Bed Frame: Done!

I first mentioned that we were building a captain’s bed frame to give us storage space underneath it in this post. And I showed some progress photos of the building process here. But just to recap… neither of us really like dressers, so we’ve been keeping our clothing in baskets. Here’s how it’s more or less looked like for the past year:

(Note the bed placement, because it's going to change...)

The mattress was on the floor, and there were baskets with clothing all over the bedroom. So we bought a bunch of plywood, and every few weeks we’d get a tiny bit more done on our bedframe. The pieces pretty much took over the garage:

(This is after the plywood was assembled, but before the trim was attached.)

It was basically a masterpiece of procrastination, quite possibly our finest work. 🙂 But today, nearly a year after buying the plywood, we finally finished!!! I have to apologize ahead of time, because we set it up in the evening so the lighting was less than ideal for pictures. So here we go…

Here are the painted pieces after we moved them into the bedroom:

(We rotated the bed to make both sides more accessible. A definitely improvement, but you'll have to take my word on it.)

And then we connected the pieces:

(We almost ran out of screws, but I scrounged up some more. Crisis averted.)

Then we put a piece of plywood across the horizontal planks, to make it even more over-built. But I didn’t take any pictures at that point because it was really boring-looking. We also put one of those grippy carpet pads on top of the plywood to keep it separate from the mattress, which was also too boring to take a picture of. So clearly, let’s move straight to the after shots!

(At last. At last.)

Hm, it looks a little funny because of the open space at the foot. Well, the plan is to build a storage bench to match the bed frame, and that would hide the opening. So at the rate we’ve been going, it should actually be built sometime next year. 😀 Here’s a closer shot of the storage:

(ooooooh. ahhhhhh.)

The nightstand is a little away from the bed because otherwise it blocks that last basket. So I guess we also need to build floating bedside tables or something. Oh, and a headboard, now that the bed isn’t up against the window.

Anyway, I’m pretty happy with it, though I haven’t actually tried sleeping in it yet. I’m a little concerned that I’ll roll over to get out of bed and let the dog out at 4am and fall off because we’ve been sleeping with the mattress on the floor for so long. But I’ve managed to avoid that when we’ve been in hotels and such, so I’ll probably be fine…


Posted on February 5, 2012, in building and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. any chance you have the measurements for the various pieces of plywood? I love this idea, great job!

    • Hi! Sorry I kept forgetting to reply to you… here you go:
      Top: 84″ x 17.5″
      Bottom: 82.5″ x 16.75″
      Back: 82.5″ x 16.25″
      Sides: 17.5″ x 16.25″
      Vertical dividers: 16.75″ x 13″

  2. I did basically the same thing, only I added a full sheet of plywood on the bottom for stability for my queen-sized bed. And, put 6 casters on it for easy bed-making.

  3. May I ask where you got the storage baskets? We have a similar bed frame with 20″ long and 16″ high cubby holes, and are having a hard time finding baskets and/or crates large enough to fit them.

  4. When you put the trim on, did it leave a lip on the vertical shelf separators? I can’t really see on the pictures. The trim on the top, bottom, and outside I see, but just curious about the cubby walls.

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