Monday, May 20, 2019

The Bed Saga

No, not literally. Although, the concussion screams intent.

It all started about three weeks ago, on April 30th. I sat on my bed to put on my shoes, something I do every morning.

Thunk.

The bed fell under me. In that moment, I wanted to figure out what had happened, but I didn't have time, not if I wanted to get to work on time. So, I finished putting on my shoes, and I was out the door. I didn't think too much about it, other than some generalized worry, until I got home. That's when I went about ascertaining what broke.

The bed is what they call a Hollywood frame. It's just a simple rail. I've had this bed for about five years without a lick of trouble.

It turned out that the wheel had snapped off. I was able to glue it back together and place it back on that leg.


But that was a temporary fix.

I searched online for a replacement wheel. No local retailers carried it, but it was available online. (From wheel break to ordering replacement wheel took two days. I had to go to work and such.)

Alas, the temp fix was very temporary. The wheel continued to fall off at least once a day. Anything would jar it loose. I was very careful with my movements, but still it would pop off with a "thunk" when I least expected it. Or when I did expect it. It was a pretty constant thing.

Tracking showed the replacement showing up the following Tuesday, May 7th. But on Saturday, when I had time, I needed to deal with another bed problem. The rail was creeping out. An easy fix...

I stripped the bed. Then, by myself, I flipped up the mattress and box spring to lean against the wall. Then the rails. I tightened them. I put the bed back to rights. Since I had stripped the bed, I figured that was a good time to wash the sheets and such. Once they were clean, I remade the bed, and all was good, except for that wheel. I was good for a couple days, until the wheel arrived.

Only, guess what came in the mail just after I had finished putting my bed to rights?

So, this next bit is just sheer laziness. I didn't fix the wheel that day. I figured I could wait another week. What's another week, right?

Then, Tuesday night, as I was nearly asleep (and not moving at all), the wheel fell off again, and I was DONE.

After work Wednesday, May 8th, I stripped the bed, flipped up the mattress and box spring, flipped up the rail, and went about removing the wheel. You'd think this would be easy, but the wheel was attached via a long connector that didn't remove easily. Pliers worked.

The replacement wheel fit perfectly.


Before returning the bed to rights, I went to tighten the rails again. Only, one of the brackets would not. It popped off the bed.

Upon further examination, I found that the bracket had bent, just a little. But that little was enough so that it would no longer fit on the bed. And the rail needed that to support weight.

The bracket on the left is the working one. The bracket on the left has been stretched out ever so slightly, just enough to no longer fit on the rail.
Over the course of an hour, I tried everything I could think of, including hammering the bracket to bend it back. It was enough. I was able to reassemble the bed.

It was so nice to sleep in the bed without having random thunks in the middle of the night.

However, as I walked by the bed the next morning...

Thunk.

The bottom half of the bed had collapsed. The bracket failed.

Again, I went online to order a replacement part. (I did go out to see if I could find it locally. I could not.) But what size did I need? What did I need to measure? That took a while to figure out.

While I was waiting, though, the frame would not hold. There was nothing else to do but remove the frame entirely and put the box spring on the floor, like a teenager. Sigh. (Plus, I store stuff under there. All of it had to be moved out and stored somewhere for the wait.)

The replacement bracket arrived on the following Monday, May 13th. I worked up the energy to put things back together on Tuesday. I stripped the bed, flipped up the mattress and box spring, and brought the rails out.

I propped the two parts of the frame up against the box spring as it leaned against the wall. I started by attaching a bracket to the bottom half...

I'm sure you can see what's coming. If I had been thinking...

Yeah, so one side fell over as I was doing this, landing on my head. Hard. No, I didn't pass out, but it hurt.

And... The bracket didn't fit. It turns out that I had ordered the wrong size.

The gold-tone is the proper size. The silver-tone is just a bit too big.
(I spent an hour trying to figure out which size I needed. I measured. I even tried it on the rails before flipping up the bed, and it seemed to work. But when it came time to actually put things together, big fat fail.)

So, everything had to go back to how it had been. Back to the internet to order the correct size. Hopefully.

This time I ordered the part right away, although I spent a lot of time looking at the smaller size. Was this correct? Was I going to screw up again?

Tracking showed that the package would arrive on Saturday. I was out, so I wasn't thinking about the package delivery. I pulled my phone out of my purse to check the time or weather or something to find a text from the delivery driver.

He couldn't find my place. And I had five minutes to respond. The text had been sent a half hour prior.

(I know, you all have your phones set so you can hear them when you're out, right? I don't. My ringer is set for a good volume to wake me for early morning subbing calls. Soft enough so that it doesn't jar me awake. As I get very few actual calls or texts, I don't think about raising the volume the rest of the time.)

Then I got an email saying the delivery had failed.

Grrr. Was I going to have to wait another week for another day off to finally fix my bed? Was I even going to get the delivery?

But then, I get home to find the package. I guess the delivery driver found my place after all. Whew.

These brackets were smaller than the ones I had already on my bed, but they actually fit. Hooray!


And on Sunday, my bed went back together. Finally.


So, fingers crossed. Because if this bed breaks again...

tl;dr: My bed broke. It took three weeks to fix.

30 comments:

  1. That was a lot of trouble for that little frame. I would've chucked it and put the mattress on the floor until I bought a new frame.

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  2. I agree with Alex's comment. I would have invested in a new bed. Keep us appraised if this works or what else might fall apart on it.

    betty

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  3. I remember seeing that comment and wondering what the story behind that was. What a saga. It better stay fixed this time.

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  4. Ugh. glad it finally worked out, but OMG....

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    1. And yet, after I wrote this, the bracket fell off again...

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  5. That was about everything that could go wrong going wrong.

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  6. What Alex said, but, in reality, my back issues and total lack of mechanical skills would have cried out for a new bed delivered and set up by someone else. Or just accept I would be sleeping on the floor for the rest of my life or the next time my back went out trying to get onto the bed on the floor.....

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    1. With mattress and box spring it wasn't on the *floor*, but it was down lower than I'm used to.

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  7. Bed take a lot of heat and give so much satisfaction. We need them and spend so much of our lives in them, don't we?

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  8. Gotta love the Japanese futon idea! You score 10/10 for perseverance! I'm impressed, you know me I'd have moved into a hotel on day one!
    Wren xx

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  9. How frustrating and I read how people would have bought a new bed but that costs a heck of. Lot more than the brackets you needed to fix the bed..um...bracket and wheel. I hope it is as good as new.

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    1. Why buy a whole bed when the rails are working just fine?

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    2. That's right! So onward with frustration but a hell of a lot cheaper

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  10. Oh my gosh...I so hate when crap don't work like I have in my mind that it should. Never fails that when I start something like that everything goes wrong. Bless your heart.

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    1. And just when I thought I had it licked...

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  11. What a pain! Finger crossed this time it all stays together.

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    1. At the moment it seems to be holding. Fingers crossed.

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  12. Arg. So sorry your bed is trying to kill you. What will you do now that the bracket broke again? Time for a new bed?

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  13. Oh, my! After your ceiling partially collapsed under that deluge from above, I'd hoped any ensuing trials would at least be less complicated. Best wishes!

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    1. I've been having issues. I've stabbed myself in the back, cut myself, burned my thumb, and that's just in the last couple weeks.

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  14. Hi Liz - gosh that was a saga ... I'm not sure what I would have done - but all I can say is well done for getting it fixed, even with the hassles. Enjoy sleeping ... cheers Hilary

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  15. Omg. You have waaay more patience than I do. I'd of been to the store buying a new frame or sleeping with the box spring and mattress on the floor. Man... Hopefully you're getting some rest now.

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    1. $40 for a whole new frame (and it's heavy and bulky, so getting it home would require a truck probably)? Or less than $10 for the only part that broke?

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  16. Goodness! Sometimes seemingly simple stuff could turn out to be pretty complicated. I doubt if would have as much patience as you seem to have, if some such thing happened to me. I hope it's all fine now.

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    1. For the moment, the bed seems to be holding.

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  17. Ugh, I hate those sorts of things. They are such a pain. We have a set of blinds that need repair at the moment and are just avoiding, although I think we'll have to do something soon.

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