If you’re dealing with a bed that can’t support your weight, then it could do more than ruin your sleep. You’ll experience poor posture, back pain and an array of other negative symptoms if your bed isn’t sturdy enough to hold your weight. So to help you get a good night's rest, free from pain, we’re going to learn how to make a bed frame more sturdy in this article.
Tips for how to make a bed frame more sturdy
Invest in a stronger bed
The best way to handle a bed frame that isn’t supporting your weight effectively is to invest in a stronger bed. Whether you’re thinking about a strong wooden bed or a metal bed frame, trading out your old bed for a newer, stronger bed frame will instantly fix your problem.
Add a centre support
A centre support is an essential piece of any bed frame, but especially when you're trying to make your bed frame more sturdy. If you don't have one and your slats breaks in half, there's nothing to keep your bed from collapsing in the middle of the night!
Adding a centre support is quite simple and adds greater stability and sturdiness to your bed frame. Attach both ends of your centre support directly to the headboard and footboard with screws or bolts that are long enough to penetrate through all three pieces. Make sure they're equally spaced apart so they line up properly when put together.
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Use bolts instead of screws to secure your bed frame together
Bolts are much stronger than screws, and they're easier to remove if you need to disassemble the bed frame. You can also tighten or loosen bolts as needed, whereas a screw will stay in place once it's tightened.
If your bed frame comes with hardware that allows you to attach it directly onto a wall (like this one), use those instead of wood screws because they'll be able to hold up under more weight than other types of fasteners would be able to withstand.
Add more bed slats
If your bed frame is not very sturdy, you can add support by adding slats. A slat is a thin piece of wood that supports the mattress and gives it structure. You can buy premade bed slats or make them yourself, as needed (or both). If you're using metal slats instead of wood ones, be sure they're sturdy enough to support your weight as well as the weight of anyone else sleeping in the same bed as you.
Slats are typically made from hardwood like maple or oak because these woods are durable and strong enough for use in furniture-making projects like this one. If you want to make your own wooden bed frame more sturdy than it already is, or if yours isn't very sturdy at all, consider adding some extra support by attaching additional wooden planks across its length rather than just relying on four legs alone. This will help distribute pressure evenly throughout each side panel so there won't be any weak spots.
Add an under-bed storage box
Another way to support your bed frame is to place something like a storage box underneath the bed. The first thing you'll need to do is find a storage box that fits your bed frame. You can buy a new one, or look for one at a thrift store or garage sale. If you're buying a new one, make sure it has enough room for all of your stuff!
Once you have your box, attach it under the frame using brackets or screws (or both). Then fill it with anything from extra blankets and pillows to books and games--the possibilities are endless!
Replace the legs
You can also replace the legs of a bed to make it more sturdy. This is a great option if you have an old bed frame and don't want to buy a new one. Just remove the old ones with a drill and install new ones! Make sure you have the right size legs for your bed frame because if they're too tall or short they won't be as sturdy anymore. Use a level to make sure the legs are straight when they're installed so they don't wobble when someone sits on them (which could lead to injury). Finally, use wood glue to secure everything together before putting weight on top of it.
If you're looking for advice on how to make a bed frame more sturdy, there are several options. You can add a centre support or replace the slats with a metal bed rail. You can also use bolts instead of screws to secure your bed frame together. Whatever method you choose, remember to always use proper safety precautions when working with tools and power tools!
If you’re looking to get a new bed that is capable of supporting your weight better, contact our specialists at Reinforced Beds today for assistance.