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Securing Beds with Cast Iron Bed Rail Fasteners

Bed Rail Fasteners are produced from cast iron which is molded into shape with traditional methods. Before starting: Test fit male and female connection pieces together. If necessary small adjustments can be made with minor filing. 

Available in two sizes: 4-7/8" Bed Rail Fasteners and 5-3/8" Bed Rail Fasteners

Male Hook Plates

Bed Rail Fastener Parts

  • Male connector is screwed directly (surface mounted) to the inside of the bed rails..
  • Surface mount male connector to inside of bed rails, centering it vertically.
  • Flange should be even with end of bed rail.
  • Male connector has a cast flange. A saw cut groove should be cut to accept the flange.
  • Screw size should be the largest diameter which will fit the holes.
  • Length of screw should be almost the thickness of the bed rails.
  • By fitting and screwing these rail fasteners directly against the bed rail the male plate is stabilized and movement is minimized.

  • Female Connection Plates

    Installed Cast Iron Bed Rail Fasteners

  • Mortise into bed posts.
  • Mortises should be slightly inside of the center line as the end of the male hook plate is not directly centered on the end of the bed rail.
  • After the male connectors are installed on the bed rails attach the female connectors to them to determine placement for female connectors on bed posts.
  • The rail is often placed slightly to the inside of center on the bed posts.
  • Common height for modern beds is approximately 8" from floor to bottom of box spring. Height is often higher for older beds.
  • Trace outline of female connector to mark position. Be sure it is straight.
  • Mortise-out traced area to approximately 1/2" depth.
  • Screw into position.
  • Once installed Female connector should be flush with bed post.


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