"Floating Bed"

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Intro: "Floating Bed"

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

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.

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

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

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.

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bijibiji

2 years ago

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

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wilvicc

3 years ago on Step 4

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

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NaniM1

3 years ago on Introduction

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

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BlaineTown

4 years ago on Introduction

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

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godbri0612

4 years ago

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

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vaughnagogodbri0612

Reply 4 years ago

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.

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godbri0612

4 years ago on Introduction

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?

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amckinney5

5 years ago on Introduction

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

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vaughnagoamckinney5

Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

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.

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gcoulby

5 years ago on Introduction

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?

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vaughnagogcoulby

Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

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.

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vaughnagogcoulby

Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

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.

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tukmol

5 years ago on Introduction

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

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vaughnagotukmol

Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

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.

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aahhhshaddap

5 years ago on Step 4

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.