How good would it feel if you could use woodworking bed plans to create a sleeping masterpiece for any room in the house. Anybody who has ever been out to buy furniture will know that certain items cost a lot of money, especially large pieces that have been made skilfully from wood. Usually when you want a nice large, fashionable bed for one of your rooms, you have to pay top dollar.
Woodworking plans are freeing people from the burden of expense in this matter and putting the tools to success firmly in their hands. By utilizing a good set of plans and using the appropriate tools you too can create a beautiful bespoke wooden bed.
To ensure the robustness of your new bed we would recommend using medium density fibreboards (MDF). Tool wise you will be using elementary equipment, but including a normal saw, jigsaw, tape measure and nail gun. This will allow you flexibility in your approach to building the bed especially if you want to cut fancy shapes or curved surfaces.
Add to the tools your material list which should include finishing nails, filler material, spackle for any cracks left over, wood glue and emery paper or sand paper for fine finishing the wood and removing imperfections.
Now the queen-sized bed measures eight by four feet, but the first thing you want to build is the headboard. This should be four feet in length and also made from MDF.
Next you should complete the outer parts of the bed, so create a footboard and sideboards also from MDF. Use the jigsaw to reproduce curved edges easily and sand down with the sand paper. Attach these pieces to the main frame using small screws and wood adhesive. Like previous projects we have talked about, be careful when using screws in thin pieces of wood, that you do not crack or splinter the wood. MDF is generally much softer than other types and should not split unless you use excessively large screws, of which there is no need.
Once the outer parts are completed and attached move on to the lower trims which should match the bed and measure eight feet in length. Attach these trims to the side panels and headboard.
To improve the sturdiness of your bed you need to add slats. For an eight foot queen-sized bed, twelve slats should do the trick. Make sure these are spaced at even intervals and then use the small screws to fasten them to the lower trims. Once secure you can fill any cracks or seals with the wood adhesive, spackle or filler materials you have bought.
As the slats take the majority of the load bearing weight, eg, the sleeping person, these must be secured and in perfect condition. If you see any cracks at any stage in this process, remove and replace. If screws used for fastening are not long, strong or suitable enough for purpose, find correct alternatives even if you have to go to a hardware shop for advice.
Remember that the bed is only as strong as its weakest part. Due to the interconnected nature of the structure, if any stage has been poorly made or improperly attached the whole bed could collapse as soon as you drop the duvet on it.
So the final word is professionalism. Choose the right plans, follow them to the letter, not necessarily the diagram and apply the principles you have learnt. Do not ‘make do’ or decide something ‘should’ hold. Always test with something before you get on the bed yourself. If you follow the woodworking bed plans as instructed you will do fine, create a majestic bed and save a lot of money.