How To Build Wooden Bed Rails: Steps And Items Needed

Steps And Items Needed To Build A Wooden Bed Rails

Integrate a vintage or antique bed into the bedroom is intermittently ambiguous since the original side rails are not always available. The bed rails are easily damaged or lost when your bed is disassembled for moving, so you need to take proper care of it, simply place your bed rail apart. However, with replacement bed rail hooks & 4 boards, a pair of bed rails are easy to build by yourself. If you want to build a wooden bed rail then you just need to collect all the given items and follow the step. Here is the list of required items & steps for this process:

Things You Will Need

  1. Tape Measure & Saw
  2. 2 Boards, 2-By-6-Inch
  3. Painter's Tape & 6 Boards 1-By-4-Inch
  4. Drill Bits, 3/32- And 19/64-Inch
  5. Electric Drill & Wood Chisel
  6. Hammer & 4 Bed Rail Hooks
  7. 2 Boards, 2-By-2-Inch & Screws, 2-Inch

Steps To Build Wooden Bed Rails

After collecting all the required items, now you need to follow all the given steps carefully to get the best of your hard work:
  • First of all, you need to measure the length of your mattress, and then you also need to add 2 inches to your measurement. Commonly, your twin or full-size mattress is 75 inches long and a queen or king-size mattress is near about 80 inches long and a California king is near about 84 inches long.
  • Next you need to cut two 2/6 boards to your mattress measurement.
  • Now, measure & mark a line down the center of every board's end by using a pencil. Measuring up from the bottom of your board and then mark the line at absolutely 3 1/2 inches.
  • Next, you need to wrap a piece of tape around a 3/32-inch drill bit, 1 1/8-inch from the tip. This will illustrate the correct depth when you drill holes into your boards.
  • By using an electric drill, drill a series of holes centered on your pencil line, as close together as possible, from the 3 1/2-inch mark to the bottom of your board.
  • Remove your wood betwixt the holes by using a wood chisel & hammer. Tap your chisel consecutive down along the outer edges of your drill holes and then you need to push it inward lightly to extricate your excess wood.
  • Next you need to measure and then mark your mounting pin holes on your board's sides. Now you need to drill a 19/64-inch hole through with the side of your board at each mark.
  • Insert your bed rail hooks into the slots. Now you need to attach the mounting pins according to the manufacturer's guidance.
  • Now it's time to place your two-bed rails on a flat surface, with the inner side of your boards facing up. Place the 2/2 boards on top of your bed rails, coordinate them with the bottom edge of your rails.
  • Predrill a hole every 6 inches, through with the 2/2 and into your bed rail. Screw the 2/2 boards to your bed rails with 2-inch screws.
  • Attach your bed rails by inserting your bed rail hooks into the existing slots on your footboard & headboard and pressing down securely.
  • Cut six 1/4 boards to fit betwixt your bed rails. Insert the 1-by-4 boards betwixt your bed rails and on top of the 2/2 supports. Place your box springs & mattress on top of the 1-by-4 boards.

Tips And Warning

  1. Tip 1: Not all vintage beds used bed rail hooks, examine the footboard & headboard carefully to determine how your bed rails were basically attached.
  2. Tip 2: Stain or paint the new bed rails to match the existing finish on the headboard and footboard before assembling your bed.
  3. Tip 3: For added cohesion, also pre-drill & screw the 1/4 boards to your bed rail supports.
  4. Warning: Wear gloves & safety glasses when cutting & drilling wood.
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