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natenaaron

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06-26-2017 05:01 PM

A recently married young gent I know came to me to ask a personal question about head boards. From the title and this first sentence you can probably figure out his problem. He and his bride are between places to live so rent in a house with another couple until their house is ready. He knew I did some woodworking and asked how to secure the headboard to the bed well enough to keep it from banging on the wall. it is a regular metal bed frame with MDF side boards latched on with the headboard attached to the metal frame. I told him, since he was renting, he should just get rid of the headboard until he moves into the new place. Otherwise if he could get away with it, disconnecting it from frame and attaching it directly to the wall would work.

This got me me thinking. and honestly I don’t think it is possible to have the headboard secured enough to the metal bead frame to make it completely rigid. Is there a way?


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Bermuda_Les

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#1 posted 06-26-2017 05:14 PM

Why doesn’t he just drag the bed away from the wall?

-- Making sawdust in Bermuda. It's a dirty job, but someone has to do it!

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#2 posted 06-26-2017 05:21 PM



Why doesn t he just drag the bed away from the wall?

- Bermuda_Les

Or “sleep” on the floor…

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builtinbkyn

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#3 posted 06-26-2017 05:25 PM


Why doesn t he just drag the bed away from the wall?

- Bermuda_Les

Or “sleep” on the floor…

- ScottM


I don’t think the banging occurs while they’re sleeping ;)

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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Karda

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#4 posted 06-26-2017 05:31 PM

yea but on the floor would solve the problem sleeping or not and or not is the issue. mattress on the floor is quite comfortable.

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#5 posted 06-26-2017 05:33 PM

Just put some rubber bumpers or jam a pillow back there.

I’m more concerned about the MDF myself.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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edapp

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#6 posted 06-26-2017 05:34 PM

temporary pillow between the headboard and wall.

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natenaaron

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#7 posted 06-26-2017 06:54 PM

Pillows. Hadn’t thought of that. I suggested moving activity to the floor but that was not apparently to her liking. I’ll suggest the pillows.

The MDF just hooks on the metal rail the box spring sits in. All for looks not for structure.

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Tony_S

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#8 posted 06-26-2017 07:07 PM

Tell em to bump fuzzies sideways on the bed! lol!

Good problem to have….

-- It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. Aristotle

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#9 posted 06-26-2017 09:09 PM

With the right cross bracing underneath the rails, you could definitely make a headboard rigid enough to not move at all. However, that will be more trouble that it’s worth in this case, because he might as well just get a new bed if he’s going to do that. It isn’t possible to secure one of those crappy metal rail bed frames that way without a lot of work drilling holes and attaching bracing.

It sounds from the way you’re talking about it that the bed isn’t all that sturdy. I’m picturing this with a headboard attached:

If I were them, I’d attach the headboard to the wall or remove the headboard entirely. Your advice was spot on.

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natenaaron

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#10 posted 06-26-2017 09:43 PM

Yep. That is it. Just the basic metal frame with parts that attach to it.


With the right cross bracing underneath the rails, you could definitely make a headboard rigid enough to not move at all. However, that will be more trouble that it s worth in this case, because he might as well just get a new bed if he s going to do that. It isn t possible to secure one of those crappy metal rail bed frames that way without a lot of work drilling holes and attaching bracing.

It sounds from the way you re talking about it that the bed isn t all that sturdy. I m picturing this with a headboard attached:

If I were them, I d attach the headboard to the wall or remove the headboard entirely. Your advice was spot on.

- jonah

Good problem to have….

- Tony_S

I did tell him to quit bragging.

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ArtMann

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#11 posted 06-26-2017 11:02 PM

Some 32 years ago, my wife and I lived temporarily in an apartment next to a newlywed couple. It wasn’t the bed that created the distracting noise in that case.

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WoodES

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#12 posted 06-27-2017 03:24 AM

Good discussion and very timely. I am designing the SWMBO headboards now and have considered the problem of the headboard connection to the metal frame. There will be no footboard, thus no side rails to provide support to the head board. I haven’t gotten too far with the solution but have considered a short side rail that could be bolted to the existing frame.

As these are for the guest bedrooms at the other end of the house, any amorous head banging by our guests shouldn’t be a problem for us. ;-)

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#13 posted 06-27-2017 03:52 AM

A pillow behind each corner works very well. One in the center not so much.

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#14 posted 06-27-2017 06:16 PM

We omitted the headboard from our current bed design/build.

-- Sawdust Maker

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#15 posted 06-27-2017 06:37 PM

Foam, movers blanket, move it away from the wall. Try a different position.

-- mrg

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