Queen Bed Frame with Boxspring

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Forum topic by Ben posted 09-23-2016 06:57 PM 675 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-23-2016 06:57 PM

I have a question. I have built a footboard and headbord out our 2×6, 1×6 and 4×4 cedar. I had intended to use existing metal rails, but I then talked to my wife and realized I was wrong…. again. So now I plan to glue up 2 2×6 to get approximately a 10” rail for each side. I plan to put a piece of 1.5”x1.5” along the inside of the rail to hold the boxspring. My question, Should I or do I need to put cross pieces between the rails to help support the boxspring ? would simple 1/x4 work ? Should I consider a middle support ? Any other tips on inserting the bed rail fasteners would be appreciated too. Here’s a link to where I got the basic idea from.



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#1 posted 09-26-2016 02:05 AM


It is my belief that a queen box springs will support the mattresses without the need for slats running from one rail to another. Metal bed frames I have used come without center slats and rely on the box springs to keep the mattresses in place. These metal frames seem to work well enough.

However, I could be wrong. Additionally either now or down the road you could be unlucky enough to have a box springs manufactured with a poorly made frame. The added support could be useful in this event. It also could be that the fit within the bed frame could be a little sloppy (either now or when a new box springs is bought) and the box springs may not have full bearing on the inner 2” x 2” cleats fastened to the wooden bed rails. Therefore, I would add center slats. But truth be told, I would add slats just to ensure the wife never hits the floor from a collapsing bed.

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#2 posted 09-26-2016 04:06 AM

Personally, I would put slats underneath the box frame to support the middle. My metal frames have a foot to support in the middle but if you put enough slats (1×3 or 1×4), I wouldn’t think you need any other support.

For the rail fasteners, it will depend upon which style you use. You might go look at the various bed rail fasteners at I think that you can see the installation instructions on their website so that may help you decide which type to use and give you some tips on how to install them. I haven’t used them myself but maybe someone who has will give you a recommendation.

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#3 posted 09-26-2016 12:16 PM

Most metal frames I’ve seen are two rails, with feet, running the length of the bed, with two cross rails. Many of them also have center feet on the cross rails as well. My bed (store bought) has wooden side rails and like 6 or 8 1×3 cross rails, each with a center foot – seems like overkill.

I guess it will also depend on how much load it will hold (no offence intended.)

If it we’re my bed frame I think I’d add maybe three 1×3 cross rails, each with a ~1×1 ‘foot’ in the center. Better safe than sorry.

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#4 posted 09-26-2016 01:08 PM

The way they are constructed nowadays you don’t need slats with a box spring. They are designed to sit on a metal bed frame.

If you check the bottom of the box spring, you will find 2 or 3 cross slats. You could put supports under these if desired.

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#5 posted 09-26-2016 09:57 PM

Thanks Guys ! I will post the finihsed product soon.

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