What purpose does a runner at the end of a bed serve if any?

Like is it just for ornamental purposes, like the over enthusiastic ab6indance of pillows and assorted cushions.

Does it have a practical application?

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  • Sheila
    Lv 6
    9 months ago
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    A bed runner was first used in stateroom cabins on ships, it was a strip of vinyl for passengers to place a suitcase to unpack to protect the bedspread from being soiled by dirt from the bottom of luggage, now it's use is decorative.

  • 9 months ago

    Sheila is right.

    Now the bed runners are either strictly decorative or they double as a throw blanket if one wants to take a nap without getting under the bedding covers.

  • GEEGEE
    Lv 7
    9 months ago

    Generally it's cosmetic but as others have mentioned, in hotels, they are sometimes rubberized material so you can put your luggage and other items on them and not make the bedding dirty or otherwise messed up.

  • 9 months ago

    When people finally arrive at your hotel room after a long trip, the first thing many of them do is to flop down on the comfy looking bed, WITH THEIR SHOES ON. The hotels have learned to put a runner at the foot of the bed--much easier and cheaper to clean than having to wash the whole comforter.

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  • Anonymous
    9 months ago

    None whatsoever. Purely decorative but otherwise entirely useless. I know a few people like that.

  • drip
    Lv 7
    9 months ago

    Hotel are switching to bed runner for convenience. Less to wash up. Easier and quicker to make up the bed. Looks better than nothing but sheets and a blanket.

  • 9 months ago

    A runner helps keep the bedding from sliding down.

  • 9 months ago

    It is really just decorative. They seem to be popular in hotels, possibly because the contrast highlight the whiteness of the sheets, or because it is easy for them to switch out the runner to match any updated décor rather than changing the whole bed.

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