A bed is an absolute necessity to have at home, as without one, it will be impossible for you to rest well at night. However, today’s most important sleep element is full of unnecessary extras that can drastically increase the price. For those who are looking for a simpler but practical and economic alternative, they can build their own structure.
The first phase of the construction process is the planning phase. Here you need to look for bed construction plans that can be downloaded online for free, before purchasing the necessary materials. However, you must first decide which type of sleeping frame you want to build. There are various types available such as the traditional platform or the Murphy folding. Once the type of frame has been decided, it is therefore necessary to decide the type of wood you want to work with. Soft woods such as southern yellow pine are the cheapest and easiest to work with, while birch is slightly more expensive and more difficult. Hard woods such as maple or oak are the most expensive and difficult to work with.
The second phase combines the processes of cutting, sanding and coloring the wood together. If you have difficulty cutting wood, you can buy the ones pre-cut by the supplier or ask a carpenter to cut them into the pieces necessary for you. To sand the wood, remember that you must use both a good sander and wear safety clothing such as goggles. It is also better to sand following the grain of the wood rather than against it to avoid uneven sanding. The next process, coloring, is determined by the type of wood you use. Soft woods have irregular or stained patches, so the use of a pre-stain wood conditioner is necessary for a uniform stain. Hardwoods however have a fairly smooth surface.
The third and final phase involves the assembly of the general frame. This means that you will need to assemble both the bed frame and the footrests and headboards. Before beginning assembly, distribute all pieces of wood, screws, nails and other materials to facilitate the installation process. Make sure to follow the plan closely and familiarize yourself with all the necessary parts. Once you have finished assembling all the materials together, check if the frame has been assembled correctly by placing a weight on it.
Building your frame will save you money and still give you the same practicality and use offered by the sleeping frames purchased in the store.