Repairing a Sofa Bed Frame

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November 6, 2019

I was folding my Pottery Barn leather pull-out couch to put it away, and heard a snap. Two metal bars dropped down on each side and are no longer connected, so it won't fold up when I try to fold the couch up. I don't know if this is a welding fix or what. Anyone have any ideas?
Thanks.

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November 7, 20190 found this helpful
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Normally pull out couches have two different types of frames they use. One is a medal frame with springs for the bed, the other is a medal frame and wood is used to site the bed on. You need to figure out which frame you are using first off.

Open the bed back up and look at the frame. Find out what has broken and where the bars go. This way you can determine if you can repair the frame on your own or you will need to get a company to do this for you. This could be a simple fix of just replacing some springs or the frame could have broken and needs to be replaced or repaired.

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January 16, 2017

Our sofa-bed is stuck. We think the frame may be bent. We are not sure why it won't open out or close now.

Can you help?

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January 16, 20172 found this helpful

Look for an obstruction of some kind. Objects can get through the cushions of your sofa and into the internal mechanism of the bed frame.

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Is it locked? Some manufacturers put a locking mechanism on the sofa bed. If this lock is engaged you will not be able to open the sofa bed. Contact your sofa bed's manufacturer if you are not sure whether the bed is locked and to find out how to unlock it.

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January 16, 20171 found this helpful

It may be rusted or not used in awhile. Put some metal lubricant on the joints.

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January 17, 20171 found this helpful

See if your local furniture store has a repair service. Ours has a guy who does home visits to give estimates.

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January 18, 20171 found this helpful

It would be really helpful if you provided info on the manufacturer. Without that, it is all just conjecture. THe main possibilities have already been discussed:

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1. rust
2. obstructions
3. contact the manufacturer in case there's a locking mechanism that has been deployed. Per this site: "There is usually a clip somewhere where you can lock the mechanism. The removal company probably put it on when they moved, because sofa beds are complete pigs for springing out and bashing you in the legs when you tip them to move them." forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=1559781

Most of these sofa beds have some sort of lock so that they do not come undone at inappropriate times. If you check the frame and can either figure out whether it's locked, or as i said, call the manufacturer, or look online, that should solve your problem

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January 18, 20171 found this helpful

if you can turn it over....... look at the joints etc.....

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their may be a toy or animals toy caught in it? if so . pull out and then might want to grease the moving joints...

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September 2, 2018

The wire "springs" on my hide a bed re worn out and it sleeps like a hammock making it a back breaker. Can we replace or repair? We need this for visitors. The couch itself is in great shape so, what next?

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February 18, 2017

Recently, I had a rivet break on one of the joints that puts the top of the bed up into the couch. Any suggestions on how to replace/fix it?

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October 18, 2011

I have a bent frame on my sleeper sofa. I need to have it repaired in home, who will fix it for me? It is a leather couch with the frame bent at the foot of bed.

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By Lyn

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October 18, 20110 found this helpful

Depending upon how & where the bend is, you can probably straighten it out yourself by very gently hammering the frame straight. Or perhaps you can find a general handyman to do it. If the frame is broken - then it becomes a whole other repair matter.

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October 18, 20110 found this helpful

Depending upon how & where the bend is, you can probably straighten it out yourself by very gently hammering the frame straight. Or perhaps you can find a general handyman to do it. If the frame is broken - then it becomes a whole other repair matter.

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November 25, 20130 found this helpful

The recommendation to first bend with leverage, then hammer if necessary, is right on the money! I just completed this repair, with a hammer, and my couch folds away like new.

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Make sure there are no other encumbrances (my couch has a metal brace which was interfering with the folding process) which might be contributing to your challenge.

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April 9, 2007

Where can I find sofa bed frame for a pull out sofa bed?

Tisha from Los Angeles

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April 10, 20070 found this helpful

Your best bet would be to go the futon sofa route - which is a sofa frame of wood/metal with a pad that folds out - that's the usual route nowadays. Otherwise look for a used sofa bed to redo- but they get cranky with old age - so, beware.

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June 10, 20070 found this helpful

Wish you lived close to me. We're buying a new sofa and our old one is a sleeper sofa--was only used a couple of times and the pull out is like new. Maybe put it up on freecycle or craigs Llst in your area. There must be others like us...

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By Stewart (Guest Post)
January 1, 20080 found this helpful

Try www.americanhotel.com, they should have one.

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I have a Mena queen sleeper sofa purchased in 2015. One of the pre-drilled fame holes has been broken and I need to find out where I can get a spare part. Any ideas or recommendations?

Thanks!

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September 24, 2017

One of the straps has broken on my sofa bed; how can I fix this?

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December 7, 2015

My cushions rise after closing. Is one of my bar frames bent? How do I solve this problem?

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December 9, 20150 found this helpful

I don't understand the question?

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December 10, 20150 found this helpful

I think she's saying that after the sofa bed is closed, the cushions on the sofa itself are raised and not lying down flat like they're supposed to be.

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November 18, 2013

The TV headrest on my sofa bed either stays all the way up so you can comfortably watch TV or falls all the way down so it can fold up. I know there is probably something I need to do to get it to stay flat. I just can't figure out what it is. Thanks in advance for your help!

By Martha B

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December 30, 20160 found this helpful

Just pull the bar up as if to make it higher...it should then release to the down possition... similar to folding the old lawn chairs.

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September 11, 2013

How can I get the metal foot bar under my sofa bed mattress repaired or replaced? It is broken in half.

By Donna P

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September 13, 20130 found this helpful

You didn't specify which part is broken, but it happened to me and what I did was to unscrew the leg off the frame, got a piece of sturdy wood(about 2inches square) which measured exactly the height of the original leg and screwedit securely to a metal plate.then the plate was screwed on the underside of the sofabed where the original leg was. you cant move the sofabed around too much but at least it can be used.

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September 14, 20130 found this helpful

It might be possible to weld it, if it can be easily removed and taken to a welder. My ex was a welder and could repair many things. However, some metals are too light to weld, in which case it may need to be replaced.

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March 23, 2013

I would like to know who to contact about getting a new metal bed frame for my sofa bed.

By Carol from Carson City, NV

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November 12, 2010

I have a very expensive Slumberland Volterra sofa bed that is under two years old and the support beam at the head end of the bed frame has bent. It is aluminum I believe. I have contacted the company I purchased the bed from have been told its out of warranty.

Slumberland has also been taken over by another company. That company no longer makes the Volterra sofa bed because the frame, which used to be purchased from Italy, are too expensive. Can you let me know where I could go to have the frame repaired. This was such an expensive item to be replaced. Many thanks.

By Debbie

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November 12, 20100 found this helpful

The only idea I can come up with which I would check out if it were me is to inquire over the phone to a body shop (car repair) and see if they could somehow get it back into shape. Also, try a welder shop as they might have a way/means to make it serviceable and either might do the work as a side job and if a computer is available, you could send them a picture of the bent frame before taking it to the shop. I don't think you can weld aluminum, but as I stated earlier, they might have some tool that could shape the frame back into place. You may need to ask a few of these businesses before getting someone who doesn't mind putting in some time to repair something not in their line of work.

Also, if you feel like you have a bit of know how with a hammer, you might place the bent frame on top of something very solid and pound the dent back down as much as you can. My husband has straightened out things that way and it was as good as new.

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November 16, 20100 found this helpful

We have a machine shop that does small jobs. If you take the part to a shop, they could make a new part, possibly out of better material where it would not bend.

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January 16, 2008

I need advice on repairing a sofa sleeper.

Melissa from Clarkson, KY

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January 18, 20080 found this helpful

what part of it? the fabric? the frame??

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Anonymous
February 21, 20160 found this helpful

The fabric

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April 6, 2019

I have a Simmons sofa sleeper and one day I was sitting on the couch and that side started falling in. Only that one side, but it was a bracket I guess that was holding it up had broken off. So I guess I want to know if it can be fixed?

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February 10, 2013

I have a queen size sofa bed that is in excellent condition, except for the webbing that supports the mattress. Is there a replacement for that?

By Eldoris from MN

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January 8, 20140 found this helpful

I don't have an answer but I have the same problem. The mattress isn't being properly supported because of the sagging webbing underneath. Repair would be great cause there is nothing else wrong with the sofa bed.

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January 20, 2010

I need help. We have a sleeper sofa that is in perfect condition. Unfortunately the sofa bed frame bar on the left side is slightly bent and is impossible to open and close with any ease. The store where we purchased it has closed. Anyone have any suggestions?

By Paul from Playa del Rey, CA

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January 22, 20100 found this helpful

The first suggestion is to use the end of a 2" x 6" board and hit it with a hammer while it is centered on the middle of the bend, until it's straight. If that doesn't work, protect all the area around the bent area of the frame and use a portable torch to heat it and then use the same procedure stated above. Let me know how you make out. Milt

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December 26, 2009

How can I reattach the sofa bed to the frame? It is a Sofa Express product and they went out of business. Please help.

By elizabeth thompson from Indianapolis, IN

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December 26, 20090 found this helpful

Find out how it was originally attached.

If it is a matter of screws through a metal frame into a wooden "box spring" you can fortify the whole and screw it back in.

If it is metal on metal with broken rivets just rerivet or use nuts and bolts.

Your best bet is to figure out exactly how it had been attached. Take some digital pictures of it that you can print out or just show on the camera. Go to a Home Depot or a Lowes and talk to some of the people there. There is usually one or two handy/creative workers in each store that could give you some ideas but they really need to know what you are working with. Hence the pictures. Take many at different angles to answer all the questions they might have that you wouldn't remember the answer to.

Good luck.

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October 16, 2014

What do you call the mattress supports that hold the mattress on the sofa bed frame when it is pulled out? They keep the mattress in place on the frame, usually at the foot. Does any one know where they can be purchased? Thank you.

By Karen M

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July 12, 2014

My sofa bed frame scraped the floor when I open it. I moved recently and think something heavy was set on it during the move.

By Ann

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February 7, 2014

My Castro sofa bed, seems to be in excellent shape, but after folding it, and attempting to slide the mattress/frame into the base, it seems the right side is now longer then the left side, and it will not close. Please help. The manufacturer is no longer in business

By Nick

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November 18, 2013

The TV headrest on my sofa bed either stays all the way up so you can comfortably watch TV or falls all the way down so it can fold up. I know there is probably something I need to do to get it to stay flat. I just can't figure out what it is. Thanks in advance for your help!

By Martha B

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July 19, 2013

We have recently bought a second hand Cambridge 3 seater Chesterfield sofa bed, only to discover the mechanism on one side is broken making it very difficult to open and close. It has damaged the actual sofa. It is soldered and I wondered if we can replace the whole thing?

By Jeannette P from West Sussex

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February 19, 2017

Sometimes the frame for your sofa bed becomes damaged beyond repair. Finding a new replacement frame can be a challenge. This is a page about sofa bed frame replacement.

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