The bed project

About 10 years ago, I was sleeping on a single bed and the bed broke at a knot, the wood split diagonally and so initially I patched it up and it was a nasty piece of work so I decided to build a double bed from scratch. I made some mistakes along the way, like using these lock together fittings on the legs that would make assembly easy “in theory” but in practice, whenever you put one leg together, the other side would pop out.

Under bed storage

I wanted to have plenty of storage under my bed, so I made the bed 2ft above the floor. I didn’t realise our foster child at the time would lie on the single mattress and have plenty of clearance under the bed.

Reinforcements

Using metal brackets I reinforced the legs so they wouldn’t fall apart. However, the bed creaked a lot. Butting a desk against it helped reduce the creaks.

Common Furniture Beetle

Although most of the wood was sourced from a timber’s merchants, two of the uprights came from scrap wood in the garage which I wasn’t aware had woodworm, hence this year’s rebuild.

The lifecycle of the common furniture beetle it to emerge from the holes and mate, and then lay it’s eggs in the wood. The eggs hatch and devour the wood cellulose to slowly reduce the wood to dust. They are one of nature’s natural recyclers but not a good thing in a bed.

It’s only in the uprights as the rest of the bed is made from pressure treated timbers.

Shelf brackets for the head and footboard ends

2020 Upgrade

Initially I planned to weld a frame together and make a rigid frame but I realised I’m not good with a welder and blowing clean through the steel wasn’t working out.

So I’m replacing the headboard end while replacing the brackets with a newer design that improves rigidity across the entire frame.

Reinforced shelf brackets for supporting the crossbeams

The black shelf brackets have prevented the rocking of the uprights which was a problem when I screwed directly to the uprights. The white shelf brackets have prevented the squeak and creak that would occur with the crossbeams.

Extras

One of the benefits of building your own bed is that you can add whatever you want to it. The first addition was a touch light on the headboard that enabled me to read at night, then I added a mount for a monitor at the foot board but that wasn’t practical. I raised the wood at the footboard so that I could hang clothes off it.

The upgrades this year include a low profile metal rail and a support for a projector on the other side of the bed.