Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Firmly Attach Iron Headboards

A firmly attached iron headboard leads to a steadier bed and less squeaking.

Iron headboards can work loose from bed rails over time, especially if you haven't tightened the bolts in a while. Even if an iron headboard was fastened tightly when the bed was assembled, repeated moving and jostling can work the bolts loose. Loose bolts will make the iron headboard tilt or sag back from the rails. To repair a wobbling bed and squeaky bed rails, take a few minutes to firmly attach the iron headboard to the bed rails. Does this Spark an idea?


1. Remove the mattress and box springs from the rails. Examine the areas where the rails connect to the headboard.

2. Identify any bolts that are loose. Use a wrench to tighten the nuts as you hold the iron headboard tightly against the headboard bracket. Don't allow any gaps between the nut and the bracket.

3. Shake the bed frame and listen for any squeaking. Insert plastic washers between the bed frame and bolts, as well as the bed frame and the nut. This can eliminate any squeaking sounds of metal rubbing on metal and form a tighter seal between the bolts.

4. Replace any bolts that are too small for a bolt hole with larger ones to keep the headboard tight against the headboard brackets. A bolt that rattles around in a hole that's too big won't be able to keep the headboard tight against the bracket.

5. Replace the box springs and mattress on the rails. Center the box springs on the rails so it doesn't put too much pressure on the headboard. Center the mattress on the box springs with a little space between it and the headboard.

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