I walk into objects frequently due to my low vision, and my legs and arms frequently have several bruises on them as a result. I run into tables, chairs, doors, and my bed on a near daily basis. This isn’t because my room is messy or furniture is configured incorrectly, I just naturally seem to run into things, to the point where when I tell my friends I bumped into someone, they ask me if I mean it figuratively or literally.
After inheriting a fairly large bruise on my leg one day from running into my bed (read more about my bed here), I started thinking about how I wished there was a plush guard of some sort to keep me from hurting myself when I run into objects. I started brainstorming ideas about how to create this, and one of my ideas was wrapping soft fabric around the legs of my chair and my bed frame. However, since I have never attempted sewing, I wasn’t sure how I was going to do this.
And then, I had a lightbulb moment.
I decided to order some pee-wee sized Pillow Pets that were on major sale on Amazon. For those not familiar, Pillow Pets are stuffed animals that fold out to a pillow, and have a Velcro strap that allows them to stand up on their own when not in use. Using the Velcro strap, I was able to secure the stuffed animals to the edge of my bed, chair edges, and one of my bed legs- the three most common areas I would run into.
I’m not going to lie, it does look a bit childish, since I am a college student, however I am happy to report a dramatic decrease in the amount of bumps and bruises that come from running into objects. College isn’t a place where people pass judgment on each other, and a lot of my friends have been highly amused with the addition of the Pillow Pets. I’m just happy to have found a solution that allows me to navigate my apartment without running into as much furniture as I used to!
Read more about my housing in college here.