they were either hugely expensive $1000+ or made so cheaply that extra legs had to be put in the middle to support the mattress.
So we decided to diy our own!
I appogise for the lack of photos, once i get into a project, I forget to stop every now and then and pick up the camera. I will try and describe the steps as well as i can.
Step 1: Study existing designs (take sneaky photos at stores)
* Sneaky ninja cameraphone photography
* Dodging pushy salespeople
* Staring at the ridiculous prices and not collapsing when your realise you can build it for 1/4 of the price!
but seriously, most salespeople are happy when you tell them you are lookin to see if a bed will fit your decor, and ask if they mind if you take a photo.
ive attached some of the designs that we liked, and a couple of the ones that i thought were pretty abysmal.
Step 2: Design
and measurements from your matress
Sketch designs on a piece of paper untill you decide on something you like
Model it using your favourite modelling application (sketch up / autocad etc)
take measurements from modelling application and compare to design on paper to make sure there are no design problems.
Check design with girlfriend, even consider doing a quick render to see if she likes it. At this point you may be required to go back to the 1st step several times.
Print off 3d model, and parts breakdown
for our design, we used a combination of Designs and came up with something that myself and the girlfriend both agreed on.
The last picture is the closest to what we ended up with, as we liked the idea of having lights and a powerboard integrated into the head of the bed.