Ways To Attach Your Bedroom Headboard
How you orient and attach a headboard to a bed depends upon the nature of the headboard. If the headboard is required as support for the bed frame, set the headboard up vertically against a wall. Hold the sides of the bed frame up parallel to the floor near the headboard by propping the frame atop a milk crate or stack of books on each side for ease of assembly. If the frame is lightweight, a friend can hold it up for you. Place the bolts that came with the headboard through the holes in the headboard and into the holes in the top rail of the frame; these should line up without effort. Secure them with the washers and nuts that came with the headboard. If bolts did not come with the headboard, purchase thick, sturdy bolts that are long enough to go through both the headboard and bed frame with room to attach a washer and nut. Two bolts are standard for each side of the frame. Decorative headboards attach in much the same way as their structural counterparts.
These may or may not have legs, as they do not actually hold the bed frame off the ground. The bed frame legs are the true bed supports. Search for a series of holes on the headboard and line up a set of two on each side with two holes on the top bed rail where the headboard belongs. Push the bolts through the back of the headboard, then through their respective holes in the top bed frame rail on each side of the bed. Attach nuts to the bolts, first by hand-tightening, then with a wrench.