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Stop your headboard from banging against the wall

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Many of us have headboards attached or floating behind our beds. The construction of the bed, attachment method of the headboard, and the trim molding thickness can all contribute to a headboard that "bangs" against the wall during all kinds of "activities". This is not only annoying for anyone who might also be in same building but can be distracting to those in the bed as well as damaging to the wall itself.

The problem with my bed and headboard was twofold. The bed and headboard were both freestanding pieces. Also, the lower trim molding on the wall meant that the headboard could never be flush with the wall.

I believe I have come up with solutions to both of these problems. Let me show you how I did that.
 
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Step 1: Materials / Tools needed

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Here are a few things you will need to complete this project

Tools
  • Electric Drill
  • Assorted drill bits depending our your hardware
  • Hammer
  • Two wrenches or pair of pliers
  • Clamps

Materials
  • 4x 3/8" bolts
  • 8x 3/8" washers
  • 4x 3/8" nuts
  • 4x Felt threaded feet
Incase you're wondering I have the following Ikea bed

OPPDAL Bed - Article Number: 198.894.56
http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/S29889578/#/S19889456


OPPDAL Headboard - Article Number: 302.041.66
http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/30204166/

Step 2: Attach the headboard to the bed

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The first thing I wanted to do was to attach the bed to the headboard so that they were one solid unit. Because of the design of my Ikea bed and headboard they had plenty of surface area to attach to each other.

I used 4 3/8" bolts evenly spaced along the head board to hold the pieces together.

Clamp the headboard to the bed frame so it does not move. Drill holes the exact size as your bolts. Use large washers on either side of the bolt to prevent the bolt from damaging the wood and better dispersing the bolts holding power.

You may need an assistant for this step as it was difficult to be on both sides of my headboard at the same time. 

Step 3: Add adjustable wall supports

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With the bottom of the headboard now securely fastened to the bed this should eliminate much of the sliding and moving the headboard may do.

The next problem to solve is the top of the headboard tilting into the wall.

After looking in-depth at this problem I saw that it was basically impossible to put a bed against the wall and not have it bang. The culprit is the very common trim molding thats attached to the lower part of the wall.

Even a solidly constructed bed, when pushed against a wall with molding, will only touch the molding with the bottom portion of the bed leaving the rest of the bed and headboard hovering just centimeters away from the wall.

This creates a pivot point so even the slightest longitudinal movement on the bed can move the headboard enough to make it contact the wall.

To solve this problem I decided to add an upper support to the headboard that would contact the wall in a non damaging way. By adding two points of contact, one on the top of the headboard, and one on the bottom, I can negate the pivoting action of the headboard.

The solution was to use threaded feet with felt bottoms on the top-rear of the headboard. These are common on furniture that may be wobbly. By placing them on the rear top of the headboard I am extending the depth to reach the wall. They come in packs of 4 and are very inexpensive. 

Mine came with four threaded plastic inserts. Brass inserts are also available at hardware stores if you are looking for something more heavy duty. 

The installation is fairly simple. Find the highest point on the back side of your headboard. Make sure to leave space so the top of the felt pad will still be hidden. Drill a hole the required size for the plastic insert. Use a hammer to drive the insert flush with the headboard. 

Then simply thread in a felt covered foot into each insert. Push the bed against the wall and adjust the feet until they firmly touch the wall. 

Step 4: Test the results

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Now for the fun part. After all of the drilling, screwing, and hammering you just did to fix your bed find a friend to help you take it for a test drive. The bed should stay firmly planted against the wall with little movement and no more banging, the wall that is. 

If you have hardwood floors you may find that your bed now slides away from the wall completely. If this is the case add non slip rubber pads between the bed and the floor should keep everything in place.

After a year of use both my bed and wall seem to be in perfect shape. 
chrisgward1 year ago
ooooor you could move the bed 5cm away from the wall ;)
Trust me, does NOT work for long. ask your parents
pcmofo (author)  chrisgward1 year ago
If you think of the bed as an "L" shape where the bed and headboard look like ;------| then its easy to see that any horizontal force applied to the bed will rock the headboard at its pivot point, wether it is attached to the bed or not. Even so, a small 1/2"-1" of movement or play in the bed translates to a 2-4" movement at the top of the headboard. It also can create a ratcheting movement causing the bed to move in a particular direction until it does hit the wall. The best solution in general is to immobilize both the bed against the floor and the headboard against the wall.
JayGeeBSE1 year ago
Just stick on some thick chunks of polyethylene foam, recycled from packaging.
Code1281 year ago
I solved the same problem by placing small pieces of mdf on the floor between the baseboard and the 2 legs under the headboard. The mdf was a rectangle with a square notch cut into the end to receive the legs of the bed. As long as the mdf is longer than the distance between the leg and the wall + a little buffer for the headboards ability to bend you should be good.

The benefit is that you don't need to attach anything to the bed and any potential wear on the wall is on the baseboard by the floor.
Was hoping comments would be funnier.
Was hoping comments would be funnier.
mervdad1 year ago
Clearly thought out, executed and explained. Very good, we will try this for my Son's bed. Since getting a new one a few years ago, and being 6'4" he has a hard time just sitting on it. Thanks!
linda11 year ago
I think you have solved a very common problem. Thanks.
BimboKay1 year ago
I found a very large sponge in the paint department of a hardware store. I "sawed" it in half and glued it to the back of my headboard--one on each side near the top. It worked well for 15 years...until I sold the headboard and matching furniture.
Rodney77991 year ago
I always have folded up a bath towel and put it behind the headboard, got one there now, doesn't make any noise.
11Brenda1 year ago
Thanks, no more chipped wall paint!
Haha thankyou very very much! I will have to do this to my bed ASAP ;) and just hope it doesn't go through the damn wall haha :p which it may.... - still, thanks :)
neo716651 year ago
you gonna end up with some holes in the drywall where those floor sliders contact while you're "jumping" on the bed unless they are just right over the studs. As a handyman its not the first time I've seen this type of fix. The problem is the sliders don't have enough surface area and push through. I'd suggest a board the correct thickness that runs the width of the headboard.
pcmofo (author)  neo716651 year ago
Thanks for your comment. A board could work as well but molding tends to vary in thickness hence why I went with adjustable feet. Like I said, no problems after a year of use.
NTT1 year ago
Thank you so much. It just so happens that my headboard bangs against the wall every night ;-)
Very handy thanks :)!!!
That is a really handy fix!