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Six years ago, I had to make a bed base so our mattress wasn't sitting on the floor. I had lots of plastic bottles that needed recycling, and an idea.

Step 1: Tools and materials

Picture of Tools and materials
The reason this bed is so primitive is that I had just moved countries and had no power tools with which to make one, except my first purchase, a cordless drill. That's all you'll need, because you can get the plywood cut to size when you buy it (home centers and lumberyards all have panel saws for exactly this purpose). 
5/8" (or thicker) plywood cut to the size of your mattress. This will probably involve two sheets. Buy the cheap stuff or recycle some, no one is going to see it. Measure your mattress carefully first! Keep the offcuts for future projects.
Lots of plastic bottles. They don't have to be the same brand, but do need to be the same height and diameter, made of PET, and have plastic lids. I used 710 ml bottles of Canada Dry - the previous owner of my house was clearly a fan. You could, of course, make a higher bed by using bigger bottles.
Screws - at least 77, shorter than the thickness of your plywood. I found a box of 1/2" self-tapping square drive screws, so used them. You'll also need 2-3 longer screws.

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AndrewKFletcher made it!9 months ago

Filled mine with sand and cement mix and cemented a threaded bolt into them for securing to a bed base. Need about a week to set solid.

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makendo (author)  AndrewKFletcher9 months ago

Nice. Now those are heavy duty bed legs!

foobear1 year ago
Are you still using this bed? How have the legs held up over time? Thanks for the idea
makendo (author)  foobear1 year ago
Yep. Great.
doo da do2 years ago
Very sweet idea. I think that with all the crashing and jumping around my girlfriend and I do...we would need to position the bottles in more of a "Bed of nails" pattern.
Our bed is on the floor and it still gets treated like a shark attack is happening.
Maybe the whole wood plank should be filled in with Full bottles.
They could be filled with sand, marbles, plaster...liquid Mercury...detergent?
Dry ice. About a tablespoonful. Although I don't know how good a seal you'd get around the screws. You might have to add a washer and some extra gasket material. But that should re-pressurize the bottles nicely.
aadball5045 years ago
Sweet I am thinking boat
Moralito5 years ago
 Maybe using steel washers inside the caps, it will be a lot more stiffer and add epoxy glue to the bottle's thread. Even try pressurizing the bottles? 
EggHead1015 years ago
Very well done.
I wonder if a 1"x2" strip screwed around the outer bottles, all the way around the the whole thing would help stiffen it up a bit. Like a frame around the entire leg assembly.
 Perfect for college students or anyone living on a very tight budget.
lycoris35 years ago
idk if this would work, but if you waterproofed the wood, could it float if you put edges on it about a good 3 inches?  Just a thought in case u use it on a boat.
makendo (author)  lycoris35 years ago
 It would certainly float, but the bottles only provide about 55 liters of buoyancy, i.e. just enough to support a small adult. Completely cover the base with plastic bottles and you'd have a decent raft, though.
awesome!  I just might do that so I can sleep on the water, thanks!   (evil laugh!)
sickdog745 years ago
Very cool, I like it!
makendo (author)  sickdog745 years ago
buteman5 years ago
If you added another circle of bottles round each leg, but the other way up, so the lids rest on the floor and just taped them to the others I think it would be more stable. You could use the bottles which would be reducing the space for storage anyway.
makendo (author)  buteman5 years ago
Thanks for the suggestion - it would be more stable, but would also require 132 more bottles! If you have bottles galore, sure, why not.
luvit5 years ago
 i'm guessing. you moved to canadia?
makendo (author)  luvit5 years ago
 Good guess, Kurt :)
anhtuan5 years ago
It is very simple but nice design . thanks
Kaiven5 years ago
Awesome. Now pretty much anyone can have a bed. And because of the wood base, a cheap headboard may be attached? ANy ideas on how to make a recycled one of those?
makendo (author)  Kaiven5 years ago
 No headboard ideas of my own, but others have had them - a search for "headboard" throws up ones on this site made from books and hockey sticks, among others. Both look much better than plastic bottles, that's for sure!

molittr makendo5 years ago
On our king size I used a full sheet of plywood turned length wise.  With a plywood base a few Heavy duty L-brackets top and bottom should hold it fairly steady. Rest the headboard straight on the floor for more stability. Drape a blanket over it for padding or use fiberfill and material and staple it on.
Gorfram molittr5 years ago
I suppose you could bet even more stablity by also adding a footboard (attached with some serious L-brackets). That would allow you to concentrate the bottle-legs more towards the middle of the bed, freeing up some of the more accessible under-edge spaces for storage.
komecake5 years ago
  I really, REALLY like this. I have been looking for a cheap way to make a bed frame and I wasn't finding much. I don't have a zigsaw or anything fancy at home, so this is really great.

 I'd want to fill the bottles with mud or something to give it more support even though that would make it heavier. If I could make this into a futon I would be all set. Haha.
makendo (author)  komecake5 years ago
Good luck! You don't need the jigsaw, but cover the corners with something, they're pretty sharp.
Even if you fill the bottles, they're still likely to be at least a bit wobbly, and filling them won't make them much stronger (unless its with concrete). Try attaching it to the wall; HEY YOU made an early suggestion to improve upon what I did (see below), and it would definitely make a stronger connection.
fearme365 years ago
Mmm... ginger ale.... lots and lots of ginger ale...
Nice instructable, very creative idea.
makendo (author)  fearme365 years ago
 Thanks. Two big garbage bags worth, from memory.
spanky_985 years ago
hay ever thought of adding some l.e.d's make it light up  i think it would look so cool
makendo (author)  spanky_985 years ago
 I hadn't, but mickeypop did (see comments below) - 30+ years ago!
Joe22c5 years ago
Don't forget to mention:

The screws should be short, or at the very least shorter than the thickness of the plywood lest you want holes in your mattress

u cud put a piece of plywood omn the floor or a book good instructable :-]
mickeypop5 years ago
In the 70s I did the same, though they were glass then.

One twist though, use a few more stacks with only 6 in a circle and wire 15 watt bulbs in the center of the outside stacks.    Makes interesting mood lighting.

Pick and choose the bottle colors for desired effect.     Worked well 30 years ago.

Xial mickeypop5 years ago
That... would be awesome. Seriously.

I kind of want to run out and get a light fixture to attach to my little build now that you suggested that, simply for the neato factor... :)

Thanks for the idea!
makendo (author)  mickeypop5 years ago
thisdude5 years ago
the impressions kinda look like crop circles
shooby5 years ago
I might have filled these with sand or water, so that I could use less of them.
Very cool!  Ingeeeeeeeeeeeeeeenious!  I was just thinking (I do that sometimes lol) What if you placed a large cardboard ice cream tub (say the size of the tubs at ice cream shops), over the finished pop bottle legs? You could then paint the tub and upcycle the design to work with the colours in your room. Thanks for sharing your idea :0)
makendo (author)  porcupinemamma5 years ago
 Thanks. Any disguise for the legs is a good idea; they're not pretty, that's for sure.
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