Decorative accents of pomele sapele veneer and dark wenge give our bed a touch of distinction while tying it to the other pieces in the series. These exotic woods are available from mail-order suppliers such as A&M Wood Specialty Inc., 358 Eagle St. N., Box 32040, Cambridge, Ontario, Canada N3H 5M2; www.amwoodinc.com. The bed is built with a series of support slats that eliminate the need for a box spring, and the dimensions we show will handle a queen-size mattress. While mattresses vary in thickness, one that’s 8 in. thick will yield a 191⁄2-in.-high bed. For a mattress of a different size or thickness, simply adjust the dimensions as necessary.
This project was originally published in the November 2002 issue of Popular Mechanics. You can find more great projects at Popular Mechanics DIY Central.