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#1 posted 549 days ago

Sorry for finding this thread so late, but I’m sort of in the same boat. I’ve looked at the create-a-bed kit and I’m betting almost all of the hardware can be purchased for much cheaper. I originally started spec’ing out the parts a couple of years ago and now I can’t find the links, but I do recall finding the struts from one of the mechanical warehouse type places (I don’t think it was Grainger, but it was somewhere sort of like them). I could probably use the create-a-bed kit in a modified capacity, but I’m not a fan of how low to the floor they sit. I had envisioned something that has a set of false cabinet door faces that fold out to be a 16” foot for the bed, so I’m not sure if the create-a-bed kit could be modified in that way. I also was planning on building a fold out table on the front (from another pair of cabinet door faces). My design sketches can be found here:
Any input would be appreciated. The things I’d be interested to learn are:
-struts or springs?
-places/part #s to buy just the closures (strut or springs)
-ideas for keeping the box frame from being too thick (I am wanting to build a fold down desk as part of the design, but also want to make sure the “pan” under the bed doesn’t sag).
Ideally I want to pull off the illusion of a piece of cabinetry, but have the benefits of a wall bed AND a desk.
BTW, I envision the lower drawers for storing the bedding supplies.


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