How to Attach Ikea Slats to a Bed Frame

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Things You'll Need

  • Ikea bed frame

  • Ikea wooden slats


To keep slats from moving, place small dowels between the slats and the rails. When the slats are spaced properly, you shouldn’t have any more problems. If you do, you might consider using a piece of plywood instead of the slats.

Ikea's slatted bed bases provide additional comfort for the body by supporting the neck, back and spine. Designed to go under the mattress like a traditional box spring, these wooden slats offer a cheaper and more hygienic alternative. This modern construction is also aesthetically pleasing since it allows the mattress to sit lower to the ground. Proper assembly of your Ikea bed frame and correct placement of the slatted bed base will ensure many restful nights of sleep.


Bed Frame

Step 1

Assess the assembled bed frame to determine if your Ikea bed frame model has a metal cross brace piece. Depending on the size of the frame, Ikea bed frames will include a long, metal beam to support the sides of the bed and the slats.

Step 2

For twin and small bed frames without the middle metal beam, roll out the slats from one end of the frame to the other. Lay the wooden slats squarely on the inner ledges of the frame.

Step 3

For all bed frames with a stabilizing metal beam, hook both the first and last slat onto the small plastic piece at the end of the L-shaped rail and beam. Larger frames will require two sets of wooden slats; repeat for the other side.



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