Raising a Platform Bed: Step-by-Step Instructions

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There are many options for elevating the head of your bed; choose the one that best suits your needs and those of your sleep partner. You should think about how your bedroom functions and the aesthetic you've already established. There are a variety of methods you can use to increase the height of your platform bed.

  • Raise your mattress with a set of bed risers.
  • By attaching wheels or casters to each leg,
  • Putting a bed wedge under your mattress
  • Putting a topper on a mattress

This article dissects each approach into its component parts.

Before deciding on a method for lifting the bed, give some thought to why you want to do so. The most common reasons for lifting a bed are comfort and convenience, especially for those who are taller or have mobility issues. If you suffer from acid reflux or sleep apnea, you may find that incline sleep therapy is helpful.

It could be that you want a higher platform bed so that you have more room for storage or so that you can use nightstands that are at eye level with you. Another reason to raise the platform is that some people prefer a higher profile for their bedroom and would prefer to avoid having a low bed.

If you are an elderly person or have trouble getting in and out of bed, the elevation method you select should help create a steady surface for sleeping. When a bed lift is improperly installed, the platform can collapse, resulting in shin or foot injuries.

If you have a back injury or other mobility issues, the last thing you need is for your bed to slide out from under you as you get in because the wheels don't have brakes.

Illustration of a Nurse Massaging Elderly-Lady's Legs

It's important to choose a bed lift that works with the aesthetic of your room. Wedge mattresses and bed toppers are not usually a concern for bedroom aesthetics, but bed risers on wheels or metal can make your bed look clinical or industrial.

If you have a platform bed, you can use the area under the mattress for extra storage. Putting in bed risers on the platform feet will give you the extra height you need to store suitcases, decorative pillows, and drawers under the bed. Off-season garments, footwear, and bed storage containers are just some of the many things you can stow away in the space under a platform bed.

In comparison to purchasing a new, taller platform bed, raising your existing bed is more cost-effective. However, you should use the approach that will save you money in the long run. Think about durability when purchasing wheels, risers, toppers, and wedges to avoid frequent replacements.

Spending more on a bed-raising system may be justified if doing so will improve the bed's aesthetics, functionality, or longevity.

Find a way to elevate your bed so that you're comfortably sleeping at the ideal height. Before investing in a riser, wheels, or foam product if you are tall or have mobility issues, find out which mattress surface level will provide you with optimal comfort.

Add some extra height to your bed by attaching bed risers, which are square or post-shaped accessories, to the legs. Depending on the nature and size of the product, the required quantity will vary.

The legs of the platform can be completely replaced by some risers, while others are adjustable. Powering your electronic devices is a breeze with the USB ports found on premium lifters.

Although platform bed lifters allow you to do so, they still leave the sleeping surface flat on the floor, so they are not ideal for incline bed therapy. Bed risers are an option to help you get in and out of bed if you are a tall sleeper, elderly, or have trouble with the stairs.

Advantages of Using Bed Raisers

Using bed risers or a bed platform is a simple and secure way to get your bed to the ideal height. These items are highly customizable and typically require little to no DIY expertise to set up. Bed lifters are a great investment for a number of reasons, including making it easier to get in and out of bed, improving the aesthetic value of your bedroom, and expanding your storage options under the bed.

Bed lifts aren't suitable for everyone.

Bed legs elevate the entire bed, ensuring that it is always perpendicular to the floor. The risers can make getting in and out of bed a bit of a hassle for your shorter partner. If this is the case, try placing a mattress pad or wedge under just your side of the bed.

Riser blocks either replace or attach to the bed's platform legs, so they won't work on a bed without a frame. A mattress topper, foam wedge, or sturdy platform placed under the base mattress can be used to elevate a bed that doesn't have legs, like a box spring bed.

Size Restriction and Height Requirements

Depending on the type of bed risers you purchase, your platform bed can be raised to a variety of different heights. Adjust the height of your bed from two to twelve inches with a bed riser set that allows you to add or remove pieces.

Safety, bed stability, and riser longevity are all factors that benefit from paying attention to weight capacity. A typical cheap bed riser set can support up to two thousand pounds. Most standard bed riser sets can support up to 5,000 pounds, but premium models can support up to 10,000 pounds.

Think about the following as you calculate your weight restriction:

  • Both of you and your partner
  • The bedding that you use on your bed frame
  • Comforters, pillows, and mattress pads included.
  • Infants and animals

Illustration of a Couple Jumping on a Bed

Putting up a headboard and bed risers

You may only need four bed risers, one for each leg, if your headboard is also a platform. If your headboard and platform are sold separately, however, you'll need two extra pieces to bring the headboard's feet up to the same height as the platform. Make sure the set you're considering has sufficient risers to accommodate your headboard and each platform leg before you commit to a purchase.

Properly Installing Bed Raisers

The platform won't buckle or move if the bed risers are installed correctly, especially if multiple pieces are attached to each leg. The correct installation of most sets requires that you follow the manufacturer's instructions.

There is no need for special skills or equipment, and the installation of bed risers can be completed in as little as ten to thirty minutes.

Picking the Best Bed Raise

Bed risers, in contrast to foam wedges and mattress toppers, have no effect on sleep quality and serve only to facilitate nighttime access. However, before making a purchase, check to see if the set is compatible with your operating system and any other specifics.

Below, we'll go over the various riser types and materials so you can pick the perfect set for your goals.

The bed risers that screw into the bed frame are pillar-shaped and secure to the frame with threaded rods or other fasteners. These risers are essentially longer versions of the legs that support your bedframe; you will need to remove the legs from your bedframe in order to install the risers.

Bed risers that are screwed into the underside of your mattress will need to have the appropriate weight capacity and be installed properly. In order to attach the risers to your frame, you may have to make adjustments such as drilling new holes or installing attachments. Choose a riser with a large diameter for the most support.

Wooden risers are the most common type of screw-in riser. Rubber and plastic are two other examples.

This style of bed riser is the most aesthetically pleasing option and works particularly well with platform beds. Stackable bed lifts are a more stable option for bunk beds.

Elevating struts for beds

Bed lifts that can be adjusted in height resemble a stack of inverted cups. The bed's legs slide into slots in the smaller, top risers, and those risers slide into the larger, bottom risers. The large, flat undersides of the bottom pieces are what really make this thing stand firm.

Beds can be raised a total of eight inches with the help of most adjustable riser sets, which typically consist of a three-inch and a five-inch piece. Not all sets adhere to these standards, so it's possible to find one that works for you by looking around.

You won't need any tools or fasteners to set up a set of adjustable risers because they snap together tightly.

Mattress Boosters

Because of their similarities in design, stackable and adjustable lifters are frequently misunderstood. The primary distinction between the two types of risers is that stackable risers don't feature interlocking pieces. Alternatively, you can purchase a stackable riser set, which consists of four identical pieces and can be stacked for easy storage.

Bed risers are stackable and can add anywhere from two to six inches to the height of your mattress. This style of riser is the most cost-effective option, and it's readily available in a wide range of materials like plastic, metal, and wood.

Risers Can Be Made From a Variety of Materials

The cost, longevity, and overall quality of bed risers can all be affected by the materials used to make them. Material choices for bed lifters range widely, with metal, wood, and plastic being the most common. Sets with rubber pieces provide more grip. Some of the best materials for risers are discussed below.


This material is available for all riser styles, and it works wonderfully with metal frames. Metal bed risers last a long time, don't rust, and can take a beating without breaking.

These parts can hold the most weight, so they're ideal for heavier people who like to sleep on a bed. Powder coating provides extra protection and gives metal risers a more professional look.


Typically, risers that are both adjustable and stackable will be made of plastic and will cost less than . Plastic risers can only support a small amount of weight before they begin to sag and break, and they aren't nearly as sturdy as their wooden or metallic counterparts. These items are universally attractive and easy to replace because of their low cost.


The best combination of aesthetics and durability can be found in wooden bed risers. The wooden screw-in lifters are more user-friendly than their metal or plastic counterparts and are a perfect complement to wooden platform beds. Bed risers made of wood can last as long as a platform bed if cared for properly.

Illustration of a Man Installing Wheels to His Bed

Raising your bed's height is as simple as adding wheels to its legs for a platform bed. Putting wheels on your bed also makes it more mobile, which is helpful when you need to rearrange furniture or clean the room.

Perhaps not everyone would benefit from having wheels installed on their bed frame. Bed skirts are a great way to cover unsightly wheels and give your mattress a finished look. If you're recovering from an injury or have mobility issues, a bed that rolls around won't help you much.

Think about the height your bed will gain and the space they'll need to be installed in when choosing wheels. Your bed's wheels should ideally lock in place so it doesn't roll away.

Bed wedges, which are triangular in shape, are placed under the top of the mattress to provide support for the upper body. This elevated platform does not make it simpler to get in and out of bed. However, the bed's inclined design can help those with sleep-related problems (such as obstructive sleep apnea[1], acid reflux, or breathing problems) get a better night's rest. One more way a wedge pillow can help with circulation issues at night is while you sleep.

There is a wide range of quality when it comes to wedges. Some common types of wedges are:

  • Simple wooden wedges
  • You can put hypoallergenic foam wedge pillows on top of your mattress.
  • Remote-controlled wedges that can be adjusted to fit any space

If you and your partner have drastically different sleeping habits, a wedge placed on top of the mattress can help. On the other hand, a mattress wedge placed under your bed will be useful if you and your partner prefer to sleep on your stomachs.

Illustration of a Lady Trying Mattress Toppers in a Mattress Store

A mattress topper is an extra layer of foam that you can put on top of your mattress before you get into bed. If you're looking for a way to alleviate pressure or increase support while you sleep, this elevated platform might be the answer.

Mattress toppers are only four inches thick, so if you want to raise the height of your bed significantly, risers may be a better option. But a mattress topper, not bed risers, might help you get a better night's sleep and reduce your back pain.

In general, a firm mattress topper is best for back support, while a soft one is ideal for pressure relief. A firm topper is recommended for those who weigh over 230 pounds and sleep on a soft mattress. If your hips are larger than your waist, you should use a fluffy pad to help your body stay in proportion, as stated by Cleveland Clinic[2].

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