How to Fix a Cracked Wooden Bed Frame

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What You'll Need
Wood filler
Craft or putty knife
Stain (optional)
Sand paper
Wood clamps
Wood glue
Eye protection

Wooden bed frames are very common types of bed frames due to their durability and availability. But, over time, most wooden furniture will crack or split from normal usage. These cracks can typically be an easy fix as long as the wood isn’t damaged beyond the surface. This article is going to discuss the steps you will need to take to repair a cracked wooden bed frame.

Step 1 – Determine the Size of the Crack

wood filler and a putty knife

The size of the crack in your bed frame wood will dictate what type of repair needs to be made. For small holes or gouges, you can simply fill them with wood filler or putty. Wood filler tends to shrink as it dries so be sure to pack it in tightly and a little above the surface so when it dries it will fit perfectly. If the color of the putty doesn’t match you can color it with wood stain, but there is still a chance it may stand out. For larger cracks, you will need to use glue. Proceed with the following steps for this repair.

Step 2 – Clean the Damaged Area

When you are going to be gluing two sides of the wood back together, you should first thoroughly clean the edges of the wood for the best results. By sanding the cracked edges and wiping them clean, it will help the sides to mate back together without anything getting in the way or creating air pockets.

Step 3 – Size Your Clamp

An open clamp

Smaller sections can be repaired using a clamp or with other makeshift tools such as pliers with a rubber band around the handles. As long as it applies pressure to hold the cracked wood tightly together it will do. If you need to purchase a clamp for a larger section, they are available for most any size job that you need. From here you can place the clamp around the wood and tighten until it fits and will hold the wood in place. Do not tighten the clamp all the way. Only get it sized and ready to use once you lay down the glue.

Step 4 – Apply the Glue

At this point, you will want to apply the adhesive inside the crack in the wood being repaired. You can use common wood glue or something stronger such as epoxy. Wood glue will typically be the simplest way to go. Apply a line along the length of the crack on each side.

Step 5 – Tighten the Clamp

To tighten the clamp, twist the crank at the head so the wood is compressed all the way down. Once you have done this wipe away any excess glue that may have come out of the crack when it was compressed. The last thing to do is to ensure you allow time for the wood to dry according to the instructions included.

You can remove the clamps once the glue has fully cured and sand uneven edges smooth. With that, your frame should be repaired and ready for use.