How to Fix a Gap Between the Bed & the Wall

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If your bed doesn’t butt up to the wall, adjust the frame.
If your bed doesn’t butt up to the wall, adjust the frame. (Image: Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

If your bed does not have a headboard, it may leave a gap between the bed and the wall. Pillows can slide down into this gap and cause you discomfort. The reason for this gap is that the bed frame will not allow you to push the bed all the way to the wall. The frame has two end caps for mounting a headboard, and these end caps stick out further than your mattress. You can fix this problem so that your mattress touches the wall.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Safety goggles
  • Propane cutting torch
  • Work gloves
  • Emery cloth

Remove your mattress and box springs from the bed frame. Take the frame outside to a well-ventilated area. Set it on the ground, resting on the casters.

Measure from the end cap down the length of the frame for a distance of six inches. Make a mark with a pencil at this spot. Repeat this process for the other end cap. Make sure the marks are the same distance from the end on both sides of the frame. Extend the pencil marks around the angle iron so that they cover the entire cut you want to make.

Cut the frame with a cutting torch. Cut at the marks you made six inches from the end cap. Cut slowly and allow the end pieces to fall away naturally without breaking off. Keep the torch moving so that the metal will sever instead of breaking. If the metal end falls off, leaving a rough edge, cut that edge off with the torch.

Sand the cut ends of the frame with emery cloth. This will remove any metal shards that cutting may have left on the end of the frame.

Carry the frame inside to where you want your bed to sit. Place the frame with the cut ends six inches from the wall. Place the mattress on the frame, allowing it to hang over the end of the frame six inches. Note that this will look identical to the other end of the frame where the mattress hangs over.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not use a hacksaw. Bed frames are much too hard for hacksaws.
  • If you are uncertain about using a torch, take the frame to a welder or machinist to have it cut.
  • Don’t try turning your bed frame around so that the end caps face into the room. Though this will allow your bed to butt up against the wall, the end caps can cause you to scrape your shins as you walk by. They can also catch clothing and tear it.
  • Wear goggles and work gloves while cutting the frame. Bed frames tend to blow back flames and metal bits toward the person doing the cutting.

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