How to use bed risers to raise the head of a bed

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How to use bed risers to raise the head of a bed
Bed risers lift the bed frame up off of the floor. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Bed risers create more space under a bed by lifting the frame or legs off the floor. People with certain health problems also benefit from having the top or head of a bed higher than the foot. A bed raised in this way may relieve heartburn, sleeping conditions and acid reflux. A pair of people can raise the head of a bed with the installation of standard 3-inch to 4-inch bed risers.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • 2 or 4 bed risers

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  1. 1

    Remove the bedding, mattress and box spring from the bed frame.

  2. 2

    Lift up on one end of the head of the bed. Have another person lift the other end of the head of the bed.

  3. 3

    Set one of the bed risers under the leg support at the head of the bed. Align the bottom of the leg support in the centre of the riser. Stack a second riser on top of the first to raise the bed even higher. When using a steel post-like bed riser, remove the caster or glide and insert the riser into the end of the bed-frame leg. Insert the caster or glide into the bottom of the steel riser.

  4. 4

    Repeat Step 3 for the other end of the head of the bed.

Tips and warnings

  • Choose bed risers that support the weight and style of the bed.
  • When using a caster bed riser, remove the old caster and follow product directions to install the high-rise caster.
  • Use only risers that are manufactured as stackables to raise the bed higher than one level of riser.
  • Be sure a wooden bed frame can support the pressure of extra height or it may break.

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