This bed bench is made to have a table above your bed. Very easy to watch movies, work on your computer, eat breakfast, put books, drinks, food on it... When you're ready to sleep, just push it to the foot end.
The sides of this bench are made from a pallet, the upper part from an old door, so it almost costed me anything.
It's easy to make, and very handy to use!
Step 1: Materials & Measurements Needed
- 1 pallet
- Wood for the bench (old door, big pallet, big plank)
- Felt nail glides for furniture
Measure the size of your bed! Every bed is different in height and width. Mine is 42 cm high and 165 cm wide.
Step 2: Saw the Planks
MATERIALS: Wooden planks from palet
TOOLS: Saw, meter, sandpaper (sanding machine)
Saw 8 planks in pieces of 68 cm. There's a lot of sanding needed to avoid splinters, so it's easy if you have a sanding machine, but it's not really necessary. If you want to, you can round the corners of the two planks that form the feet, like you see on the picture.
I've made the two small planks from a wooden stick I had lying around. Its also possible to make them from pallet wood. The measurements are: 30x2x2 cm.
Step 3: Assemble the Planks for the Sides
MATERIALS: planks from Step 2 - Screws
TOOLS. Screwing machine
Assemble the planks like you see in the picture. They are in a width range of 30 cm. For each connection point, I used 2 screws. Don't assemble the planks with nails, they aren't strong enough to take in the momentum.
Step 4: Make the Upper Bench
MATERIALS: Wood (I used sandwich material from a door)
TOOLS: Saw (I did it with a handsaw and lat, a table saw is easier)
For the upper bench, I used an old door, that was just the right length to fit over my bed. The sandwich material is also lightweighted, what makes it easier to replace the bench.
It's also possible to make the bench with the planks from long palets close to each other, or with another non-bending wooden plank. If it's for a one-person bed, you can even make this from normal palets.
The measurement are 200x30x3 cm. Because the door is a little bigger, I have a lot of tolerance, but that's not necessarily needed.
I didn't cover the sandwich materials on the sides yet. Somebody who has tips to do it easily: shoot! :)
Step 5: Assemble the Bench and Sides
MATERIALS: Bench, sides, screws
TOOLS: screwing machine
Use screws to attach the bench to the sides. To make it strong enough, make sure you do it on both colored surfaces. (on the picture)
Step 6: Finishing
To finish, you can varnish or paint the bench, I like the wood look, so I won't paint it. To make sure the bench doesn't damage the floor, I put felt nail glides for furniture on the bottom. Then it's also easy to let the bench glide over the bed.
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