Monthly Archives: November 2008

Mod-Adapt Headboard Plates

If you’ve ever wanted to attach a full size bed frame to a queen size headboard or vice versa, or if you’ve ever come across a headboard that won’t line up with your bed frame because it is oversized, you can try using mod-adapt headboard plates to attach your bed frame. The mod-adapt plate kit is very versatile bed frame hardware kit that can be used with your existing metal bed frame. See our instructional video below to see how to install the plates on to your bed frame.

Bolt-On Bed Rails

You can buy replacement bed rails for your headboard and footboard. Some people choose to buy replacement bed rails if their old bed rails are squeaky or seem unstable. Sometimes replacing your bed rails is the best option. You can buy metal bed rails in all sizes. You can choose from bed rails that hook-on or bed rails that bolt-on. Below is a picture of a typical bolt-on bed rail set.

Bolt-On Bed Rail
Bolt-On Bed Rail

Hook-on Bed Rails

You can purchase replacement bed rails in many sizes. There are two main types of bed rails: Hook-On and Bolt-On. Below is a picture of a Hook-On style bed rail.

Hook-On Bed Rail
Hook-On Bed Rail

A typical hook-style bed rail. Please note the measurements are not exact
and may vary slightly by manufacturer, but these work for most beds in
which the rails attach by hooking in to the head and/or footboard.

What’s so great about the Deluxe Instamatic Bed Frame?

The Deluxe Instamatic bed frame from Leggett and Platt/Fashion Bed Group is one of the the best bed frames on the market today. What makes this bed frame so great?

The Instamatic Bed Frame has “Wedge Lock” construction

instamatic bed frame
Wedge Lock Construction

When you put this bed frame together, you lock each side together using the wedge design. As you use your bed frame and apply more weight to it, the bed frame actually gets stronger, because the wedges lock more firmly together.

The Instamatic frame is easty to assemble

The wedge-lock construction makes this a simple bed frame to put together. Snap the wedges together at the four corners and you’re done. For queen, king and California king sizes, add the center supports.

It is available in many sizes

Available in twin, full, queen, king, and California king. Also available with sturdy risers that that allow that you to raise the bed up to 10″ tall. We also carry this bed frame in extended length for those who want complete support for their beds. We offer extended length twin XL, extended length queen, extended length king, and extended length California king Instamatic bed frames. The Instamatic extended length series offers 75″ side rails, versus the standard 70″ or 71″ side rails that are available on most bed frames. Optionally, add the G10 risers for extra inches of underbed storage.

Bed Frame Parts, Hardware, and Accessories

Have you ever had a broken bed frame foot or lost a bed frame wheel? Finding these parts can be difficult. You can shop all over town, or you can visit an online store offering bed frame parts.

You can also find bed frame headboard brackets and hook on headboard brackets online. One neat product is called a Bed Hook Adapter Kit:

Bed Hook Headboard Adapters
You can use a bed hook adapter kit to attach a hook-on type headboard to your bolt-on type bed frame.

Full-to-Queen Converter Rails: How-to video

This is an instructional video we made to show customers how full-to-queen converter rails work. If you’ve ever wanted to use queen size bedding on a full size bed, full to queen converter bed rails help you do this. Converter bed rails work with most full beds in which the side rails hook on or bolt on.

Different Types of Cotton Sheets

What are the different types of Cotton Sheets?

Owing to climate and geography, certain regions of the world
produce better or more desirable cotton for sheet fabric.
Following is a brief description of some of the different types of
cotton used for making cotton sheets:

  1. Pima cotton is a variety of cotton developed in the southwest US. Pima is an extra-long-staple cotton that was developed from Egyptian cotton. Pima cotton, rivaling the quality of Egyptian Cotton, is often used to make high quality cotton sheets.
  2. The Nile Valley produces nearly the same breed of cotton as the US. Generally
    regarded as the finest cotton fiber, this cotton is called Egyptian Cotton. Egyptian cotton fibers are long, soft, thick, and are used to weave very high quality fabrics. Our Dreamfit Degree 4 Sheets are made from fine Egyptian Cotton. Dreamfit Degree 4 cotton sheets have a buttery soft feel that is super luxurious.
  3. “Sateen” cotton fabric is made from any variety of cotton, and the term “sateen” refers to the type of weave used in making the fabric. With sateen fabric, the weaver stitches four threads over, one thread under, placing the most threads on the surface. This creates an extremely soft cotton fabric with a satin-like finish. We offer Dreamfit Degree 3 Sateen Sheets in a beautiful array of colors. Sateen fabrics
    Sateen Cotton Sheets
    Degree 3 by Dreamfit – Sateen Cotton Sheets

    often feel a bit crisper at first, but these high quality sheets get softer with each washing.

Bed Sheets: Thread Count

The thread count of a fabric is determined by the number of threads along one inch. The thread count of the fabric determines its density and generally gives you a good idea of its quality and softness to the touch. Usually, the higher the thread count, the better the fabric. However, there are other factors such as the fabric’s content that also impact the softness of the fabric. Some bed sheets are made of a blend of cotton and polyester that may make the fabric courser and less soft than a 100% cotton sheet. Also, even in 100% cotton sheets, it is important to look at the type of cotton the sheets are made of. Some 100% cotton sheets are made from less desirable species of cotton than others. More on this in another post. . .

Caution High Thread Count Alert:

Shopping for bed sheets can be tricky, because sometimes cut-rate linen manufacturers exaggerate the thread counts of their products. One way to do this is to twist gossamer thin threads around a central thread to overstate it. Be wary if you find an inexpensive set of sheets that claim to be 1000 thread count. If sheets truly are made of good quality 1000 thread count fabric, the price will not be cheap.

Take a look at my post about a sample set of 600 thread count sheets I tried out.

How to raise your bed

Want to learn how to raise your bed?

One of the most common questions we hear is, “How can I raise my bed?” Folks have lots of reasons to raise their beds. Some people want to raise their beds to create storage for sweaters, shoes, books, and gift wrap. Other people like the luxurious style of having a taller bed.

What systems are available to raise your bed?

Lots of systems are available to raise your bed, but many of those systems are not very sturdy. Some are even downright unsafe, especially if used in a child’s room. The cheap type of bed frame leg riser that looks like a plastic flower pot turned upside down is not a wise choice. I’ve heard from many customers how wobbly these are. I do not recommend this type of bed riser for anyone!

Our picks

The best system we’ve ever seen in the industry is a deluxe model bed frame with risers. The bed frame itself is outstanding. The riser system locks in to the bed frame leg and raises the bed 10 inches. You won’t find a sturdier bed frame with risers anywhere.

Another very tall bed frame that we carry is the Pragma Bed Frame. This bed frame is really more of a platform bed frame that is 14 inches off the floor. There is no need to use a box spring with this bed frame, but you can if you want to. The Pragma Bed Frame is sturdy, but strong. We love how tall this frame is! You’ll love it, too.

Bed frame sizes

Bed frames are designed to fit standard bedding.

In the USA, standard bedding sizes are:
Twin: 39″ X 75″
Twin XL: 39″ X 80″
Full: 53″ X 75″
Full XL: 53″ X 80″
Queen: 60″ X 80″
King: 76″ X 80″
California King: 72″ X 84″

The actual size of your bedding may vary depending on the manufacturer of your mattress set. It is important that you MEASURE YOUR BOX SPRING to make sure you order the correct size bed frame. Many bed frames are designed to fit one size only. (Some bed frames fit twin, full, queen, and king, but not all.)

MEASURING YOUR BOX SPRING IS especially critical when you are ordering KING or CALIFORNIA KING size. There IS a difference, and the two sizes are often confused, even by people who sell furniture and bedding. If a salesperson tells you that he is selling you a KING size bed frame or mattress set, DO NOT take his word for it. We cannot stress enough how important it is to MEASURE YOUR BOX SPRING! If you have a KING size box spring, it will be approximately 76″ wide by 80″ long. If you have a CALIFORNIA KING, your box spring will be approximately 72″ wide by 84″ long.

 

I recommend measuring your box spring, rather than the mattress, because the box spring will actually be the part that fits into the bed frame.