Help me get a tall custom bed frame
January 14, 2014 9:50 PM Subscribe
I'm living in a tiny space. It's about the size of an RV. I'm looking for a queen-size bed frame I can put my dog's 33" tall crate under. I'd like a platform-style frame with no safety rails. I think the legs will need extra bracing, but I'd like to keep two sides open for storage. Basically, I'm looking for this
without the headboard. Should I build it myself? Pay a lot and wait for months for a pre-made one? Design it myself and have someone else build it? Have someone else design and build it?
I have the physical carpentry skills required to build it myself, but I'm not great at bringing my patience and perfectionism to a woodworking project of this scale. I think it's better all around if someone else builds it. I'd like to do it on the cheap, but I'd like it to be it nice enough that I'll want to hold onto it for the next place, so the legs should be removable.
I've thought about buying a loft bed (~$300) and cutting it down. The advantage would be using someone else's engineering. However, I'd be removing the safety rails, and it seems that those are part of what supports the bed, so I'd lose at least part of the engineering advantage. I'd need to add braces for the legs.
Should I try to hire a carpenter to build it? Or to design and build it? I've put together some plans by cannibalizing and miscegenating loft and platform bed plans from anawhite.com. I'm in Oakland, CA, so there is a skilled labor pool. Should I put a request out on Craigslist? In what category? Labor gigs looked most promising.
I've thought about tossing some bookshelves on their sides to support the head and foot of the bed and just building a platform, but that's a lot of weight for bookshelves of unknown strength. The 2x4 Ikea Expedit is just about perfect in size and shape, but it's particleboard and fiberboard.
How much is this going to cost me? The bed in the picture runs around $700, which is high for me, and it take a while to make and require another few hundred to move it 3k miles.
Thanks for reading through my maze of uncertainty. I've been puzzling on this for months. Meanwhile, my space is making me nuts. Ideas and feedback are greatly appreciated.
Aside: in another universe I'd build the crate into the bed's frame. Unfortunately, my dog is smart, persistent and panicky, so as it is I had to get a special escape-resistant crate. If he had a wooden crate, I'd come home to a dog who was dead from digestive indiscretion or rich from redesigning the common screw.