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Bed Extension Ideas

You don’t have to be playing in the NBA to be too tall for a standard bed. If you are over six feet tall a standard bed doesn’t provide you with the 4-6 inches of space recommended by the National Bed Federation. 

Whether you’re looking for a single or double bed frame extender or looking to get out your tools and freestyle some extra length to your bed we’ve got you covered. 

If you’ve been spending your nights with your knees tucked under your chin, keep reading as we are going to explore some of the best ways to extend your bed and get you some well-deserved rest.

In this article:

Quick fix bed extension ideas

If, like most of us, you want to extend your bed in a way that is affordable and sustainable, stay tuned! Our PillowShelf is the option for that.

What is the PillowShelf?

The PillowShelf is a unique type of bed extender. Unlike other bed extenders which add length to the bottom of the bed, the PillowShelf fits in place at the top end of the bed underneath your pillows. This means once the PillowShelf is installed you won’t even know it’s there.

What does the PillowShelf do?

The PillowShelf lengthens your existing divan bed allowing you to stretch out and sleep in comfort. It does this by allowing your body to be positioned at the top end of the mattress which is the most supportive area. This addition releases 6” (15cm) of additional space at the foot of the bed ensuring a comfortable night sleep.

The PillowShelp improves life for taller sleepers as they will no longer have to bend double to fit their legs on the bed. It also improves things for their partner, who can reclaim their own space; no longer hearing complaints or suffering through endless tossing and turning.

Why is the PillowShelf the best option for extending your bed?

The PillowShelf is the best bed extension option. It is a simple and effective way to add length to your bed without having to buy a whole new frame and bedding. PillowShelf doesn’t take up much room, it’s easy to install, and most importantly it is a permanent way to add extra length to your bed. Plus, it’s very affordable.

It works well for people who don’t have much space as every part of the product is functional. PillowShelf has no additional framing, just the parts adding length to the bed.

Bed extension ideas for the handyman

Extend with a table or bench

Sometimes the simple solution is best. One quick and easy way to extend your bed is to stand a table, bench or anything at the right height at the bottom of the frame. Pop a cushion on top and you’ll be sleeping easy in no time.

Depending on what you use this could also give you extra storage for things like bedding or clothes. It can also act as a nice place to sit and enjoy a cup of coffee in the morning.

You could use a folding table which can be packed away during the day minimising the impact, a great option if you don’t have much space.

The downside of this solution is it can feel temporary, also unless the additional surface fits perfectly, or has a lot of weight, it could move during the night leaving you with no solution at all.

Bed frame extenders

For a more permanent bed extension solution bed frame extenders are a great option. Most bed frame extenders can be attached to any bed frame extending the length by a few inches. This allows you to add a moderate amount of extra length to your bed and will save you having to shop for a whole new bedframe.

Bed frame extenders are relatively inexpensive and can be found at most home improvement or bedding stores. They are simple to fit, taking only a few minutes for even the most amateur DIY enthusiast.

Push two beds together

If you are not handy with tools but would still like to extend your bed, pushing two beds together may be the option for you. This works best if you already have some unused bed frames at home.

If you have enough space at the base of your bed, simply arrange the additional frame at the bottom and voila! You now have an extra beds width at the bottom of your existing bed. You could tie the legs together to ensure the frames don’t move apart in the night.

Simple but effective if you’re looking for a bed extension solution that’s easy to do and doesn’t cost much money (assuming you already have the additional bed frame). 

Weld additional metal onto the bed

If your existing bed frame is metal and you have experience welding, you could weld an extension on for a bespoke and permanent solution. Most hardware stores will have a stock of various gages of steel tubing allowing you to create an addition that will blend perfectly with the original frame.

If you have the correct skills, welding will enable you to add the precise amount of length you require to your bed frame. This is perfect for people who are looking for a bed extension that’s permanent and aesthetically pleasing, though it may be a little pricey. 

It’s also important to note that welding is not for everyone, you should only attempt it if you’re confident in your skills.

Put carpentry skills to good use

If you like to try your hand at woodworking, you can use your carpentry skills to extend your bed if you have a wooden bed frame and you are comfortable working with basic tools. It is easy to add some additional lumber to the bed frame to extend the length.

Similarly to the welded solution for metal beds, this option really gives you the chance to be creative depending on your skill level. You would only need a selection of common household tools and materials which we have listed below.

  • Drill
  • Wood Saw
  • Screwdriver
  • Tape Measure
  • Spirit Level
  • Wood Screws
  • Timber
  • Drawer Slides

Step 1

Detach the foot end of your bed frame. Then install drawer slides on your bed’s original sideboards.

Step 2

Cut wood planks from strong and sturdy wood to the required length depending on how far you would like to extend your bed.

The thickness of the wood needs to match the width of the drawer slides.

The bed extension will have to match the width of the existing bed, but you can extend outwards as far as you would like. If you plan to extend more than 12in you may require additional supports.

Step 3

Screw the additional wood panels onto the drawer slides. You may need to add an additional piece of bracing timber to support the joint.

Step 4

Re-attached the foot end of your bed frame to the new extended sides.

There you have it! You can now sleep soundly knowing that your bed frame can accommodate your height. 

It is worth bearing in mind that these DIY solutions require modifications to the existing frame which are permanent and would stop you from selling the frame after you are finished with it. 

This is a further advantage of a solution like PillowShelf, if you want to change bed frame in the future you can simply remove the PillowShelf and transfer it to your new bed.

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