Full Bed Rails for Crib Bed

Replacement Full Bed Rails for Crib Bed

Convertible cribs are very popular these days. These beds start out as cribs for your infant. Then morph easily into a daybed or toddler bed for your growing toddler. Then by simply adding full rails, convertible cribs transform into full size beds. What’s the problem with that? Almost no one buys the full bed rails for crib bed when they buy their crib. Turning the crib into a full size bed is an event far in the distant future, and the rails will take up space in an already cluttered closet. . . .

How to get full bed rails for crib bed

First, try contacting crib manufacturer

If you did not purchase the full size bed rails at the same time you purchased the crib, contact the crib manufacturer to see if the rails are still available to purchase. Sometimes, the convertible crib is still in production, and you can buy the matching rails. Unfortunately, it is the case that the manufacturer no longer makes the crib, and you can go with option 2.

We stock full bed rails to convert your crib

Check the way the convertible crib, or the new headboard and footboard, attaches to the rails. Though we don’t have specific full rails for crib beds, we may have bed rails that will work with your child’s bed. We offer two types of full size bed rails that may convert your crib!

Bolt-on Rails

The phrase “bolt-on” refers to the manner in which the bed rails or bed frame attaches to your headboard or your headboard and footboard. Bolt-on bed rails and frames attach using long bolts or screws through metal plates.

bolt on full bed rails for crib bed
These are bolt-on bed rails. You can use bolts or screws to attach these to your convertible crib.
Hook-on Rails

The phrase “hook-on” refers to the manner in which the rails attach to your headboard and footboard. Hook-on bed rails have “hooks” on the end of the rails that slide into the headboard and footboard and usually slip down to lock in place.

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Sometimes convertible cribs will use hook-on rails like the ones above. We sell full size wood or metal hook-on bed rails.

Whether you choose wood bed rails for your child’s bed, metal bed rails for your child’s bed, or a full bed rail frame for your child’s bed,  The Sleep Shop has what you need to convert your crib to a full size bed.


Interesting Bed Frame Questions

Interesting Bed Frame Questions

We’ve received some interesting bed frame questions (and bed frame part questions!) through the years (and we’ve answered them). Here are a few questions and answers:

Q. I was searching the web and I wanted to purchase twin bed frame but I needed to know if the frame came with the middle metal piece that will support the mattress together. Also the Frame and Headboard I have are wood. Would I be able to use the metal rails with this?

A. Thanks for contacting us! Our twin bed rails often work with wood headboards and footboards. Here is a link to the twin bed rails page. Your head and footboard likely need hook on bed rails. We offer a printable hook template that you can print out to make sure that our rails will work with your bed. Here is a link to that:

The twin size metal bed rails do not come with a center support, although we offer them. Here is a link to center supports for twin size bed rails.


Q. I have a metal twin bed frame that I want to attach a wood headboard to.  It does not use hooks.  The bed is too high due to the increased height of the mattress and box spring so the headboard sits too low and I want to raise the headboard.  Do you have a product such as the Modi plates that would raise the headboard?

A. The mod plates do not raise the headboard. To use the mod plates you attach them to the current headboard brackets and they make up the extra gap. Unfortunately we do not have anything that will raise the headboard itself.

Q. Do you sell 3/4 to full hook-on converter rails?

A. I am very sorry to inform you that we do not have converter rails to fit that size. (These are not manufactured, as far as we know.) It is possible to convert a 3/4 bed so you can use full size bedding on it, but it requires several different parts. You’ll need a full size bed frame for headboard and footboard. Then you’ll need two sets of mod-adapt headboard plates to bridge the distance between the two sizes. Then to convert to hook-on, you’ll need two sets of bed hook adapters.

Q. I was interested in buying the Eventide bed frame by Knickerbocker. I thought it came in different colors.

A. The emBrace bed frame by Knickerbocker comes in several different colors, but the Eventide only comes in brown.

Q. Hoping you can help me. I am trying to attach 2 headboards to twin beds (purchased used). They need hooks, which I have to bolt to frame.
Problem is the headboard is too wide for the bed frame by an inch plus. Even with the hooks on the headboard facing inward to make it the narrowest possible, it is that much too wide. Headboard measures 39 1/2” between hook slat openings and the bed frame is just under 38 1/2” at farthest width. Will the mod plate adaptor fix that?

A. It sounds like you can put the Mod Plate on the headboard bracket, attach your bed hooks to that, and hook it in the headboard.

Q. Can I purchase a modified headboard plates that will take a queen mattress frame and hook it to a king size wood headboard? Please let me know.

A. Yes, you can use the Queen to King Mod Plates and the Bed Hook Adapter to attach the frame to your headboard. Hope this helps!

Jamison Hotel Mattress Topper – Found at Marriott Hotels

Sometimes an overnight stay at a nice hotel prompts a customer to start looking for a new mattress. They’ll tell me that they slept so well at the hotel they realized their mattress at home needed to be replaced. Many customers even say they pull back the sheets and mattress protector to see what brand of mattress they were sleeping on!

Hoteliers have come a long way in creating restful spaces for their guests to sleep and rejuvenate for the next day. Only part of their “magic sleeping potion” is the mattress. Many hotels use relatively inexpensive mattresses for their guest beds, realizing the beds will need frequent replacement. Hotel staff know the key to making a cozy bed is layering. At many Marriott Hotels, you’ll find a thick mattress topper on the bed like the one below that adds a wonderful layer of cushion to any mattress.

Jamison Hotel Topper
Jamison Hotel Mattress Topper

You will also find high quality bed sheets on the bed. This makes a world of difference if you are used to sheets that are not as high quality. We highly recommend DreamFit Degree 4 Egyptian Cotton sheets by HomeTex if you are looking for a good quality set of sheets. Always silky smooth to the touch, Egyptian Cotton is the finest cotton you can buy.

Another great trick used by the hotel pros to help you sleep better is the use of room darkening curtains and blinds. Blocking all the light coming in to your bedroom is very beneficial for creating a restful place to get great sleep.

If your mattress does need to be replaced, by all means, come visit us at The Sleep Shop in Hudson, NC.

Choose a center support for your bed.

Choose a center support based on bed’s type of side rail

Choosing a center support is easy on our website. Take a look at your current side rails. What are side rails? Side rails are the wood or metal pieces that run from the headboard to the footboard. No headboard or footboard? Side rails are the rails that support the length or long side of the bed.  Are the side rails made of wood or metal?

Wood Side Rails and center supports:

If the side rails are made of wood, choose from center supports designed for use with wood side rails. Make sure to choose a center support that matches the correct size of your bed, because many supports like the BedBeam are only designed for one specific size.

Wood bed rails - we offer center supports for wood bed rails.
Wood rails look something like this. They usually have a wooden lip or cleat on the side for supporting the box spring.
Metal Side Rails and center supports:
A length of angle iron, many of our modern center supports are made of this.
This is a length of angle iron. Many modern bed rails and bed frames are made of this.

Side rails made of angle iron metal (at left), require different bed supports. These  center supports make installation easy on metal bed rails. They just wedge right onto the metal side rail requiring no drilling and very little skill!





Center Supports for Platform Beds:

Because platform beds often come with little support, we also have a center support, specifically designed to work with slat beds and platform beds, the Lazarbeam, by Knickerbocker.  Available in full, queen, king, and California king sizes, use the Lazarbeam with slats for excellent support on platform beds.


Old-Fashioned Center Supports:
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Old-fashioned metal bed rails – often painted to look like wood.

On beds made in the late 20th century, furniture manufacturers used a special type of metal bed rail. Metal, but painted to look like wood (see image above), these rails require a particular type of center support.  Because none of our supports with this type of bed rail, shop for the proper supports from Garrett Supports.  Those old wood-look metal bed rails become creaky over time. Consider replacing them with more modern wood bed rails and compatible center supports.  Metal side rails  replace metal wood-look rails, as well. These come with center supports, so it’s usually a less expensive option!


What is the Best Mattress?

What is the best mattress?

What is the best mattress stack

I’ve been in the family mattress business since 1999. I bet I’ve been asked “What’s the best mattress?” every day since I started working here! The truth is that I can’t tell you what the best mattress is for you, but I can share with you some of the research I’ve done. I can also share with you some great tips about buying and trying out mattresses!

Hopefully, you get seven to eight hours each night in bed, getting the restorative sleep your body and mind need. Your sleep surface has a lot to do with ensuring that your night is restful. Ahem. If your sleep surface has gotten old/worn out or is not appropriate for your body type or size, you’ll start to wake up with aches and pains. In fact, when you start to wake up with aches and pains,  it’s time to replace your mattress. That is,  if you didn’t spend the past few days working in your yard, building a deck, or trying P90X for the first time. Don’t listen to the mattress industry that tells you to replace your mattress every eight years! If you are still comfortable, and you do not wake up achy, your mattress is FINE!

Common aches and pains you might experience if you have an old, worn out mattress: shoulder pain, neck pain, and stiffness. By far the most common complaint is lower back pain. This is the complaint that drives folks in to see their chiropractor, asking him or her, “What’s the best mattress?”

Scientific studies done in the last 15 years have focused on what effect changing the sleep surface had for people suffering from low back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, and stiffness.  All the studies have a very limited sample size, but the studies basically reach very similar conclusions.

Effect of prescribed sleep surfaces on back pain and sleep quality in patients diagnosed with low back and shoulder pain

In this study of 27 adults with low back and shoulder pain, a mattress was designed specifically for each patient based on his or her dominant sleeping position, back, side, or stomach. The mattresses were “medium-firm mattresses specifically layered with foam and latex based on the participants’ reported prominent sleeping position”. Each patient answered questions about their pain and sleep comfort each night for 21 nights before they received their new mattress. After receiving their mattress, each participant rated his or her pain and sleep quality at intervals of four, eight, and twelve weeks. And guess what? “It was concluded that sleep surfaces are related to sleep discomfort and that is indeed possible to reduce pain and discomfort and to increase sleep quality in those with chronic back pain by replacing mattresses based on sleeping position.”

Better Backs by Better Beds?

This 2008 study was to test the notion that a firm mattress is always best for chronic low back pain. You’ve heard this your whole life, right? Get a firm mattress if you have a “bad back.” The study started with 160 participants, and each participant was randomized in to one of three groups. Each group was to receive 1 of 3 different types beds. The beds were: water (I know, right? But the study was done in Denmark, and waterbeds are really nice when it’s cold outside), body-conforming memory foam mattress, and a hard mattress. 19 people dropped out before they even got their waterbed heaters plugged up. Another 27 people stopped before the one-month trial period. In conclusion, it appears that the waterbed and the memory foam mattresses were superior to the hard mattresses in providing folks with chronic back pain some relief. However, the differences were small. I think the point here is don’t choose anything too firm, and this funny little study from 1981 should quietly disappear. It advocates a very firm bed for chronic low back sufferers, but if that doesn’t work, go ahead and get a waterbed! Bedding has come a long way since 1981, needless to say.

Changes in back pain, sleep quality, and perceived stress after introduction of new bedding systems

This neat little study published in 2009 set out to determine if replacing a mattress set, older than 5 years old could help a patient experiencing minor back pain, poor sleep, and stress. Each of the 59 participants were asked a series of questions to assess his or her sleep quality, pain, and stress levels for 28 days before receiving a new medium-firm mattress. After receiving their new mattress, each participant filled out questionnaires about his or her pain, sleep quality, and perceived stress level.  The conclusion of this study was that “new bedding systems increased sleep quality and reduced back discomfort, factors that may be related to abatement of stress-related symptoms.” All good news for a mattress purveyor.

The Goldilocks Effect

I highlighted “medium-firm mattress” above because Goldilocks was right, Baby Bear’s mattress was the best mattress. It wasn’t too firm, and it wasn’t too soft, it was just right. In my experience, customers are happiest when they choose a mattress more in the middle, too. But don’t listen to me! You have to try a mattress out to make sure that what is the best mattress for you. Weight, height, and body mass index are all factors that influence how a mattress will feel to you. When you decide that it’s time to shop for a new mattress, here are some of my handy mattress shopping tips to help you make the most of your shopping trip. If you live close to our store in Hudson, NC, please stop by. We’d love to help you find the best mattress for you.


Two Sided vs. One Sided Mattresses

I remember watching my grandparents flip their full size mattress over periodically. Then my grandmother would carefully vacuum their mattress while the curtains in their bedroom swayed in the breeze. “It’s good to let the fresh air in when you can,” she’d holler over the sound of the vacuum. Most mattresses today are not meant to be flipped over. I’m not sure what my grandparents would think about this, but I know many of my customers are disappointed when they realize none of the major bedding manufacturers make two sided mattresses anymore. The one sided mattress has been the standard since the early 2000’s.

“It’s like you’re getting only half a mattress,” an unhappy customer said of the trend.

Why No More Two Sided Mattresses?

New Flammability Standards

Why did bedding manufacturers like Simmons, Sealy, and Serta start making all their mattresses one sided? It really all came down to a change in the federal flammability standard issued by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) that took effect in July, 2007. This flammability standard was specifically aimed at mattresses and foundations, but also crib mattresses and futons. Prior to this regulation, a mattress was a massive source of fuel in a house fire, due to its large size and the fact that most of the foams inside are made of petroleum. Within three to ten minutes, the whole mattress is engulfed in flames, creating massive heat and smoke, hampering rescue efforts and endangering the lives of the home’s occupants and firefighters.

With the new flammability standard, mattress companies were required to use flame retardants, and those worked incredibly well. Rather than burst into flames, a mattress smolders, allowing occupants to get out of harm’s way. (Of course, there are folks who argue about the safety of the flame retardants, but that’s a discussion for some other time!)

Mattress Manufacturing Changes

Starting in July, 2007, mattress manufacturers must send each new mattress in their lineup to a testing lab for compliance with this regulation. At the lab, each mattress set gets placed mattress on top of foundation. It must pass a flammability test before the set is sold in the US. All this testing was and is costly for bedding manufacturers, and they did not believe consumers would willingly pay for flame retardants in their bedding, an advantage that customers can’t see and can’t feel. Additionally, if bedding had two sides, both sides had to have flame retardant material in it, and both sides had to be tested. This required two sets of bedding for testing.

And so it was in the early 2000’s, that one sided mattress took over the mattress industry. This helped keep the costs of the required flame retardants from affecting consumers, even if consumers didn’t know it.

Are Two Sided Mattresses Better?

No, not really. We sell some two sided mattresses by Jamison Bedding. If you want to be able to flip your mattress, you can. If you have a two sided mattress, you must flip it to keep it in good shape. Plenty of owners of two sided beds never flipped them anyway, and that’s why one sided mattresses made sense to begin with, notwithstanding the flammability issue.

The design for the one sided mattress was studied and well-thought out, at least by the larger manufacturers like Serta. They used (and still use) a sturdy base foam at the bottom, topped with coils, and then pre-compressed foams on top. We always recommend rotating your mattress from head to foot frequently, at least with the seasons.

Those who really believe they need a two sided mattress have a one sided pillow top. Pillow tops are the worst to show body impressions. In fact, mattress manufacturers have not been able to make a pillow top that won’t get body impressions. Even if those pillow tops magically grew a second side,  body impressions develop after a night or two on that second side.



How to Add Full Headboard to Queen Frame

Add Full Headboard to Queen Frame

To add full headboard to queen frame: First, determine whether you have a hook-on headboard or a bolt-on headboard.


Below, you’ll see a picture of a typical hook-on bed rail and headboard. (And by the way, you could use these products to add a queen headboard to a full bed frame as well!)

Add full headboard to queen frame. A detailed view of a hook-on bed rail and hook-on headboard.
A detailed view of a hook-on bed rail and hook-on headboard.


The other common type of attachment is bolt-on. Bolt-on bed rails and frames attach using long bolts or screws through metal plates. You can learn more about both types of connections on our bed frame vocabulary page.

Add full headboard to queen frame. Mod Adapt Plates
Mod Adapt Plates on Bed Frame


If you have a great full size headboard and want to attach it to a queen size bed frame, we have some great headboard hardware to help you do this.

If your headboard is bolt-on, you only need Mod-Adapt Headboard Plates. This nifty bed frame hardware makes it easy to bridge the distance between your full size headboard and your queen size bed frame headboard brackets. Our website shows a video of how easy it is to install mod plates.

Add full headboard to queen frame - Bed Hook Adapter
Bed Hook Adapter # 711 attached to Bed Frame

Queen bed frames nearly always come with bolt-on headboard attachments. This makes it easy to attach today’s decorative metal and wood headboards, but it makes it very hard (well, nearly impossible!) to attach a hook-on headboard. If your headboard is a hook-on style, you will need the Mod-Adapt Plate to bridge the distance between the full to queen width, and you’ll also need a set of Bed Hook Adapters. Bed Hook Adapters are a wonderful little piece of bed frame hardware that turn a standard bolt-on bed frame into a hook-on bed frame! The video below shows the two headboard adapters being used together.

Difference between a box spring and a foundation

Box Spring

Coil Box SpringBox springs like the one at left are rare today. Bedding manufacturers opt for less expensive wood foundation or steel foundations, though some suppliers still offer the old fashioned coil box springs as an option. It is not a requirement for today’s bedding, however, to have a coiled box spring, because today’s bedding offers so much more plushness than bedding of old. The old coil box springs provided additional “give” to old fashioned mattresses, offered in firm, firmer, or firmest.

What We Offer – Steel Foundations & Wood

In our store, we offer most mattress sets with a steel foundation. We call them box springs or foundations; using both words interchangeably. Our less expensive mattress sets come with wood foundations. The support is often just fine. The problem is in the construction. Wood foundations are made with wood slats to create a stable base for your mattress. The wood slats are covered with cardboard, and the cardboard is covered with fabric so it looks just like a box spring or steel foundation. Over time, the cardboard tends to squeak, and the wood weakens. There is nothing more annoying than rolling over in the bed awakening to the sound of a squeaky foundation.Steel Foundation

That’s why, when we have the choice, we always provide our customers with steel foundations, like the one at right. Steel foundations have a wood base, with a heavy gauge steel grid designed to support your mattress properly. Steel foundations are generally stronger and less likely to crack and squeak than wood foundations.

When given the choice, choose a steel foundation. Really inexpensive bedding often only comes with a wood foundation. If the set is for a guest room or a child, that may be okay. For a good, quiet night’s rest, the steel foundation is the way to go.

Mattress Sizes

Mattress Sizes
The most common mattress sizes are twin, full, queen, king, and California king sizes. Sometimes twin size is called a half bed. Full size is often referred to as double or standard size. Listed below are the most common bedding sizes (and some uncommon ones!). These sizes are approximate – each manufacturer has its own specs and sizes may vary slightly.

Twin Bed Dimensions:  38″ W X 75″ L

Other than a crib mattress, the twin size mattress is the smallest mattress available. A twin size bed is a good size bed for one child or one small adult.

Twin Extra Long (XL) Bed Dimensions: 38″ W X 80″ L

Twin XL Size mattresses are often used in college dorms, because they are a good size for one adult. They are longer than regular twin size mattresses to allow for the extra height of adults. Twin XL mattresses are also often used on adjustable beds.

3/4 Bed Dimensions: 48″ W X 75″ L

3/4 Beds (Three-quarter beds) are not manufactured today, but they were once a common bed size. You can find 3/4 beds in antique shops around the country. While larger bedding manufacturers do not make this mattress size, many small and independent bedding suppliers custom make this size. We do not not recommended 3/4 beds for couples, because of the small size. We recommend this size only for one adult or one child.

Full Bed Dimensions: 53″ W X 75″ L

Full size beds, also known as double or standard size are a good choice for children. While for many years, full size was the choice for many happy couples, it is hard to see how a couple got a truly good night’s rest on a full size bed. On a full size bed, each person only has 27 inches of space – that’s less than a crib! We recommend queen or king size for couples.

Full Extra Long Bed Dimensions: 53″ W X 80″ L

Full XL size is a usually a special order mattress, but it is a good size if you have less width in your bedroom. The 53″ width makes full extra long an unappealing bed size for couples, the extra length makes this a good choice for taller children who may have a smaller bedroom.

Queen Size Bed Dimensions: 60″ W X 80″ L

Queen size is the most popular size for couples. It has about 5 or 6 extra inches of width, compared with the full size mattress, and 5 more inches in length. Couples who like to snuggle find this size more appealing than the king size. Queen size is also a good size for guest rooms.

King Bed Dimensions: 76″ W X 80″ L

Over the years, king size has become a very popular option. Each person has his or her own sleeping space. There is generally less partner disturbance and both get a better night’s sleep. If you have pets or children who often climb in the bed with you, you’ll love the extra space of a king size bed. Sometimes, this size is called Eastern king.

California King Bed Dimensions: 72″ W X 84″ L

California king size is a good choice for taller people, because it is the longest of the standard bed sizes available. There is ample room in a California king size bed for two adults, and a pet or two. Maybe even a child! The most confused bed sizes are king and California king sizes. Customers often believe California king is much larger than king size, and they often believe their bed is larger than it really is! California king is narrower and longer, but not really bigger than Eastern king. When someone orders a California king size bed frame or bed support from our website, and they are not in California, we always call them to confirm the size. If a local customer in North Carolina wants a California king mattress, we ask them to measure twice because it is quite rare to have a California king size!

Bed Frame Feet

Bed Frame Feet

Bed frame feet cracked or broken? Don’t spend $60-$120 on a new frame just because your current bed frame feet are cracked, broken, or missing. Bed frame glides or feet often get cracked or broken as your bed frame is moved across the carpet or even if you move to a new home. Bed frame feet can be replaced!

The basic info:

  • Made of high density polyurethane, they fit snugly onto your bed frame leg to replace damaged or broken feet.
  • Our bed frame feet will not damage your carpets or hardwood floors.
  • Fit most standard bed frames in which the bed frame leg diameter is approximately 11/16 of an inch.
  • Polyglide feet are approximately 3 inches tall.
  • Your bed frame leg will go approximately 3/4 inch into the polyglide bed frame foot.
  • Bottom of foot is 2.5″ in diameter.
  • Please measure your bed frame legs to make sure these bed frame feet will fit your bed. For use on hardwood flooring and carpeting or rugs. Won’t scratch your floors.
    Note: These feet do not add any additional height to your bed frame. If you would like to add height, our deluxe bed risers are the product for you.

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