First attempt at bed plan

Submitted by MichelleW on Wed, 03/09/2011 - 13:12

I took a shot at drawing up the bed from this collection:

It's the first thing I've drawn, so I'd really like to see if anyone has any suggestions.  Things that look wrong, ways to make it easier or closer to the original, etc...

I know Ana has said she has drawn this one up, but I know she is busy and I wanted to play around with Sketchup anyway.


I can't get my picture to upload, so here's a link to it on flickr:


The dimensions are close to what's listed on PB, but not exact.  This is for the twin bed, so hopefully the mattress will fit properly.  It could be extended a bit if needed.

The basic idea I used was 3 1x3's for the leg posts, and I thought that the siderails could be slotted into the middle 1x3's and attached with brackets to make assembly easier.  The only downside I saw to this was that the top of the posts might not look like all one piece once it's pieced together.

The back of the headboard has a matching 1x2 at the top, and a 1x4 at the bottom to match the front rail.  Then there are 1x1 boards on the front rail and headboard to attach slats to.


Thanks for reading...if anyone sees any problems or has any inputs for me, I'd love to hear it.  I'm not confident enough in it yet to build it, but my daughter will be needing a new bed soon :)


Wed, 03/09/2011 - 16:47

I just realized that if we want a trundle with it, it's not quite long enough.  You can extend the front and back to 77" and replace the 2 vertical 1x2's in the headboard with another 1x6 piece and I think that all works out...I'm going to draw it up and see.


Wonder what else I missed? Laugh


Thu, 03/10/2011 - 01:41

Cute! I think you did a wonderful job.

I love how you condensed the plan in one picture.

Dan K

Thu, 03/10/2011 - 13:05

I think that it needs extra suport under the matress.  Relying on just a single 1x4 is asking for trouble.  Think about adding another layer of 1x material on the outside of the frame to stiffen things up a bit, or make things simpler and use 2x4 and 2x6 framing.


Fri, 03/11/2011 - 09:13

Thank you both for your responses!


Dan, I see what you are saying; Thank you for pointing that out.  Using 2x's would be an easy way to beef it up a bit.


I may not ever get to try to make this, as her room may need a different set up due to space, but I'm still glad I tried this.  It was fun, and I learned quite a few things :)


Thanks again!

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