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02-24-2018 01:12 PM

https://youtu.be/bdNcmLRMKgQ

yea yea I know, Bed slats of all things, but we do ours a bit different , and it works great .


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#1 posted 02-24-2018 01:27 PM

Excellent tips. I use plywood under the mattress (although didn’t occur to me to finish it). It obviously takes 2 pieces across the bed. Do you laminate them into one piece or leave them as 2?

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 02-24-2018 01:29 PM

Just leave as 2 pieces Monte .

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#3 posted 02-24-2018 01:44 PM

Fascinating. If you did that plywood trick on a modern metal frame, would there be a benefit for seniors who may have a problem in the morning putting on things like shoes and slippers, while they sit on the edge of the mattress? Just a thought. Only reason I bring it up is I have a bad back and one replaced knee, both of which have less flexibility than when I was a young buck. Harder to put on my shoes!

On the other hand, it might end up too low and they might not be able to stand up from the mattress.

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#4 posted 02-24-2018 01:53 PM

Tennessee,
Your correct , With a bed frame you probably do want a box spring to get the height,

I have built a ton of beds, a good general rule of thumb is you want the mattress height to hit just at the bottom of your butt cheeks, may sound nuts , but at that height , you simply sit down to get in bed and stand up to get up.

We have used this formula forever and never had a client who didnt like it , it relieves that lumbar strain

That height is usually around 28 to 31 ”.
Problem is many mattress’s are 10 to 20 thick and 4 to 8 on the box spring, and on a period bed where we want to sit the side rail well off the floor, usually 10 to 12 ” , the bed gets too high, this is where the plywood comes in, or I have even build a ” platform”, like framing a wall, to get a specific height which could also be employed on a bed frame .

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#5 posted 02-24-2018 02:53 PM

I’m building a daybed right now.
I’m building a base for the mattress, but instead of plywood I’m using melamine.
I think the trade off from having to finish the plywood, compared to the melamine having a PB core is worth it?

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#6 posted 02-24-2018 03:17 PM

jbay
Sounds like a good idea to me .

BTW, like the design .

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#7 posted 02-24-2018 03:25 PM

Another super tip Charles, another example of the quality you put into your furniture.

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#8 posted 02-24-2018 03:28 PM

THANKS :<))

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#9 posted 02-24-2018 03:52 PM

How thick of plywood do you use?

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#10 posted 02-24-2018 11:41 PM

Monte.. 3/4 is my go to

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