How to Attach a Headboard & Footboard to a Metal Frame

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Bedroom furniture has become much easier to move around and assemble with the manufacturing of furniture kits and prefabricated furnishings. Beds have also become much easier to assemble with ready-made rails and slots built into head- and footboards. It will only take a matter of minutes to assemble your bed.

Things You'll Need

  • Crescent wrench
  • Place the headboard against the wall where you want it, and the footboard at the opposite end of room. Lay out your bed rails at 90 degree angles to the headboard on both sides. Verify that the rails are on the right sides of the bed. The vertical sides of the rail should be toward the outside of the bed with the horizontal side facing inward. Lay the middle rail parallel to the headboard and footboard about halfway between them.

  • Attach the middle rail to both side rails. Lift up the locking latch on one side and slide the flanges into the slots. Pull sideways on the center rail to lock the rail into place. Lower the locking mechanism to secure the rail. Repeat the process on the other side of the center rail.

  • With the headboard standing up straight, lift one of the rails and slide the end into the slots on the lower section of the headboard. Push the rail down onto the pins to make sure it locks into place. Repeat the process for the other side of the headboard.

  • Position the footboard at the opposite end of the bed. Lift one of the rails and slide it into the footboard by inserting the end into the slot as you did with the headboard. Repeat the process for the opposite end of the footboard with the remaining rail. Check the plastic feet on the rails and level as necessary with a crescent wrench.

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