Why would the rails all of the sudden start coming off every day? It happened with our old set we had for years so we bought a new set and after a couple of months now these do it too. Very painful to get out of the bed without the railings. I don’t know what to do or if something is wrong or what…please help!
I received this question via email recently, and thought it might be a good idea to answer it here on the blog.
The only reason why padded rail caps will fall off is very simply that they don’t fit the waterbed frame properly in the first place. The inside channel of the caps must be the same dimension as the thickness of the wood your frame is made from. If the channel is too narrow it will spread when forced down onto the side rail and they will fall off. If it is too wide then it will have no way of gripping onto the frame and you will get the same result.
If you are ordering new caps for you bed, make sure you provide the dealer with the exact thickness of the wood that your frame was manufactured with and you should not experience this problem.
If there is nothing otherwise wrong with your caps and you do not wish to purchase a new set then there are two ways of curing the situation.
1 – Purchase a roll of two-sided Velcro tape from your local hardware store. Cut lengths of approximately 3″ each (six for two piece caps or nine for a three piece set), remove the backing from one side of the tape so they will stick to the channel, place 3 of them inside the channel of each cap, one at each end and one in the middle. Remove the backing from the remaining side of the tape, and press the caps firmly on to the frame. This is the preferred method as the caps will now be held in place on the frame by the Velcro but are easily removable in the future.
2 – Using wood screws of no more than 2″ in length, attach the caps to the frame by inserting the screws through the fabric, foam padding, and channel and into the wood frame from the inside (where the water mattress is) toward the outside, with one at each end of the cap and one in the middle. Repeat for each cap. This method will hold the caps securely in place, however, I find it much more difficult to remove them in the future as the heads of the screws are often difficult to locate once they have penetrated the fabric. I’m also not a fan of puncturing the fabric in the first place as it leads to possible fraying or tearing of the material.
Hope this info helps any of you who have experienced this situation.