bed frame around a bed? Answered

I have an old pine bed that I don't like so I want to make more modern by building a modern looking ikea bed around it or onto it would this be possable if so can you point me towards where I would find out how to or can you tell me.

Question by BrianBrianBrian 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Dinosaur Bed!

It's a dinosaur bed! Sure to eat up all those bad dreams, right? Link

Topic by fungus amungus 9 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Loft Bed?

I am looking for plans to make a loft bed for college. I need pictures, and/or step by step instructions. It would be most efficient if there were some way to make shelving and a desk for underneath. Thanks to all who reply!! :)

Topic by ewilks2008 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Hammock Bed

I just came across this incredibly comfortable looking hammock that I so desperately want. Unfortunately the price tag ($650) is a little too heavy. I think I can manage to make my own if I find the right materials.Does anyone have any ideas on how to go about doing it before I get started?

Topic by fitztrev 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


magnetic bed

Since our cells are electrically based, I thought I would try sleeping on a magnetic bed, any plans out there?

Topic by katesisco 11 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


A bed with pockets

So I was thinking about making a shred bed or some other shred furniture. The office has a ton (probably literally) of finely shredded paper that would make excellent stuffing. I was thinking, hey, I've got some old pants I could slice up and make a patchwork shred thing out of. Then I got to thinking, wouldn't it be cool to have a bed with pockets in the sides? You could stick your cell phone in there and charge it and it would be close enough to be loud enough to wake you up but not so easily accessible as to defeat the purpose of an alarm. It would look darn silly made out of pants, though.

Topic by stephen20x6 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


Illuminated bed

Ok I'm really kind of new to electronics but I'm going to throw out an idea and if anyone could help me with this I would be greatly appreciative. I'm building a platform bed and I saw this picture when looking for ideas I instantly fell in love with this lighting. BedBut here is what I was thinking, what if I do my room in a different color? How could I make it look good? Then I thought RGB. Now what Im thinking is using Red Green and Blue Led's each I would imagine each would have to be on a different circuit and hook into some type of controller that can modify which one is brighter. I would think there would be some type of board I could hook up via usb and some software to change values of light. So if anyone has suggestions on what size LED's, resistors, or what kind of board I would need Please let me know I really am lost as to where to start. Also about how many would i need of each to have a good glow like this if its any help Im going to be using a queen size mattressBed

Topic by raidensdad 11 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Twittering Bed for Newlyweds

We already have a chair in the office that twitters your toots, but now there's a bed that tweets when you get busy. The anonymous creator made this bed for his anonymous friend and it lets the world know when the action begins and ends and the intensity of the action. Too much information? We'll see. Link

Topic by fungus amungus 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Millenium Falcon Bed

This Star Wars fan took his desire to sleep on the Millenium Falcon to a new extreme. OK, the first extreme and also the first time I've heard of anyone with this desire. So here's the bed for that. Now all he needs is a space worm body pillow to go on top. Link

Topic by fungus amungus 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Make a bunk bed

I decided to make a bunk bed for my room as it is small and I need a desk.  I'm a beginner at woodworking and I need some help. I have made some "plans", I will put 7x2m stakes, 4x1.40m each around 10cm x 10cm wide. Each horizontal stake will have a angle bracket under ( https://www.hornbach.ch/shop/Corniere-dangle-a-charge-lourde-avec-une-nervure-150x150x65-mm-galvanisee-sendzimir-1-unite/8062988/article.html ). Each horizontal stake next to another will a a angle bracket between. Is spruce wood a good choice ? Or maybe I should choose a stronger one ? The bed must support 2 people ( around 140kg ), do you think it's strong enough ? Material : 10 x https://www.hornbach.ch/shop/Latte-en-epicea-rabotee-3000x17x36-mm/1009912/article.html 9 x https://www.hornbach.ch/shop/Bois-massif-de-construction-100x80x3000-mm-epicea-sapin/8099466/article.html  20 x https://www.hornbach.ch/shop/Corniere-dangle-a-charge-lourde-avec-une-nervure-150x150x65-mm-galvanisee-sendzimir-1-unite/8062988/article.html Total price : 239 CHF Sorry for my english.

Topic by servietsky777 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


cool alternative to bed? Answered

hello all i have a slight problem you see i HATE my bed it is very firm and is not really that good on my back too  the list goes on so what i want to do is build /make something that will finally let me get a good night's sleep i would like a hammock but i cant put any form of hole in the walls what i want ideally is a bean bag bed but i don't know if packing peanuts would work really well thankyou, fidgety

Question by fidgety2 8 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


College Bed Extender????

Could someone please help me! I'm looking for the easiest way to make my university dorm bed abit bigger (in the width not length ). Right now it is single size, I am hoping to make something that could be added next to the bed that could carry the mattress and person weight. The bed frame is fixed to the floor and is 195 cm long and 32 cm high.Anyone got any ideas ????

Question by geohan15 1 year ago


new bed.. ideas?

Ok so its time I finnaly got a new bed. I've already though about some cool ideas of what to do with it and I wanted to see if anyone would want to contribute aswell. My first idea was to take the legs from my loft bed and put them on the corners of my normal bed. so essentially a normal bed with 4 large post at the corners, from there I would to stretch some sort of canvas or muslin at the top attached to each one of the corners and use https://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-Projector-on-the-Cheap/ to project whatever I want onto the screen whie I lay down. Another idea I had was to take 2 sets of computer speakers I have and place 1 on each corner of the bed then attach them to a radio which I could use to play music through fm transmiter plugged into my laptop. I already have acumulated most of this stuff around my house so it shouldn't be too hard, but before I make any more steps into the project I'd like to hear your opinions on this.

Topic by astrozombies138 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


Murphy bed- Help!

I'm currently building a Murphy (folding) bed and am thinking of geeking it out by making it fold up and down at the flick of a switch (or remote). I dont have very much experience with motors and was wondering if anyone could suggest a basic and CHEAP option for an eletric motor of some sort to do this and an easy option of configuring it to hold the bed up when not in use. At the moment the bed will be swinging/moving into the wall by way of floor mounted heavy duty draw mechanisms and will have a wire coming from either side and going to a conter weight by way of pulleys. The other option i considered was hydraulic lifters on either side but i know even less about hydraulics than i do motors! Any help is apreciated and i will post an instuctable of the construction of the bed mechanism once its finished. Cheers, Will

Topic by willj89 12 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


fluidized bed technology

Im currently working this one in my master's degree.. i let you know about my findings when i'll finish this.. as of now, i'm open to any suggestions or comments.. also, i need more references, materials and books, even journals that would deepen my understanding on this research..

Topic by mikulo 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Bicycle trailer bed?

Has any one seen a Bicycle trailer that turns in to a sleeping trailer. and yes I have looked on the web I'm looking to build one.

Question by the pvc bike guy 9 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Refrigerated Dog Bed

Ahoy-hoy, My first post on Instructables! Anyhow, we own a 10-month old Great Pyrenees and live in the drought stricken and warm Southern California climate. As summer approaches we have been looking at options to help keep her cool and we haven't had the greatest of luck with cooling beds available on the market, our Coonhound tore up the first one as a 50 lb pup during his first summer. I was thinking about potentially re-purposing an old mini-fridge coolant system into a cooling bed. My very initial thoughts are as follows: 1. Salvage working mini-fridge 2. Disassemble cooling system 3. Create bed surface using sheet metal (our Pyr won't sleep on the any of the multiple plush beds available to her, only concrete or dirt) 4. Create mount base for bed, ideal scenario would have a force sensitive switch that would only turn on refrigeration unit when dog is on the bed. 5. Thermally attach refrigerator expander coils to the underside of the bed, most likely via solder but could bolt together with thermally conductive paste 6. Rig up an enclosure and support structure for the compressor, heat exchange coils, and electronics. I imagine the bed surface resembling the weight scales at the vet but with some provisions to attach a padded fabric cover. Things to be addressed: 1. Ensuring proper temperature regulation...she has a thick durable coat but don't want to over due things. Temperature feedback shouldn't not be too much of a hurdle using an Arduino or using the existing "twisty-turny" nob in the fridge 2. Properly disassembling the salvaged fridge, don't want to unnecessarily release the refrigerant and defeat the whole purpose 3. Make this thing sturdy enough to survive the wear and tear of one and/or probably two 85 lb plus dogs Is this too far fetched (no pun intended, my dogs aren't retrievers)? Any thoughts and advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Rich 

Topic by richardwdyer 4 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


Building a tall bed

Hi Instructables Community! I need to build a bed with about 2 feet of storage underneath it so I can put my things in boxes and sublet my room!  I am attempting to do this on the cheap, but also want the bed to be sturdy enough to jump on!  My idea is to have four 6x6 bedposts and construct the frame out of 2x6s with a 2x4 running lengthwise and also one running across on the bottom for added support.  And possibly brackets to help reinforce the legs.  I don't have a box spring and am not sure whether use plywood sheets or fence boards for the platform.  Any thoughts on this plan?  Does it sound sturdy?  Also, I am trying to find a way to transport lumber from the building supply store I will buy it from to my house.  If you live in SF and have a truck, I will pay you and make you lunch if you help me out!   Let me know!

Topic by harveyrabbit75 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


how to organizing bed linens?

Question by kuhldesigns 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


My daughters new bed do I have to buy a box spring and frame?

Or should the bed come with the box spring and bed frame? Or do I get it from the place where I am buying the mattress? should these be included with my purchases?

Question by 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


How would I attach a headboard?

The ends dont match up so wouldn't it be really hard to attach a headboard? If I wanted to would I just want the slats and the board underneath to match up so that I could screw a headboard in?

Question by shellyZ 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Murphy style beds mechanism

Hey guys, I need some advice, I want to build a murphy style bed, in short i want the bed to look like so: http://www.resourcefurniture.com/space-savers/queen-space-saving-beds/ito I have build and tested the shelf.leg system, it works pretty well and is weighted out nicely. the concept is going to use pistons to lower the bed for a smoother feel but what my concern is what would be the best way to build the pivot mechanism at low cost but high durability. the bed will have a sofa at the front also but not like the one in the link, my version will be more of a box with cushion and fabrik that i can store items away into. Please use the link below to view a version of my concept for the pivot mechanism: http://img21.imageshack.us/img21/692/pivotsystem.jpg ( i know there are a few misspelt words but it was just a quick mock up for you guys) Any help is welcome - just dont advise me to buy the murphy bed mechanism as its to expensive and i believe i can build the entire bed for the same price :)

Topic by rron.r 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Aluminum Pipe Bed size Queen

After reading an instructables on how to make a bed frame that was industrial strength, my husband built me this bed frame. Six years later, our dear dog can no longer jump onto the bed. We're selling this bed to move to something larger and lower to the floor. The joint parts are pretty expensive, and he spent around $400 on the fittings and railing. We're asking $300 Cash only, you pick up. We are in the Mills, Oakland Hills area.  SO, all in all, you'd be buying a pre-cut kit for the canopy style bed that has a feature here on the instructables website. You're more than welcome to email me directly. gaytha dot watley at gmail dot com.

Topic by TattooedPirate1969 6 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Little girl's bedroom with Hacked-Ikea bed

My two year old outgrew her "Princess Toddler bed" and it was time to move her to a regular bed. She has gone from Cradle, to interim playpen, to crib, to fire truck toddler bed (because it was the one with the highest sides we could find when she started jumping out of her crib at 10 months), then to princess bed.. Even though the rest of our house is decorated using modern decor, I really wanted to keep the "French" theme I did when I originally setup her nursery... Because this was her 6th bed, the thought of spending $899 and up for a bed in this category (and not even made out of wood) I got discouraged and decided to buy an inexpensive IKEA bed. When I arrived at IKEA and started looking through the options, again I decided to hold off and not buy anything. As I was leaving the store, I found various items on sale. One of the items was an unfinished bed, for $30!!!! The bed was low to the ground like we needed it. The unfinished wood was not something I wanted, but for $30 I could live with it. At home depot, I purchased decorative wood applique's for the headboard and the foot board ($12 for both). On my way to the cash register I discovered that home depot sells pre-fab unfinished table legs. These legs would make perfect posts for a bed!!! I glued the appliques, screwed and glued the legs in. Then I went online and ordered Milk Paint (non-toxic, no smell, natural paint) in cream and also in white... A few days later it arrived, and I was able to paint the entire bed in about 2 hours (with re-coats). I am very happy with the results. Her room is "a work in progress, her bed is done.

Topic by SniperEve 11 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Anyone know how to convert a sofa bed into pure storage?

I liven SF and am completely out of room at this point. The bed in this hide-away-bed is so uncomfortable, guests don't use it anyway. I want to remove the hide a bed portion, leave the couch and, reclaim the area for storage...  ANy ideas? the couch is the ektorp model from ikea and has springs. this one: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/S79876880 i am decently handy, can get wood, have a drill and jigsaw. thanks for any ideas!

Question by littlebitty 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Doll bedding: How do I make a mattress, bedding and curtains for a doll's bed?

I found this "American Girl"-type bed at Goodwill yesterday.  It measures 19 1/2" x 10 3/4" on the outside.  It has a canopy that needs curtains.  It needs a mattress and bedding. It shouldn't be too hard to make, but I just need help getting started.  Any ideas would be appreciated.  I did search for doll bed, doll bedding and mattress on here and all I got was a cardboard dollhouse.   

Question by maryshe 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


How do I assemble the Colfax captains bed headboard, foot board and platform?

I bought the furniture with instruction sheet which is so technical and so small that I dont' know where to start. Bed is sold by www.Ashley.com

Question by 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Anyone have plans for a queen size bed with 21 inch clearance underneath?

Hi!  I'm looking for plans for a queen size bed with 21inch clearance underneath for storage that is super sturdy.  I have some ideas, but I could really use some more help.  And, like I said, I need something that has proper support but has lots of space underneath for storage bins.  Anyone have any ideas?  Thank you!

Question by E D 1 year ago  |  last reply 1 year ago


how could I use the "cement wallet" instructable to support a bed?

Https://www.instructables.com/id/Cement-Wallet/  I was thinking that if bent the gloves into the right shape before pouring in the cement, and placed them into cinder blocks and held in place with more cement, they could be used as bed legs. if I were to use 8 blocks, with 2 hands each to hold up a queen sized bed, what would be the best way to reinforce them and prevent them from breaking and cracking? assuming that this could work. any advice on this project will be appreciated, thanks.

Question by anoddmind 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


What meaterials would I need for building a cheap full size platform bed?

Question by Joan2552 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


how do you make a loft bed out of pvc pipe? For a girl? A somewhat girly one?

Okay, I don't need it to be pvc pipe. Just pipe. By girly, I mean the bed has to lean toward the feminine side, as the person who will be using it is extremely feminine.  

Question by remmy5 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago



Looking for Murphy bed frame/mechanism that works w/out a cabinet

Hey all, I'm looking to purchase a Murphy bed frame/mechanism w/out a cabinet. The only one I could find online was by a company in Canada (I'm in NYC) Here is a link to the frame on their site: http://www.spacesolutions.ca/spacesolutionsweblog/?p=171 I already have the mechanism from http://www.wallbed.com/mechanism.html , which I received as a gift, but I think it would only work w/ a cabinet?? Is there any way to use the mechanism I have from wallbed w/out  a cabinet? Any other ideas or where I could find a frame/mechanism that would work w/out a cabinet? Or recommendation one someone in the NYC area who could help, including installation (paid of course)? Thanks

Topic by austinstories 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Tilt / folding bed - I want to build a timber tilt / folding double bed that folds up to look like a cupboard.

Hi everyone, I want to build a timber tilt / folding double bed that folds up to look like a cupboard. Does anyone have instructions on how to build, especially the spring mechanism? Thanks Ken?

Question by shootme 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


convert queen sized material to king sized

I am going to build your plans for  the platform bed with floating nightstands and need to convert the material sizes from queen to king . 

Question by JohnV164 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


bedframe? Answered

I need a cheap easy bedframe to get my mattress off the floor. All suggestions appreciated. Cheap being the operative word.

Question by lindyj 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago



When Design Goes Too Far

Here's an image that's been making the rounds today. It's a bed that breaks down into four pieces that can then be interlocked with the floating bookshelves to form some sort of padded wall/bookshelf. It's just a design concept and not meant to be produced (I hope), but even so it's quite a case of a design looking for a problem. A few shelves on the wall will have a lot more storage for books and you can then store a futon or an inflatable mattress underneath. And do you really want your mattress displayed on the wall?

Topic by fungus amungus 11 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


cycling machine for father with traumatic brain injury

I am seeking a very resourceful, intelligent builder.  My 79 y.o. father suffered a traumatic brain injury 15 mos ago.  He is minimally conscious and immobile.  We get him into a wheelchair but he gets no movement.  This machine will cycle his legs while he lies in bed.  It is over $9,000 and Medicare does not pay for the device.  I am in leaving a web site address that has information about the machine.  I have alot of other information if anyone might be interested.  http://www.medimotion.co.uk/motomed_models_letto.php I realize that this is a long shot but I thought I might try. 

Topic by carolb4 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


What can I make out of a hospital gurney?

I have an old hospital/ER gurney similar to the one pictured minus the padding. Originally I planned to scrap it but it is just to nice. It has a very easy/smooth hydraulic lift and lower mechanism (non electrical) and it can be angled either direction (head up or down). The wheels are large and sturdy and can be locked. I hate to just scrap this when I know someone more creative than I can think of a way to convert the hydraulics into something cool/useful. Just to clarify: you use your foot to pump up the bed and press another foot pedal to lower it. Thanks for any help!!

Question by nasus123 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


so i stumbled across this today would anyone have an idea on how to create one? Answered

Its called the  Feel Seating System, i found it while surfing the web and i was curious if anyone had an idea on how i could make my own because to buy them its over 4,500 dollars..just a little out of my price range

Question by generalpegleg 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Are there any plans to convert a trailer or truck bed into a dump bed?

Question by TSCOTT167 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


north woods bed-frame

Attached images are from an ad for Eddie Bauer "North Woods Collection" bedding. I'm interested in the construction of the ?bed? or ?bed-frame? in the images. Is this a solid piece of wood? (if it is it must weigh a ton) or is it something created just for advertising purposes -- i.e., pretty, but not functional? Any suggestions on how something like this might be built? I've looked through all instructables for "beds" and "bed-frames" but can't find anything like this. This would be an outrageously overpriced piece of furniture if purchased at retail. I'm sure someone in the community could suggest a couple of methods for building it. Also, the pictured lamp and bed-table. thanks much from mpls., mn.

Topic by deadairman 6 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Children's Bed from PVC

Hello out there, I'm thinking of building a bed from PVC pipe for my 2 1/2 year old so I can move his one year old sister into his crib.  I'm doing some rough sketches of how i want it to look (and I don't have a scanner or the skills to do it in Sketchup) and I was wondering if the community could help me figure out a few things.  If it doesn't have the the following criteria helping me out my wife may not let me know do it.   First is it has to be weight bearing enough to hold at least one adult on the bed with him if we lay down with him.  Two strong enough for him to jump on.  Third; cost effective!  With all the connections it can add up really quickly and I'm wondering if I should just bite the bullet and buy him a bed and skip the hero dad bit. Thoughts?

Topic by ncaplan 7 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


foam/bean-bag bed

Hey guys, I was thinking of making a large foam stuffed bed but I have doubts as to whether they are good to actually sleep on regularly. So if anyone has made something like these please let me know what you think and how well you sleep on it compared to regular beds. Thanks a lot.https://www.instructables.com/id/bean-bag-sofa--bed/?ALLSTEPS#step0https://www.instructables.com/id/Softer-Better-and-more-expensive-Bean-bag-chair/

Topic by evillordnikon 9 years ago


Adjustable bed remote fix

I  will have to throw away, at much expense,  and replace a terrific adjustable bed because no one seems to know how to fix the remote control broken red bulb.  After a trip to and from the supposed specialists in WinstonSalem N.C., it came back with NO bulb, and both a screw and a small piece missing!  When I called, he informed me it was working when it left there... How would he know WITHOUT  the bed?  Top that with him insisting it 'doesn't NEED the bulb to work'.   Any advice on what bulb  for a 9 volt, and precisely how to know circuit board terminals ?  

Topic by 10TanToes 1 year ago  |  last reply 1 year ago


Building a Platform Bed in an Apartment?

I just moved to a new state/city after graduating college and moved out here with just what I could fit in my car. So i had to buy a few essentials after I got out here mostly a bed, but I didnt want to spend a ton of money  so I just bought a mattress I saw some posts about building a platform bed but I still have some problems doing this I need to be able to build it in my apartment, which has plenty of room because I have no furnitire And I also need to be able to transport it in my car. I can transport long boards by putting down the back seats and opening up the trunk but I wont be able to transport much else. Any ideas???

Topic by rawtunes 7 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Bed hammock from the ceiling? Answered

Hey, I'm looking to add a hammock in my bonus room. I am going to use a tarp for the base and a comforter as a cover. My only question is, how can I hang a hammock you can sleep in into the ceiling or these corners? Here is the room: http://cl.ly/1g271c3I0b1i2i1s392Z/IMG_3513.JPG http://cl.ly/2f3K0s2Q3E0F072M1G3y/IMG_3512.JPG

Question by dpagek 7 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Recycle a sofa into a sofa bed?

I have a lovely old sofa that has now broken at the bottom on one side and don't want to throw it away. I was wondering if it would be possible to make it into a sofa bed? The frame is in pretty good condition and solid still. I've searched Google but not having any luck (except one small post on how it would probably be expensive)

Question by jhutchins2 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


The living cube bed storage

I am looking to see if anyone has or has built one of the "Living Cube" bed/storage spaces. I am considering building one but this is a big project for me and I am limited with skill. If anyone has any tips or advice it would be greatly appreciated.

Topic by ricardo.r.rosas 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago