Asked on Jan 13, 2016

Antique standard bed frame-convert to fit a queen size mattress?

Judi B
by Judi B
I have a beautiful antique made of stippled oak. It has a tall ornate headboard with a matching footboard. Of course, it's a standard size. Does anyone know if/how to convert this bed frame to accommodate a queen size mattress?
  7 answers
  • Jean Myles Jean Myles on Jan 13, 2016
    I have a question for you. Will you be using the footboard? if not you could cut it in half and attach a piece to each side. Pieces on each side you could add a cupboard or a shelf finished to match as a night table.
  • Hope Williams Hope Williams on Jan 14, 2016
    Hi JudiB. You absolutely can stretch the size. HOWEVER, you can not do it with the headboard or footboard. Just the mattress supports. If by standard you mean it's a full size, you can accommodate a queen. I too have a tiger oak, full sized head and footboard set. It has really odd railings that I can't stretch either. Just change them out. So I choose to put a queen bed on a frame. Then I mounted the headboard go the wall so as to not alter it. The footboard, I made a mount to "attach" it to the bed. There is no weight bearing on the footboard at all if that makes sense. To accomplish the headboard fitting the larger mattress, I framed it up with a large rope molding on a beveled, flat moulding. It matches up really well. You can not even tell the footboard is not altered. I hope this helps you. Let us know what and how you figure your bed out. As it will help others out too!
  • Barbara Barbara on Jan 14, 2016
    I agree with Hope, by removing the mattress/box spring supports and using the headboard and footboard independantly, you can place the queen mattress/box springs on a standard metal frame and then secure the headboard to the frame or to the wall behind the bed. I thought her idea for the footboard was inspired! Inexpensive metal platform frames are available everywhere, but I purchased one for my daughters room on and found many suitable ones on as well. The one for queen beds is around $90.00 at Walmart.
  • Mikkigirl Mikkigirl on Jan 14, 2016
    My BIL and SIL converted their full size bed frame to queen size.
  • Mary Swanson Mary Swanson on Jan 14, 2016
    A friend had an antique bed and found some little metal pieces to attach to the frame to make it wide enough to fit a queen mattress
  • Judy Vorachek Judy Vorachek on Jan 14, 2016
    I have 2 antique beds I converted to queens. Extension set are available through Slumberland. They allow you to use both head & foot boards. Affordable at around $70. Easy fix.
  • Dot D Collett Dot D Collett on Jan 14, 2016
    I purchased queen length side rails ( same metal construction as the full ones ) from a used furniture store. The queen box springs would not fit between because of the width of the full headboard but would sit on top of the side rails. The bed sit higher. To prevent sideways slipping, I used small metal brackets on the underside of the box springs.