How to Connect a Headboard to a Platform Bed

Choosing a platform bed is a good alternative to a traditional metal-frame bed.
Its low-profile design makes getting in and out of bed easier, especially for children and those with back or leg problems. While the overall design of a platform bed tends to be simpler, or minimalistic, adding accessories, such as connecting a headboard, can jazz it up a bit.

Step 1

Mark and drill mounting holes on the bed frame, approximately 1-inch from the top and bottom. Drill the holes on the head of the frame box or, if your bed has legs, on each leg at the head of the frame. If your bed has a box frame, slide a carriage bolt through the hole you drilled and secure it from the inside with a lock washer and hex nut. If the bed has legs, screw a carriage bolt into each hole until tight.

Step 2

Position the headboard and mark it for mounting holes. If the headboard is full size, you need to trim the legs to fit. Measure and trim as necessary. Drill all the way through the headboard leg.

Step 3

Connect the headboard to the platform bed frame. Slide the headboard holes through the carriage bolts, placing it against the bed frame. Slide a lock washer through the carriage bolt and screw on a hex nut. Tighten with a wrench. Repeat the process for the remaining connection.

Things You Will Need

  • Pencil
  • Measuring tape
  • Drill
  • Carriage bolts
  • Hex nuts
  • Lock washers
  • Wrench
  • Saw (optional)

Tips

  • Before beginning, check your bed frame for predrilled mounting holes.
  • You can purchase a platform-specific headboard, but don't decide automatically against using a full-size headboard. A few minor adjustments are all you need to make it fit.

Warning

  • Secure the hex nut as tightly as you can to prevent it from loosening over time.

About the Author

Based in Green Bay, Wisc., Jackie Lohrey has been writing professionally since 2009. In addition to writing web content and training manuals for small business clients and nonprofit organizations, including ERA Realtors and the Bay Area Humane Society, Lohrey also works as a finance data analyst for a global business outsourcing company.