How to Use a Bed Frame With an Adjustable Bed

Can an adjustable bed fit in a bed frame? Absolutely! An adjustable bed can seamlessly nestle within a standard bed frame, allowing you to hide an adjustable bed while preserving the classic appearance of a regular frame. If you're aiming to combine modern functionality with traditional aesthetics, it's crucial to understand how this pairing functions. Let's explore the specifics to ensure a harmonious integration.

What Is an Adjustable Bed?

An adjustable bed consists of a frame that allows you to manage the position of the head and feet. The frame has joints that incline and recline the frame to control the elevation of the mattress.

If you are considering putting a bed around your adjustable frame, there are three things you need:

  • The bed frame: This would include the headboard, the baseboard, if there is one, and the sides of the frame.
  • The adjustable bed base: It sits inside the bed frame to support the mattress.
  • A mattress that works with an adjustable bed: That will likely include any modern mattress. Older ones may not work well, though.

These three pieces allow you to create a bed that has a traditional aesthetic look and the benefits of an adjustable bed.

Matching The Base and Frame

Most bed frames fall into one of two categories:

  • Panel Beds: These come with slats that support both the mattress and the box spring.
  • Platform Beds: These feature a built-in base designed specifically to hold the mattress.

Matching the right base with its corresponding frame is crucial for optimal support and comfort.

Using a Panel Frame With an Adjustable Base

With a panel bed frame, there are two ways to make it work with the adjustable base. If the adjustable base sits easily inside the existing bed frame, just remove the box spring and let the base hold the mattress. The legs of the base will fit between the slats.

If the legs of the base will not fit through the slats, you will need to remove them. Some just lift out; others may require you to use a screwdriver or socket wrench to remove them.

Using a Platform Frame With an Adjustable Base

A platform bed has closely fitted slats or a solid surface to support the mattress. Often, you can just place the base inside the frame, and it will work. That is true even if it sits close to the section that holds the mattress. The base comes with adjustable legs if you need more height for it to fit.

You will need to remove anything blocking the legs of the base from reaching the floor, though. That may mean you have to remove a solid platform in the middle of the frame, slats, or drawers.

Can You add a Headboard Without a Frame?

Whether you opt for a full bed frame or prefer a minimalist approach, attaching a headboard to your adjustable bed is entirely feasible. For those bypassing the frame, the headboard can be directly affixed to the base, though headboard brackets might be necessary.

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