Fitting the adjustable bed base to French Corbeille beds

French Corbeille Beds – Brackets & Cross Bars

Continuing from our last blog, we look at the fittings on French Corbeille beds and how to modify them in order to use an adjustable bed base.

Mostly found on the sides of French Corbeille beds are the L-shaped metal brackets which would have held a fixed width, divan type base  in place originally.

L-Shaped Bracket

L-Shaped Bracket

In order to use the adjustable bed base you need to add cross bars.

  • You can use the L-shaped metal brackets to support a wooden block and then add cross bars.

L-Shaped Brackets

L-shaped bracketsVintage French Corbeille Double Bed

  • You can remove / or ignore the metal brackets and just add wooden blocks to take the cross bars.

Wooden block brackets

Vintage French Green Corbeille Bed

Vintage French Green Corbeille Bed

Sometimes the fixed cross bar spanning the curve is lower than it is possible to add a cross bar at the top of the bed. You must then add a second cross bar at the bottom as shown.

Vintage French Green Corbeille Bed

Consider the height you want your base to be, and choose the appropriate option.

Providing the original metal bracket is in place firmly, keeping it adds support.

As per our last blog we advise you to add a ‘foot’ in the centre of the cross bar.

'Foot' in the centre of the cross bar

Once this is complete, the base will sit on the cross bars provided, either 2 or 3 depending on your choice.

The base will not sit squarely on a 4 ft 6 Corbeille bed due to the curve at the bottom, you will have a gap at the bottom, and a steadily decreasing one at the sides.

It will tend to look like the photos below:

Corbeille Bed With Adjustable Bed Base Corbeille Bed With Adjustable Bed Base

Some finished Corbeille bed examples.

Vintage French Corbeille Bed & Base

French Upholstered Corbeille Double Bed

Vintage French Corbeille Double Bed Turquoise

Vintage French Corbeille Double Bed Turquoise

Vintage French Corbeille Double Bed Turquoise

If you have any questions about fitting a base to this or any other bed, please contact us.

 

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