Asked on May 18, 2012

How can I modify a bit a bed that is from the end of the 1800s to use it in a small bedroom? Not using the footboard.

GladysDiane K.Woodbridge Environmental


The bed is very old,solid wood,the head and footboards have the cups for candles. I was thinking in covering the center of the headboard with some upholster having the wood around as frame. I am considering shortening the legs so is not to tall and not using the footboard.the room is small. Any ideas will be appreciated...thank you.
6 answers
  • 3po3
    on May 19, 2012

    Sounds like you have it figured out. I'm not sure what your question is, but a photo might help trigger some ideas.

  • Project Style, LLC
    on May 19, 2012

    Can you post a picture?

  • KMS Woodworks
    on May 19, 2012

    if this bed has a traditional head, foot, rail configuration . You will need some type of Joining support for the rails at the foot. If the foot board is not used. This could be done with some basic lumber. The actuall amount of room that the "footboard" takes up however is typically not that least in its added length to the bed. Visually it may have more presence if it extend up above the mattress.

  • If the current bed is in really good shape or even close to it. I would attempt to refinish it and use it as is. However if it is really something that does not fit your decor or in poor shape then simply remove the foot board and construct a new frame to fit the old ones place to hold up that end of the bed. If the legs are removable, you may want to remove them and install shorter ones. It would be a shame to destroy an old piece of furniture it if could be salvaged to its original shape.

  • Diane K.
    on Jun 11, 2015

    Remove the headboard and attach it to the wall. Remove the footboard and side rails and store them in case you ever want to sell the bed. Purchase a bed frame on wheels. Done.

  • Gladys
    on Jan 30, 2016

    Sounds like a good antique with some value. If you don't like it as it is, sell it.

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