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Bolts are used to connect many things, and one of their best uses is for attaching the decorative attachments of a bed. These decorative attachments can come as a headboard or a headboard and footboard. This article is going to focus in particular on bolting up a wood headboard and footboard or just a headboard to a bed frame.
Measure the thickness of the wood leg of your headboard or the headboard and footrail if you have both. The thickness is measured from front to back. This is an important step. The wrong type of bolt or too long a bolt can damage drywall, plaster walls, and even the box spring. Bolts should be no more than 1 inch longer than the thickness of the headboard. The most common sizes are the 4-inch bolts and the 2 ¼ inch bolts.
Carriage bolts seem to do the best job. We will be talking about using a mushroom head type bolt. This broad shaped head keeps the head of the bolt from being pulled into the wood too deep when then the nut is tightened. The smooth shaped dome head does not protrude so far as to mar bedroom walls like other bolt heads
Hex head bolts The bolt (sometimes called a screw) is inserted into a pre-drilled hole in the leg of the headboard. It then feeds through the slot of the bed frame protruding no more than 1 inch so it does not catch on the fabric and poke through the boxspring. The bolt can then can be secured with a washer and firmly hand tightened. Do the same to the other leg. Finally, tighten up with a wrench. This helps secure the bed to the frame and keeps it in place for a nicely finished look. There is a square fitting on the thread side of the mushroom-shaped head; its purpose is to secure the bolt and keep it from spinning when tightening and loosening the nut.
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