Cheap Bed Substitute





Introduction: Cheap Bed Substitute

A new bed for $10 in 5 minutes.

Having blown $300 on a mattress, I wasn't about to blow another $300 on a bed frame or box springs. I had all these archive boxes that I used for moving, so here's a cheap-ass substitute.

Its as strong as a regular bed, environmentally-friendly and great for people who move frequently. And you instantly have 10 boxes worth of storage space under your bed!

Step 1: Buy Materials, Assemble and Finish Construction (5 Minutes)


1. 10 x archive boxes from Officeworks or Staples (about $10)
2. 5 minutes
3. Lack of shame
4. Mattress

Just arrange the boxes in 2 rows of five with lids on (if you're an even bigger bum, you could do without the lids by just flipping all the boxes). Was considering taping the boxes together, but that actually takes work, so I skipped that. The boxes are very strong, even when not taped together.

I put on the mattress and jumped up and down, but the boxes were really stiff and didn't deform at all. It was as if I had placed the mattress on solid concrete blocks.

Note the elegant blue stripe in the middle, which is very hip this season.

Step 2: Hiding the Shame

Picture of girlfriend covering the boxes with a bedsheet. I would have skipped this step too, but the girlfriend was adamant about hiding the ugly boxes (and using this cheap bed substitute).

I think this bed is great because you instantly have 10 boxes worth of storage space under the mattress.

Step 3: Add Mattress

Add mattress. The bonus is that this bed, with the mattress, is exactly the same height as the bed next to it (which is a standard bed frame from Ikea).

If you don't even want to buy a mattress, you can tape together a bunch of free padded envelopes from Fed-Ex, like this guy:

When you want to move, just flatten all the boxes, or you can use them to move!



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    Has anybody considered using a wooden Fence pallet adding or not legs?

    What about those top PADDED Ottomans which hold 80 to 120 kg each and have a hollow inside useful for storage?

    Love the " lack of shame" comment....i woukd have said " creative flair," instead.

    Good idea. Could also use plastic boxes like you get from the store. It works

    Lack of shame! Ha! Great Instructable. Very innovative.

    your fedex furniture link is broken, i was really excited to see it..

    As a former mattress salesperson, I would not recommend this to anyone that wants to keep their mattress in top shape. A mattress will last much longer (8-10 years - thereby getting more bang for your $300) if paired with a boxspring. It has a specific function - to dissipate the forces exerted on the top of the bed and provide a constant, level surface.

    My suggestion: If you plan on spending just $300 on a mttress, negotiate the boxspring be included in the sale. Most people don't realize the pricing listed is for the set (but an unscrupulous salesperson will gladly sell only the mattress for same price), and if you purchase mattress only, you get NO WARRANTY. So when the banker's boxes crumble in a couple of months (warping the mattress in turn), you'll have to pony up another $300 for the same crappy mattress.

    Live and learn.

    Many boxsprings are nothing more than a cheap pine frame, a cardboard cover and maybe $20 worth of fabric.. Plenty of people who work making mattress and box springs can attest to the poor quality and huge markup on these things... Oh well get what you pay for these days don't we...

    I think it is not good for the body's electrical field to be sleeping on top of metal metal, imho. I would make a platform that does not use metal screws either.

    Should I put magnets in it?  Do you have a suggestion for a pattern to put them in?  Maybe an ankh, with the loop under the pillow?

    I think she sleeps on a foam "mattress" or maybe air/water bed...