Bed care should never be taken lightly. Under poor maintenance, your sleeping corner can be the breeding ground of many problems in the long run, such as sagging mattresses, bed bugs, or – most commonly – squeaking and trembling beds.

In fact, a bed frame with slats will start to crumble sooner or later, no matter how light your movement can be and how much effort you actually put in to stop things from going south.

At this point, you might be asking: how to reinforce bed frames & bed slats effectively then?

Well, it’s all laid out right below! You don’t need to be crazily handy for these simple crafts. All you gotta do is follow these instructions.

Necessary Things

Let’s get you ready with some essential tools for this DIY project first, it’s not quite easy, but it’s simple to follow. Here’re what you’ll need for:

Loose Screws

  • A Screwdriver or a Wrench
  • New Screws (if the old ones are rusted)

Poor Joints

  • Rubber Hamlet
  • Scraper
  • Wood Glue
  • Cloths

Center Beam Problems

  • A Tape Measure
  • A Driver/Drill
  • A 1×4 Wooden Board
  • A 4×4 Wooden Block

Reinforcing Bed Slats

  • A Driver/Drill and a 3/16-inch Bit
  • A Handsaw
  • A Screwdriver
  • 2-inch screws
  • Scrap Wood
  • Ruler

how to make a bed frame stronger

How to Strengthen a Bed Frame

Note: Fixing bed is no lazy project, it can be real labor, and demands you to handle the workload of a blue-collar worker in a real manufacturer. It is highly advised to ask for help from a friend and never try to carry it out on your own.

Loose Screws

If your bed is squeaking, chances are that you need to tighten some screws.

Easy start: get your mattress out of the way, and check on every screw on the slats first before moving to the bed legs and repeat the process. Then, just simply grab a screwdriver and tighten the loose ones.

If those screws are too old or rusted, you can replace them with new ones to be extra careful. And you’re done! That was quick, right?

Poor Joints

For this problem, you’ll need one of your friends to lend you a hand.

Poor mortise and tenon joints are what the penetrators behind that horrible crime scene of wobbly and trembly beds. It’s hard to sleep on either because you always feel like the bed is going to crumble underneath you.

The good news is, it’s not hard to improve the situation at all.

To begin, placing clothes on both of the joints’ sides. You can avoid creating messes and damaging your bed even further by doing this.

Next, ask your friend to hold the bed frame, so it’s more convenient for you to tap the joints back in place – you should use a rubber mallet, a hammer can leave scratches on your bed.

If there’s glue on the joints, remove it with a scraper and use a putty knife to spread new wood glue to where the joints connect. Then, you should tap them together and leave them overnight before using the bed.

Center Beam Problems

Saggy beds might be attributed to the worn-down state of the center support. If this is the case,  replacing that beam is the only option.

Step 1: Remove the Center Beam

You’ll need to unscrew the old center beam off of your bed using a screwdriver.

Step 2: New Center Beam Measurements

You can base on the old center beam to determine the new one’s measurements.

Or, if you want to be more certain, use a ruler to measure the width of the inner bed frame. This is also the length of your new center beam.

Step 3: Cut the New Center Beam

Take out the 1×4 piece of wood and base on the measurement taken in step 2, mark an area. Next, follow those lines to saw the wood piece into a new center beam.

If it feels like too much work, hire a craftsman to do it for you. Any hardware store would gladly assist you with little cost.

Step 4: New Support Leg Measurements

Get the measurement between the bottom side of the center beam and the ground. That’s the length of your new support leg.

Step 5: Cut the New Support Leg

Repeat step 3 but with the measurements for the support leg, and use a 4×4 wooden block instead of a 1×4 wooden board.

Step 6: Assemble the New Center Beam with New Support Leg

Use a pencil to mark the center of the center beam and put the new support leg under that mark. Then, drill 2 screws from the top of the wood board to attach it to the leg.

Step 7: Attach the New center Beam to Bed Frame

Screw each end of the new center beam on the bed frame with a driver. It’s okay to use either old or new screws.

How to Make Bed Slats Stronger

Bed slats get weaker every time you hop or jump on the bed, especially if you have a king mattress adding more weight to your king-size bed’s slats.

In the long run, these weakened slats will result in a saggy, or even broken bed base. To prevent this issue from happening, you can add a support base as a means of pressure relief for all the slats above. Here’s how:

Step 1: Make 4 Bed Slats

Start with measuring the width between the 2 sides of your inner bed frame. Prepare 4 strips of scrap wood, and saw them to the measurement you just took.

Step 2: Fitting

Put those 4 slats in the mattress frame to see if they fit. Each slat should be 18-inch away from each other.

Step 3: Make 4 Support Legs

Use a ruler to measure the distance between the under of those slats and the floor. That will be the length of the support legs.

Then, slice a 2×2 wooden board into 4 pieces according to that measurement.

Step 4: Pre-drill the Slats

Put a mark on the center of each of the 4 slats. Use a 3/16-inch bit to drill one pilot hole through that mark, all the way to the other side of the slat.

Step 5: Attach the Slats to the Legs

Place the support legs under the slats in the center of the pilot hole. Then, use 2-inch screws to assemble each slat with each leg.

Step 6: Insert the Support

Place the slats along with the support legs in your mattress frame and make sure the space between each of them is 18 inches. And you’re done making steady support for your bed slats!

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