Between Your Ears

Blog Post created by jonescarp.aka.dale.Jan_2007 on Sep 8, 2017



Dang this is long!

      My bed is sliding and I want to teach it how to quit.

      I had to elevate my bed for acid reflux. It's 8 inches higher at the head of the bed.

      That makes the top of the mattress 36 inches high at the head of the bed.  That means I can't just sit down and then swing my legs onto the bed as my bed is higher than my butt. You have to sort of assume the pole vaulters position. (you know the one where they are trying to not hit the bar with their shoulders) and throw yourself on the bed.

      You've probably heard for every action there is an opposite and equal reaction.

      My mattress slides off the box springs every time I get on the bed.

The corner diagonal to top outer corner of the bed is trapped by a cabinet that is screwed to the wall.  It can't slide down so it makes the top corner push out.

      I need a solution.

      I thought if I could put L shape with the bottom leg trapped under the box springs and the vertical leg projecting up beyond the box springs trapping the mattress, that it might solve the problem.

I began my search for such a piece of hardware.

I was a contractor so I had a good idea where to start.

I knew the steel would have to be 1/4 inch thick so it didn't just move out when I got on the bed and eventually weaken the point where the two legs meet.



      This planning takes some effort. I started sending emails to the company that manufactures hardware that I used to use to see if they had anything that might work. After 4 back and forth's I realized I wasn't going to get anywhere without paying an exorbitant price for one piece of hardware.

I continued searching (time is the healer)

I found what I needed on Etsy. There's a guy in Illinois who makes 1/4" thick steel shelf brackets. What I needed was under $12. I asked him how much more it would take to extend the bottom leg of the L from 8 inches to 12 inches. He said $1.

      Now I know I've made it through No Mans Land but I still hadn't figured out how I would attach it to anything.

      This stage is like those unexpected loss of a friend or pet or a family fight during your first two years.

      I had thought I could use tiny C clamps to secure the L to the bed frame somehow and the bottom leg would be trapped under the wood frame at the head of the box springs. I also thought It could sit atop the steel bed frame cross member, but, that would make it too low down the side and I would constantly be hitting the clamps with my leg.

      I hadn't even looked at the conditions where I intended to place it. I had an idea what it would be but it turned out to be the opposite of what I imagined. Another unexpected stumbling block? No, fortunately, the frame being closed instead of open will work to my advantage. (see inside the blue circle)

      Here's what I came up with. (The red are stacked washers to let my L clear and sit atop the frame)

The end of the wood trapped under the frame will push against the inside of the bed frame keeping the L from moving.


      So, is this the end of it? Do I need to be vigilant? What else could happen? The only thing I can guess is the single clamps that hold the arms and connect the two long sides of the bed frame might start coming loose. Solution? Add more clamps.


   If you think about it, every problem we face in life

is similar to quitting smoking when you break it down.    

You Have Everything You Need To Quit

between your ears.


That's what I ordered