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DIY family palette bed

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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...
 
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Step 1: 3D model/sketch

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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

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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.

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

Materials
- 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
doctorwho421 month ago

how do you keep them from skuffing up the floor?

GEEK design (author)  doctorwho421 month ago

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 do...so floor is safe ;)

pott22 months ago

amazing idea

edoardo_or11 months ago
Nice!
Great if you need to check for monsters under your bed :)
GEEK design (author)  stormthirst1 year ago
And also your wife will dust more under the bed :D
Love your creations
I love your use of pallets! What type of places do you find pallets. This is definitely a project I want to try.
GEEK design (author)  Jimmy_Christ 1 year ago
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...
wow...that is crazy awesome. thinking about lights blinking to music when you play it in the room or adding motion detectors.
GEEK design (author)  jayeshshinai1 year ago
that's something I would like to see also!
I'm so doing this
GEEK design (author)  firefightergirl301 year ago
@firefightergirl30 - glad you like it...be sure to share a pic or two on my GEEK design FB page when you are done ;)
GEEK design (author) 1 year ago
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...
Random question, how tall is the pallet + mattress?
GEEK design (author) 1 year ago
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?
HollyMann1 year ago
Wow this looks great - wish the picture was brighter - even though it looks cool to see the light below.