|Forum topic by ckin522||posted 10-24-2015 07:58 PM||870 views||0 times favorited||7 replies|
10-24-2015 07:58 PM
I’m somewhat of a novice at woodworking projects, but hopefully this is something I can manage. I’m also quite limited on power tools (I only have a 7”circular saw, drill, and belt sander). I’d appreciate any advice from all the more experienced folks around here.
I recently found a used platform bed where the mattress frame hinges up on hydraulics to allow storage inside, and everything works great. The only problem… the whole bed feels really really low to the ground. By design, it sits fully on the ground (no legs). The sideboards are ~10” tall, and the metal mattress frame ends up holding the bottom of the mattress only ~8” from the floor. I’d like to raise the whole entire bed about 5”-6”.
I stumbled on a great design that I like (see it here), and would like to build and add a similar underneath/lower base to my bed to raise it higher.
You can see the photos of what I have now.
The “wood” is actually 1.5” wide particle board with a layer of veneer (or malamine, or something??), but it’s very heavy. There’s also a pretty heavy, upholstered headboard with long protruding bolts that slide into the open ends of the upper wood base, plus there are also two “floor” panels that sit inside making a base for the inner storage area.
So, my many questions…
What’s the best way to support the current “outer”/upper frame above the new “inner”/lower frame that I’d have to build? I was thinking screwing a few wide, flat 90deg brackets into the new base, so that the upper frame sits on the metal, and is screwed into it to hold it stable. (see my sketch) All the weight would be on the brackets (perhaps ~500-600lbs all total, with 2 people + bed).
Would this bracket system support it well enough? What would be the best dimension brackets? And where would I look for such brackets? (I have no metalworking tools at all to cut or shape them)
Should the outer edge of the wood of the lower platform overlap any with the inner edge of the upper?
What material should I make the lower frame out of? I’d probably need boards of ~1.5” x ~6”. I plan on making a black finish, so the wood tone isn’t important.
Also, the upper frame is joined at 45 deg on the corners (with no screw or nail holes visible outside). I would like to do the same on the new lower frame, but I have no idea how to join the two corners like that without visible screws? I’m also not sure how to make exact 45 deg cuts on the ends?
I edited a photo to show the colors and look of the hopeful end product.
I would like to make a smooth black matte finish on the lower frame. How could I achieve that kind of smooth finished look? Everything I’ve painted/varnished before always ends up at least a little streaky or with brush stroke lines.
Thanks for any help and advice!