How to Put Together a Twin Metal Bed Frame

What You'll Need
Bed Frame
Adjustable Wrench

Although most metal bed frames being manufactured these days are adjustable and require no tools for assembly, if you have an older twin metal bed frame in storage that you want to put together, you still won't have too much trouble. The following set of step by step instructions will give you all the information you need to put together an old twin metal bed frame that requires assembly and parts to set up.

Step 1: Arrange Side Beams

Set the two side beam pieces down next to each other, with the headboard attachment pointed towards the wall. There should be a row of holes along the top of both beams.

Step 2: Attach Cross Beams

There should be two cross beams, one for both the head and the foot of the bed. These should also have a row of holes across the top of them. For atwin-sized bed, the side beams should be 39 inches apart and the cross beams should be laying on top of them 75 inches apart to make a rectangle. When you are sure that the dimensions are correct, match up the holes in the top and bottom beams, then slide a bolt through each one. Hand screw a nut on each bolt.

Step 3: Tighten the Bolts

When all the bolts are in, go to each bolt and screw the nut on tighter, but not as tight as possible. To do this, use your pliers to hold the top of the bolt and a wrench to tighten the nut. Do this to all of the bolts, then go around to each one and tighten them as much as you can. This process will prevent uneven pressure in the tightness of the bolts from warping the shape of the bed over time.

If Your Twin Metal Bed Frame Requires No Tools

If you have a newer bed frame that was manufactured in the last ten years or so, the process of putting it together will be even easier. Many newer metal bed frames have collapsible beams that can be adjusted to different lengths. All you have to do to set one of these types of bed frames up is adjust the lengths of the beams, and this can be done with no tools. Each beam is made of two sections, one that fits inside the other, that meet in the middle. Both sections have a row of holes along the side, and there is a bolt going through these holes in the place where the two sections of the beam overlap. To adjust the length of a beam, just remove the bolt from the hole so that the two sections can be pulled apart or pushed together.

The process of putting together a metal bed frame is fairly simple and straightforward, but metal bed frames are sometimes heavy and rusty, so the task may still prove laborious and frustrating. Remember to be careful and systematic in your work, and check beforehand to make sure the bed is being assembled at or close to the location where it will be in use.