Here were my design protocols for the bed building project.
1. Storage underneath. I drag a lot of books around.
2. Simple to Build - I don't have my power tools with me, so it had to be simple E.g. No sawing or cutting to size.
3. Simple to Dismantle - For fun, I also decided to see how I could get away with out drilling or nailing stuff together.
4. Inexpensive - the budget was $23.
5. Bonus Protocols :: Has to look good, be sturdy, & it has to be possible for one person to carry & transport the materials without a truck or van. (Bike transport possible if you have a bike trailer!)
Here's what I did and how I did it.
Step 1: Step 1 Gather Ideas
Finally, before heading to a retail hardware store like the famous McGuckin's of Boulder, I decided to go check out ReSource, an architectural & building salvage shop in town. I'd check out McGuckin's later if I needed to. I'd been going to these places for years for other building projects but I wasn't sure yet what I'd find there, or how I'd do it. (The places I've been to are Bring in Eugene, OR, Build It Green in New York City, and ReStore in Philadelphia, PA. IF you're lucky, there might be one in your city too.)
Materials I considered included ::
1. Pallets (too splintery and not enough storage)
2. New 2 x 4s or 2 x 6s with plywood or OSB combo (ruled out because of budget, sawing, & screwing)
3. Salvage dresser drawers (could have structural issues),
4. Salvage doors (a good choice for size & sturdiness, but not in the budget, and what would they rest them on?) and
5. Old milk crates (not so easy to find these days, also they're plastic, I like natural materials better.)
6. Scraps of hardwood flooring
7. Salvage cabinetry
Check out Step 2 to see what I picked.
(Note, photo credit for the cabinet picture:: ReSource website.)