcases usually outlast the bottom fitted sheets. What a great
way to get a new look for your bed for next to no cost.