How to raise a bed

Updated February 21, 2017

Raising a bed can add valuable storage space under the mattress. It is also a popular option because many people enjoy the feel of a higher bed. You can purchase bed risers, sometimes called bed lifters, from most home improvement stores. Some bed risers can be adjusted so you can raise or lower your bed, as needed. There are also stackable bed risers that allow you to select the bed height by using multiple risers together. Raising the bed can decrease the bed's stability, so test the adjustment to avoid accidents.

Tighten the nuts and bolts on the bed frame with a wrench to ensure that the bed is stable.

Adjust the bed risers to the desired height, or combine stackable risers. If you have fixed-height bed risers, no adjustment is necessary; bed risers are commonly sold in 2-, 4- and 6-inch sizes.

Lift one leg of the bed frame at a time, place a riser (or stack of risers) under it and then lower the leg onto the riser, making sure that the leg fits inside the hole or groove; repeat with each leg. Most bed risers have holes cut in the top to prevent the legs from slipping off the risers.

Push down on the bed in each corner to test the stability of the raised bed. When you fell comfortable, test it further by sitting on the bed.

Conceal the risers and any storage underneath the bed with a valance. If a regular valance isn't long enough, try using one for a larger bed or sewing your own from an extra sheet that matches the bedroom decor.


Keep a stool nearby to help you climb into the raised bed. Try making your own risers from sturdy breeze blocks. If your bed doesn't have legs, this is an easy alternative to raising the bed.


If your bed has wheels, make sure to use bed risers with holes to fit the wheels so they don't roll off the platform.

Things You'll Need

  • Wrench
  • Set of bed risers
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