How to Set Up a Metal Canopy Bed Frame

What You'll Need
Adjustable metal bed frame with canopy
Mounting bolts
Bolt nuts
Tape Measure

The process of setting up a metal canopy bed frame is basically the same as it is for any other type of adjustable metal bed frame. In case you don't have the assembly instructions for the metal canopy bed frame you want to set up, the following set of step by step instructions will give you all the information you need.

Step 1: Arrange Side Rails

The bed frame should come with two side rails with three cross arms each, one cross arm at each end, and another in the middle for additional stability. Place these next to each other on the floor in the place you want your bed to go, with the headboard attachment pointed towards the wall.

Step 2: Lock Cross Arms

Swing the cross arms outward so that they meet in between the side rails. One should be smaller than the other so that it can slide into the wider cross arm, and both should have a row of holes running along the top and the bottom. When you have the cross arms fitted together so that the side rails are the correct distance apart, lock them together by matching up the holes and sliding a bolt through them.

Step 3: Tighten Bolts

Use a tape measure to make sure that your mattress will fit on the frame. It is important that the frame be even, with each side exactly the same length, because if a bed frame is adjusted incorrectly it can bend the rails over time. If it's the right size, hand screw a nut on each of the bolts in the cross beams. Then tighten them more by holding the top of the bolt with pliers and turning the nut with a wrench.

Step 4: Attach Canopy Posts

At each corner of the bed frame, where the side rail connects to the leg of the bed, there should be a spot for you to screw in the canopy posts. The bottom of each post should be threaded so you can just screw the whole thing in at once. Take this time to attach any other additional parts that come with the bed, such as casters, wheels or glides. These should be locked securely to brackets on the frame. If there are cross wires on this bed frame, stretch them diagonally across the space between the side rails and cross arms.

Step 5: Finish Up

If your metal bed frame comes with headboards, attach them securely to their brackets. Attach the rubber end caps to the ends of any bed rails that stick out. These will protect sheets from snagging on sharp corners, as well as people from cutting their legs in the dark.

Although setting up a metal canopy bed frame is fairly simple and straightforward in theory, the job can be frustrating, if you aren't careful and you don't plan ahead. Make sure to measure the area you are going to put the bed and ensure that the dimensions of the bed are correct before you start working.