How to Set Up Metal Bed Frames

What You'll Need
2 bed rails Cross rails
Cross arms cross wires
Head board brackets
Mounting bolts or screws Casters
Wheels or glides Caster
Wheel, or glide brackets
Tape measure
Rail end caps

Setting up metal bed frames is not such a difficult thing to do, and it may save you time and money from hiring someone to do it yourself. Assembling things like cabinets or bed frames usually proves to be a challenge to the average person, but it doesn’t have to be. This article will provide you with a set of step-by-step instructions to use if you don’t have the original ones that came with your product, but before you start, please check the list of things you need to make sure you have everything.

Step 1: Setting the Bed Rails

Put the two bed rails down on the floor at the exact location and in the room where the bed is to be used. You could assemble it in a different room, but then you would have to move the whole bed later, which may prove to be a problem.

Step 2: Connect the Head Board

If your frame has head board brackets, connect them to the end of each bed rail using screws or bolts.

Step 3: Attach the Cross Rails

Lock the cross arms together or attach the cross rails together using screws or bolts. Usually, there are the minimum three cross rails: one at both ends and the third in the middle to support the rest of the frame. Almost all queen size bed models will have a center support beam or the bed will sag in the middle, while other frames come with a peg and hole system that need no tools. If your frame has cross wires, pull them across the space between the two bed rails and attach them to their slots.

Step 4: Measure It

Use the tape measure to measure the length and width of the frame so that you’re sure the mattress will rest comfortably in it. If the measurements don’t come out right, now is the best time to fix it.

Step 5: Attach the Wheels, Casters or Gliders

Snap the casters, wheels or gliders into their appropriate brackets. If you don’t know which is which, they should be labeled.

Step 6: Test the Brackets

Attach the brackets at each of the ends of the bed rails, then test them by putting some weight on the joints to make sure that they will hold up the mattress sufficiently well.

Step 7: Secure the End Caps

Place the end caps on the edges of the end rails so sheets won’t get snagged and tear.

Step 8: Finishing Up

Put the mattress on top of the assembled frame, and test it out.

Putting things together by hand isn’t that difficult, but it’s good to have a good set of instructions which can guide you through the job.