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#1 2020-11-04 03:56:54

schwim
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Schwim's projects: Part 137, the lumbering bed.

Hey there folks!

I'm not sure how many originals are around from the times when I used to pass your time with acts of my mediocrity with all things house-y, but after having fallen out of the habit of taking pictures as I do stuff, I thought of the crew when doing this one so took some pics. 

It's my and my wife's 20th anniversary tomorrow and a few things fell into place to make this possible. First, my wife and daughter went to Charlotte to help her dad with his house so I had 3 days to get this done. Secondly, my mom moved to Arizona, leaving a king mattress, which my wife had been wanting for years because I "refuse to stay on your side of the bed, making sleep impossible."  I grabbed the freebie mattress, storing it in the basement with the intention of making a headboard for it.  After some time chewing on it, however, I wondered why I would just build a headboard when I could build a whole bed.  My lizard brain then yelled "CHALLENGE ACCEPTED".  I googled "floating bed diy", picked a picture I liked and got to work.

Starting point:

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Trip to the lumber store!

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None of this fancy-schmancy hardwoods, this baby is going to be built out of #2 roof joist and the cheapest 1x dimensional I can get.  That's why God made sanders and routers for.  Even so, it cost quite a few hundred dollars in materials(woops).

Room has been cleared for the most part and the outer perimeter lumber has been brought up from the basement after cutting, sanding/routing and rattlecan clear coat:

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Me and my build partner got to work:

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Yep, still no garage.  Another project built in a sloping gravel drive:

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Base has been completed:

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Time to build the headboard!

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With the headboard finished, I needed to get the mattress from the basement to the second floor.  This was by far the most challenging aspect of the entire thing.  I thought I was going to kill myself.

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And finally complete:

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Some items of note. I installed led strips under the bed with motion sensors so at night we have sort of side-specific night lights.  You can sort of see them in the next-to-last pic.

As you would expect, something of this size made with 2x10s, 2x6s, 2x4s and some 1x is HEAVY.  I wouldn't consider this if I didn't trust the construction of the floor beneath.

I built the platform 1" larger in each direction but it seems mattresses(at least this one) is a bit undersized so there's a bit of space between the edge of the mattress and the end of the platform.  I would have built it to exact advertised measurements had I known this was a thing.

When she got home tonight, she fell in love with it so it was all worth it.  A future project may be a couple nightstands that match the bed as the mismatched pair bother me more now than with the old bed smile

That's it for now, take care everyone!

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#2 2020-11-04 04:09:44

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Re: Schwim's projects: Part 137, the lumbering bed.

Nice. Good job.

And that all important harmony on the home front.

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#3 2020-11-04 08:40:50

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Re: Schwim's projects: Part 137, the lumbering bed.

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#4 2020-11-04 12:00:07

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Re: Schwim's projects: Part 137, the lumbering bed.

nice job, love the led floor illuminating lights!


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#5 2020-11-04 13:53:48

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Re: Schwim's projects: Part 137, the lumbering bed.

Interesting, is the base a solid surface? I've always been operating under the assumption that mattresses are best placed on a Lattenrost (slatted frame, dict.cc tells me, or so) to maximize airflow and minimize the risk of mold, moisture etc developing under the mattress, and that placing mattresses directly on the floor or an impermeable surface is therefore not something you would do for a longer time. Maybe the mattress is build for this; I have no experience with such thick mattresses. Perhaps slats are also an European thing.


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#6 2020-11-04 14:57:59

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Re: Schwim's projects: Part 137, the lumbering bed.

Thanks a bunch guys, glad it's of some interest.  I live for off-topic smile

twoion wrote:

Interesting, is the base a solid surface? I've always been operating under the assumption that mattresses are best placed on a Lattenrost (slatted frame, dict.cc tells me, or so) to maximize airflow and minimize the risk of mold, moisture etc developing under the mattress, and that placing mattresses directly on the floor or an impermeable surface is therefore not something you would do for a longer time. Maybe the mattress is build for this; I have no experience with such thick mattresses. Perhaps slats are also an European thing.

It is a solid surface of thin luan-style finish panels. The storebought base that this mattress lived on was a solid surface and I've seen others that are the same.  Also, it seems that the base of the mattress is made of some non-porous plastic so I don't think the mattress is expected to breathe through that surface.  We've got a liner of sorts on the top as well, so the mattress won't be doing a bunch of breathing from any side.  With forced heating and air, our humidity in the house is near-0, so I am fairly confident that we'll be ok.

That being said, however, any European-style frames I've seen(like IKEA) are of the slat style like you're describing.  My daughter's bed frame that we built from a flatpack box is designed like that.


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