Pallet style bed (post).

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Pallet style bed
almost made from pallets…

This post comes from my Pallet style bed blog .

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.
(Read the story in the blog).

1. My new bed, from the eye of a fly.
2. Wood arrives.
3. Starting to look pallet like…
4. Two cuts with the plunge saw.
5. Scrap is a gift for the stove.
6. Good night…

Hope this can bring some inspiration.

Best thoughts,


-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#1 posted 03-13-2013 08:46 PM

Think I’m nodding of already mads, this design would certainly keep the matress “aired out” , I like your flair & final result. Sleep well friend.

(hope you sanded the edges well, hate to think you get a splinted in the bum lol)



-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#2 posted 03-13-2013 09:04 PM

I’m not sure, but I think I have seen this bed before, maybe in a blog? Great style, great work!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 03-13-2013 09:05 PM

Awesome job on this!

-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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#4 posted 03-13-2013 09:38 PM

nice job. It’s a very funny image to think of someone buying new pallets to tear them apart, but I guess you learned that before paying the extra money for new pallet. You got the look just right on the bed.

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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#5 posted 03-13-2013 09:45 PM

Hello mafe,
great project, I would like to know if you could do the wooden base with the same size of the mattress. In my opinion it would seem more functional. (Sorry of my observation)

-- The common man thinks. The wise man is silent. The stupid man discusses.

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#6 posted 03-13-2013 10:18 PM

Nice bed.

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#7 posted 03-13-2013 11:56 PM

Great work MAFE. Really look good.

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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#8 posted 03-14-2013 10:56 AM

That’s a great and simple idea. Take care.

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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#9 posted 03-14-2013 11:28 AM

Way cool. Sleep well.

-- From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned. Immanuel Kant

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#10 posted 03-14-2013 01:46 PM

Great looking bed. I too, am a pallet connoisseur and consumer of pallets, but there comes a point sometimes when it’s more pracitcal and effecient to use new wood. Not to mention most of the time much easier too.

-- Bryan

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#11 posted 03-14-2013 03:16 PM

Mafe, good to see you posting a cool project! Congrats on the bedroom and nice bed. I like the style. kind of like a Asian style bed. Looks great , hope all is well over there!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#12 posted 03-14-2013 06:57 PM

Amazing bed, but I have to echo what Pete said, watch out for splinters!

-- I never finish anyth

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#13 posted 03-14-2013 07:06 PM

Mads another winner my friend
The photo #6 is a wonderful shot

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#14 posted 03-14-2013 08:51 PM

sleep tight and may the nightmares bee about woodworking :-))

take care

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#15 posted 03-15-2013 03:31 PM

Like the pallet style of your bed. Looks really good and sturdy. Has great effects with the light. Very cool!


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