How to put together a metal futon bunk bed

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How to put together a metal futon bunk bed
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A futon bunk bed differs from a regular bunk bed in that the mattresses need more support. Where a standard bunk bed provides rails to hold up a box spring, a futon bunk bed uses a solid or grid platform. Though each brand and model of metal futon bunk bed will have its own idiosyncrasies, the general assembly method remains the same. You can put together a metal futon bunk bed alone, but it's much easier to do with a partner.

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Things you need

  • Futon bunk bed set
  • Allen wrench
  • Pliers

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  1. 1

    Set the end frames, usually each a single piece, upright near where they will be when the bed is in its final position.

  2. 2

    Slide a bolt from your kit through each hole in the bottom half of the end frame. The heads of the bolts should point outward.

  3. 3

    Manoeuvre the mattress platform for the bottom bunk onto the bolts. Hand-turn nuts onto each bolt until firmly in place.

  4. 4

    Repeat Steps 2 and 3 with the upper half of the frame, installing the upper mattress platform.

  5. 5

    Holding the nuts in place with your pliers, tighten each bolt down using your Allen wrench until the frame no longer wobbles. Note that some models don't use hex bolts and may require different tools, such as a screwdriver or socket wrench.

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