Budget bed frame

My best friend is a genius when it comes to building things so he was kind enough to share this bed he made on my blog. This is a great way to save money on a bed frame. Enjoy guys!

Building an epic bed

They say you spend around a third of your life in bed. I’d argue I’m closer to half.. so when it was time to buy a new bed I felt it was really important to get the right one.

Until recently, all our furniture at home has been IKEA stuff. I like their furniture but it’s so unforgiving. One knock or scratch and you’re done. Plus the faux timber finish is never as nice as the real thing.

I came to the decision that any new furniture I brought into the house would be really nice solid timber furniture, with the intention of turning over all the IKEA gear eventually.

So I went to the shops to check out our options and found a bed I loved.. and then saw the price! Turns out beautiful solid timber furniture is expensive. Very expensive.

As our tight-arse overlord Dave would say “I love nice things but I’m not f***ing paying that much for it!”

Plus I don’t sleep well and wanted to put more money into the mattress than the bed.

What to do, what to do? Forget it, I’ll do a Dave and steal the design.

Here’s the photo of the bed I wanted.

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I copied the design from the photo and based the dimension on the expensive mattress we bought (which I eventually worked out I couldn’t build myself and should be left to the pros)

I designed the joins and slat layout myself, as the bed had joining hardware that I couldn’t buy retail. And I added a layer of material over the slats that protected the mattress from splinters during a turn or move.

It was funny because I originally had concerns that my version would be a rickety cheap version of the bed I saw in the shops. I could see every little detail that I’d missed, got slightly off angle, not sanded enough etc.. but a couple of days after I finished the build I was nearby the original shop we’d been to and I so I dropped past to have a final look at their version. The funny thing was that their version was actually the rickety cheap one.

After building my own and knowing the challenge of getting the mitre joints right, and having to sand and re-coat, sand and re-coat, I could see that this bed that seemed perfect on first look, actually had similar imperfections, but no one had taken the time to go over and correct them. There was overspray, the back wasn’t lacquered, the gaps in the joins were uneven and the hardware that connected the head frame to the rest of it wasn’t nearly as sturdy as the 6 coach bolts I’d used to join my head frame.

So I guess you could say I slept easy after that, knowing the bed I’d build was a third of the price and three times better.

Store price: $1500. Pat price: $474

A special thanks to Mum and Dad for lending me their garage for a few weeks.

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