Soon I’ll be delving into the design of my next project, a queen-size platform bed for my wife and myself to share. These first two images are the best examples of the overall look I’ll be going for. I love the low set of these beds coupled with the overhang of the platform. They have a cleanliness of line that lends a lot of elegance to a simple structure and allows the material to be the star. The built-in side tables are a must for achieving this look.
We don’t use direct light for reading. I greatly prefer more ambient lighting and currently use torch lamps next to the bed. I also like the concept of built-in lighting, especially if the bed is going to be quite low to the ground making reaching up to turn off a lamp very inconvenient.
The main kink in all of this is that I very much want some storage on the bed. Drawers along the edges, under the side tables, and a way to lift the platform so we can store some rarely used items under the bed itself are all on the wish-list.
So here are the requirements in order of importance:
- Platform style, queen-size bed with built-in side tables.
- All wood. No faux materials (technical terms?), no facings, no screws or nails. Glue is acceptable.
- Tung oil finish. Natural character of the material should be prominent.
- Should be able to break down into pieces for transport and storage.
- Under-platform storage. Must be available without disassembling the bed.
- Drawer storage under side tables.
- Drawer storage on bed sides.
- Built-in, ambient reading lights.
I’m pretty sure I am in over my head here, but that was true about my first two projects as well. I’m hoping to make use of SketchUp for the first time, but I’ll take any suggestions y’all have for design resources. Also, if anyone knows of a good resource for lighting fixtures that could be adapted to this purpose please share!