Cabinets, Furniture, Woodworks/resizing a queen bed


Gary A. Leake wrote at 2013-10-17 14:51:30
What Jamie advised is great advice. And considering that beds made prior to 1900 preceded mattress standards, why bother? Many beautiful antique beds, including our $1000 extensively carved Civil-War era Brazilian rosewood sleigh bed, can be purchased very inexpensively due to their non-standard size. Having a bed resized is something best handled by a professional. Having resized dozens of beds, I can say that each project is different. Fortunately most involve widening and lengthening handled at the corners rather than having to having to disassemble the head and foot boards. This not only costs less but maintains the integrity of the original bed. And at the same time as it is resized, almost all projects include extra space at the head for more pillows, lowering of the box springs to accommodate the thick pillow-top mattresses, etc. By far the easiest is converting a full, 3/4, double or standard to a queen, but we have resized these to California queens, super queens and pairs of twins to a kings, California kings and grand kings. Even rope beds can be converted - the last one that we did was converted for an air-bladder mattress. Even with the cost of conversion, antique beds remain a bargain.

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Jamie Yocono


Woodworker, Furniture designer/builder, industrial arts educator. Bachelor degree in Furniture Design, and journeyman carpenter, with a 4 year apprenticeship. Currently owner of custom furniture/cabinet shop in Las Vegas, NV. Can answer most woodworking questions EXCEPT those regarding repairs, refinishing, and antiques.


Bachelor in Furniture Design - Ohio University (1980) Journeyman Carpenter, Local 639 Adult educator - Developed adult education woodworking program for the University of Akron, and taught classes there for 9 years. Opened a private woodworking school in Las Vegas, NV and teach private and semi-private lessons. In 2011, I will begin teaching UNLV woodworking classes at my school. Sweet!

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