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Broken bed slat

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PastaOfMuppets Mon 16-Oct-17 01:16:38

Please help ... have bought a bed for my DD and in getting it upstairs, the very middle slat broke clear in half. We got the slat off (unscrewed the ends) and I've been trying to find a replacement. However, without a power drill, I can't screw a new slat back on/in, and no shop I've contacted will drill the screw holes in it for me. My options are to either buy a power drill for a fair bit of money just to drill in two holes, or to let her sleep on a bed with a missing slat. She is 3, and there are I think 8 slats either side of the now missing slat space. So the missing slat is crosswise in the very middle.
Any suggestions? This is probably more a WWYD but I really want opinions because I don't know the best thing to do. Please help!

llangennith Mon 16-Oct-17 01:33:56

Won't a replacement slat just stay in place without screwing it down?

PanannyPanoo Mon 16-Oct-17 01:40:57

Can you move a slat from the bottom of the bed for now. so her body is supported
Then ask a neighbour or buy plastic ends that contain the does of the slat and press into holes on the base. Or let us know roughly where you are Incap

TheKidsAreTakingMySanity Mon 16-Oct-17 01:41:16

Can't you force a hole? Sharp pointy metal for wood and maybe a sharp screwdriver for metal?

PanannyPanoo Mon 16-Oct-17 01:42:15

In case someone close can help
Have you bought the slat already?
I bought tongue and groove from build base a builders merchant and they cut it to size for me.

PanannyPanoo Mon 16-Oct-17 01:43:27

safariboot Mon 16-Oct-17 01:53:11

If I couldn't drive in a screw, I'd probably just glue, nail, or even tape the replacement slat in place.

Any scrap wood of about the right thickness will be fine. After a friend smashed two slats on my bed (he was told not to sit on it...) I ended up using pieces of a broken garden gate to replace them!

wowfudge Mon 16-Oct-17 07:04:21

You don't need a drill to make screw holes - buy a gimlet instead. In a soft wood like pine it won't take long to make a hole for the screw. Gimlets are also great for making pilot holes, especially if you aren't confident or skilled with an electric drill.

Ifailed Mon 16-Oct-17 07:17:45

why not just glue the slat in place, using something like Gorilla Glue?

babyboyHarrison Mon 16-Oct-17 12:05:03

Hammer a large nail and then remove it to make a pilot hole.

lalalonglegs Mon 16-Oct-17 12:09:59

Just buy a piece of hardboard large enough to cover several slats and the gap. Or by self-tapping screws that you just need a screwdriver to fix in place.

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