How to Raise Bed Legs Six Inches

Updated February 21, 2017

The first question that you ask is, "Why would I want to raise my bed?" Although some people may find sleeping more comfortable this way, health is the primary reason. Recent medical studies by the Mayo Clinic have shown that if you raise the mattress at the head of your bed by 6 inches, it may help to relieve certain conditions, such as acid reflux and heartburn. If you have one of these conditions, knowing how to raise your bed to this recommended height could benefit you.

Obtain a bed that has an adjustable frame, available at most department stores like Ikea or Sears.

Set the head of your bed at an angle of approximately 10 degrees; this should raise the head of the bed by 6 inches.

Raise or lower the head of your bed depending on your comfort level.

Lift the headboard of your bed. Perform this task with a friend; you may find that it is much easier this way.

Position two 6-inch risers under both of the headboard's legs (one riser per leg).

Lower the headboard onto the risers once they are in place. Make sure the legs are firmly gripped by the riser's cups.

Purchase a foam wedge according to your physical needs. There are wedges that are designed to support neck and/or back problems, so you should have several options.

Lay the foam wedge underneath the part of the mattress that is resting against the head of your bed.

Adjust the placement of the foam wedge until your bed has been raised 6 inches.


If your bed has wheels on the bottom of the legs, it may be wise to remove them. Raising the head of the bed could cause unwanted movement from your bed.


Some people like to make their own risers by using 2-by-4-inch beams to raise the bed. While this may be a much less expensive approach, 2-by-4-inch beams are not designed specifically for this task, and using them could result in an accident.

Things You'll Need

  • Two 6-inch risers
  • Foam wedge
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About the Author

Skip Davis has been writing professionally since 2005. His work has appeared in "Southern Literary Magazine," on various websites and in graphic panels at the Jackson Zoological Park in Jackson, Miss. Currently living in Southern California, Davis received his Bachelor of Arts in theater at Belhaven College.