I don’t have a lot of experience in woodwork but the idea was to simply use some kind of metal plates (image below) to screw the tops of beds together (the tops of beds are flat). I thought about three or four plates.
Another option would be to screw the back panels of the bed together. The drawers open only from one side. (Might be better as the metal plates on top might tear the mattress?)
What kind of screws (if they are even the right thing to use) are adequate for this kind of joint?
Has anyone done anything similar or has an idea if this would work or how to do it better?
Advice is needed and much appreciated!
Thanks a lot,
You’re on the right track.
I’ll definitely go with option 2 of bolting it from back of one bed to the other to make a king size MANDAL bed. It will be a neater finish compared to the brackets which will also work.
Blue dots — screwed in from bed on the left to right.
Yellow dots – screwed in from bed on the right to left.
You’ll get a stronger hold when the screws come in from both sides. Use as many screws as you think necessary for a firm hold.
Then, use a drill to make pilot holes. Drill from Bed 1 through to the Bed 2 but not breaking the surface of Bed 2. (As a guide, use a masking tape to mark the depth to drill on the bit.) Repeat on the other side.
Use a screwdriver to secure the screws into the pilot holes you’ve just made.
It should be pretty straightforward as all the sides are flat.
Good luck on the hack and look forward to seeing it all done.
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