How To Reinforce A Bed Frame


Reinforcing Your Bed Frame

There’s nothing worse than an unstable, noisy bed frame that squeaks and wiggles with every sudden movement you make. You don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars on a new bed frame. Instead, invest in strengthening your existing bed frame. This essentially means you’re making it more supportive, sturdy, and much quieter (hallelujah). Below are a few ways you can get your bed frame — almost — as good as new.

There are many ways to fix your bed frame, depending on what kind of bed frame it is.

Suggested Materials – A drill, 1-inch screws, and a second-hand bed frame

Tighten Bed Frame Screws – First you should double check all of your bed’s individual slats (if there are any) and screws to make sure nothing is loose — even the legs. You can often cause a wobbly and squeaky bed by using loose bolts and screws. But the good news is that it’s a real easy fix — just tighten them up with a screwdriver or a wrench!

Reconnect Joints – If you’re sleeping on a wooden bed frame, reconnect any joints that may have shifted over time. Broken bed frame joints can cause a bed frame to wobble and sway. To prevent damage, lay cloth on the joints. You can also ask a friend or relative to hold the frame. Gently hammer the joint together with a mallet. Repeat for other joints.

If the bed frame has been previously glued, place a cloth around each joint and then reapply wood glue. Afterwards, you’ll want to gently hammer the joint together and use something like a clamp to safely hold it together while it dries. You can do the same for all other joints that are not connected.

Add Bed Slats – If you have a basic run-of-the-mill bed frame that has only a perimeter and a supportive center beam, adding slats will beef it up so it’s more sturdy and supportive. This will prevent mattress sagging and make your bed frame more sturdy.

  1. You will need to measure the width of the bed frame in order to determine how long your new slats should be.
  2. Use a pencil to mark the length on a 1×4 ft wooden board and use a hand saw to cut off the excess wood.
  3. Repeat steps one and two to come up with another wood slat, or, if you aren’t the best handyman, take your measurements to your nearest hardware store like Home Depot where they’ll cut the wood for you.
  4. Place one board on the right of the center beam and the other on the left side, about 2 or 2 1/2 feet away from the frame’s middle bar.
  5. You can attach the wooden planks using a power drill to the inner portion of your bed frame.

Replace The Supportive Center Beam – If you suspect the center beam to be the only problematic piece of your bed frame, you can get rid of it all together and replace it with something that’ll offer a bit more support.

Each plank should be about 2 ft away from the supportive center beam
  1. Unscrew the center beam from your bed frame.
  2. Measure the inner bed frame’s width side-to-side to determine the length for your new center beam.
  3. To determine the length of your support leg, measure the distance between the floor and the bottom edge of the center beam.
  4. Use a pencil to mark your new center beam measurement on a 1×4 wooden board and use a saw to cut it yourself, or take your measurements to a hardware store to have a professional cut a piece of wood for you.
  5. Repeat step four for your new support leg using a 4×4 block of wood.
  6. To attach the wood block, place it directly under the plywood center beam. Drill 2 wood screws through the block to fix them together.
  7. Use a power drill to attach each end of the new center beam to the bed frame.

How To Fix A Broken Bed Frame

If you were a little late getting to the “reinforcement” part of this post and are now dealing with a cracked bed frame because it wasn’t supportive enough, don’t give up yet! There might still be hope. This is a common problem and occurs either along the horizontal grain lines, or at the ends of your frame. If that’s the case, channel your inner handyman and follow these eight steps:

  1. After you remove your mattress from the bed frame, leave all the slats in place while you pry open the split from the inside of the frame using a screwdriver. Once it’s split, remove the excess splinters and wood chips.
  2. Use a flat knife or putty knife to spread wood glue around the crack.
  3. To force the split ends back together, use a bar clamp and tighten it to the point that glue is coming out of the crack. Allow them to dry on the frame for at least one night.
  4. To Strengthen the frame and ensure that joints are strong. On the next day, measure length of split from inside the frame. Add 6 inches to it.
  5. The width of your bed frame should be measured.
  6. Using a saw or table, cut a strip of ½” scrap wood such as plywood, to match the measurements you just took.
  7. Drill holes into your scrap piece of wood 2” apart with a 3/16” bit and drill, but make sure the holes are staggered and NOT in a straight line.
  8. Apply wood glue to one end of the scrap wood and place it over the split. Drill 1” screws into your pilot holes, and let the frame dry overnight again before you place your bed back on it.

Buying A New Bed Frame

If it seems so though that reinforcing your bed frame is not an option and it’s beyond repair, it may be time to consider buying a new one. There are many different types of bed frames, and they’re available in a wide range of prices. A bed frame costs about $250 on average. However, the cost of certain bed frames, such as adjustable frames, can go up to $1,500. Before buying a bed frame, consider your needs, budget, space, and size requirements.

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