The 5 Best Blanket Support Lifts Reviewed

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Blanket lift bars fit between your box spring and mattress, lifting bedding off of your sensitive feet and legs.

They will also adjust in height, accommodating  mattresses of different thicknesses. That said, there was one clear winner- the TFI blanket lift bar.

Unlike other blanket lift bars that are flimsy and don't adjust high enough, the American-made TFI blanket lift bar is especially sturdy and can adjust up to to a best in class 31.5 inches in height.

  • Strong blanket support
  • Adjusts between 23.5" to 31.5" in height
  • No mounting or tools required
  • 0.88'' steel tubing
  • Made in the United States
  • Weighs 3.5 lbs
  • You can collapse it, but most users leave it intact during the day

That said, it's not so easy to collapse it during the day, so many buyers leave it in place. One other problem some users had as they found the blankets had a tendency to slip off during the night, exposing their feet.

If this becomes a problem for you, one enterprising user solved that by wrapping the lift bar with some non-slip rubber matting so now the blankets don't move at all. Definitely one of our top picks- great in terms of its adjustability and weight-bearing capacity. Let's take a look at 5 of the best-selling options on the market and see how they compare. 

Blanket Lifts Compared

How to Adjust a Blanket Lift Bar

The Top 5 Blanket Support Bars

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This sheet support frame offered by Essential Medical is light, well-built and practical. Users love the adjustable height, but some do note that there are no assembly instructions. This sheet support for feet is made of lightweight aluminum, and it measures 21 x 3 x 9 inches with a weight of 1.5 pounds. The top is 20-inch wide, the bottom is 15-inch wide, and you can adjust the height up to 20 inches. 

This blanket support fits comfortably between the mattress and the box spring, and it’s an excellent choice if you have sensitive feet.

In general, users have a favorable opinion of the Essential Medical adjustable blanket support, and they praise its usefulness and convenience. A buyer comments that this blanket lift bar for feet is well-made and that it keeps the sheets off his toes with enough room to spare.

He highly recommends it to anyone looking for a reliable blanket support. Another happy customer shares that she sleeps better since she got this bed foot tent and that her covers stay in place during the night.

A satisfied user also states that this blanket frame is easy-to-assemble and that it’s sturdier than it appears. However, some customers have complained that this support frame is suitable only for thin mattresses and that it’s not as durable as they expected. Some reviewers also complain that the blanket support arrived broken or that it bends out of shape quickly.

Pros

  • Made of aluminum
  • Adjustable
  • Easy to use
  • Light
  • Portable

Cons

  • No assembly instruction
  • Not suitable for thick mattress
  • Bends easily

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This silver blanket support frame offered by DMI is sturdy, well-designed, but it’s not a good choice for a thick mattress. Users love the price and the lightweight construction, but some do note that it tends to slide. This silver blanket frame measures 21.5 x 10.6 x 3.2 inches and you can adjust the height up to 19 inches.

It’s suitable for twin beds or one side of a large bed, and you can easily insert it between the box spring and the mattress. The manufacturer advises that you subtract the thickness of your bed from 19 inches to determine if this blanket support bar is high enough for your bed.

As a whole, users have a mixed opinion regarding the DMI silver blanket supporter.  A buyer shares that this foot tent keeps the blankets and the sheets off her toes for the whole night and she sleeps comfortably. The reviewer states that she gladly bought two of these toe tents and she advises that you tighten the wing nuts with pliers to prevent the frame from sliding.

Another happy customer mentions that his mattress is 8-inch thick and the blanket support extends 9- inch above it, so he is very pleased with his purchase. On the other hand, unhappy purchasers have complained that the blanket bar slides down too often and that it can’t support a heavy blanket. Some people also complain that the blanket lift bar is too flimsy and the screws are poorly made.

Pros

  • Light
  • Portable
  • Easy to use
  • Adjustable

Cons

  • Flimsy
  • Cheap screws
  • Slides down

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This adjustable blanket and sheet lift bar offered by Rose Healthcare is expensive, handy and well-made. Users love the easy assembly process, but some do note that it’s not as sturdy as they expected. This blanket frame support has a lightweight aluminum construction, gold finish, an adjustable frame, a weight of 4 lbs, and a weight capacity of 10 pounds.

It measures 23 x 20 x 20 inches, and it’s suitable for twin size beds.  Overall, this is a good choice for people that want to keep the blanket off their feet, but it has several shortcomings.

Overall, buyers have a mixed opinion regarding the Rose Healthcare foot tent. A customer shares that when she opened the package, the blanket support looked flimsy, but it supported two thick blankets and a sheet without collapsing. The reviewer also mentions that if you assemble the sheet bar correctly, you wouldn’t need pliers to tighten the wing nuts.

Another happy user comments that he has been using this blanket tent for about a year and she is so pleased with it that she ordered another one. A satisfied purchaser also states that this is a sturdy bed foot tent and that it fits comfortably between the top and the bottom of the mattress.

However, some customers have complained that it’s difficult to tighten the screws and that the sheet lift bar tends to collapse under a heavy weight. Some people also note that this blanket support arrived without all the necessary screws and that it’s not tall enough for a thick mattress.

Pros

  • Light
  • Gold finish
  • Adjustable
  • Suitable for twin beds

Cons

  • Missing screws
  • Not suitable for thick mattress
  • Screws are difficult to tighten

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This blanket foot tent offered by Maddak Inc. is light, convenient and easy-to-use – you just have to slip one side under the mattress, and you’re ready for the night. Users love the design, but some do note that it’s not adjustable.

This blanket lifting bar measures 16.0 x 12.0 x 16.0 inches, and it has a plastic-coated steel construction and a weight of 1 pound. It creates a 30-inch free space, measured from side-to-side, and a 12-inch space, measured from footboard to headboard.

The company advises that you should measure the thickness of your mattress and deduct from 16-inch to determine if this blanket frame support would lift your sheets high enough.

In general, users have a negative opinion of the Ableware blanket lift bar, and they agree that it’s too flimsy to hold the weight of a light blanket. A buyer comments that her husband’s feet stuck up a few inches higher than the blanket support and that your mattress should be really thin for this lift bar to work properly. Another unhappy customer mentions that she has a standard size mattress, but when she put the blanket bar, there were only two inches left and it was impossible to fit her feet under it.

Some other users also state that it’s made of cheap material and that it bends easily. On the other hand, a happy customer shares that his blanket tent keeps her feet warm and free and that she would recommend it to anyone who’s bedridden.

Pros

  • Light
  • Plastic-coated steel construction
  • Portable

Cons

  • Not adjustable
  • Flimsy
  • Too short
  • Bends easily

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If you are looking for a high-quality adjustable blanket frame support, you might take a look at this sheet lift bar offered by TFI. Users love the sturdy construction, but some do note that it’s expensive. This tent blanket support measures 11.8 x 16 x 31.5 inches, and it has a steel tubing construction, a white finish, a weight of 3.5 lbs, and it’s made in the USA.

You can adjust the height from 23 inches to 31 inches, and the overall depth front to back is 11.75 inches. Overall, this is an excellent choice for anyone that needs a solid blanket lift bar.

In general, users have a favorable opinion of this adjustable blanket lift bar, and they praise its design and functionality. A buyer comments that this support is well-built, sturdy, and easy to adjust. The reviewer also states that this sheet lift bar creates a cozy and warm space for her feet and that even people with large feet will have enough room to feel comfortable.

Another satisfied user mentions that this sheet support frame holds the weight of her wool blankets without bending and that you can adjust the height by simply pushing a button. However, some customers have complained that this foot tent is hard to assemble and that the parts don’t fit together well. Some people also note that it’s difficult to adjust the height and that it’s narrower than they expected.

Pros

  • Steel tubing construction
  • A white finish
  • Made in the USA
  • Light
  • Well-made

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Difficult to assemble
  • Hard to adjust

What Are Buyers Saying?


The first blanket lift bar for feet that we took a look at was the aluminum blanket support by Essential Medical Supply. Its manufacturers say that it is effective at keeping blankets and sheets lifted off of sensitive areas of your body, can adjust in height up to 20 inches and conveniently fits under the end of a mattress. This is particularly useful if you have sensitive feet- the blanket lift bar will securely position itself between the box spring and mattress, providing people who have, for example, diabetic neuropathy, relief from painful foot sensitivity.

One foot tent-bed covering lift buyer that we spoke with commended it as a sturdy and highly functional unit, though in this particular users case it did not lift the blanket high enough. He told us that it raised the sheet and blanket around 20 inches total, but because his mattress was a foot thick at the bottom and he is a size 9 shoe, the math didn't quite work out to provide him enough lift off of his feet. He says that his toes feel less sheet and blanket pressure on them, but the bedding could be lifted higher for more comfort.

He told us that in order to adjust it, there is a screw that you need to loosen so that the bar between the two upright rods can be adjusted to move up or down. He eventually upgraded to a different blanket support bar that was able to extend over 30 inches- and this solves the problem for him. Another reviewer who experiences chronic nerve pain in their feet says that this product was a lifesaver for him, keeping bed clothes off of his feet as he slept throughout the night.

Another blanket booster option that we examined was the DMI blanket lift bar- however, it was not so well received by its buyers. According to its manufacturers, it is designed to help relieve pain associated with sensitive toes, restless legs, neuropathy, arthritis, cramping, post-surgery recovery and CRPS. It can adjust in height up to 19 inches, and they are careful to note that because it will sit beneath the mattress, the clearance it provides above the mattress will be less than 19 inches, all dependent on the thickness of your mattress. They also say that if you are dealing with twin beds or beds that are especially large, you provide extra coverage you can purchase two of these items.

One buyer that we spoke with said that he had purchased this foot tent-bed covering lift because his quilts and blankets had begun to hurt his toes whenever he slept on his back. In response to some other purchasers that complained that the blanket lift bar was not sturdy enough to hold blankets up all night, he says that using some pliers to tighten the wing nuts he was able to make it more secure and have it function the way it was intended. This reviewer cautioned buyers on the fence about clicking purchase that it is primarily designed to work with mattresses of a standard height. If your mattress is thicker than a standard size, this means that the blanket lift bar will provide less lift above your feet, which means that especially if you have larger feet it's unlikely to provide enough coverage for you to rest comfortably.

Another interesting comment, a reviewer told us that if you like to make your bed up in the morning so that it looks neat and pretty, these blanket boosters disrupt the harmony of a well-organized and neat bedroom. You can always collapse them during the day, but that it is a bit of a hassle to reassemble them at night when you were ready to go to sleep. However, another buyer that we spoke with was not happy with the amount of lift this blanket support provided. Because they had experienced foot surgery with a variety of broken toes and plates, this user needed the blankets completely off his feet, but without enough lift he ended up just sleeping with the blankets off of his legs all together.

Another option that we examined was the Rose Healthcare adjustable blanket support- it features an attractive gold finish and provides 23 inches of adjustable height support. One buyer that we spoke with said that initially he was unimpressed, saying that the construction looked way too flimsy and thin, but for his purposes, it ended up working perfectly. Because he suffers from planter fasciitis and wears splints during the night, he needed large clearance and this blanket support product provided it. Other users said that it is an inexpensive, if somewhat flimsy, option that is a little bit difficult to tighten to keep in place. More recent reviewers, however, say that the quality is pretty poor, that the product is actually cheap and unsteady, unable to hold thick mattresses off of the feet throughout the night.

The Ableware blanket lift bar was another device to keep sheets off your feet that we took a look at- this one has received near universal negative reviews from its buyers so it is definitely not one that we would recommend. One user who suffers from bedsores says that it is completely useless because it does not provide enough height coverage. As well, another buyer critical of this blanket lift product says that for those who have standard to deeper mattress says that it is not going to provide you enough space, so don't even waste your time purchasing it. The final reviewer that we interviewed commented that it is flimsy, can't support more than one blanket at a time, does not adjust, and even after doing some preliminary measurements to ensure that it would work for him, found that he still couldn't get enough space for his feet to rest comfortably throughout the night beneath the blankets.

The TFI adjustable blanket support was the last blanket support for beds we took a look at- it received a fairly warm response from its buyers. One reviewer told us that the frame is incredibly strong and it has a truly large expandable range so that it works with thicker pillow-top mattresses, which many of these other blanket lift bars just don't do.

If you have particularly large feet, this might be the best option for you- with one reviewer saying that the frame can expand up to 31 inches and doesn't wobble or bend at that max-adjusted height. Indeed, users thought it was a little bit pricey, but after having used other blanket lift bars that just didn't fit the bill because they were too flimsy or didn't provide enough space for their feet to be pain-free, that this one did the job effectively. Simply by draping heavy bedding or light cotton sheets across the end of the lift support users find that they are getting a more restful nights worth of sleep.

 

 

 

 

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The TFI Adjustable Blanket Lift Bar
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