Anatomy of a Bed
Different styles share basic construction details
Synopsis: Sound construction is a critical part of any bed design, and most beds share a similar post-and-rail construction. This step-by-step guide to bed construction illustrates that by choosing the best systems for joining the rails to the posts and the posts to the headboard, it’s possible to build any size or style of bed — from twin to king, from Shaker to four-poster to Arts and Crafts.
Bed designs may vary widely, but sound construction is a critical part of any design’s success. Fortunately, there aren’t too many structural issues to deal with. First, you have to figure out the best way to support the mattress and box spring. Also, because most beds need to be transportable, they must come apart quickly and easily, and when put back together be rigid and silent. That means you must choose the best systems for joining the rails to the posts, and…