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PostPosted: Wed Oct 04, 2017 10:51 pm 
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Hi guys,
just wondering if i could pick your brains.

I am going to do an IKEA hack bed for my little girl but I have encountered a small problem..

First I need to build a support frame for the bed frame to sit on. The support frame needs to be attached to the skirting board which is part of the plasterboard partition wall.

Second the ply wood to be used for the support frame is 63mm (2.5in) and the plasterboard is 12.5mm (1in).

I was hoping to use the following rawplug spring toggles but the size is only 80mm. https://www.screwfix.com/p/rawlplug-spring-toggles-5-x-80mm-20-pack/98223

I personally dont think this is long enough, as I have to push the spring toggle through the ply wood and into the plasterboard.

Does anyone have any suggestions or ideas?

Cheers guys.


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Rather than attempt to support any weight on plasterboard I'd rather fix the plywood frame to the studwork. As a guide this should be on 400 or 600mm centres (16 or 24in on older houses) which makes it easier to find subsequent studs after you've located the first one. If your studs are metal you may have difficulty screwing a wood screw into them and may need to use drywall screws instead. If it proves impossible to locate the studs and you absolutely need to fix into the plasterboards then I'd recommend that you consider "umbrella fixings" (hollow wall anchors) as opposed to toggles as they give a more robust and longer lasting fixing [i]providing[\i] you use the setting tool (about £8 to £12) to install them. I've used them in shop fitting for years in situations where we couldn't get a proper fixing any other way and providing the plasterboard is good their load holding capacity is better than any other fixing I know of. For single skin PB 5.0 x 37 ones should do

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I'm perhaps not quite understanding this fully. I admit I had to do a search for what a hack bed was or is and to be honest I can't see why it needs to be supported by being attached to the wall. Could it not all be supported off the floor via "legs" ?


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