Introduction: "Floating Bed"

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Growing tired of my boxspring on the floor I decided I wanted to create a bed frame that made it look like the bed was floating above the floor.  I left room for a headboard/lamp idea that I'll be completing in the next couple of weeks.

Step 1: The Planning Stage

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I perhaps spent too much time and drew in too many supports  But for my first build of a bed I wanted to be meticulous.


Step 2: A Good Foundation.

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I planned everything on to be supported on the main base frame with the second level that supports the box spring to line up on the base level.

Step 3: The Second Level

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I built this level to line up with the level below and also added lateral slats across the top to give an even level of support across the box spring

Step 4: Sidewalls

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I added side walls that I 'upholstered' in padding and a cotton grey padding.

Stay tuned for my headboard addition in the next little while.  I'm building hidden bedside lamps that swivel out from the top and light switches controlling it hidden behind cloth/foam covered panels.


bijibiji (author)2015-12-14

Bro. Totally awesome. You should definitely take part in the 4x2 contest.

wilvicc (author)2015-09-08

..This is awesome! I suggest putting lights under the bed, maybe LED strips or something, adding more effects on the floating illusion!

NaniM1 (author)2015-06-21

Did you upholster the sidewalls before you attached them? What size are the sidewalls

billyprefect made it! (author)2015-04-29


My wife thought I was being ridiculous. I love my bed. The surround wood was gotten from a farmer, the pieces were made from a cedar he had cut and milled, and never used. The green glow is the other project, the under bed night light, also in the making.

vaughnago (author)billyprefect2015-04-29

That looks awesome. I wanted to put light blue ones under mine. I'm working on a redesign of this one that ill probably post on here in the next few months

godbri0612 (author)2014-04-03

Here is a pic of the one i built, its not finished but i love it so far..

jomo.maher (author)godbri06122014-11-07

LEDs look amazing. I've been planning to get some for my project for so long now.

BlaineTown (author)2014-05-21

Excellent job by the way! Would you mind sharing the plans for the padded headboard you constructed? Masterful work! I'm thoroughly impressed! ;-)

godbri0612 (author)2014-04-29

this is my bed finished and I love it! as you can tell I'm also working on a pallet headboard.

vaughnago (author)godbri06122014-04-29

I like the leather padding on the sides. I was considering doing the same to mine. I still may reupholster mine with new fabric. with my headboard I ended up making a padded squares. I though of doing something like yours albeit with narrower boards.

godbri0612 (author)vaughnago2014-05-12

nice, I like it!

godbri0612 (author)2014-03-22

First off i wanna say that you did an awsome job making this bed, i love it.. only issue is i have a queen and im guessing this is for a king?

10mmrookie (author)2013-11-29

would this also work for a waterbed design?

amckinney5 (author)2013-08-21

Thank you for your post! Finally finished mine and working on designing the headboard. Very nice design.

vaughnago (author)amckinney52013-10-31

Thats awesome! I thought of adding light sensors that would kick in when the room became dark and then fade over a few seconds but I didn't get around to it. Sadly I'll be moving in a month and unfortunately Its not something I can take. So looks like i'll be starting from scratch in a new location.

miamitreasure (author)2013-07-22

Nice Design!

gcoulby (author)2013-05-13

OK, first of all that look fantastic. A little boxy for my tastes, but nevertheless fantastic. What I am interested in is how you came up with the 12" x 18" recede on the footprint. I am designing a floating bed for a client and the biggest mattress I can get here in Georgia (the country) is 1.6m x 2m (≈ 60" x 80"). Would I need to decrease the depth it recedes or increase? or could I get away with leaving it the same?

vaughnago (author)gcoulby2013-05-13

I would suggest giving yourself 3-4 inches extra for your base that the box spring will sit on so you can comfortably tuck in sheets or bedding. It also gives some extra room to lower the bed in gently. I would keep the recessed base no smaller than 2/3s the total width that your bed is.

vaughnago (author)gcoulby2013-05-13

The receded section was based on what I thought the Sleeping area of each side would, the weight distribution and what would give the full illusion in all of the room(maximum recession with maintaining minimal stabilization issues). The Foot of the bed could have a deeper receded section as very rarely would weight be put on that area, as well as the weight of the headboard would counteract that. The receded sides were given less of a recess so someone can sit on the edge of the bed comfortably without having to worry about the bed tipping. Its a long ways from my high school physics days but based on the 3 months testing the bed hasn't tipped in any direction.

tukmol (author)2013-05-08

i'm imagining this with LED illumination on the underside. blue would be perfect. switched on and off by a photo-resistor.

vaughnago (author)tukmol2013-05-08

That was my idea for it, some unexpected expenses have put my lighting ideas on hold. What I would love to do is to when the overhead light turns off the floor lights come in, and gradually dim over the course of five minutes. I also have plans to put in two hidden reading lamps in the headboard too, that you would push to open and have them turn on at the same time. When closed they would just shut off automatically.

aahhhshaddap (author)2013-05-02

i logged in for the first time in like a year just to tell you this looks awesome. particularly, the floating illusion works EXTREMELY well. what an excellent job! you've inspired me.

joshqua (author)2013-04-14

Does it have to be so complex? Couldn't you just get a pice of wood and put some support in the middle and/or corners?

vaughnago (author)joshqua2013-04-14

It doesn't have to be so complex but I wanted it to have the illusion of floating and posts right in the corners would take away from that look.

georion (author)2013-03-26


drusilla (author)2013-03-14

Looks great!

vaughnago (author)drusilla2013-03-15


Mechanical Undertow (author)2013-03-11

This look amazing! Nice job man!

Thank you.

cimz (author)2013-03-06

Do you have any issues with tipping at all? I'm kind of a restless sleeper and often end up on the very edge of the bed, I also sit on the edges of the bed quite frequently and would be concerned about the other side lifting off the ground. Any problems thus far? I'm very interested in making one of these for myself.

vaughnago (author)cimz2013-03-06

I haven't had any issues with tipping at all. The foot print of the bed is only recessed 12 inches from the side edge and 18 from the foot. With the weight of the bed and bed frame for me this is more than enough to prevent any tipping. I laid on my side on the last 6 inches of the bed and with my weight(190lbs) I didn't even have the other side lift up.

vaughnago (author)vaughnago2013-03-06

Using a smaller bed frame might have issues but with my King Size bed It wasn't a problem.

jobergy (author)2013-03-06

Very cool, will be considering this design for my own. perhaps using some of that rubber mat that makes rugs stay in place, or foam tape for the feet to not scratch and so it does not move around at all.

vaughnago (author)jobergy2013-03-06

I used the felt padded stick on strips and this has worked quite well. It allows it be moved with minimal effort. I would probably use the non slip strips but I'm planning on putting on a head board on Friday.

oobxlr8r (author)2013-03-06

how does it do with movement, i'd figure since the "footprint" that is actually on the floor is so small it would move if one got in or sat on one side of the bed. no problems with leaning or anything?

vaughnago (author)oobxlr8r2013-03-06

I've put my entire weight (*cough*190LB*cough*) On the last half foot of the bed and I was not able to tilt it With the weigh of the bed and the frame it remains very stable.

SHIFT! (author)2013-03-05

I love this idea but I'm a little hesitant about putting one in my house. I think my cats would have too much fun hiding under it for hours on end and never coming out :)

vaughnago (author)SHIFT!2013-03-05

I thought the same thing, It would be a nightmare if they brought 'presents' from the outdoors under there.

Barb37 (author)2013-03-05

Great bed - REALLY great bed! You're instructions and photos are very well done, and make this seem like a do-able project for me - no small feat. I'm (patiently) staying tuned for the projects ahead!

GorillazMiko (author)2013-03-05

Very nicely done. I wouldn't mind having one of these in my house..

Thanks for sharing!


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