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Material: Forged Steel
Bolt: 3/8"- 16 Thread
Head Size: 3/8" Square, 15/16" Diameter Flange, 5/8" Depth including Flange
7" Bed Bolts secure bed-rails to head and footboards. Use on wood and rope beds where tendon end of bed rail slips into mortise cut into bed post. Our bed bolts are strong, made of heavy steel. Once installed, these bed bolts draw wooden bed-posts and bed-rails tightly together, creating a strong rigid joint. The overall size is 7 inches, providing generous length to secure bed frames.
Originally bed bolts were used on rope beds in the 1700's - 1800's. Beds from this time frame had rails with short wooden pegs, These pegs were placed in a row along the top length of each rail. A rope was wound in and out around pegs. The rope created a mesh-like support for a feather "tick", the forerunner of the mattress.
Measure depth of Head- channel. must-be deep enough to contain 5/8" head including flange.
Measure channel less Head-channel: must-be long enough to accommodate bolt length less head & flange.
Historically thread-size of old/antique nuts varied. Our bolts screw into a 3/8"- 16 nut, 3/8 refers to bolt diameter, 16 refers to the number of threads per inch. If your bed has existing nuts It will be necessary to determine nut thread size. Nuts must be replaced if size is different than 3/8"- 16.