Pallet style bed
almost made from pallets…
Ok, that is a little foolish, but the truth!
For the first time in quite a few years I have a real bedroom, so I wanted to build myself a really nice bed.
I had no budget, meaning it was ok if it was not cheap.
But I have been in love with the idea of a pallet bed for quite some time, and so I wanted to realize that dream.
First step was to check where I could get some pallets at a fair price since I wanted them new, and that was possible.
Next step was to make a design. I wanted it to be floating in the air and not just a bunch of pallets standing on the floor so I needed to make a frame to hold the different pallets together and so I started to design this.
It was while doing this I realized that it became so complex and the idea of a cheap pallet bed was lost.
So I tried to design my own pallet instead and then check the price for raw wood and found out it was app half the price than buying the pallets and then the system would have doubled the price.
I ordered the wood when I was ordering firewood for my stoves anyway, in this way the delivery was free and the wood came right to my door. All I then needed was to buy a box of screws and go for it.
And so all the boards stood in my hallway for a week or so while I was waiting for a good day, where my body would allow me to give it a go.
This was my bed before I started, two mattresses on the floor… A little to teen for me now at 44 I felt.
Since I had not yet really decided on the final design, due to the fact I wanted a lot and have limited room, my approach was to make a test layout and take it from there.
First step was to make the main frame to get an idea, this was made from 2×4’s and 5’ boards, I had my construction square at hand, but actually ended the old way with the diagonals.
From the different beds I had seen in my research on the web, there were different details I liked, I had seen some with light under the pallets, this made them look less heavy, I had seen some hanging like a swing and this made them even more floating. Also I liked those that had a space around the mattress so it was like an island and finally I had seen one where there was book storage in the bed too. All this I wanted…
No more talk!
I put the boards on the 2×4’s and it looked hopeless…
But after some serious thoughts I put the screws in and took the plunge saw and made the cuts.
As you can see I made the frame double in the sides, this since I liked it, to give it strength, but also so that if I one day got tired of the palled bed, I can just cut outside the second 2×4’s and use the frame for a more normal bed.
As you could see in the last picture I put the frame up on two 2×4’s to get the floating look.
They simply got a good screw from the side and were cut so they only supported the inner frame, in this way they cannot be seen from the side and so the bed really floats in the air.
I also mounted a little LED light in the center under the bed, LED since it last longer and gives almost no heat and are therefore not a fire hazard.
And here you see the result at night.
I am so pleased, really got the light, floating look I was looking for.
Almost on a sky I think…
And the cut offs was not waste, they could keep me warm the next day.
So if you were a fly on the wall it would look like this I guess.
With this last picture I will say goodnight with a smile.
I have now slept in the bed for a week or so and love it (I was up once in a while…).
Hope this can bring some inspiration, perhaps it was not a real pallet bed, but I think it was close enough.
-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.