A bed is an absolute necessity in the home, as without it, it will be impossible for you to get a good night’s rest. Yet today’s most important sleep item is riddled with unnecessary extras that can dramatically increase its price. For those looking for a simpler yet practical and affordable alternative, you can build your own frame.
The first stage of the construction process is the planning stage. This is where you should look for free downloadable bed construction plans online, before purchasing the necessary materials. However, you must first decide what type of sleeping structure you would like to build. There are several types available, such as the traditional platform or the folding Murphy. Once you have decided on the type of frame, you need to decide on the type of wood you would like to work with. Softwoods like southern yellow pine are the cheapest and easiest to work with, while birch is a bit more expensive and more difficult. Hardwoods like maple or oak, on the other hand, are the most expensive and difficult to work with.
The second stage combines the processes of cutting, sanding and staining the wood. If you have trouble cutting the wood, you can buy pre-cut ones from the supplier or ask a carpenter to cut them into the necessary pieces for you. To sand wood, remember that you need to use a good sander and wear safety gear like safety glasses. It’s also best to sand with the grain of the wood, rather than against it, to avoid uneven sanding. The next process, staining, is determined by the type of wood you use. Softwoods have uneven or stained patches, so the use of a wood conditioner prior to staining is necessary to achieve an even stain. However, hardwoods have a fairly smooth surface.
The third and final stage involves the assembly of the general framework. This means that you will have to put together the bed frame as well as the footboards and headboards. Before you begin to assemble, lay out all pieces of wood, screws, nails, and other materials to make the installation process easier. Be sure to follow the plan closely and familiarize yourself with all the necessary parts. Once you have finished assembling all the materials, check if the frame has been assembled correctly by placing some weight on top of it.
Building your own frame will save you money and still give you the same convenience and use that store-bought sleeping frames offer.