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Old 09-10-2016, 08:11 PM   #1
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Extreme bed failure

How many adults can sleep on a bed made of 1/4 inch plywood? My wife and I are not small muscular people. If we were we would probably be hiking into a national forest not resting my big butt on leather furniture in a 34 foot 5th wheel.

My wife and I felt like we were rolling into each other. Then one night the head of the bed ripped out of the wall and the foot of the box pushed out. What a mess.

The platform was constructed of two 1/4 inch pieces of plywood that was held together by some staples and a 1/3 up the middle.

I ended up putting a piece of 1/2 inch plywood against the wall with another 1/2 inch board that I then attached the hinges to instead of just the 1/2 inch board with a bunch of 2 inch screws. I used "L" brackets on the inside of the box at the bottom of the bed. I then added a four foot by six foot piece of plywood centered on the platform.
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Old 09-11-2016, 08:20 AM   #2
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If your hinges are less than 12" from the wall, cut the 1/2" ply 12" wide and secure the 12" part to the frame against the wall and have the hinged piece screwed to that so when you lift the bed the matress will have somewhere to lay instead of jambing itself into the wall thus ripping the frame apart.
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Old 09-13-2016, 09:11 PM   #3
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mine did the same thing. Screwed a 2x4 to wall into studs and refastened hinge
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Performed a "major" overhaul of our bed - supports on sides and under the sheets of plywood - no problems since.
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The same happened to us the bed ripped of the wall
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The same happened to us the bed ripped of the wall
Our separated from the wall too. I added the vertical supports at the end to provide a better anchor. The studs in the walls are made of aluminum and the screws can easily pull out of the aluminum.

Also, anytime we lift the bed top we pull the mattress about 6-8 inches from wall to prevent the mattress from adding horizontal stress when the top is lifted. (tip we learned on the forum).
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Like I said earlier, if the mattress is 8" thick then there should be at least8" of plywood solidly attached to the wall then the hinge attached to that so the mattress has somewhere to sit when the frame is lifted. Of course the bed frame is never built correctly ...
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Old 02-26-2017, 01:16 PM   #8
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Total Rebuild

Mine separated from the wall too; but also was dragging on the carpet. The two rollers under the bed were attached to a 1X4 which had sagged allowing the side frame to drag the carpet. Also the side boards being made from MDF developed a curvature from the weight of the bed also contributing to the drag. All components of the bed frame were poorly engineered and constructed. Other than the sideboards, all other wood was low quality scrap that would not meet Home Depot standards. I decided to build a complete bed frame. It now sits 1" above the carpet, is stronger, and weighs less than the original frame.In addition, it now has 4 rollers under the main frame for support and ease of movement.
I believe my previous Schwintek track failure was caused by the bed dragging. The dealer that replaced the tracks did not spot the bed drag. I discovered the problem after spotting the 3 lower outside screws holding the slide in place had popped the heads off and the metal strip would push away from the side of the trailer when retracting. Attached are some pictures of my new bed frame. Hope it solves the problem.
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Nice job Micky,

I may have to rebuild mine too. Were those 4 rollers on the old or existing bed? or did you replace those.
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Old 02-26-2017, 06:30 PM   #10
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Looks like a very nice build.
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