How to Repair a Trundle Bed

You can repair a trundle bed by first determining which part of the bed needs to be fixed.

Tightening Screws and Bolts

If the bed is wobbly, there are probably bolts and screws that have come loose and need to be tightened. Any original wood screws that appear to be stripped must be replaced with new wood screws. The bolts used to secure the parts of the trundle bed must be tightened with a hex key, also known as an Allen wrench.

Take all of the bedding off the bed. Remove the mattress to expose the frame.

Locate the bolts that secure the sections of the trundle bed together.

Insert the Allen wrench into one of the bolts on the frame. Tighten the bolt by turning the Allen wrench clockwise. Repeat this step for the remainder of the bolts in the bed frame.

Locate the wood screws that secure the metal brackets to the frame.

Insert the screwdriver into a screw and tighten it by turning the screwdriver clockwise. Repeat this step for the remaining screws in the frame. Screws that appear to be stripped --- with worn-down threads -- must be replaced with new screws.

Replacing the Wood Screws

Place the screwdriver on the screw. Turn the screw counterclockwise with the screwdriver until you can turn it by hand.

Remove the screw. insert a new wood screw into the hole.

Tighten the screw with the screwdriver.

Repeat Steps 1 through 3 for all screws that need to be replaced.

Set the mattress back on the bed. Replace the bedding.

Things You Will Need

  • Hex key or Allen wrench
  • Screwdriver
  • Wood screws

Tip

  • You also can use a power drill to tighten the wood screws.

Warning

  • If the bed is still wobbly after tightening all of the screws, the frame may be too worn and need to be replaced.

About the Author

Cameron Easey has over 15 years customer service experience, with eight of those years in the insurance industry. He has earned various designations from organizations like the Insurance Institute of America and LOMA. Easey earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and history from Western Michigan University.