If you have recently purchased a brand new bed then one question you might be asking is “should you screw down bed slats?”. The short answer is – yes. Bed slats serve an important purpose in the bedroom. They keep your clothes from being blown about on the bed and they also give you some privacy in your sleep. In fact the more secure your slats the better, as they act as a barrier and prevent other people from disturbing you.
As I’ve said before, there are two main types of bed slabs you can buy; wood and metal. Metal screws down bed slats but they aren’t very secure. Wood screws down the slates perfectly and are a lot stronger. You need to make sure that whichever style you buy is going to be able to withstand years of wear and tear.
When you start looking at bed slates for your own bedroom, you will notice that there are basically three types of screws that can be used to fasten the slates to the mattress. These are tongue-and-groove screws, MDF screws and drywall screws. Each type has its own benefits and disadvantages depending on what you are doing and the type of bed you have. If you want a good idea of which to buy check with your manufacturer and see what they recommend.
Wood screws are perhaps the most common and probably the best for most homes. Wood screws down bed slat are the easiest to install as all you need to do is just slide them into the space between the mattress and the wall. The problem with wood is that they tend to rot and warp over time. This means that over the years your bed will eventually need to be replaced and you will have wasted your money if you have bought a cheap bed with wooden screws.
On the other hand MDF or medium-density fiberboard screws are much stronger than wood screws but are much more difficult to install. The reason being that it takes a lot more force to force these screws down into the wall. You might be tempted to just purchase a package of screws from your local home improvement store, but that isn’t a good idea. You can spend a few dollars and get a set of quality MDF slabs which will last you a lot longer and also give your bed a great look.
Drywall screws also come in different forms such as snapping and running. The only difference between the two is that with the snapping variety you can buy plastic strips so that you can screw the slat right into the drywall if you like. This option does take a bit of time but if you want to save yourself some time installing your bed then it might be the way to go.