I found this picture of the bed frame we made, inspired by a similar construction by my dad (Big Fig). Want to make one?
It was super easy to make, staining it ebony was the hard part to be honest. I kind of never want to stain wood again. Oh well, that was a long time ago; water under the bed so to speak.
Get it together
If you haven’t downloaded Google’s acquired & improved SketchUp, do so. Especially if you:
- have never tried making anything in 3D
- always wanted to
- and like to doodle
Afterward, click here ( minim_bed_frame ) to download a 3D model of this bed frame. You’ll be pleasantly surprised how easy it is to use this program. Then send me cool designs I can take credit for!
As you can see, it’s a fairly minimal constuction. Two 3″ posts (laid horizontally) give enough support, though If I were to build this again, I would add a third. This would allow the outer posts to live closer to the edge without worrying about what will happen if you fall onto your new bed in a swoon from how good it looks. As built, one could break a plank by putting all their weight on the extremity.
I can’t recall what wood was used, though I’m pretty sure it was poplar. I’m no expert on wood qualities, so I just went to Lowes & grabbed whatever was sized right. You’ll want to do more research than that before you make one.
The planks are 9.25″x6′, 3/4″ thick. I spaced them five inches apart. Worked out great.
- bring the pieces into the target room,
- Lay the posts the correct distance apart. (Do your math)
- My planks were 6 feet (72″), & I decided to have the ends hang protrude past the support beams by 15″. Therefore,
- 72” total - (15” overhang x 2 sides) - (3” beam width x 2 beams) = 36″ or three feet between support beams.
- Position the planks on top of the posts/beams.
- Drive screws through planks into support beams.
- I used two 1.5″ wood screws per side of each post. (24 total).
- I recommend using a drill-bit that is slightly about 1/2 the size of your wood screws with your hand drill to create a guide hole / discourage wood splitting for each screw point.
- Also, I did the first & last planks, then did the inside 4. You do as you please, of course.
How would I improve this?
Everything is fine and dandy until you have to move it. Some may find it difficult to reassemble by lining the holes in the planks with the beams, especially if you stained you wood ebony, and especially if your planks get “out of order”. If you’re like me, you just threw this thing together & your screw holes will not be uniformily placed, making it a royal pain to put this humpty-dumpty back together again. (A few of my planks have more than 4 holes in them).
Next time, I move it, and before dissambling it, I will drill dowel-holes making screws desirable (but optional) and allowing it to be pieced together before with relative precision before you bring out your Zelda Delta hand drill.
Also, I’ll mark each part with a number corresponding to a drawing that will be stored in the parts bag during transit.