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How to Assemble a Bed Frame

Bed frames generally aren't too difficult to assemble, and should always come with a good set of instructions. If however you're looking for some extra pointers, have lost the instructions, or are still finding things unclear, then this guide will help you.

As with most DIY jobs, the first thing to do is make sure that you've got all of the things you need. Take a look to see if you need any screwdrivers, Allen keys, or spanners before you begin, but also lay out everything you've got, to make sure that all of the parts are there.

Assembling the bed

The bed rails are the longest sections of the frame, and you'll begin with them, by attaching them to the head of the bed. It's usually a good idea to place the rails where they're actually going to go once the bed is complete, to avoid having to move the whole thing around.

You'll then be able to begin attaching the cross rails, starting from the head, and working your way down to the foot of the bed. There are usually three; one at either end, and one in the middle. Legs are usually attached to the headboard and the last cross rail. Some beds also have cross wires, which go from corner to corner.

Once the frame is in place, you'll be able to attach either the slats or brackets that hold the mattress in place. Wooden slats are generally in a roll, and simply lay inside the frame. Brackets may need to be added, and are usually placed inside the corners for the mattress to rest on. There may also be caps, casters and glides to attach.

Always make sure that the whole unit is secure before placing the mattress on the frame, and test every area for sturdiness. You should also measure to make sure that the mattress is going to fit; there's a great guide to sizes bed here.

Top Tip: When putting the frame together, it's likely that there'll be a lot of screwing, twisting and wrenching to be done. Whenever you're attaching two sections together, it's a good idea to leave the join loose until the very end. It's much easier to get everything into place if you've got a little bit of flexibility. Just remember to go round and tighten up all of the bolts and screws before using the bed.

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