Cracked Wood Side Rails, Can You Buy New Ones or Fix Them?


My wood side rails on my bed frame have cracked/split.

Can these be replaced without having to buy a new bed frame?


Many people come into our store seeking new wood side rails for their bed when their old ones have cracked.

There are a couple problems these people commonly face when seeking out new wood sides. The first is trying to get the new side rails to match the old bed. Colors and shades are often different making it look as though you were trying to match but failed to do so. If you cover the side rails with a dust ruffle or bed skirt this may hide the fact they do not match.

Cracked Wood Side Rails, Can You Buy New Ones or Fix Them?

Replace side rails with the 62 CS Click Photo For Pricing

Another problem is wood side rails are often not sold separately rather they come with the particular headboard and footboard the store shows them with. If the store sells wood rails separately just make sure that they fit or that you may return them for a refund if they don’t.


Another option is to use replacement steel hook rails like Glideaway’s 62CS or for a queen size, K80 for a king size, #1 rails for twin size or #2 for a full size. Queen and king size rails should always have center supports. The center support bar should have at the very minimum one foot but preferably two or more. Be sure to follow the directions carefully for whatever replacement frame you use. Failure to do so can apply to munch weight to the support pins in the headboard or footboard and it to could eventually crack or split out. Additional weight can be reduced by screwing the threaded feet into a down position firmly against the floor or carpeting.


Lastly the footboard can be removed if so desired. Steel metal frames are made to convert beds with headboards and footboards to just a headboard only. Cost savings is very minimal but offers additional space savings in bedrooms with limited space and can be quite advantageous.

Cracked Wood Side Rails, Can You Buy New Ones or Fix Them?

Replace Twin or Full Side Rails With #1 Hook Rails Click Photo for Pricing

To prevent the problem of cracked wood side rails we suggest using additional steel supports that replace old fashioned wood slats. Systems are available that offer multiple support bars which can often have as many as 4 feet per steel slat bar. These systems are strong enough to hold softside waterbeds making them perfect for mattresses and boxsprings which are significantly lighter in weight.

What ever method you choose there is a way to replace broken or cracked wood side rails for beds and if you are lucky enough to of read this blog before damage has occurred you now know how to prevent such damage before it happens.

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Doug Belleville and his father Dave own and run STLBeds - a specialty sleep store located in Arnold, MO. The staff at STLBeds is highly educated about sleep, comfort and their special sleep products. STLBeds only carries high quality mattresses and bed-related products. You won't find the brand names here - just call and ask us why!

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Is there a store in New Orleans that fix spilt wood rails

Comment by Vanessa Thomas — January 10, 2014 @ 12:31 pm

I had company and I saw that my side rail was twisted. It fits a Queen size bed but it is steel that is painted mahogony. the bed is an eighteen century english duplicate and I bought it 30 years ago. What do I do. The head board is great and the foot board is good. This piece of metal slides into the headboard and footboard. Where can I find a replacement for it. Also what is the difference in diameter between a full bed and a queen bed?
Thank you.

Comment by Linda Marrocco — April 6, 2014 @ 10:14 pm

Hi Linda, If the steel side rail is twisting it does not sound as if it is connected to anything but the headboard and footboard where it is connected. If this is the case that is a big problem. At the very least the 2 side rails need to be connected at the middle with a center support bar that has at least one leg and foot. The reason is the rails can spread, twist, and fail. Queen beds are 60 inches wide, full size are 54 inches wide leaving a 6 inch difference.Thank you, Great questions. Doug

Comment by Douglas Belleville — April 8, 2014 @ 7:21 am

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