How To Put Together A Metal Bed Frame And Headboard

Bed frames come in many sizes, shapes and styles. Adjustable bed frames are the most popular because they allow people to sleep in any position they want.

Twin beds are easy to put together. Full-size beds take some time but are easier to assemble than queen or king-sized beds.

Center support beams make an adjustable bed frame more stable. You will need a tape measure and an adjustable wrench to complete this project.

A tape measure is needed to determine how much space you will need. An adjustable wrench is used to tighten screws or bolts together.

Here is how to put together a metal bed frame and headboard!


There are four main categories of headboards: wooden, metal, upholstered, and framed.

A wooden headboard is usually made of solid wood, while an upholstered headboard is usually made from fabric. Framed, slatted and modern headboards are typically made of wood and metal. 

Headboards made of metal are very heavy and strong and are great for creating a vintage or modern look. You can choose from many types of metals such as wrought iron, aluminum, brass, and copper. 

Wrought iron is an old-fashioned material that looks elegant. 

Aluminum is lightweight and durable. 

Brass is a classic choice because of its rich golden color. 

Copper is also a classic choice because of its attractive style. 

In this article, we are going to look at metal frames and headboards and how to put them together successfully, so they are ready and waiting for your full night slumber. 


Avoid damaging your floors by assembling the bed frame on a sheet or blanket. The width of the box spring should be 20 inches.

Footboards should be sturdy enough to hold up the whole bed frame without falling down. The brackets should be on both ends of the frame. Some people use bolts instead of screws to attach the brackets. 

Headboards and footboards should match. If you already bought the right headboard and footboard, and they don’t match, you can still fix them. Just use a different type of bracket.

Bed frames are necessary components of beds. If you’re buying a new bed without any extra parts, you may want to consider getting a platform bed instead.

Platform beds come with a built-in support structure, so there’s no need for an extra frame or rails.

Side Rails 

Lay the L-shaped side rail on the floor near the place where you want to put up the bed. Fold the support bar at 90 degrees to the side rail.

Slide the feet on the coasters or glide. For the keyhole-type frames, unfold the supports first before laying them down.

This should be easy. You can slide the pieces together until they’re tight enough to hold the mattress. Then slide the keyhole supports into place.

Set the bolts or the pins through the holes so that they are connected. Fasten the nuts on these bars to keep them in place. Slide the bar to lock the pin in the hole.

Measure the distance between the angled side rails to match it with the box spring’s width. Adjust the distance between the side rails as needed to fit the width of the box spring.

Tighten the slide brackets’ wing nuts when the measurement is correct, then repeat for each of the support arm assemblies. Once the measurement is correct, tighten the nuts onto their respective bolts using the supplied wrenches.

Attach the headboard to the metal frame, securing them by inserting the bolts through holes in the headboard and through the brackets.

Then add the washers and nuts on the opposite sides of the headboard, so they face the wall, then tighten.

If Using A Bolt-On Footboard

There are several steps to make for fitting most footboards and frames. First, clear space so you have enough room to work.

You may need to remove the bedding off of your mattress and place something on the floor to prevent damage. Place the footboard in the area against the bed frame. Match up the bottom screw holes in the legs with the slots in the right brackets.

To install a washer and nut on the other side, use the same method as above. Slide the washer onto a bolt and insert it through the other side of the bed frame bracket and the leg hole on the other footboard. Then tighten the nut to be just finger tight. 

To align the footboards, measure the distance from the edge on both sides of the footboard brackets to the center of the footboard. 

Use a carpenter’s level to check that the footboard is sitting evenly. Tighten the bolts on both sides of the headboard to hold it in place. 

You should check your footboard’s bolts to see if they’re loose or sticking out. This could be dangerous as they are easy to trip over. 

What Size Bolts Are Needed To Connect A Metal Bed Frame?

Most metal beds require 1/4-inch bolts, 1/4-inch nuts, and 1/4-inch washers. You’ll need 4 of each size bolt, nut, and washer. You can use this same set of hardware to attach a headboard that is thinner than 3 inches. 

But if your headboard is thicker than 3 inches, you might need longer bolts. These bolts must be at least 1/4-inch longer than the width of the headboard, and no more than an inch taller.

If No Footboard Brackets 

Bed frames come in many styles. As mentioned earlier, some include footboards, others do not. In order to make sure that your new bed fits properly, you should measure your existing bed frame. 

Then, use this conversion guide to determine what type of bracket you require. For example, if you want to replace your footboard, then you will need to purchase a new footboard bracket.

Support Legs 

Bed frames usually come with support legs that help hold up the bed frame. You can put the support legs together by hand if your bed frame comes with them. 

If your bed frame doesn’t have any support legs, you’ll be able to put the beams or boards on top of the legs without using any tools.


So, now you’re ready to put your bed together, follow the guide, and it’ll be completed in no time.  Happy DIYing!

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