Straight forward setup, instructions poor/contain mistake, sturdy/stable for lightweight mattress and occupants. Amazon Affiliate Product Link: http://azon.ly/ST1M
The box the bed frame came in was a little beat up but all the small parts were bagged, taped, and damage free. First, you should verify that you have all the parts. You’ll get an instruction sheet, 28 long lag bolts, 8 small lag bolts, 36 nuts, an allen wrench, a small wrench, 14 plastic center brackets, 28 end brackets, 4 corner plates, 4 plastic corner connectors, 7 metal feet, 28 wooden slats, an I-beam, two long beams, and two short beams. The instructions are pretty brief and only show a diagram of the assembly without any text. There’s also a mistake in it that I’ll point out as we go through the assembly. Because of these hurdles, it took me a little longer to do the assembly because I had to unbolt/correct a few times.
One part that was pretty tough was getting the plastic corner connectors to go in all the way. You’ll need a rubber mallet to hammer them ina nd it’s a bit frustrating when they pop out. It helps to push two perpendicular sides together, then stand on the bars and hammer directly on the corner bracket to get it to slide into both bars. When using the bolts to attach the I-beam and feet, ensure the bolts are tight but do not over tighten as the metal starts to pinch in if you do so. The mistake in the instructional diagram is in steps 2/3 where it tells use to use the long bolts (part A) to assemble the feet to the bracket, when you should really use the shorter bolts (part B). You also don’t get any extra or spare hardware so don’t lose any pieces! I found that when attaching the feet, it helps to turn the frame upside down and attach the feet facing up, then flip the frame right side up to do the final tightening.
I had to wipe down the frame after assembly because it was pretty dirty and dusty out of the box. Putting together the slats and popping them in was fairly easy though. Just make sure to assemble each set of “ribs” first, then press it in rather than fitting all the plastic pieces then trying to force the wood into the slots. The slats should bow slightly upwards so it looks like a flying bird. After assembly, the frame stands 13 inches high giving you plenty of storage space underneath. My memory foam queen mattress is pretty flush with the frame. It doesn’t stick out or sit too far in, less than 1/2” on any side.
The frame is well balanced and doesn’t creak or squeak. It held up quite well to my jumping up and down on it. I did feel a smidge of wobble in one corner, though I’m guessing the weight of the mattress will cause this slight unevenness to settle over time. The frame is pretty stable, though it rocks a bit if you apply side-to-side motion. The plastic capped feet help prevent damage to my hardwood floors but with felt sliders on the feet it’s pretty easy to move around and lightweight. Overall, sleeping on the frame is fine and it is overall level and stable. For reference, my mattress weighs about 200 lbs and I weigh 120 lbs. I like that I don’t need to use a box frame and the frame isn’t super high, though I would have preferred if it came with a head and foot board.
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