How to Build a Bed

A history of the bed dates back 2,000 years. Chinese households had canopied beds during the Ming dynasty. Some areas were encased by netting or gauze. Later, the bed was built along the back wall of a small back room, and a small antechamber was closed with sliding doors. Matted mattresses were often covered in a mat made of grass, straw, or cotton.


If your bed has side rails, you can install safety rails. These pieces of wood, usually attached to the side rails, prevent people from falling out of the bed. These can be removed when they are no longer needed. However, if you are worried that you’ll find a hidden bedbug, you can add a safety rail. It may not be ideal, but it is an extra precaution that can reduce the risk of spreading the bugs.

A pin-and-hook fastener is an alternative to horizontal pins. A pin is inserted into the bed post’s mortise and hooked onto the rail. These can be recessed or surface-mounted. The holes must be closed to ensure that the bedbugs don’t escape from the post. You may also want to use a keyhole fastener, or “keyhole connector.” This type of fastener has two holes instead of one, so be sure to consider this when choosing a new bed.

In a hospital, a bed in a medical facility is used for convalescence. It is adjustable and often comes with wheels. A hospital bed is longer than a gurney. The term “bed” is used to refer to both bed frames and gurneys. There are also infant beds, which are smaller versions of the hospital bed. A baby crib, also known as an infant bed, is a small bed that is meant to be used at home.

In addition to the bed frame, a safety rail can be installed on the side of the bed. These rails prevent bedbugs from falling out of the bed. A safety rail is normally made of wood that attaches to the side rails of the mattress. It is removable and can be moved easily. Alternatively, a safety rail is not necessary. In either case, it is important to consider the location of the rail. The side of a rail will have a vertical mortise.

In a hospital, bedposts may be replaced with a plate-and-hook fastener. This type of fastener uses a vertical mortise to prevent accidental falls from the bed. The pins are inserted horizontally in the post and intersect with the mortise. Hooks are installed on the ends of a rail. They hook over the pins and are attached to the rail with a plate. This allows a patient to remove a safety rail as needed.