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No I did not use hardware store standard lumber for this project. I purchased several oversize planks that were cut from slabs from a mill that specializes in milling whole trees and selling large slabs cut from the tree. The slabs I had milled and used for this are around 3-4" thick. You can however make something similar using hardware store lumber. Check out GurubandhuK's comments below for details of how that might work.
Dimensions of the bed are the size of a QS Mattress size +12 inches on the width and +6 inches on the length. Mattress is QS but if you want to make for a King just adjust appropriately. Note that I was constricted on the length of the bed due to size of room. If you have the room for it I would consider increasing the overhang at the foot of the bed to, say 12", which would allow you to use that space for something decorative, a folded blanket or such. If you use standard 2X6 & 2X8 you will have a visible "seam" running the length of the frame because that lumber comes with rounded edges. If you are OK with that then yes it will work just fine. Good luck with your project!
Thanks for your comments! We were sleeping on the floor prior to this, on the same mattress. With the center support I can say that this provides a little more springiness than the floor, and is firm as we like it. The mattress is about 12" with a thick pillow top which has been our preference for years. Love it!
Thanks! The wall was fun and super easy. I used engineered wood flooring, liquid nails and a panel nailer. It went up easy and really we were so happy with the look that we did a concave ceiling with the same treatment (ripped the flooring to reduce the width of the planks). THanks again.
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