How to Lock Bed Frame Wheels

When you’re not using your bed frame, it’s essential to ensure that the wheels are locked in place so that the frame doesn’t move. This will prevent unwanted accidents and keep your bed frame in good condition. This blog post will show you how to lock bed frame wheels. 

How to Lock Bed Frame Wheels

First, locate the wheel locks on the bed frame. There should be a small lever on each wheel that can be flipped up or down. The wheel is locked if the lever is up; if it’s down, the wheel is unlocked. With each wheel lock in the locked position, push down on the bed frame until it’s flat against the floor. You may need to use some force to get it into place. You can place something heavy on the bed frame to keep it secure for an added measure of safety. Read on to know more!

Summary: If you want to keep your bed frame wheels from being easily stolen, you can use a few simple techniques. First, make sure the frame is well-secured to a wall or other sturdy base. Second, use a strong lock to secure the frame to the base. Finally, make sure the wheel locks are easy to access and don’t require a key or a code.

10 Ways on How to Lock Bed Frame Wheels

1. Use a Zip Tie

A zip tie is a plastic cord that can be adjusted to different lengths or cut to fit almost any dimension. You can use a zip tie as a temporary locking mechanism on your bed frame wheels by first cutting it to size with a pair of scissors and then looping it through the wheel’s spoke.

2. Use Shoe Laces

Padlocks with a metal sleeve over the shackle will prevent most cutters from reaching the shackle. To make this lock pick proof, drill out the rivets on the hasp and replace them with 1/4″ steel machine screws, nuts, and roller or snap washers. Or take it one step further by welding the end of the shackle into a closed loop.

3. Use Cable Ties

Lock Bed Frame Wheels Using Cable Ties

In order to do this activity, you will need an extra-long twist tie, scissors, and something to lock up. The best examples use a cable tie that’s been cut down to about 4 inches long with either an S or Z cut at the end so it can be used in cable management.

4. Use a Rope

You can easily wrap the frame of your bed in hemp rope to make it harder for thieves to move your frame, but you can also tie off each wheel in turn with a secure knot. A simple overhand knot will do here. Just make sure when you’re finished that the lock is on the inside of the ties and the knots are on the outside. Once finished, loop your rope through a nearby post, and you can lock it in place with a padlock or chain.

5. Use Reflective Tire Security Strips

These integrated rubber strips prevent thieves from making off with your tires because they make it impossible for them to slide off the rims. These security strips are a cheap and easy way to protect your tires from being removed.

6. Use a U Lock

The problem with this lock is that you have to remove it when you need to use your bed frame, but it’s simple and very effective if you can remember. It’s also perfect for those tight spaces where there isn’t enough room to fit a chain or cable around your frame.

7. Tighten Down Nuts and Bolts

Duct tape is more robust than you think and can make an effective, temporary deterrent for any would-be thieves who may be tempted by movement on your property. Wrap the entire wheel of your bed in duct tape until it’s nice and tight. When you’re finished, remove the tape, and you’ll be able to move with ease.

8. Overlap Steel Cables

If you want your bed frame to be really strong, you can put two big steel cables on each wheel. They should go in different directions so they cross over each other. That way it will be hard for someone to steal it.

9. Use Bed Frame Locks

Use a Bed Frame Locks

You can even buy bed frame locks that replace your existing casters with new ones resistant to saws, drills, and other tools criminals might use. However, they’re easy to remove by anyone who wants them off their bed.

10. Use Wheel Stop

A wheel stop can help to keep your bed in one location or prevent someone from moving it without the proper equipment. They are easy to install and fairly inexpensive. They work in the same way as lawn furniture that has plastic stops on its feet, so that it can’t be moved across the deck with the help of a little wind.

If you have any other ideas or questions, leave them in the comments!

You Can Check It Out to Take Wheels Off Bed Frame

Some Tips and Suggestions

Here we have given some tips on how to lock bed frame wheels.

1. If you have a wheeled bed base, make sure that the wheel locks function.

2. If you do not want to be bothered with locking wheeled bed bases during the day, wheel them out of your way (e.g., against the wall).

3. If you need adjustable height beds or rollaway beds, keep in mind that it will be more difficult to lock the wheels.

4. If you have a pre-existing injury or health condition, make sure to use caution with this task as it may not be ideal if you are limited in strength, dexterity, etc.

5. In some instances where beds are very close together, there is a chance that the wheels of one bed could get caught on the other bed. This can make locking nearly impossible or very difficult.

2 Close Beds Makes Locking Very Difficult

6. When you store away your bed, make sure to check the locks before storing. The last thing you want is for one or more locks to break when your bed is used later on.

You Can Check It Out to Stop Bed Frame From Rolling

Types of Bed Frame Wheels

1. Rubber Wheels

These wheels are best for carpeted floors. These bed frame wheels can help reduce noise while moving the bed, and they won’t mark up the flooring or leave scuff marks either.

2. Metal Wheels

Metal wheel types for bed frames are good for hardwood floors or tile flooring. The metal wheels won’t scuff the flooring, and they can easily be locked into place with a foot pedal that is usually located under the bed.

3. Swivel Wheels

These wheels come in metal or plastic types. They can swivel 360 degrees, which helps to ensure there’s less tugging on the bed frame while moving it. These are best for carpeted floors, as the swivel movement reduces the risk of snagging.

4. Castor Wheels

These wheels are similar to swivel wheels, except they don’t swivel. They’re best for tile flooring and hardwood floors because the fixed castor wheel doesn’t snag on carpeted flooring.

5. Brake Wheels

Brake Wheel Locks Can Lock the Caster Stand

These wheels are used on bed frame caster stands, which makes them ideal for wheel locks. The brake wheel locks come in different materials like rubber or metal. They allow you to lock the caster stand into place when not used so that it doesn’t roll around or fall over.

Can Casters Be Locked?

Some caster wheels can be locked by twisting the wheel retention knob clockwise. For metal casters, this locks it in place to not swivel or roll when you need a stationary surface. This is a great way to prevent injury if someone falls against a rolling table or chair leg and may even save your floor from excessive wear and tear.

To lock metal casters:

1. The caster wheel must be able to swivel and rotate freely by hand without the interference of the retention knob.

2. Grasp the wheel with both hands and twist it counterclockwise as far as possible (the opposite motion as tightening a screw).

3. With your hands still holding the caster wheel, twist the retention knob clockwise as far as possible.

4. Continue to hold the caster wheel and check if it is locked by swiveling and rotating it. If it does not swivel or rotate freely, continue twisting the knob counterclockwise.

5. Once unlocked, use caution when pulling your hands away from the caster wheel. The force applied while twisting may cause it to fly off its axle and damage surrounding objects or injure you.

Precautions and Safety Measures

1. This is a simple installation project; however, you do need wrenches and other tools.

You Need Wrenches and Other Tools

2. Always wear gloves while handling nuts and bolts to avoid skin irritation.

3. Be careful not to drop anything on your face or body while working with the bed frame.

4. As with any project, please consult a doctor if you have health concerns before starting this project. This article is written only as basic information for installing locking wheels.

5. Be sure to check for proper fitment of all bolts, nuts, and washers before installation or final tightening.

6. If your bed frame does not have holes pre-drilled, always drill a small 1/8 inch hole through the frame where needed. Drill another hole on the other side of the frame (if needed).


In conclusion, there are many ways to lock bed frame wheels. It is up to the person who owns the bedframe and their personal preferences which method they choose. The most important thing is that you have a system in place so your child will be safe from harm while sleeping on the floor of your bedroom!

We hope that these instructions on how to lock bed frame wheels will be useful for you and help ensure the safety of everyone who uses it. If you are still having trouble with locking or unlocking your bed, please let us know! Our experts are ready to answer any questions about keeping your wheels locked so they can’t move during use.

Louis Wein

Louis Wein

Louis has always been fascinated by cars. He loves the way they look, the sound of the engine, and how they make him feel when he's driving. He is always keen to learn more about different mechanics of cars and how the engine contributes to other aspects of the car. As an automotive technician with over 10 years of experience, he knew how they worked and loved taking them apart to see how they went back together. He was especially interested in the mechanics of combustion engines and loved finding ways to make them more efficient. He loves to work on cars and help people keep their vehicles running smoothly. As a senior editor, he enjoys contributing to Diy quickly because it allows him to share his knowledge and expertise with others.

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