If you've ever wondered how to convert a twin bed frame to a double, you're most likely interested in saving money and protecting the environment. Converting a twin-size bed to a double is a practical way to save money. Instead of purchasing a new frame, or bed, you simply adjust it to fit your new mattress. It is also an ideal way to recycle the frame. You can continue to use it and prevent it from ending up in a landfill. Best of all, converting a twin bed frame to a double does not require any special skills.
Section 1: Adjust the Bed Frame
Disassemble your twin bed frame if still installed. Examine the frame. A metal twin-size frame consists of two long metal side rails. Each side rail normally has two extendable pieces of metal (arms) attached to it, one on each end. Twin beds often adjust to a double, or full size, some even adjust to queen size.
Extend the arms on the side rails, and look for multiple pins on the arm. The pins look like small metal stubs. If you notice two pins, you can most likely adjust it to a full-size bed. The arm on the opposite side rail should have two holes.
Slide the second pin on the arm, the one further away from the side rail, into the second hole on the other arm. Pull outward to ensure that it locks into position. Repeat the procedure with the arms on the opposite end of the bed.
Measure the bed to ensure that it will fit your double-size mattress. A full-size mattress is 54 inches wide by 75 inches long.
Section 2: Modify the Bed Frame
Modify the frame. If your bed is non-adjustable and you're handy with tools, you can modify it yourself. Find two strips of metal - about the same width as the rails and approximately 25 inches long so that they overlap onto the arms. You will need to widen the frame by about 15 inches because a twin bed is normally 39 inches wide.
Extend the side rail arms on both ends of the frame. Set the rails on the floor parallel to each other. Position them 54 inches apart, the width of a full-size mattress. You will notice a gap in the center on both ends of the frame. Fill the gap with the two metal strips, one on each end. You will have an overlap of about 5 inches on each side of the strips.
Drill two holes on each metal strip through the overlapping area so that you also have a hole in the rail arms.
Attach the metal strips onto the rail arms with nuts and bolts, which you can buy at your local hardware store. Your frame should measure 54 inches wide. Lay the mattress on the frame to ensure that it fits.
Converting a twin-size frame to a full-size bed has many advantages such as saving money and recycling. All you need is a few minutes to adjust the frame or a drill and some nuts and bolts, which you can purchase at your local hardware store, to modify it. Regardless of which option works best for you, the end result is a functional full-size bed.
Tips & Warnings
**You can often convert a twin-size bed to a queen-size, but the mattress will hang about 5 inches on the foot of the bed. A queen mattress is 80 inches long, while a full-size mattress is 75 inches in length.
**If you choose to modify the frame, don't forget to tighten the bolts to prevent the frame from falling apart.
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