This is my first time posting in this forum but I wanted to get some help from y'all regarding removing a bolt from my bed frame. I bought a used bed frame and I need to dismantle it to shift it into my room. Here is an image of the bolt.

Could you please tell me what tools I would need to remove this screw (the silver nut on the left) as well as how I should go about doing it. Thank you, I really appreciate the help from this community :)enter image description here

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    Could this be an XY problem? Don't most bedrails remove from their respective headboards and footboards by merely lifting up on the bedrail. Sometimes they are stuck fairly well and upward blows with a rubber mallet or dead-blow hammer will help.
    – Glen Yates
    Commented Jun 3, 2020 at 13:24
  • You don't say, but I'm assuming that there is no visible/usable head to this bolt?
    – MikeB
    Commented Jun 3, 2020 at 16:15
  • @MikeBrockington Those bolts don't have a head. One half is a bolt, the other is a screw. Basically, you screw the bolt into the pre-drilled panel and thus have a headless bolt as a result.
    – Mast
    Commented Jun 4, 2020 at 7:24

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Looks like an IKEA bed to me - something like the MALM or the HEREFOSS.

You first remove the metal rail, then undo the nut. The manual depicts a wrench (ikea part 113453) but a regular metric 13mm wrench reportedly works fine. From the assembly instructions:

IKEA MALM bed image

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    I've got one next to me here, recently dismantled as we need an office not a spare room. My normal double-ended spanner of the right size worked, though even my smallest adjustable didn't. You only need to use the spanner for a turn or two, then you can slip out the plastic spacer shown and finish removing the nut with your fingers
    – Chris H
    Commented Jun 3, 2020 at 11:00
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    I can say from personal experience that's definitely a MALM. I also know from personal experience the chance of managing to put it back together again succesfully, without damage, is less than 50% with a used frame. Build them once and they'll last for years, right till the moment you take one apart.
    – Mast
    Commented Jun 4, 2020 at 7:21
  • This misses the first step which is to remove the rail as mentioned in the answer by DrMoishe Pippik
    – tar
    Commented Jun 4, 2020 at 14:39
  • @Mast Sorry to hear about your bed. Reason I said 'something like' is it could also be a HEREFOSS which has a different headboard but is identical in terms of everything visible in this photo. It disassembles the same way, of course!
    – mjt
    Commented Jun 5, 2020 at 7:34
  • @mjt it turns out mine is actually a Herefoss too. I just thought they'd omitted extraneous detail on the headboard in the illustration; the method really is identical.
    – Chris H
    Commented Jun 5, 2020 at 8:02
  1. Remove the metal rail.
  2. In the opening, you now have enough room to insert an open-end wrench.

The wrench has a slight angular offset. Push down on the wrench as far as it goes, remove it, flip it over, reinsert it into the hole and repeat ad nauseam.

Alternative: access the bolt head from another place.


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