The footboard is a term used in furniture to refer to the vertical panel or board positioned at the foot end of a bed. It is typically attached to the bed frame and frequently matches the headboard in design, creating a cohesive look. The footboard serves both decorative and functional purposes, providing support for the mattress and preventing it from slipping off the bed. It also adds aesthetic appeal to the overall design of the bed. Panel in the lower end of a bed, or the entire bed.