IKEA Bed Slats: How To Prevent Them From Falling Off

IKEA Bed Slats: Keep Them In Place
IKEA Bed Slats: Keep Them In Place

How To Keep IKEA Bed Slats From Falling Off

One of the things IKEA beds are known for is falling slats. When a slat falls, it allows the mattress to sink, which leads to discomfort. Keeping the slats in place can be difficult, but there are answers. Which to choose will depend on skill levels and available products.

The first answer has to do with a small part. There is a small, white pin that is supposed to go on the top and bottom of each slat. Those can fall out, and if that happens, the slat will fall out. It is a good idea to check the pins on a regular basis.

That said, there are other things that can be done. One person used Velcro. A thin strip was added along the ledge where the slats rest. He has stated that he has moved the bed quite a few times and has had no problems. In fact, it is far easier to move then it would be without it.

Velcro can come as self-stick or it may require some sort of glue. The reviewer used poster glue, although other types may also be useful. Superglue comes to mind, as it is one of the strongest glues available on the market.

Another suggestion was to add screws. The reviewer that suggested this only mentioned the wooden bed models, but metal screws would work on models made out of metal. Where to put them is dependent on the size of the bed.

For twin beds, it’s fairly easy. Just put a screw in every other slat. For larger beds, especially those with a middle rest for the slats, more screws will be needed. Don’t forget to do both sides of the slats, left and right. The larger beds may need a screw for every slat.

It is important to use the right type of screw for the frame type. There are a lot of different types of them and different tools to install them. Wood beds need a screw that is tapered at the top where a metal screw is flat at the top. Also, make sure to have the right screwdriver; a flat screwdriver is really only best for flat screws. A Phillip’s head screwdriver is needed for that type of screw.

Another solution, suggested by someone who deals with mattresses and box springs every day, was to forget the IKEA slats and go to the nearest lumber store. A sheet of plywood cut to the dimensions of the bed will resolve the problem. The thicker the plywood, the better it is.

The last solution involves a bit of weaving. Take some webbing or other strong ribbon and weave it over and under the slats. The reviewer did that in four places for a twin-sized bunk bed, and it worked. In fact, it is still working five years later.

For those who still have questions, YouTube has videos about fixing this problem.


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