Best wood/material for upholstered bed rails?

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10-11-2016 12:37 PM

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Hey everyone, I am new to the forum and this is my first post. I am building a bed and the entire thing will be upholstered (headboard and rails). I am trying to figure out what material to use for the rails. I want the rails to be fairly tall (8-10 inches) and thick as a bed rail should be. I was originally going to use board from the home improvement store (1×10) but that seems to thin. It seems Iike 2×10 lumber would be a good thickness, but that would be way too heavy!

Any thoughts or suggestions? What do others use as the core of an upholstered project?



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#1 posted 10-11-2016 01:03 PM

I am by no means an expert on this, but I would think a southern yellow pine 2×10 would be good. Like you said, it will be heavy, but that is a good thing in my book. You should have no fear of it ever breaking.

That being said, you will want to make sure that it is dried properly, even coming from a box store. Also, you may find that the board will warp some if not dried, and the last thing you want to do is wrap it in upholstery while the moisture content is too high.

To make the board a little more manageable, you can always run it through a planer and take a 1/4-1/2” off of it. Even being a 4/4 board would be better than being a 1x. Just my thoughts.

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#2 posted 10-11-2016 05:20 PM

I would go with plywood for it’s stability and strength. You can build up the thickness by laminating sheets of plywood together to the desired thickness; two 1/2” thick sheets for example.

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