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Easy Tips to Attach a Headboard to a Platform Bed Frame


Compared to the traditional metal or wooden frame, twin platform bed frames adapt quickly to headboards. Platform beds are sturdy and have solid wood in front where the headboards can be attached.


Also, to support the headboards, platform bed frames have the wood on the back and the sides. The platform bed supports all the weight of the bed; therefore, the headboard is simple to add.


If your mattress is understandable and straightforward and you would love to add a headboard for storage or aesthetics, add a headboard to your platform bed. Depending on your expertise, the installation of a headboard to your platform bed will take you one hour or less. Here are the proper guidelines to follow.

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Inspect The Bed Frame


First, you need to check if the platform bed frame has brackets attached to the head of the structure. Not many people know the use of brackets on the platform bed. Brackets are usually made to match the ordinary headboards. Well, considering that the most simple headboards are hook-on and bolt-on, brackets are made to suit them. When the bed frame is intended to be bolted, the brackets must contain slots. Hook-on beds, on the other hand, have hooks attached to them.



Headboard Inspection


Check the headboard’s packet in case of any damage. If the headboard is free from any loss, the next thing to check is its compatibility with the platform bed frame. Usually, bolt-on headboard contains holes, while the hook-on legs only have slits on the side. Also, ensure that the headboard includes all the necessary parts required for the attachment of the two pieces. If any of section is missing, replace them immediately.


Tools needed


Before starting the process of fixing the headboard to the platform bed, you need to assemble the following tool and equipment. Because you will not always find all the equipment required, you might have to improvise some of them.


A drill/driver

Wood glue

Fir lumber preferably two by two by 48 inch

3-inch wood screws

5/16-inch drill bit

1/4-inch socket


One 1/2-inch wood screws


10 Procedures to Follow


It is essential to know the best headboard, platform bed frame, and bolt-on combination. With the right combination, you will attach the bolt-on to the headboard with ease. Since each bed frame comes with different guidelines, always go through the instructions included in the product description. Here is a simple procedure to follow.


Place the headboard on the back of the bed frame. After that, measure the length of the remaining legs below the mattress.


Using a handsaw, cut two pieces of 2 by 2-inch fir. Evenly, drill four holes of the same size, apply glue to each hole and screw them to the side using a 3-inch screw so that they are firm enough with the front legs.


First, take a position that will allow enough space. Since the headboard and the bed frame are usually found next to the wall, shift to the middle to avoid scratches on the wall.


Call someone for help, since the task cannot be completed single-handedly. Line up the headboard in a position that is adjacent to the floor. With slots available on the brackets, put the headboard’s screw holes on the bottom screw holes.


Slip the washer in the incorporated parts into the bolt. After that, put the brackets through the slots carefully. If the legs of the platform bed are too long, do the same with the headboard.


Screw the nut to the top of the bolt until it tightens up. Do the same on all sides. To ensure both sides are protected, add extra locks on each leg.



The next thing to do is to measure the distance between the headboard brackets and headboard legs. Ensure that the headboard legs are side by side and are perfectly protected.


The headboard should be placed efficiently in the exact place. Tighten the nuts with pliers or wrenches to provide enough security. Finally, take a close look at the headboard legs. Wrap them with a protective cover so that they do not cause any damages to your wall.


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Hook-On Headboard


Here are the necessary guidelines to help you attach the headboard to either a wooden or metal bed frame. Although the steps are almost similar to those of bolt-on, some are slightly different. Move the bed frame and headboards to the center of the room to avoid damages to the wall.


First, place the headboard to the appropriate position against the frame and make sure slots in the legs of the bed frame face the wall.


Place each end of the hook into the side of the leg’s slot as you add hooks to the legs. Repeat the procedure on all four legs of the platform bed. After connecting all the hooks, press down the frame rails to ensure that the brackets are secure.


Unlike bolt-on, hook-on headboards cannot cause any damage to your wall, and you, therefore, have no reason to cover them.


The Footboard


Well, having learned the procedure involving the hook-on and bolt-on, how do you then attach a footboard to a wooden or a metal bed frame? Purchase matching footboards and side rails and a headboard. While not all, some headboards come with the condition that you must add a frame on them.

Well, it depends on the structure of your piece. If you want to add a footboard to your bed, the procedure is the same as that of adding a headboard to the bed frame. Since most bed frames do not have footboard brackets, you will need to attach brackets to the bed frames.




When selecting the bolts for the procedure, ensure that they are compatible with your merchandise. Also, the pins should be long enough to expand through both the headboard and the  best twin platform bed with a storage frame and accommodate the ideal size of the bed frame. When drilling or screwing the platform bed, clamp both sides of the legs to secure the bed frame. Also, do not over-tighten the lag screws; otherwise, they will resist the ratchet. To protect your eyes from any harm, always wear safety glasses.

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