Good Questions: How To Attach an Antique Headboard?

Good Questions: How To Attach an Antique Headboard?

Maxwell Ryan
Feb 20, 2007

Hello AT,

I recently purchased an antique iron head and footboard for my bed. trouble is, i don't know how to attach it. as you can see, the place available for some sort of frame to be attached is too high, and the wheels are tiny enough that neither head nor footboard can balance without support. i currently have my headboard against a wall, giving the illusion that it's attached. that only goes so far. i'm hoping an AT reader might have a suggestion.

Thank you, TY in Brooklyn

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Dear TY,

This is a tough one, because your headboard is in no way designed for the modern bedframe that you have (the slot on the antique is for an antique crossbar to fit into it). They simply won't attach together, so we would recommend stabilizing the antique off of the wall.

We would take the wheels off of the antique lay it flat against the wall and secure it in four places with metal strapping and screws that go into the wall. You want to pin it to the wall down on either leg and also as high up as you can without the strapping showing above your pillows.

Anyone else??

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