The mortise and tenon joint has been used for centuries by woodworkers and even to this day still remains the strongest way of joining wood at a 90 degree angle. This method of joining can be found on many different bed frames, and remains, in our opinion, the one you want to look out for. The main reason it’s used is because of it’s durability. It can even be found within ancient furniture, and is known to date back all the way to 2500BC!

So what exactly is a mortise and tenon joint? The joint is made up of two separate components. One called the mortise, the other the tenon. There are slight variations in the types, but they all work in the same principle. The mortise is a square or rectangle, of which the tenon fits into. Once the tenon has been put into the mortise, it needs to be locked. This can be done in a few different ways. These includes being glued, pinned or wedged into place. Once at this 90 degree angle, there is little room for movement. This makes a strong, and robust bed frame design. We highly recommend looking for a bed frame which uses this trusted method. From years of experience, we know that your bed frame will last for years to come.

In addition to choosing a bed frame using these joints, we also recommend looking out for the wood they use. Many handmade bed manufacturers use the high quality materials, and trust this joining method too. If you have the extra cash for one of these, this is our number one tip. The combinations of the care taken to produce them, along with the mortise and tenon joins mean they’re a choice which you know will see you through for years to come.


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