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How to Attach a Headboard to an Adjustable Bed Frame

How to Attach a Headboard to an Adjustable Bed Frame

Mattress Accessories
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  • When attaching a headboard to an adjustable bed frame, it is important to check for the presence of headboard brackets on the bed frame and to procure additional brackets if necessary.
  • Understanding the method of attachment, whether it is a bolt-on or hook-on design, is crucial for securing the headboard properly to the adjustable bed frame.
  • Adequate preparation of the workspace, careful measurement of mounting holes, and proper alignment of the headboard are essential steps to ensure a successful and secure attachment process, ultimately enhancing the overall look and functionality of the adjustable bed frame.

If you’ve just purchased an adjustable bed, you may be considering adding a new headboard to your foundation. A headboard supports your bed and also protects your wall against abrasion. Some individuals even use headboards to add a personal touch to their bedrooms.

Sometimes putting together bedroom furniture can seem like a laborious process, especially if you don’t know how. In this article, we’ll teach you how to attach a headboard to an adjustable bed frame.

1. Look for a Headboard Bracket on the Adjustable Frame

It’s not uncommon for adjustable bed bases to exclude headboard brackets within their designs. So, you’ll want to check if brackets are on your headboard or if they’re included in a kit or tool pack. If your base does not have sturdy steel headboard brackets, you will need to buy them separately.

Typically, your instruction manual will outline the type of brackets that are compatible with your base. When you purchase a headboard bracket kit, it will include all the appropriate bracket channels, nuts, bolts, and washers to attach your headboard.

2. Check to See How The Headboard Is Attached

Now that you have your bracket kit, you’ll want to check the headboard mount to see which type of fixture it has to connect the headboard to the bed frame. There are two types of bracket designs— “bolt-on” and “hook-on” designs.

Headboards with bolt-on brackets have drilled holes, while hook-on designs have slits where the hooks are attached. Most brackets require you to maneuver bolts through holes on the headboard to connect it to the adjustable base. We suggest checking the hole’s diameter to determine what size bolt you need for your bed.

3. Prepare Your Workspace

Before you assemble your headboard to the adjustable base, you should provide yourself with ample space around your bed. This may require you to rearrange bedroom items or to flip your base, to create extra space in your room.

Keeping your bedroom clean will allow you to have easy access to your headboard and the required tools you need to secure it. Also, you may want to consider working with a partner to help you align the brackets and lift your headboard.


4. Attach the Brackets to The Adjustable Frame

Once you have cleared your workspace, the next step is attaching the brackets to the frame. Some of the directions for attaching the headboard brackets to your bed vary between adjustable bed manufacturers, so you should follow the instructions provided. However, most instructions manuals usually follow these steps:

  1. Fasten the headboard bracket channels to the bed frame, then attach the headboard flanges to the bracket channels.
  2. Slide the brackets 1.5-2 inches away from the edge of the bed to allow for clearance. This step will prevent your headboard from rubbing against your walls if your base moves.
  3. Lastly, tighten up the bolts with a wrench to keep the bracket channels and flanges in place.

5. Measure the Mounting Holes

After you put the brackets to your frame, measure the distance between the mounting holes. Next, measure the distance between the holes of the headboard mounting slots on the headboard bracket flanges.

These measurements ensure that your headboard is aligned correctly. If the measurements don’t align, you’ll need to slide the headboard bracket flanges until the holes match up before re-tightening the bolts.

6. Secure the Headboard Attachment

The last step is to secure your headboard. Line up the headboard’s holes with the brackets, then stick the bolts through the holes.

Once the headboard is secured, lower the upper portion of the adjustable frame into a flat position. Ensure there are at least 1.5 – 2-inches of space left between the base and your headboard. This will keep your headboard from rubbing against your mattress.


Do adjustable beds ruin mattresses?

If you’re using a mattress compatible with an adjustable base, it will not ruin or damage your mattress. Typically memory foam and latex mattresses are better for adjustable beds because they are flexible.

Older innerspring mattresses are not compatible with adjustable bases since these beds are less flexible, and their coils may break as you reposition your bed’s angle.

Can you store things under an adjustable bed?

Most adjustable bases provide enough space for you to store items under your bed. Since you can lift adjustable beds, you won’t have to crouch and crawl under your bed to access your belongings. Additionally, some adjustable bases have under-bed lighting, and you can find items under your bed a bit easier.

Do you need a headboard with an adjustable bed?

Whether or not you need a headboard is dependent upon your personal preference. Some individuals use headboards to help keep their pillows on their beds or to give their bedrooms a luxurious look.

However, others may not choose to use headboards since this item can be pretty bulky and take up a lot of space. Also, some sleepers prefer the sleek design of their beds without decorative pieces of furniture like headboards.

Is purchasing a headboard expensive?

Purchasing additional bedroom items like headboard attachments can be pretty pricey, with some high-quality options costing up to $1000. Some budget-friendly options range from $100 to $250, but you’ll want to purchase durable items.

Sometimes more affordable are built with cheaper materials and can become worn down or damaged easily. It’s a great idea to read customer reviews before purchasing a headboard to learn more about the product.

Can I use a footboard with an adjustable bed base?

Like headboards, footboards can be easily added to an adjustable bed base. You can purchase high-quality decorative footboards specifically designed for adjustable beds. However, if you purchase a footboard that is not compatible with your bed, you’ll also want to buy a bracket set that matches your base.


Attaching a headboard to your platform bed can be a great way to decorate your room. Nearly all standard modern headboards can be used with an adjustable bed, but you may need to purchase additional brackets channels if they are included with your purchase.

Headboards can be pretty bulky and take up a lot of space. If you’re looking to save space, it may be a good idea to stick to sleek designs to save space in your bedroom. You can also choose to forgo using a headboard altogether since they are not a requirement for your mattress foundation. Ultimately, the choice is yours to make since both options will not interfere with your quality of sleep.

Dorothy Chambers is our in-house sleep expert and a firm believer in the benefits of a daytime nap. With a background in psychology, Dorothy is fully aware of the impact sleep has on our brain, mood, and overall well-being. In an effort to help readers lead happier, more productive, and healthier lives, Dorothy spends her time researching the best sleep habits to help you fall asleep, stay asleep, and wake up feeling rested.

Dorothy Chambers spent years studying clinical psychology before joining us to promote a deeper understanding of sleep, along with some cursory research into biology and physiology. She’s particularly interested in the effects that different sleep positions have on the body. Later on in her career, she plans on pursuing a doctorate degree in behavioral sleep medicine.

Dorothy wakes up at 7 a.m. every day after a full night’s rest to better tackle a full day of work. After a session of morning exercise, she catches up on the latest sleep news and research before writing. She’s a fan of watching academic lectures, listening to scientific podcasts, and testing new sleep theories firsthand. Dorothy Chambers has written dozens of articles in her tenure with Sleep Junkie.

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