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Old 06-02-2012, 12:14 PM   #1
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SP220 Stronger Struts For Bed

Once our bed is made with blankets etc... the struts won't hold it up. We've got the upgraded mattress too. Is this a common problem? I am wondering if it should have come with stronger struts to go with the better mattress, but maybe we got the weaker ones?

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Old 06-02-2012, 12:19 PM   #2
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It could be you have a bad strut, Will have to disconnect them one at a time, and test. It could just be all the stuff is too heavy also. They would not keep two kinds of struts depending on mattress. Too much confusion at the factory. When the bed goes in, that crew has no idea what mattress is going on it.

You could always cut a broom handle and make a prop, to help the struts out.

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Old 06-02-2012, 05:22 PM   #3
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I have the same problem in my SV-264. The struts barely hold up the mattress alone. A slight touch and it will fall.

Also, if the mattress is slid away from the wall at all it won't stay up. Try shoving the mattress against the wall firmly before opening.
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Old 06-02-2012, 08:52 PM   #4
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I considered replacing the 60# rated struts on our bed with higher rated ones. Before doing that I tried relocating the struts about 4" further away from the hinge on the bed base and they now support the bed weight just fine. The only negative is that the bed height when open is now about 1 1/2" lower but still easily accessible.


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Old 06-09-2012, 07:35 PM   #5
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Thanks for the tip on moving the struts. I moved them today and it made a difference. I moved the end under the mattress about 2" which kept the bracket on the little plywood block it was screwed to and moved the frame end about 4" toward the foot of the bed. This made the struts more vertical and when I piled all the bedding at the foot of the bed it held up. Of course we just bought a foam topper... so hopefully that won't be too much. If so I will have to move the little blocks. Our struts are labeled 80 lbs each.

The first photo shows relocating two of the screws that hold the block to the mattress platform and the bracket moved to the opposite end of the block.

The next photo shows the relocated base bracket. First I only moved it 3" but then had to move it another inch.

I hope this helps anyone else with this problem.
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