When attached to bed 10, bottom surface 230 of gap filler 210 rests upon foot section 242 of mattress 14, the portion of rail-facing surface 226 near end wall 232 abuts inner surface 70 of foot end siderail 22, and wedge 236 abuts footboard 24. In this position bottom surface 230 is also positioned over any mattress gap 85 that may exist between inner surface 70 of foot end siderail 22 and mattress 14 as shown in FIG. 10. When retractable foot section 40 of bed 10 is fully extended, gap filler 210 extends between footboard 24 and foot end siderail 22 to close gaps 26, 28 therebetween as shown, for example, in FIGS. 10-12. As foot section 40 is retracted, bottom surface 230 of gap filler 210 slides along mattress 14 in the direction of arrow 246 in FIG. 11 more of rail-facing surface 226 near end wall 232 of gap filler 210 abuts siderail 22 as end wall 232 is pushed toward the head of bed 10. As foot section 40 of bed 10 is extended bottom surface 230 of gap filler 210 slides along mattress 14 in the direction of arrow 248 in FIG. 12 to return to the position shown in FIG. 10. Thus, gap filler 210 closes gaps 26, 28 between foot end siderails 22 and footboard 24 while retractable foot section 40 is in both the extended and retracted positions without inhibiting extension or retraction of foot section 40 of bed 10.
According to another aspect of the present invention, a bed is provided including a bedframe, a mattress positioned on the bedframe, a siderail coupled to the bedframe, and a footboard coupled to the bedframe. The mattress and the siderail cooperate to define a mattress gap therebetween. The siderail and the footboard cooperate to define a substantial foot end gap therebetween. The bed further includes a gap filler positioned on the mattress to substantially block the foot end gap and block at least a portion of the mattress gap.