Using full to queen converter rails, you may be able to convert your full antique bed to queen. Converter rails are designed to hook on or bolt on to your existing full size headboard and footboard. These rails are the length of queen size bedding and have specially designed L-brackets for the extra width of queen size bedding. Most of our customers LOVE converter rails, because the rails allow the use of their beloved antique full size beds with more comfortable queen size mattress. However, following are four antique beds that won’t convert with full to queen converter rails.
Tall and Heavy Beds
First, if your antique bed is particularly tall or heavy, full to queen converter rails won’t be substantial enough to support your bed. Though full to queen converter rails work well on many beds, some beds work best with their original bed rails. This is owing to the overall bed design. For example, see the bed pictured below. Full to queen converter rails could not support the weight of a massive bed like this one. The original bed rails appear nearly 12 inches wide.
Sleigh beds are beautiful with their graceful curved headboard and footboard. Often sleigh beds come with specially-designed and shortened bed rails to fit into the curves of the sleigh. When a customer adds the extra length of full to queen converter rails – 82″ – 83″, often they end up with an extra 6 – 8 inches at one end of the bed rails!
Wood Beds with “Puzzle Piece” Rails
The “puzzle piece” or key lock attachment is common among antique beds, but neither hook-on nor bolt-on converter rails (the only types mass produced) work with this type of bed. (I promise!) It may be possible to drill holes and use the bolt-on converter rails to convert your antique full size bed to a queen. However, if your bed is truly an antique, drilling holes in it will destroy its value. Below, you’ll see two examples of wood beds that cannot be converted using converter rails.
Iron Beds with Cone Type Rails
Antique iron beds are fashionable and fit in many decorating schemes. Many of these beautiful beds, unfortunately, are full size, and their owners want to sleep on queen size bedding. No wonder; for couples, full size bedding offers less space in width than a crib mattress! One type of bed that converter rails won’t convert are iron beds with cone type attachment parts. See the picture below.
If you still want to convert this type of bed, consult a local machine shop or welder. Often they can custom weld a solution for your bed.