Antique Furniture/Metal Bed

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Headboard Pic
Headboard Pic  

Button Rail
Button Rail  
I recently purchased an old metal / iron bed.  It came with a headboard, footboard and two metal button style rails.  The bed goes together well but it is very unstable.  If you move the bed at all it pretty much collapses.  I was wondering if you had any suggestions on what the problem might be.  I have been searching and searching and haven't been able to come up with anything.

Thanks you very much for your time and knowledge.

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this is the wrong side rail.  the side rail for this bed should have a flange with two buttons to mate with the bracket on teh headboard.


take these pictures to a few welding shops and see who can and will build you the proper ends.  Then take the head foot and siderails to them.

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