Introduction: DIY Family Palette Bed

When my family told me I should "buy a bed/bedroom made out of solid wood that will last for 30 years" I went ballistic because I live in belief that nobody needs a bed (or any other piece of furniture) to last that long. What I need is something ultra cheap, recyclable, easy to build and dismantle but at the same time keeping the contemporary and modern look of today's geek :) Here's what I came up with...

Step 1: 3D Model/sketch

As most of the things I do, everything started as a 3D model in Rhinoceros. After a few experiments, mainly related to palettes orientation, this layout was chosen because it gives a perfect dimension fit on EU standard family bed size: 160x200 cm.

Step 2: Tools and Materials

Again, as for the DIY knife rack a plan was to build everything with just a few tools and materials - easy and simple so that any student or DIY enthusiast can do it in one weekend. Sanding is the biggest task when working with palette furniture - prepare yourself for a day of sanding experience. Also choosing the ones with really good wood is crucial if you want to get good results.

- electrical sander(s)
- paint brush
- sand paper

- 4 x wooden standard size palettes (in EU its 120 x 80 x 14.5 cm)
- about 2l of paint
- optionaly one cord with light bulb socket and a switch

Step 3: Paint and Assembly

After you sanded your palettes, paint them in color you like - I used two paint system so I get "reflective" under bed area (white color reflects all the light). Then just arrange them to preferred layout and voila! You do not even need to fix palettes together because they are heavy and sturdy - everything stays in place, no matter how hard you roll or jump on the bed :)

As a finishing "romantic" touch I took out the light bulb cord with a switch from an old lamp, just staple it to palettes leg and that's it.

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MimiW4 made it!(author)2016-01-12

Hi vojtaS1 is there any way of having English instructions for the bed with lights thanks

VojtaS1 made it!(author)2015-03-03

I made it last month. Check more photos and complete photo step-by-step instruction at ;-)

Atomisk69 made it!(author)2015-04-05

Exactly what I'm looking for. Do you have the instructions in english?

VojtaS1 made it!(author)2015-09-06

Here, I made translation for you:

Flyfoflife made it!(author)2015-11-24

I couldn't get the English version to come up?

VojtechS2 made it!(author)2015-11-24

English version here:

GEEK+factory made it!(author)2015-03-04

AMAZING ONE! Can share it on my FB page (

VojtaS1 made it!(author)2015-03-04

YES, sure, share it wherever you want :-)

FelipeB16 made it!(author)2015-09-17

hey man, really nice tutorial! I'm definitely doing this, but I have a major concern that i suppose doesn't affect you guys that much as it does to me. I live in brazil, which, as any other tropical country, has a lot more of insects and bugs around. So, my question is, how is it with dust and bugs under inside of that pallette frame? I mean that bed frame you guys made seems great, but it also seems that it would be really easy to get dust and small bugs and that kinda stuff. What you guys think?

sonia.herrera.3152 made it!(author)2014-07-31

con dos colchones se puede hacer mas alta.

doctorwho42 made it!(author)2014-06-18

how do you keep them from skuffing up the floor?

GEEK+factory made it!(author)2014-06-19

good sanding + that sticky foamy mats will do the trick...Oh yeah, the pallets are so heavy and sturdy, they do not move an inch, no matter what you floor is safe ;)

pott2 made it!(author)2014-05-20

amazing idea

edoardo_or made it!(author)2013-08-10


stormthirst made it!(author)2013-07-04

Great if you need to check for monsters under your bed :)

GEEK+factory made it!(author)2013-07-05

And also your wife will dust more under the bed :D

TheMrCOOLguy2 made it!(author)2013-07-01

Love your creations

Jimmy_Christ+ made it!(author)2013-07-01

I love your use of pallets! What type of places do you find pallets. This is definitely a project I want to try.

GEEK+factory made it!(author)2013-07-01

well there's bunch of places where you can buy these palettes - companies who work in construction and transport will have them on stock regularly...And you also have companies producing them everywhere...

jayeshshinai made it!(author)2013-06-27

wow...that is crazy awesome. thinking about lights blinking to music when you play it in the room or adding motion detectors.

GEEK+factory made it!(author)2013-07-01

that's something I would like to see also!

firefightergirl30 made it!(author)2013-06-25

I'm so doing this

GEEK+factory made it!(author)2013-06-26

@firefightergirl30 - glad you like sure to share a pic or two on my GEEK design FB page when you are done ;)

GEEK+factory made it!(author)2013-06-25

Yami tnx 4 Q: the total height is 36cm (14.5 for the palette and 21.5 4 the mattress) which is a bit lower (approx. 5-10cm) than standard bed height.

Basically if you are more than 190cm tall you will miss those few cm...

YamiEridani made it!(author)2013-06-25

Random question, how tall is the pallet + mattress?

GEEK+factory made it!(author)2013-06-24

Tnx 4 the input...glad you like my work...I was trying to take a "night" picture as bright as possible - this is the best my camera can do. If you go fwd to step 3 there are some "daytime" pics.

Off topic: you think it would be better if I post daytime pic as the leading one on the first page?

HollyMann made it!(author)2013-06-24

Wow this looks great - wish the picture was brighter - even though it looks cool to see the light below.

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