I moved off campus this year, and had to furnish my new apartment. Mostly, I just needed a proper bed frame.
Seeing as I will be moving quite regularly for the next few years (getting started in my career and upgrading in my living spaces), I wanted to make a bed frame that would quickly and easily collapse down into a small bundle, while still being very sturdy. Additionally, It needed to not require a box spring, as those take up valuable space when moving (not to mention tough to get around tight corners).
A buddy of mine (Luke) had made a bed frame of very similar design (I kind of stole it to be honest), but his was on the floor. That doesn't appeal to me, so I added legs to make it a normal bed height.
I looked on the internet to see if there were any other plans out there for a bed frame of this type, but I could not find any that were easy to break down, and easily transportable, so this is the product of my brain.
I am sorry, but I will not be supplying all measurements, as this project was done about 8 months ago, and I lost my notes on it. Really, though, you just have to use your brain to figure out the dimensions to fit your mattress.
I have basic knowledge of woodwork, as well as very basic tools, so this instructible can be done by just about anyone.
Use your safety equipment (goggles, earplugs, gloves, and closed toed shoes).
Get your dad's permission to use his tools, and make sure to put them away when done (yes, that is a safety concern).
Step 1: Materials
You will need:
A 2* 1 x 8 x 84 board (I used pine I think, but you can use nicer if you like).
B 2* 1 x 8 x 60 board (match the other ones)
C 2* 1 x 2 x 84 strip of wood (forgot what the name is)
D 16* .75 x 2.5 x 48 Premium Furring Strip (these are the slats- use more than I did)
E 1* 4 x 4 x 72 fencepost
F 12 long wood screws (whatever you have around)
G 8* 6" bolts
H a bunch of finishing nails
I About 12' of 550 cord or other type of strong string
A saw that can go through a fencepost (mine only went about 3/4 of the way through, and wound up with crappy cuts)
Bandsaw if you are fortunate enough to have one.
A Drill with some long bits (same problem as above)
a flat screw driver
wrench to fit the bolts- or vice grip- or strong fingers
something to mark lines- I use classroom chalk