Large 'Floating' Bed

Here's a bed I put together as a present for my girlfriend. I don't have the final cost or hours worked but both went over expectation. These are really poor images from the finished product as our current room doesn't have much extra space to the sides. I also haven't yet installed the LED lights under the frame which will give the bed a floating feel. This was made some time ago but I will try recall the process. I started out with a lots of sketches and then a digital mock-up.

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Step 1: Box Construction

I made three boxes from 1/3 inch MDF. Boxes measured 2000x250x250ml. There is also a bedside table roughly 500x250x250 (excluding the base)
Screws all countersunk and filled with Polyfilla. Ends and joints filled and sanded.

Step 2: Headboard & Assembly

Headboard 2000x1000 MDF with supporting frame behind.

Holes cut in order to access bolts.

All bolted together through the holes seen by 3x10ml bolts in each end.

Feet made from wood scraps.

Step 3: Painting/Sanding

Screws all countersunk and filled with Polyfilla. Ends and joints filled and sanded.

Three coats of black undercoat applied and sanded between each coat. Black gloss applied (poorly, due to containments in the air and brush).

Step 4: Finishing

Headboard coated with Argos camping mats and mock leather stapled at the back.

I then bolted two lengths of 3x2'' half way up the inside of the frame. these supported the lats, allowing the mattress to sink in half way into the frame.

Note: The finish was very labour intensive, matte black would be much easier but may not go as well with the LEDs when they arrive. Also it takes up a lot of floor space so make sure you don't get evicted from large house half way through the build.

If anyone is thinking about making something like this I can look back for more detailed measurements/dimensions.

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    7 Discussions


    4 years ago on Introduction

    How has the MDF held up... I know it is easy to work with and inexpensive compared to clear wood, but not as strong as wood... also a little moisture is a concern.

    Any issues so far?

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    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    No major problems so far. I was quick to get the undercoat on before any edges got frayed. im noticing the countersunk screws are raising up a bit probably just under pressure but havent cracked the paint yet so fingers crossed.


    4 years ago on Introduction

    Hey, this looks like it turned out pretty nice! I like the black gloss finish.

    This would make an excellent step-by-step instructable, if you felt so inclined to break the photos into steps and explain the pertinent details in that fashion. Just a thought. :)

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    Reply 4 years ago

    thanks. I was trying to do that but its my First one on here so havent mastered getting the text/titles between images. Will try an edit :)