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My son has been wanting me to make him a bed forever. I finally had time to look into it and when looking for ideas I saw floating beds! What a cool concept!
Now… I just had to figure out how to build a floating bed frame?!
The bed has a frame built under it but, the way that it is built appears to be a floating bed.
As soon as I showed him what I was thinking, he was on board.
I decided that I wanted a larger frame so I went with 2×6 boards as the outer top frame. That gave it a more solid look. It is heavy and will last forever!
That is the thing about DIY! You can create and build something on your own and you know that it is made to last.
I cannot be the only one thinking that most things nowadays are not built to last…
They fall apart, stop working or worse, break before you even get it put together.
Seriously… HOW COOL IS THIS!
HOW TO BUILD A FLOATING BED FRAME?
Here is what you will need to get started:
- 1/4 Plywood
- 3.5″ Screws
- Mitre Saw
- Skill Saw
- Rope lights (my son wanted blue)
HOW TO BUILD THE BOTTOM OF YOUR BED FRAME?
I started with the bottom frame to get it out of the way. It is a simple rectangle. Use the 2×10′ boards for this to give the bed height. It needs the height to make it look like it is floating.
The bottom frame needs to be smaller than the bed frame. You don’t want to be able to see it. It also needs to be large enough to properly support and balance the top frame.
The 10″ height gives the perfect space for the rope lighting. Once you add it later, you will really see the floating effect!
- Using your skill saw — Cut 2 pieces of your 2×10 board into 4′ length
- Now cut another 2 pieces of the 2×10 board into 2.5′ length
- Using 3.5′ nails screw the boards together having the 4′ is the side and the 2.5′ boards being the short side of your rectangle.
HOW TO BUILD THE TOP FRAME?
This is where it starts to really pull together and look like something.
- Using your Mitre Saw — Cut 2 pieces of your 2×6 board at 75″ and 2 pieces of your 2×6 board at 56.5″ long.
- Next, using your drill and 3.5″ screws you will screw the frame together in teh same way that you did the last one. You need to make the rectangular shape. I like to place the 4 cut boards up together into the shape they will be once held together.
- Once they are all in place, screw them together using 2 screws in each corner giving stability.
HOW TO BUILD THE MIDDLE SUPPORT FOR YOUR FLOATING BED FRAME?
This part can look complicated but it isn’t. It is all just 2×4’s. I am honestly amazed at what you build with just 2×4’s.
You are going to create 3 sections as you can see in the below picture. Attach them to the frame that you just made. They kinda look like mini ladders.
To do this you will need:
- 4 boards cut to 54″ and 9 boards cut to 13″. The small boards go in the center as you can see in the picture below.
- Once you have the boards in place you can go along and screw them in. You will need to screw the boards into the frame as well where they meet to attach everything together.
HOW TO BUILD THE HEADBOARD FOR YOUR DIY FLOATING BED?
This is my favorite part of the bed when the lights are off and the rope lights are on.
It gives an added effect with the center cut out. If you don’t want the cut out, just make all straight cuts. You may not want a headboard at all and that is ok too!
I used 2×6 boards here because again I was going for a really solid look. My son was getting anxious to sleep in his new bed. I decided that I would finish it in his room so he could see it coming together.
It wasn’t ideal trying to work around the bed it in such a small place but that I made it work…
The first step is to attach 2 2×6 50″ boards vertically to the front of your frame.
In this picture you can see that I have the first (3) 2×6 horizontal boards screwed onto the 2×6 vertical supports. (This is his single mattress because the double wasn’t in yet) It gives an idea of how it will all work together!
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- You will use you 2×6 boards here and ended up using 5 in total to get the height to match the 50″ vertical back support board that I was screwing them into. My horizontal boards were 56.5″ long.
- You do not have to do a 50″ height, you can do what works for your space.
- If you do not want the center cut out then just cut all the board the width (outer edge to outer edge) of the bed frame.
- I used (5) 2×6 boards horizontally. I started at the bottom, screwed the 1st board on and then used a 1×2 board as a spacer while i screwed on the second board.
- For the 3rd board where the center is cut out. I cut 2 smaller pieces of equal length, 22.5″ and using the same spacer, screwed them (one either side) leaving the center open.
HOW TO BUILD THE TOP SUPPORT FOR YOUR MATTRESS?
You need to put something across the frame so that the mattress will be held properly and not fall through the holes in the frame.
Use your plywood for this. You can use a table saw for the cuts or just have the store make the cuts for you before you leave. Most stores charge about $1.00 per cut but sometimes it is totally worth it.
- Cut you plywood into 4″ strips
- Lay the strips from head to toe on the bed
I didn’t secure these as I found that once the mattress was on that they stayed in place well.
ADD YOUR ROPE LIGHTS
I hope that you enjoy! Please leave me comments or pictures of how yours turns out if you give it a try and ask any questions!