Rather than pay out the ass for a platform bed, I'm building my own..

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  1. blindarrow

    blindarrow New Member

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    I'm handy with a welder, have a few ideas, and a place to buy metal about 15 minutes away.

    My uncle does alot of metalwork, and after showing him a few designs that I liked, he seems to think the whole thing can probably be built for under $200.

    I'll try and keep this updated and all as I go about it.. hopefully it'll turn out good, but we'll see. :)
     
  2. brandallina

    brandallina complex salacious removal

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    right on. pics of designs?
     
  3. Yardsale

    Yardsale OT Supporter

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    cool man, post pics
     
  4. cedric

    cedric I don't have a contract

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    decent wood is absurdly expensive nowadays. When you buy the lumber from Home Depot, the finish never looks as good as the veneers on the mass-produced stuff. You should check out reclaimed wood. I've seen some amazing beds made from that stuff :eek3:
     
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    right on man. That's tight :cool:
     
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    :werd: post the designs



    I've wanted to build a loft bed outta recycled wood for a while, but I already have a fairly baller wooden bed :hs:
     
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    firemunki I am the patron saint of lost causes

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    i would also like to see the plans...

    and if you actually do this...an edu with detailed instructions and pictures
     
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    Movendi Techno-süchtige

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    INterested for some design ideas. My uncle is also a good welder and am looking for a king single frame :x:
     
  9. blindarrow

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    I have no set plans as of yet, just some basic sketches really.. I'm going to the metal store today to see what I've got.

    The basic idea I have in my head so far is a queen size platform, raised off the ground about 2 to 4 inches on metal feet. I'm toying with the idea now of doing hidden storage in the headboard, but I've also thought of doing a metal frame on the headboard and then covering it with faux leather.

    I'll also probably be building a glass-top nightstand with a light in it.. pimp factor of 11. :coold:
     
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    Browse around at the places listed at the top of the forum in the sticky, and look at the platform beds.. you'll get tons of ideas, and also dimensions. :mamoru:
     
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    cedric I don't have a contract

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    doing a metal headboard covered in leather would be a mistake. Wood + batting + leather = win
     
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    The problem is that decent wood is fucking outrageous expensive.

    The preliminary design is going to be a platform that is 63"W x 82"L. That leaves a 2 inch ledge all the way around, except for at the head, which will be flush. The feet of the bed will be probably 3" square tubing that will be offset to the middle of the bed, supporting it on two rails. There will be two more rails in the middle of that to provide additional support. Over that, 3/4" plywood or particle board will be used to complete the shelf, and will be covered on the top side with a leather or canvas of some type.

    I'm still out on the headboard.. I have decided a design for it yet. The metal I'll be building most of the platform frame out of is like ~$20 for 20 feet, so that isn't going to run much at all. I imagine the most expensive things at this point will be the plywood sheet and the leather.

    I wish I had sketches drawn up or something to help you all understand it better.. but I sketched it out on paper and have no scanner.

    I may even break down and do a wood headboard to top it off, but I know jack about woodworking, and the price of that really makes me sour..
     
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    cedric I don't have a contract

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    buy MDF or plywood for the headboard. it's gonna be covered so it's not like it really matters what it looks like. I've seen tutorials online that show you how to do the upholstery. :dunno:

    As we both said, wood is fucking expensive. I was looking at buying a 4' x 1.5' slab for a coffee table top and prices were gonna be like $250 just for that piece...but I was looking at exotic hardwoods, so that definitely factors in, but still...

    Take a look into reclaimed timber. You can get some beautiful pieces for reasonable prices :coold:

    Example:

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    Honestly though, if you're really set on a platform bed, I'd just buy it from West Elm for $600. That's a reasonable price and at least the finish will be nice.
     
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    I'll look into reclaimed timber for maybe an additional project.

    I'm invested into this metal frame now.. and I definitely wanna try it out. You're right though, that is a sweet looking bed.
     
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    cedric I don't have a contract

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    if you're going to upholster the ledges, definitely use some sort of padding between the wood and the upholstery.

    Take a look at the Tate bed from Crate&Barrel :cool:

    http://www.crateandbarrel.com/famil...fromLocation=Search&DIMID=400001&SearchPage=1
     
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    I built one out of wood. They are so much better than box spring bed frames.
    Ill see if i can find pics (built it for a friend)
     
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    Please do. That'd be cool.

    What kind of wood?
     
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    UPDATE:

    Just got back from purchasing the metal.. 16 gauge 1"x2" rectangular tubing. Comes in 20 feet sections.. bought 2 sections (40') for $50.76. This is what the base frame and center supports will be made out of. I'd take pictures but it just started raining and I got both pieces in the garage.

    Once the rain lets up, I'll probably swing by Home Depot to check the prices for 3/4" thick plywood, and then probably stopping by the fabric store to check out some padding and see what they've got fabric-wise that'll look good on it.

    Running total so far is $50.76.
     
  20. cedric

    cedric I don't have a contract

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    :cool: don't have any of the plywood exposed. either paint it, or preferably -- upholster it.
     
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    would you just put acryl all over the reclaimed wood?
     
  22. blindarrow

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    Oh trust me, it will be upholstered for sure. :coold:

    I also ordered a relcaimed timber catalog from a company.. gonna take a look through it and possibly do a headboard with it.
     
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    i'm in for plans or progress.

    that railroad tie looking bed is :cool:
     
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    cedric I don't have a contract

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    :bowdown:
     
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    in for this :coold:
     

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