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Buyer's Guide: Bed Frame Vocabulary

A length of iron or steel bent at a right angle, used as a structural support. Much of the angle iron in the USA comes from recycled railroad track.
Angle Iron

A bed frame fully supports your mattress and box spring. You will not need a headboard or footboard, though you can usually attach a headboard, if you want. Generally, you cannot attach a footboard to a bed frame. We sell a huge variety of metal bed frames.

Do you need a bed frame or bed rails?

The phrase "bed rails" refers to the side rails of your bed. Bed rails are either metal (steel angle-iron) or wood. Bed rails require a headboard and footboard to support your mattress and box spring. We sell angle-iron bed rails.

Do you need a bed frame or bed 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. Click here for picture.

A "bolt-on" headboard or footboard attaches to the side rails via long bolts or screws.

Clamp-style assembly means that C-Clamps are used to secure the cross arms of a bed frame together.

Clamp-style assembly allows for easy width adjustment. Assembly may require measuring to get the right width for your box spring. This type of bed frame will often accommodate odd-sized bedding. Installing C-Clamps can be tricky. See a how-to video about installing C-Clamps properly.

Hollywood is a brand name of bed frame. Hollywood Bed Frame Company started producing metal angle-iron bed frames in 1925. Much like the brand name Kleenex is synonymous with facial tissue, many people came to associate angle-iron bed frames with Hollywood Bed Frame Company, simply referring to a metal bed frame as a Hollywood Bed Frame or Hollywood Frame. If someone told you to buy a "Hollywood" bed frame to work with your headboard, you could order one of our metal bed frames.

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. Click for close-up of a standard bed hook.

A detailed view of a hook-on bed rail and hook-on headboard.

A "hook-on" headboard or footboard has slots or holes in which to insert "hook-on" bed rails. See definition for "hook-on bed rails" above.

Key lock or key slot assembly means that there are a series of pre-positioned holes drilled into the cross arms of a bed frame that allow for easy assembly with no measuring. See a bed frame cross arm with key lock assembly.

Bed frame with key lock or key slot assembly.

Because a bed frame with a key lock assembly has standard pre-drilled holes, it will only accommodate standard size bedding. This type of bed frame will not accommodate odd-sized bedding.

A low profile bed frame is a bed frame that is lower than normal metal bed frames. The height of a standard metal bed frame is 7 - 7.5 inches. Low profile bed frames are usually 4 or 5 inches tall. Learn more about lowering your bed

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