Why not just attach the headboard to the wall and have the bed move
freely up against the headboard. That way you can move the bed
without the heardboard. Lot of motels and hotels do it that way.
Of course it may move a bit, but that is how my headboard (two different
beds) has been for the past 37 years.
You can attach it to the wall, but then the headboeard may not be in the
proper position in regards to the bed frame. When we got our present bed
frame, we did not have a headboard for a few months. Judging from the way
it was just against the wall, I'd not want to do it that way. The headboard
is now back where it was designed to be, on the frame.
Attaching it to the wall also give less options for moving the bed to a new
Bed rails come in two flavors. Bolt-on and hook-on. The latter require the
installation of bed pins inside slots in the headboard and footboard.
I've never built a headboard, but I've had to futz around with our bed
dozens of times. It's an old bed from around WWII, and it had wooden rails
attached to the headboard and footboard with hooks. The pins failed
several times, the rails broke. I have metal rails on it now, and have
patched up the pins to keep them in place, but it isn't very satisfactory.
The headboard wobbles and slams into the wall on those increasingly rare
occasions when SWMBO and I take our bed for a spin.
I think if I were building a headboard and rails from scratch, I'd go with
the floating frame idea someone else just suggested. Either a
free-standing headboard, or one that's affixed to the wall in some fashion,
with an independant frame. Bolt-on rails might be OK too, but I would
avoid the problem entirely. In either case, I would definitely stay well
clear of hook-and-pin rails unless you just use your bed for sleeping. ;)
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