New bed for my wife…after 12 years on a full mattress we have upgraded to a king size memory foam mattress. Now for the bed frame.
So, first furniture type wood working project. I have plenty of experience over building all kinds of projects around the farm. Chicken coops, hand washing stations, that kind of thing. All of those projects I figure the more screws and wood the sturdier! My tools consist of a rough chop saw from HFT and an old hand me down worm drive circular saw from my dad. Now I’m searching for a used table saw on CL.
The mattress is set to arrive any day now. I’m sure it will take me a while to accomplish this project so I better get on it.
I bought a Kreg DIY project kit to help me build this bed after watching Jeff Devlin’s video. So I reworked the Jeff’s plans to accommodate a king mattress. I am also daunted by the idea of drawers so my wife accepted open cubbies for Rubbermaid totes. I said someday I would be confident enough to build nice panel doors or square drawers.
I also wanted to be able to move the bed easily as I am renting and expecting to move in the next year or so. The foot of the bed would have a deep cubby for things like wrapping paper rolls and such.
Here is a Sketch-Up image of the bed I worked up. I would love to see what you all think of it. I have planned on using ¾” furniture grade hardwood ply and ¾”x2” face framing. I have a few questions about construction method.
- Would dados and rabbits help make this a stronger piece of furniture?
- I made up the head cabinet, does it look strong enough?
- I made the mattress platform overhang the base cabinets by 3” on both sides to avoid hitting my toe when I walk up to the bed since it sits on the floor. This means that my face framing does not extend up above the platform keeping the mattress from sliding on the platform, any ideas? Worry about it or forget it?
- Head board was planned to be mounted to the wall, any good ideas how to attach/detach the bed to the rigid headboard/wall? Another forum member linked to these, which look effective. Don’t know if they can be attached to plywood though.
Thanks for all your thoughts on the matter.!