How to Select the Right Bed Frame Rails

Whether your shopping the web or locally here in St. Louis, there are lots of stores that sell bed rails…

Our store carries a wide variety of bed rails and we are qualified to help you choose the correct frame to properly support your mattress and box spring. You will want to be very careful because not all frames are constructed the same and not all bed rails will fit all headboards and foot boards. Where ever you shop, trained sales people know the correct questions to ask – assuring you a proper fit with your bed.

Getting the Right Bed Frame Rails for Your Mattress Set

As simple as the following questions may seem,  ½ the people shopping for bed frames can’t answer them and ultimately end up having to take or send their rails back in order to get the right one. Test yourself, can you answer each of the following questions concerning your new frame purchase? Be sure to click on the highlighted links to see the frame rails described to fit the application.

1) What size is your mattress and boxspring? Sizes can vary slightly.

  • Choosing The Correct Bed Frame RailsCalifornia King 72 x 84
  • King 76 x 80
  • Queen 60 x 80
  • Full 54 x75
  • Twin 38 x 75
  • Twin Extra Long 38 x 75

2.) What will your rails be attaching to?

  • Attaching to a head board?
  • Attaching to a head board and foot board?
  • Mattress and boxspring free standing without a head board and foot board?

3.) You’ve determined you have a head board or a headboard and foot board

  • Does the headboard or head board and foot board bolt up?
  • Does the headboard or head board and foot board have vertical slots where  rails can slide or hook into ?

4.) Selecting the right bed frame rails

Click this link for free standing bed frames

Click the link for bolt up headboard frames or headboard and foot board (Coming Soon Call for Assistance & Pricing)

Click this link for headboards or headboards and footboards that Hook In (Coming Soon Call for Assistance & Pricing)

5.) Will this frame need to be strong enough to support adults or be used everyday or will it be used rarely if ever in a spare bedroom?

The truth is we never save money if we have to replace the rails because they were not strong enough for the needed application. Quality frames usually don’t cost much more and will last for years.

Which ever frame you choose make sure it meets your needs and the requirements of your mattress and boxspring warranty. On queen and king size mattress sets this means proper center support that will keep your boxspring from sagging over time or worse yet breaking.

6.) Already have a frame just need new center supports?

Click this link to see our various center supports for your existing bed or bed frame rails whether they are metal or wood. (Coming Soon Call for Assistance & Pricing)




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!

3 Comments Leave your comment »

I need new slats with center support for a new i comfort mattress a d foundation it states i need at least 5 slates and center support i have a 4 poster bedwith wood rails and footboard and headboard

Comment by Nancy — November 13, 2013 @ 7:05 pm

Hi Nancy, We would be more than happy to help you with the additional slats. We offer steel slats as apposed to wood. They are stronger and do not bow or warp. Please feel free to call us toll free 1 888 785 2337 to speak with us or you can choose a slat support system by clicking here.

Comment by Douglas Belleville — November 14, 2013 @ 11:24 am

My queen frame has 5 horizontal rails that attach to the frame and run across the width of the bed. But I noticed today (when I got a new box spring and mattress) that where the supposrt rails are attached to the frame there are plastic pieces – almost like washers, but they’re square and quite thick – that the screws go down into. So the screw goes thru the plastic washer, thru the rail, thru the frame, and then thru another plastic washer on the underside. So what happens is that the box spring is sitting “up” on these “washers” all around the frame, and it’s not actually sitting on the horizontal rails. I can actually reach under the bed and slide my hand between the box spring and the horizontal rails. I can’t imagine how this is helping to support the bed. Is this normal? Do I need a new frame? The frame was put together years ago by the delivery guys so maybe they didn’t put it together right?

Comment by Jo — February 22, 2014 @ 2:17 pm

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