The bed was the last thing i attempted building as in my mind it was the simpler structure. Well, surprise surprise, once again I was proved wrong. It only took me 2 days to build it but oh dear, how i struggled! As with everything else during the conversion, this was my first attempt building a bed. It’s not perfect but it does the job.
My initial plan was to build a single bed which could extend into a slightly bigger bed as seen here and here.Due to time constraints I had to ditch that idea and build a simple single bed structure. I later added a long plywood board on top of the bed that i can pull out when I want extra space (i just put my sewing machine and my drill box under it as a support).
I wanted the top of the bed to be liftable, so that I could use the space underneath as storage. To build the bed structure I used the wood from an Ikea futon I had at home (I believe it was pine).
Here is what I have done (and yes you are allowed to laugh at my ridiculous wood joints you may wish to do so).
1.Build the base structure by drilling strips of wood to the floor.
2.Decide how high you want the bed. Cut a piece of wood of the necessary length for each angle (in my case 6) and fix them. To fix them I used dowels and corner braces for extra strength.
3. Build the top part by cutting the same length of wood strips you used for the bottom. Work out a way to join those pieces together. I’ve done a very primitive joint by cutting small rectangles so that the two pieces could fit into each other (see picture below).
4. Build the lid by creating a frame that fits the bed structure and by filling it with wooden slats. I used dowels to join the wood. I’ve then added some corner braces in the external frame corners for extra support.
5. Attach the lid to the wooden structure with some cabinet hinges.
6. Check that the lid opens and closes correctly, then put some cushions, jump on it and have a well deserved nap.
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