How to Paint a Metal Bed Frame

Painting a metal bed frame can be done using two types of paints, oil-based or water-based acrylic. Paint is more difficult to apply to metal than wood, so opting for a good quality oil or water-based paint is pivotal. If you are looking for the most durable option, we suggest an oil-based paint as no water will risk rusting.

Picking the right colour for your bed frame

Your first point of call is picking the new colour of your bed frame. This decision deserves some consideration. We have put together a wonderful guide to help with exactly this decision! Check out The Bed & Bedroom Colour Guide.

What you'll need

Consider this your checklist:

  • Your chosen paint or spray paint
  • A cloth (preferable a tack cloth – this will help rid of any dust)
  • Sandpaper
  • A paint brush and roller (if you're choosing to paint the bed by hand)
  • Primer or spray primer
  • Dust sheets to protect other furniture in the room
  • Sealer

Preparing your metal bed frame

Before you paint your bed frame, it needs to be prepared. Preparation differs for metal and wooden beds. Make sure you properly clean and prepare the bed before painting for the best results. Follow these steps for a metal bed:

  • Clean the frame removing any rust, loose paint, and grease that may be present, and if needed, sand the metal bed frame and clean the frame once finished sanding
  • Repair any holes or imperfections
  • Use a primer to prepare the bed frame for painting and leave to dry.

How to paint a metal bed frame by hand

If you are choosing to paint your bed frame by hand, follow these short steps to ensure the best results:

  • Deconstruct the bed frame, keeping nuts and bolts safe to one side
  • If your frame is a bit worse for wear, apply a primer and leave to dry
  • Using an oil-based or acrylic paint, apply first layer onto the bed frame and leave to dry
  • Apply second coat and leave to dry
  • Paint the frame nuts and bolts and leave to dry
  • Apply paint sealer
  • Reconstruct your newly painted metal bed frame

How to spray paint a metal bed frame

Before painting, ensure the area you are painting in is free of any dust. Spray painting a metal bed frame can be done following our easy-to-follow steps:

  • Deconstruct the bed frame, keeping nuts and bolts safe to one side
  • If you're using a spray primer, apply this now and allow to dry
  • Follow your spray paint instructions, usually, a metal bed frame will need up to 3 layers of spray paint
  • Add the first coat, leave to dry, repeat x3
  • Spray the frame nuts and bolts. Leave to dry
  • Apply paint sealer
  • Reconstruct your newly painted metal bed frame

With a bit of DIY and research, you'll now know how to paint a metal bed successfully.

For more information on this type of frame read The Essential Guide to Metal Beds.

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