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Bling Your Thing: Decorating Your Mobility Aid

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Having to use a walker, cane or other mobility aid does not mean you need to be stuck with the same, mundane chrome as everyone else.  Why not liven up your day with a little decorative creativity?  Here are some ways to add some bling to that boring, aluminum apparatus. 

Paint and Rhinestones

Add some color to your device with some paint.  Spray paint comes in almost any color from neon green to black.  It's easy to apply and cheap to redo if you are unhappy with the results.  An etching primer or specialized paint (such as automotive paint) is required to prevent peeling.  You can find these kinds of paint easily at the local hardware store and they come in spray form.  Before you paint, thoroughly clean the metal, then follow up with primer.  After you paint, jazz them up even more with some rhinestones.  Use a strong adhesive so you don't lose your sparkle. 

Patterned Pads

You can purchase hand and arm pads for crutches or walkers from specialty stores.  These pads come in a variety of colors and patterns.  If you can sew, you could also make covers for the original pads in whatever material you like.  These pads could easily be accessorized with little flowers or beads.  

Duct Tape

Instead of fabric or paint, mobility aids can be decorated using duct tape.  There are lots of colors and patterns to choose from and it's easy to do.  Simply wrap the tape around the area you want to accessorize.  Get creative by mixing patterns and colors.  Create stripes or cut tape into shapes.  Keep in mind that tape will roll and get dirty after a while, eventually needing to be replaced.  If you decide you no longer want the tape, you will have to use an adhesive remover to get rid of the residue. 


There are also a number of ways to decorate your mobility aid for the holidays.  You can turn it into a Halloween costume using poster board or cardboard.  For example, you could make a kissing booth from a walker or a throne out of a wheelchair.  For Christmas, make a cane look like a candy cane with some ribbon or use battery powered lights on a set of crutches. 

With a little creativity, you can break through the doldrums of chrome and beige.  There's no reason to be stuck with a run of the mill mobility aid.  You can be as bright or colorful as you want to be.  Instead of trying to hide your equipment, make it exciting and show it off. If you are looking for new mobility aids, visit Twin City Stair Lifts.