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Important Assembly Information - Do's and Don'ts

This page contains important assembly information for wood beds. This information is provided as a supplement to the normal assembly instructions provided by the manufacturer and helps to address several issues that may come up during assembly. We hope you find this resource useful.

Topics:
A.) Bed Rails seem to slope towards footboard.
B.) Steel Screws & Steel Brackets
C.) Do's & Don'ts
 
A.) Bed rails seems to slope down towards the footboard:
Footboard LegHaving assembled quite a few beds myself I can tell you from personal experience that what I'm about to tell you is easy to do if you've never assembled one of these beds before. If you've assembled your bed and find that the rails seem to slope down towards the footboard making the legs un-level with the ground and your center support rail will not line up with the crosspiece you've connected between the footboard legs then this section is for you. :)

Here's what has happened: The footboard has two sets of screws on it. (See image to the left) If you've reverse assembled this piece than you've accidentally mounted the footboard crosspiece on the high set of screws when it should have been on the lower set of screws. This is why your side rails are sloping down to the footboard because they are connected to the wrong set of screws and is also the reason the center support rail won't line up. First, disconnect your side rails from the footboard.

This is an easy fix, now disconnect the crosspiece between the footboard legs and connect it to the lower set of screws. This will now let the side rails be connected to the higher set of screws and will line up your crosspiece to be mounted with the center support rail. Your bed will now be ready for your slats and you can start using your brand new bed.
 
B.) Steel Screws & Steel Brackets - Important Assembly Notes:
screws Beds are assembled using steel screws mounted to the wood legs and steel brackets that are in the ends of every wood cross piece. These screws and brackets are premounted by the manufacturer allowing for easier assembly. Assembly is done by using a rubber mallet. The steel brackets in the ends of the crosspieces are lined up to the screws on the legs. Notice in the image to the right how the bracket in the crosspiece has two metal openings where the screws will slide up into two channels and will lock against the top of the channel. If both screws are lined up correctly below these channels before using your rubber mallet to tap the crosspiece down over the screws then assembly should be effortless. It is important to make sure that the crosspiece you are preparing to connect to the leg is flush against the leg before using your rubber mallet to tap the piece down and also making sure that the two screws are lined up correctly just below the two channel openings in the metal bracket to ensure proper connection. If done incorrectly you risk damage to the top or bottom of the crosspiece in the way of an impact point or splitting of the wood which is not covered under the manufacturer's warranty. (If the damage was caused by incorrect assembly you may be responsible for the cost of a replacement part and shipping.) So please make sure that you are assembling your parts correctly. Below is a list of do's and don'ts when assembling your bed.
 
C.) Do's and Don'ts - Important Assembly Notes:
Illustration A.
Illustration B.
Illustration C.
In this illustration we show the leg and crosspiece preparing to be connected. Note that the crosspiece is not flush with the leg as only the top screw has made it into it's channel. The bottom screw has not. If a connection attempt is made in this position, damage may result to the top of the crosspiece. The manufacturer will not warranty this and you will be responsible for any replacement costs.

In this illustration we show the leg and crosspiece again preparing to be connected. Note that the crosspiece is not flush with the leg as only the bottom screw is lined up to be connected into it's channel. The top screw is not. If a connection attempt is made in this position it will result in damage to the bottom of the crosspiece. The manufacturer will not warranty this and you will be responsible for any replacement costs. In this illustration we show the leg and crosspiece preparing to be connected. Unlike illustration A. & B., here the crosspiece and leg are correctly lined up with both screws in the correct position to be connected. This is the proper position to make your connection using your rubber mallet.