There are plenty of DIY projects floating around the Internet, but some of them are just more inspired than the others. This particular project, which is a floating bed that is totally under lit and totally awesome, is one of them. The original builders definitely created something beautiful when they put this together, and luckily, they decided to share it. Check out this amazing DIY below – you’re going to want one in your own bedroom immediately.This DIY is basically the most amazing thing ever, and it’s also not too difficult to build. Can’t you see one of these fitting in with the rest of your bedroom decor?
That’s right – the bed is lit from below, so at night it gives the appearance that it’s glowing. We know you’re convinced now, so let’s get started.
The original builder used California Redwood 2x6s to make the frame, regular 2x4s to make the structural portions of the frame, and a 2×10 to make the box support that the bed “floats” on. They cut the lumber with a simple circular saw.
The perimeter dimensions for this queen bed are 80″x60″ and made exclusively with the California Redwood 2x6s.
Add the braces, but makes sure they’re fit correctly or else the whole thing will fall apart. Here is the advice from the original builder: “I used 2x4s for the internal bracing, but the fit wasn’t just quite right – there was still some flex in the frame, which turned out to be because the 2x4s edges weren’t cut absolutely perpendicular. So where they were screwed onto the outside frame, they didn’t make full contact with the cut face, but instead were oblique (by a fraction of a millimeter) – which prevented them from becoming absolutely tight, and allowed the frame to flex.”
It’s difficult to make precise right angle cuts with a circular saw, so get a workbench to steady your hand and produce clean lines.
Screw the braces on tight and make sure there’s no flex in the wood.
The bed frame is supported on a box frame made out of 5 foot sections of 2x10s, joined together by four 2x4s.
It’s really coming along, isn’t it?
The main frame is placed on top of the support frame. Now it’s really starting to look like a bed.
Add 2x4s for the backrest, which would also hold both the frames together, plus a couple of 2x2s.
The backrest supports were screwed into the 2×10 base and also the main frame. Definitely use a level at this stage to make sure everything is aligned properly.
Isn’t she a beauty?
Add support slats at the head and foot of the bed. The slats are resting on the edges on a pair of 2x3s.
Used the remaining Redwood 2x6s for the backrest, with a 1″ gap in between each board. The original builder used a 3/4″ and 1/4″ piece of plywood to rest the 2×6 on, then screwed it to the support. Repeat till desired height is achieved.
Put a lamp (without a shade) behind the bed to give the headboard that glowy effect.
These are strips of 1/4″ thick ply, cut in 4″ width. You can have them cut accurately and easily at the hardware store.
Wrap a ropelight for the base of the bed. Rope light is an LED light source, so it won’t generate heat. Isn’t this gorgeous?
This is the totally complete and appointed bed. It’s amazing, and it’s only a few hours and some hard work away.