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Forum topic by drpdrp posted 03-08-2013 08:37 PM 1964 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-08-2013 08:37 PM

I’ve been surfing pictures and researching some of the posts here on bed frames and gotten some great ideas and inspiration. However, some of my concerns don’t seem to be addressed overtly anywhere. I figure this site is mostly grown ups so I am going to just be…. blunt-ish.

We’ve never had a real bed frame. Just the little metal guys with wheels. In fact, we’ve never had a real new bed. There was a futon once years ago… but mostly hand me downs. We live in a condo and the master bedroom shares a wall. We finally have a house free of children and so I want to make sure the frame is good for…


I don’t want it to creak. I don’t want the headboard to bang the wall. I want the plush new mattress to be sturdy like it is sitting on a rock platform. I want no wiggling no matter what hijinx ensue. Okay, not likely to be any real hijinx, but I am a man of… substance? And so there can be a good amount of inertia. Anyway, enough of that.

We might move someday so I want the frame to be reasonably disassemble friendly. We are looking at a queen bed with a sleigh headboard, drawers, and a platform for the mattress rather than a box spring. I really enjoy making joinery decisions that don’t use metal. As such I was thinking maybe a series of cabinets that I could then bolt together with a good bit of torque. Each cabinet would be a pretty solid chunk.

Oh oh! Material. I was thinking decent plywood dressed in pine. Style wise it won’t be truly distressed- but will allow for natural distressing to not take away from it. So I am not too worried about the pine getting dinged. I did my last project with oak and… I just didn’t enjoy working with it. Don’t like the smell. Didn’t like the feel. Meh.

Thoughts? Suggestions?

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#1 posted 03-08-2013 08:49 PM

Hee hee hee.

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#2 posted 03-08-2013 09:01 PM

Right??? :)

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#3 posted 03-08-2013 09:58 PM

Try this Thread maybe?? Then just build a normal bed.

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#4 posted 03-08-2013 10:01 PM

How about a platform bed? Solid frame directly on the floor. And some nice built in drawers underneath like a captain’s bed…for storing underwear and stuff.

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#5 posted 03-08-2013 10:30 PM

Build 2 sets of drawers with three drawers in each. Use ‘em on each side for the base. Lay plywood on ‘em and then yoru box springs and mattress on top of that.
Kinda like the old waterbeds used ta be.

+edit… Ok Joe, you old dumbass,,, READ the other comments FIRST.... THEN post!

I meant to say DItto what KelvinGrove said :-)

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#6 posted 03-09-2013 01:39 AM

We’re still in a twenty year old waterbed.

Don’t bother with the drawers, you’ll probably not use them. Use the basic method of building a knockdown platform, it’s sturdy and will hold up to most hijinks!

Good Luck!

Have Fun!

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#7 posted 03-09-2013 04:01 AM

Haha Joey! I’ve already got one of those! (not really)

Yeah, platform with sleigh headboard is my plan. I will get some stuff committed to paper and then maybe repost with some design pics.

Thanks everybody.

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#8 posted 03-09-2013 09:38 AM

So I found this topic:

And that is pretty similar to what I had in mind. There is no way I’d try to do the sliding dovetails because of… skills.

Uh- but back to my original thought… Would this be squeeky or anything?

ben did you ever build this?

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#9 posted 03-09-2013 11:45 AM

I have built several beds. My only advice as far as the no squeaking is to use bed bolts. All of the other available hardware for knock down frames will have some movement and therefore squeak. Also wax the ends of the bed rails before you assemble. This should cut down on any squeaking.

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#10 posted 03-09-2013 03:38 PM

Make a bed on truck shocks ( for better traction) :)

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