How To Fit Ottoman Bed Hinges?

Topics CoveredKey Takeaways
Types of Ottoman Bed HingesUnderstanding the types of hinges is crucial for selecting the right one for your bed.
Tools NeededEssential and optional tools vary, but typically include screwdrivers, hammers, and Allen keys.
Preparation and SafetyAlways clear your workspace and wear appropriate safety gear.
Installing and Adjusting HingesFollow the manufacturer’s instructions for installing and make necessary adjustments for smooth operation.
Special Cases: Gas StrutsGas struts may be used for additional support and require special installation steps.
Unique ScenariosFor beds with built-in amenities like pet beds, extra care is needed during hinge installation.

Hey there, dreamers and snooze aficionados! Lewis here, your go-to sleep expert at Dream HQ. You’ve got your dreamy ottoman bed, and now it’s time to get those hinges in place so you can start storing your secrets—or, you know, spare bedding. Let’s get this sleep party started!

Step 1: Grab Your Tools and Parts

First thing’s first. You’ll need to arm yourself with all the necessary parts and tools. Here’s your checklist:

  • Lifting Mechanism
  • Spring Washers
  • Big Washers
  • Nuts
  • Optional: Nylon Nuts

Pro Tip: Always consult the manufacturer’s instructions. As we say, it’s better to be safe than have a bed that does summersaults.

Did you know? Ottoman beds were introduced to Europe from Turkey during the rule of the Ottoman Empire in the late 18th century.

Step 2: Mechanism Meets Bed Frame

Next, it’s time to get that lifting mechanism acquainted with your bed frame. Place it in the middle of the frame and secure it snugly with the nuts and washers.

Note: The specific steps may differ depending on your bed model. If you’re unsure, it might be worth checking out this external guide or even seeking professional help.

Step 3: Make Some Adjustments

Your bed frame might need a little nudge here or there to fit properly with the lifting mechanism. Don’t be shy; make those adjustments! This could involve moving the mechanism slightly or even adjusting the frame itself. Not sure how? This how-to guide could be a real life-saver.

Step 4: Test, Test, and Test Again

Ah, the moment of truth. Lift that bed frame and mattress to make sure they’re operating smoother than a lullaby.

Safety First!: Before you go wild testing, remember to read up on the safety precautions for operating ottoman beds. Don’t say I didn’t warn ya!

Step 5: Consult the Pros

If you’re a bit puzzled, or your bed has some unique features, like a floating design, don’t hesitate to consult the professionals or the manufacturer’s instructions. You can also peek at this external guide on gas lift instructions for some extra help.

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The Basics Of Ottoman Bed Hinges

Types of Ottoman Bed Hinges

Ottoman bed hinges are no ordinary hinges; they’re the secret sauce that makes your bed both a sleep haven and a storage unit. They’re typically gas-lift hinges that do the heavy lifting—literally. These hinges are usually located on either side of the bed frame and are attached to the lifting mechanism. Now, not all hinges are created equal. You’ve got a few options:

  • Single-sided Hinges: Best for lighter bed frames.
  • Double-sided Hinges: Ideal for heavier frames.

Note: If you’re unsure about the types, it’s always a good idea to consult the manufacturer’s instructions or seek professional help.

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Choosing the Right Type of Hinge for Your Ottoman Bed

Choosing a hinge isn’t just eeny, meeny, miny, moe. You’ve got to consider a few things:

  • Size of the Bed Frame: Larger frames generally need stronger, double-sided hinges.
  • Weight of the Bed Frame and Mattress: Don’t overlook this; your hinge needs to handle all this weight.
  • Storage Needs: Planning to store your holiday decorations or just some extra pillows? This could affect your choice.

Again, if you’re scratching your head, consult the manufacturer or a pro.

Tools of the Trade

Alright, snooze engineers, let’s talk tools. Depending on your bed’s make and model, you might need a variety of tools.

Essential Tools

  • Screwdrivers
  • Hammers
  • Allen keys
  • Pliers
  • Spanners
  • Mini screws

Optional Tools

Custom-made tools may be provided by some bed manufacturers. Other optional but handy tools could include:

  • Nylon nuts
  • Drills
Type of HingeChoose based on bed frame size and weight. Options include single-sided and double-sided hinges.
Choosing HingesConsider the bed frame size, weight, and storage needs. Consult the manufacturer if unsure.
Essential ToolsStandard tools include screwdrivers, hammers, Allen keys, pliers, and spanners.
Optional ToolsNylon nuts and drills could come in handy. Some manufacturers provide custom tools.

Preparing Your Workspace

Before diving into the hinge-hoisting action, let’s talk workspace. The right environment can make your ottoman bed assembly a dream—or a nightmare.

Clearing the Area

First things first, clear the area. You’re going to need room to manoeuvre:

  • Unpack the Box: Make sure you’ve got all your parts and tools laid out.
  • Ground Contact: Ensure the legs of your bed frame are firmly planted on the ground. You don’t want any wobbling when you’re in the thick of things.

Safety Gear You Might Need

We’re talking potential flying screws and sudden bed lifts here, dreamers. Safety isn’t a snooze; it’s a necessity. Depending on what the manufacturer’s manual says, you might need:

  • Gloves
  • Safety glasses

Measuring and Marking

Alright, bedtime builders, it’s time to get precise. The last thing you want is a lopsided ottoman bed.

  • Follow Manufacturer’s Instructions: These aren’t just bedtime stories; they’re essential guides for your project.
  • Measure the Distance: Typically, you’ll need to find out how far apart your hinges should be.
  • Mark the Spots: Use a pencil or marker to indicate where the hinges will go. Remember, measure twice, drill once.
Workspace PreparationKey Points
Clearing the AreaUnpack all tools and parts. Ensure bed frame legs are firmly on the ground.
Safety GearConsult manufacturer’s instructions for required safety gear like gloves or safety glasses.
Measuring and MarkingFollow the manufacturer’s instructions, measure the distance between hinges, and mark positions accurately.

Fitting the Hinges

Alright, snooze engineers, you’ve prepped your space, donned your safety gear, and made your marks. Now let’s get down to the nitty-gritty: fitting those hinges.

Attaching the Hinges to the Bed Frame

So, you’ve got your hinges and your bed frame staring at each other. Time to make the magic happen:

  • Follow the Manufacturer’s Instructions: Seriously, this isn’t the time to go rogue.
  • Secure with Hardware: Use screws or bolts to attach the hinges to the bed frame. Torque ’em down, but not too tight—you might need to adjust them later.

Attaching the Hinges to the Lid

Now, let’s talk lid action:

  • Follow the Manufacturer’s Instructions: Yes, again. No shortcuts, sleepyheads.
  • Secure with Hardware: Similar to the bed frame, use screws or bolts to attach the hinges to the lid.

Adjusting for Smooth Opening and Closing

You’re almost in the home stretch:

  • Test the Lifting Mechanism: Raise and lower that bed like you’re conducting a sleep symphony.
  • Fine-Tuning: Make adjustments as needed to ensure you’ve got a smooth lift and a gentle close.

Special Cases: Gas Struts

For those who want that extra oomph in their ottoman beds, gas struts are your best mates:

  • Follow the Manufacturer’s Instructions: You know the drill.
  • Three-Hinge Rule: Typically, you’ll use three hinges with one gas strut. Place the middle hinge halfway across the lid, aligned with the gas strut.
  • Effort Test: Disconnect the gas struts and test the lift. Adjust as needed for that smooth, almost effortless lift.
Fitting Hinges SectionKey Actions
Attaching to Bed FrameFollow manufacturer’s instructions and secure hinges with screws or bolts.
Attaching to LidFollow manufacturer’s instructions and secure hinges to lid with screws or bolts.
Adjusting for Smooth OperationTest and adjust lifting mechanism for smooth opening and closing.
Special Cases: Gas StrutsFollow manufacturer’s instructions and use three hinges when using one gas strut. Adjust as needed.

Safety First!

Listen up, dreamers and snooze technicians. Safety isn’t just a buzzword—it’s a lifestyle. Let’s make sure you’re not snoozin’ when you should be cruisin’ safely through this DIY project.

Safety Precautions to Consider During the Installation

Safety comes in many forms, but let’s boil it down to the basics:

  • Follow the Manufacturer’s Instructions: No skimming, no shortcuts. Read every word.

  • Dress the Part: If the manufacturer suggests gloves or safety glasses, don those bad boys.

  • Mind Your Surroundings: Avoid standing at the sharp end of hydraulic systems or other risky spots.

  • Check Pressure Points: Keep a keen eye on pressure taps, couplings, and hoses. If something seems off, power down.

  • Secure All Fixings: Once you think you’re done, double-check that everything is tightened.

  • Lift, Don’t Drag: Once assembled, lift your ottoman into its final position. Dragging is a no-no for joint integrity.

  • Lost and Found: Misplaced a tool or a bolt? Contact the manufacturer for replacements, pronto.

Troubleshooting: Common Problems and How to Solve Them

Alright, sleep mechanics, sometimes things go a bit pear-shaped. Here’s how to get back on track:

  • Misalignment Issues: If your ottoman is doing the cha-cha slide without your permission, you might need to adjust the brackets or actions with a flat-head screwdriver.

  • When in Doubt, Reach Out: If you’re stumped or something just doesn’t seem right, consult the manual or get professional help.

Safety and Troubleshooting SectionsKey Points
Safety PrecautionsFollow the manufacturer’s guidelines, wear safety gear, be aware of your surroundings, check all fixings, and lift the product into position.
TroubleshootingAdjust brackets for misalignment and consult the manual or seek professional help for any other issues.

Replacing Hinges: Because Nothing Lasts Forever

Even the most robust of ottoman bed hinges can’t defy the sands of time. When they start to creak, groan, or just downright refuse to cooperate, it’s time for a hinge makeover.

When and How to Go About Replacing Worn-Out or Damaged Hinges

So, how do you know when it’s time to say farewell to your old hinges? Simple:

  • Wear and Tear: If those hinges aren’t as spry as they used to be, it’s probably time for a swap.

  • Safety First: Worn-out or damaged hinges can compromise the safety of your ottoman bed.

  • Follow the Rules: Dig out that manufacturer’s manual and follow the instructions to a T.

  • Compatibility is Key: Make sure the new hinges are compatible with your specific bed frame.

Unique Scenarios: Not All Beds Are Created Equal

Got a bed that moonlights as a pet haven or a charging station? Lucky you! But these special amenities require special attention.

Fitting Hinges to Beds with Built-In Amenities

Here’s what you should keep in mind:

  • Read the Fine Print: Your bed’s special features may have specific hinge requirements. Check that manual!

  • Don’t Interfere: Make sure the hinges you choose don’t mess with your bed’s extra features.

  • Seek Professional Help: Not sure what to do? Consult the experts to make sure your bed remains the multifunctional palace it was meant to be.

Replacing and Unique ScenariosKey Takeaways
Replacing HingesIdentify wear and tear, consult the manufacturer’s instructions, and choose compatible hinges.
Unique ScenariosPay extra attention to beds with built-in amenities. Consult the manufacturer and possibly seek professional help.


Can I Turn My Bed into an Ottoman Bed?

Good question, Dream Builders! The answer is a resounding “maybe.” It all boils down to your bed frame’s design and its compatibility with ottoman lifting mechanisms and hinges. Consult a pro or your bed’s manual to get the definitive answer.

How Do You Attach Gas Struts to an Ottoman Bed?

Ah, the art of the gas strut! If your ottoman bed needs that extra oomph, you’re likely looking at using gas struts. To get it right, follow the manufacturer’s guide to a tee. You’ll typically use three hinges, with the middle hinge perfectly aligning with the gas strut. And remember to test, test, test!

Can You Choose Which Side an Ottoman Bed Opens When Building It?

Choice is a beautiful thing, isn’t it? With some ottoman beds, you get to pick which side your bed will open from. Always, and I mean always, consult the manufacturer’s guidelines to find out if your bed gives you this option.

Why Won’t My Ottoman Gas Lift Go Down?

Sticky situation, huh? If your gas lift’s acting up, it could be due to issues with either the lifting mechanism or the hinges. Grab that manufacturer’s manual or, when in doubt, call in the pros to sort it out.

Why Is My Bed Gas Strut Not Compressing?

Sounds like a classic case of stubborn struts! If your gas strut isn’t compressing, it’s likely a problem with the struts or pistons themselves. Check your manufacturer’s guidelines and consider getting professional help. No one likes a bed that won’t cooperate!

Wrapping Up the Ottoman Bed Hinge Odyssey

Alright, Dream Engineers, we’ve covered the landscape of fitting ottoman bed hinges from A to Z. We kicked off by diving deep into the types of hinges and how to pick the perfect hinge for your dream bed. Then we moved to the crucial “Tools of the Trade” you’ll need to assemble your ottoman bed. Trust me, having the right tool can make or break your sleep sanctuary.

We didn’t stop there, though. We also navigated through the ins and outs of preparing your workspace, measuring, marking, and finally attaching those hinges. Safety, as always, took the front seat, and we talked about essential precautions to take. We even touched on special cases like gas struts and unique scenarios for beds with built-in amenities.

There you have it, folks! Sleep tight and build right.

– Article by Lewis Hugh

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