We bought an semi-antique bed we liked and refinished it. When we went
shopping for matriss and springs, we found only one place that had one short
enough to fit between the head and foot-board. It is tightly wedged in, so
it is difficult to change the sheets. I would like to put some extenders,
somehow, in the siderails to make them, say 4 or 6 inches longer. I did a
Google search for bed extender, and bed rail extender, but all I get are
hits for pickup bed extenders.
Are such a thing made, and what do I search for to find them? Or how
else can I fix the problem?
Even seen a set of twin beds that also turn into trundle beds and bunk
beds? It's neat and the whole secret of the trundle beds is extending the
bed rails on one twin and putting wheels on the feet of the other. Then the
one with wheels rolls under the other because it was made extra long by the
this picture shows the extension on the right end only of the top bed:
Lee Valey and Veritas catalog (2004-2005) show the pieces of hardware
needed on page 180 - they call the metal pieces "bedlocks" and "bed hooks"
and if you can't find anything better I could photograph (digital) the
extentions of the twin bed and post them.
Thank you. Something like that is more of what I had in mind. I will have
to get those catalogs and order the hardware. I remember that some company
used to have these extenders already made up, but that was several years ago
and I didn't need them then!
I operate a woodworking shop in Allen, Michigan, The Antique Capital of
Michigan. I am often called upon to extend antique bed rails. What I do is
cut the bed rail in half about a foot from the end and double lap a piece
about 3 inches wide into the gap from behind with a router. The joint has
never failed. A custom woodworker could do it for you. I charge $20 for
It is easier to make new ones using the old hardware but more expensive of
course. Assuming that they are oak, the lumber would cost about $40. It is
very easy to put the hardware in.
I was going to suggest making them from scratch. Same comment - not that
difficult. But this extension method sounds like a good approach. If your
bedding covers the rails they will be covered anyway.
I refinished an old Mahogany bed this summer and the rails were in pretty
bad shape (splits). I did manager to glue everything back together but
building new ones was my next option. The hardware was held in place with
small cylindrical keys. Very easy to accommodate.
Get a latex foam mattress (Dunlopillo brand in the UK). NB- latex,
foam, not PU or Tempur.
They're expensive, but they're _the_ best mattresses I've ever slept
on. They're also cut to size for your order, so you can have anything
you want. They tend to the firm side of things, but you can pick your
foam softness grade when you order.
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