Please read these instructions in their entirety before proceeding with the installation as they identify steps for finding the best location for the TeckStash and factors to consider when identifying the best installation method for you.
The TeckStash comes with two flexible mounting systems - a fabric Anchor with a high-friction surface, and a hook-and-loop system. These two systems allow mounting on many types of beds.
In a nutshell, the Anchor system can be used when your mattress rests on box springs, on a platform or pedestal that is the same size as the mattress, or on slats or a solid sheet of material supported by a bed frame. The advantage of the Anchor system is that it does not permanently fix the TeckStash on one place, so you can move it easily if you want to change its location or position.
The Hook-and-Loop system lets you mount the TeckStash when the Anchor system is not an option, and it offers greater flexibility in choosing the mounting location. On the other hand, once the TeckStash is mounted, repositioning it will be more time consuming.
Installation Using the Anchor System
Begin by identifying a location where the TeckStash will be easy to reach when you are lying in bed. For many people, this will be on the side of the bed, with the side of the TeckStash closest to the headboard being 14 to 20 inches from the headboard. When lying in bed, the TeckStash should be within easy reach. However you should take care not to position the TeckStash where your legs may come into contact with it, or with items in it, when you get out of bed.
The best way to find the ideal mounting location is to use the TeckStash for a few days. The Anchor system facilitates this process by allowing easy repositioning.
Begin by attaching one or both loop strips on the back of the TeckStash flap to the hook material on the end of the Anchor. Lift your mattress and slide the Anchor and the pouch flap between the mattress and the box springs or other surface the mattress rests on, as shown in the image below. Note that the TeckStash flap should be under the mattress, and that the Anchor should be flat with no wrinkles so it is in full contact with both the mattress and the surface below it.
Modify Slats for Anchor Installation
If you would like to use the Anchor but your mattress rests on slats, you may be able to create a platform on which the Anchor can rest. We recommend using a piece of thin plywood, such as 1/8“ Lauan sold at many big box home improvement stores. The platform should be at least 11" wide x 20" long, and it should make full contact with at least two slats. The entire Anchor surface should be in contact with the platform, as shown in the second image below. You should not need to attach the platform to the slats.
If you choose this approach, do not make the platform using weak materials, or those with slippery surfaces, such as cardboard or foam core. These materials will not maintain their integrity over time, and they will allow the Anchor to slip out of position.
Note that the amount of weight the TeckStash can hold will depend on several factors, including the amount of weight holding the Anchor in place and the amount of friction between the Anchor and the surfaces above and below it. Be sure to test your TeckStash installation to confirm that it will support the items you intend to place in it.
Installation Using the Hook-and-Loop System
Before beginning, note that the included hook tape and dots use a powerful adhesive that is intended for use on flat, hard surfaces. If your bed frame is upholstered, you should use the Anchor mounting method described above. The hook tape and dots may not adhere well to upholstery, and if applied, removing them may damage the upholstery. Also note that the hook tape and dots are designed to be applied only one time. They should not be reused.
Step 1: Identify the TeckStash Mounting Location
The first step is to identify a location where the TeckStash will be easy to reach when you are lying in bed. For many people, this will be on the side of the bed, with the side of the TeckStash closest to the headboard being 14 to 20 inches from the headboard. Take care not to position the TeckStash where your legs may come into contact with it, or with items in it, when you get out of bed.
The best way to identify the ideal mounting location is to use the TeckStash for a few days, ideally mounting it temporarily using the Anchor system described above. This will allow you to easily adjust the TeckStash position to identify the best placement.
If temporary use of the Anchor system is not possible, we provide four small adhesive hook-material dots that will allow you to mount the TeckStash temporarily. Consider using only two of the dots at a time to position the TeckStash for trial use, during which you should avoid placing heavy objects in the pouch. Do not use the dots for permanent mounting.
Once you identify the ideal TeckStash position, note the location of the loop strip(s) on the back of the TackStash flap and mark the location on your bed frame - this is where you will mount the hook tape. You may want to apply the hook tape where it will be out of sight, for example, on the inside of the bed frame side rail, as shown in the image below.
Step 2: Prepare for Permanent Mounting
The hook-and-loop mounting system requires that only one of the loop strips on the back of the TeckStash flap be attached to one of the included pieces of hook tape. The loop strip should fully engage with the hook tape. If the adhesive dots occupy the location where the hook tape will be placed, remove them before proceeding.
Next, clean the area where the hook tape will be attached using a mild product that evaporates quickly, such as window cleaner. Do not use oil-based cleaners, or any product that leaves a residue such as furniture polish.Step 3: Apply the Hook Tape and Mount the TeckStash
Once the mounting area is clean and dry, remove the protective film from the hook tape, taking care to minimize contact with the adhesive. Position the tape in the location you have marked and press the tape firmly along its full length. Do not immediately place heavy objects in the TeckStash, as the adhesive reaches maximum strength after 24 hours.