Support The Mattress

About 80% of the mattresses sold in the United States come with a box spring. Full- and queen-size box springs need support around the edges in the form of wooden cleats, angle iron, cast-iron hangers, or aluminum extrusions. All of these supports are screwed to (and sometimes recessed into) the side rails. King-size box springs come in two halves for portability and need an additional support down the center of the bed that's wide enough to support both halves, with a leg in the middle of this support.

The side rails are typically 5 in. to 8 in. wide and 1 in. to 1% in. thick.

The combined width and thickness Bo* sPrin^ "eed ,suPPĀ°rt spring

Box irt only around the edges.

should be enough to prevent the rail from sagging under load. I usually use 6-in.- or 7-in.-wide rails with a box spring; but to hide the box spring completely, the rails must be close to 8 in. wide. This choice is strictly a design decision.


An economical choice, wooden cleats are glued and screwed to the rails.


Angle iron can be purchased or recycled from old bed frames. Run a rabbet in each rail, then screw the angle iron in place.

Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

There are a lot of things that either needs to be repaired, or put together when youre a homeowner. If youre a new homeowner, and have just gotten out of apartment style living, you might want to take this list with you to the hardware store. From remolding jobs to putting together furniture you can use these 5 power tools to get your stuff together. Dont forget too that youll need a few extra tools for other jobs around the house.

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