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Sandbox or Basic Style Frame Assembly

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Instructions for 4 Board or 5 Board and Sandbox or Basic Style Frame

Be sure to inventory all parts and tools before you begin

Lay out your frame and hardware. Note that the footboard and backboard each have a rabbet joint or grooves at the bottom . The grooves should face in towards each other. Make sure all frame boards have finished surfaces facing down on the floor.  The grooves will be used to hold the frame in place over the decking later. 

image of rabbeted boards




laying it out
 

Frames that come with a headboard should attach the headboard to back frame board using the hardware and screws supplied.  Remember: The groove in the frame board must face inward once the headboard is secured.

yeadboard
 

Assemble The Frame using the brackets and screws provided, assemble the frame. The headboard should be located in the up position.

yeadboard
 

Position the assembled frame where it will ultimately rest in the room. Go on to building the pedestal.

headboard


 


After the frame you assemble the Pedestal. The Pedestal is basically a box that sits on the floor, a deck boards are placed on top of that and the frame on top of the decking. The mattress sits on top of the decking inside the frame. The pedestal provides the needed height for easy entry and exit.

Layout the pieces of your standard pedestal inside the frame as pictured. The finished sides when assembled will face outside. These are often painted black.

positioning  

Slide the plastic corner brackets into each corner of the pedestal base. Slide the corner bracket in at an angle to start, for easier assembly.

Firm pressure is usually required to slide the corner brackets on. Do not use a hammer.

brackets  

 

   

Assemble the two sets of the center support system by inserting the slotted pieces into each other. Position the two sets of center supports in the center of the bed head to foot and side to side.

Alternately you may receive a single long support with two shorter supports. Position it down the middle of the pedestal base.

brackets  

The pedestal should be accuratly centered inside the frame. Use a tape measure to ensure accuracy.

center it  

While not disturbing the pedestal, tilt one side of the frame up and let it rest on its side. This is so you can place the decking boards on top of the pedestal.

Step not required for many four post models.

set it aside  


The Decking


 

With a California King Size frame, position the three boards on the pedestal. Be sure the pedestal is equally recessed on all four sides so that the weight of the waterbed may be evenly distributed.



king size deck  

The cut corner(s) should be at the head of the bed so that the waterbed heater wires may pass out and under the frame and be plugged into an outlet. Do NOT install the heater at this time. If your corners are not cut, trim off a triangular piece of the corner about 3" from the corner nearest the electrical wall outlet using a small handsaw or jigsaw.

cutout  


The California Queen size typically has three boards of two sizes. Position the three boards on the pedestal with the narrower board in the middle. Be sure the pedestal is equally recessed on all four sides so that the weight of the waterbed may be evenly distributed.

The cut corners should be at the head of the bed so that the waterbed heater wires may pass under the frame and be plugged into an outlet. Do NOT install the heater at this point.

queen size deck  

The Super Single size typically has two boards. Position the boards on the pedestal with the narrower board in the middle. Be sure the pedestal is equally recessed on all four sides so that the weight of the waterbed may be evenly distributed.

The cut corners should be at the head of the bed so that the waterbed heater wires may pass under the frame and be plugged into an outlet. Do NOT install the heater at this point.

supersingle deck  



Install Frame


   

Lower the frame onto the deck. Make sure the grooves overlap the deck boards. Recheck that the frame is centered on the decking.

Check to be sure the decking is still centered on the pedestal.

install frame  

The grooves at the bottom of the headboard frame overhang the decking. The frame sides are outside the decking.

overhang  

Attach the "L" brackets to the frame and decking. This secures the frame to the decking.

Spread these out appropriately. If there are three brackets, put one in the center and the others between the center and the frame boards at the head and foot. If two brackets per side, put each about 1/3 down and up from the head and foot.

overhang  

If you have not already attached the headboard, this will be the last chance. Once the mattress is installed and filled, the bed will not be able to be moved. Make any last chance adjustments now.


install frame