Home Design Safety: How To Avoid Injury (Part 1)

The question: Have you been there and done that?

The place: your bedroom

The time: the middle of the night

The situation: a call of nature

The setting: dark

The culprit: your furniture

The victim: your pinky toe

Banging your toe on furniture.

Can you relate?

One of my girlfriends bashed her toe on a piece of furniture on the way to the bathroom a couple of months ago. Black and blue and bruised, she had to wear open shoes for six weeks until her toe healed.

Recently, I banged my foot into the bed leg doing the same thing and my little navy blue and plum toe (hey, I’m a decorator!) took 3 weeks to heal.

The other night, my son-in-law did the same thing and now, poor guy, he’s walking/limping around with his toes taped together. And, lots of other people seem to have done it, too. So, is there a pattern here?

If you’ve ever stubbed, bruised or broken your toe after bumping into a piece of furniture you know how much it can hurt and how long it takes to heal. Statistically, pinky toes are the ones that are injured most often. So, what can be done?

Besides using an illuminated light switch or a flashlight app to brighten your path, try padding the bottom corners and even the legs on your bed

Padded bed corners

Pad the corners of your bed.

or the edges of the bottom corners if you have a platform bed.

Bed-corner protectors

Corner protectors can soften the impact.

If not, it may be time for you to pick up a nice pair of padded slippers.

Protective slippers

Protective slippers, anyone?

Or, now that you and I are aware of this rampant problem; even in our half-asleep state, perhaps it’s best if we try and to remember our ABC’s: Always Be Careful.

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