Bedframe - Arts & Crafts

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Project by Jero posted 1541 days ago 3668 views 34 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finally, after many years of really having…nothing for a frame, 3 months and 110+ hours I’ve completed my bedframe.

Not really wanting just a flat (or larger version of the footboard) for a headboard, I decided on a bookcase headboard, built to match the style of my dresser. Got a few ideas off of some other styles of bookcase headboards. Decided to add a couple of drawers and 2 puck lights underneath. Got a lot of great construction ideas off an article from fine woodworking:

I wanted a low-profile look and eliminated my box spring by making a solid support the entire bottom of the bed. Added a center section that rests on the floor for additional support (not shown). The main rails are connected to the foot/head board firstly with double mortise and tenon joints, and then secured with bed bolts. Not wanting the bed bolts exposed or having plugs in the uprights, I ran them the opposite way, going from the rails into the uprights, which is the reason for the routered out area in the rails shown in picture 2. The nuts are permanently installed in the foot/head board, and bolt goes through the rail(s) into them and then tightened.

The main construction is mortise and tenon. The top is solid white oak with breadboard ends to match the dresser, and coffeetable. The rear panels are 1/4” + material ripped from thicker material and glued together.

It is made out of white oak, stained with a custom color to match my dresser (which ended up not matching…if you want matching furniture, make them out of the same kind of material – I made the dresser out of red oak…another lesson learned). Three coats of poly. I wanted to try fuming on this one, but couldnt get the color to come out like I wanted.

-- Jeremy - Marshfield, WI

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#1 posted 1541 days ago

wonderful bed Jeremy very nice design

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 1541 days ago

very well done, great job

-- shavins

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#3 posted 1541 days ago

I need to make a bedroom set. A&C has such nice lines.

Great Job!

-- Mike - Antero's Urban Wood Designs

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#4 posted 1541 days ago

That is beautiful!!

-- helen

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#5 posted 1541 days ago

Nice work!

-- Happy woodworking!

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#6 posted 1541 days ago

A very nice design and great proportions. Wonderful workmanship.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#7 posted 1541 days ago

I love your bed there, been lookin for some ideas and I love your design and was looking at a mission style, like yours better.

-- Ken, Tallahassee,FL

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#8 posted 1541 days ago

Great design and craftsmanship! I really like the headboard storage.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#9 posted 1541 days ago

Beautiful bed. Love the headboard.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#10 posted 1541 days ago

Great looking bed. Very nicely done. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#11 posted 1541 days ago

Nice job on the bed, excellent craftsmanship.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#12 posted 1540 days ago

That is unbelievably nice! It reminds me of the waterbed headboards I used to install in high school, only a whole lot classier. A perfect example of being inspired by turn of the century furniture to design stuff for todays usage.

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#13 posted 1230 days ago

Sweet, we already have a great set but this would be my preference if we didn’t

-- RoBanJo

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#14 posted 1185 days ago

I love this bed so much, I have been looking for an arts and crafts/mission style bed for so long, this far and away my favorite design. I had a question, though: do you find it uncomfortable to sit up in bed, or lean back against the headboard?

-- "The lyf so short, the craft so long to lerne"

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#15 posted 336 days ago

Great bed. I really like the use of three square holes throughout the design. The shape and style of the headboard backsplash is also very pleasing to the eye. That detail inspired me to build my bed.
The light adds great dramatic effect as well.

What a great project.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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