Step one: buy mattress. Probably the easiest step physically but the roughest mentally. I HATE spending money. Thanks Mom. I just heave to remember that we spend an average of 1/3 of our lives asleep so a bed should be a strong investment.
Step two: Find bed plans. I found my plans here Now, I can't say I recommend these plans. They're pretty, but full of errors, LOTS of errors.
- shopping list is missing items
- 4.5 inch screws are not sold a large lumber stores like Lowes or
Home Depot. In fact, I'm not sure they exist at all.
- The dimensions of a queen size bed are 60'' by 80''. The plans are to make a bed that is 58'' by 80''.
- There are no instructions on how to fasten the headboard and foot board to the bed frame.
It took a day and a half to construct. Rain hindered the plans a little, but it was also a good excuse to take a break before I went crazy.
Step four: Transport bed to my apartment. I don't have much to say about this except that it went off without a hitch! Stephen rented a truck from Lowes to transport some building materials for a new floor, and I got to bring my bed back to my place!
Yes, it was frustrating. Sometimes beyond words....BUT, it was totally worth it for a snazzy bed like this:
Paint to come in the future.
I LOVE my new bed, and I'm so HAPPY!
Thanks to my lovely siblings for their hard work and free food!