Queen size bed frame – BUILD (Watch Video)
The Queen size bed frame looks floating at first. That’s because the legs are inset inside with this unique curved design. The sides are raised by 3 inches so when I drop the matter inside it does not move around.
I am making the legs of Queen size bed frame out of this 18mm plywood. This plywood is 8X4 feet. The length of the bed frame legs need to be just 6 feet. So I am cutting out the excess. Then I split the plywood into two equal halves. This will give me the two pieces of leg that I want. I calculated that for a bed the perfect height is 18inches from the ground. This is almost 2 feet so I will cut this later to size.
To make the unique shape of the Queen size bed frame leg I need to first draw an arc. I measure one inch from the corner and drive in a screw. I need about 5 inches on the leg to screw into the sides of the bed. So I transfer that measurements to the plywood. I used plywood because unlike thread this doesn’t have elastic properties. I drill a hole to drip the pencil. Then screw the plywood on one end and then draw my arc.
I cut using a jig saw very close to the line. The better the cut, the less sanding I have to do.
I take my time in sanding the arc very well because in the later step I will have to rely on its precision.
Behind the camera I had cut the arc on the second leg too. But not so precise. I line up both the legs and drive in screw to keep them from moving for the next step.
Then using the router with a flush trim bit and the first leg which I sanded good as the template clean the arc I cut on the second leg. This is best method to follow if you need to replicate same shapes.
Now I start ripping some strips that go between the Queen size bed frame legs. This will take the weight of the mattress.
I lay the strips in front of the leg and measure the average spacing.
Then using a calculator I mark equal gaps on the entire length of the Queen size bed frame leg.
Using a square I extend the mark and colour where I have to make the cut. Then using a jig saw I first make the corner cuts and then turn the jig saw to finish the entire cut. I do a test fit to see if the cross pieces fit.
If it doesn’t then I use the file to clean it until it fits.
Now I want to screw the strips to the Queen size bed frame leg. So to make equal distance I measure 1 feet and mark on all the strips.
Then to find the center I use a scrap piece to mark lines on the plywood. I align the strip to this mark. Drill and attach it. I repeat the same for all 9 strips.
One the other side I just find the center and then screw in to attach the strips.
Now that the basic shape is ready but the Queen size bed frame’s leg are still a little shaky. I cut a 2X2 inch hardwood to add it between the legs.
Then I measured equal distance from the corners of the leg to find the center where I can attach these hardwoods.
I had already attached the L-Brackets to the wood. Now I secure the L-Bracket to the Leg. I repeated the same on other side too. This gave enough strength to both the legs.
I cut some larger pieces of pine to create the edge braces with which I can attach the sides. I square it off on the table saw to make all the sides equal.
Two pair of screws will go through each block at right angles. So in-order for them to clear each other I mark and drill holes.
Then measure how long the screw has to go and create inset using forstner bit. After that I repeat the markings on all the blocks.
The first block gets drilled and screwed into one of theQueen size bed frame’s leg.
On one of the side I mark where I have to attach and then screw the side to the block. I did the same for the other leg too so that I can concentrate on attaching the longer sides.
For the longer sides I repeated the same step but I attached the pine block to the side now.
And then screwed in the longer side to it.
After all the sides are ready I turn the bed upside down and add some more plywood strips on which the cross wood strips can rest. I secure the plywood strip with some screws.
You can see how the cross strips rest on the side plywood.
I added a middle piece to stop the cross pieces from bending. This project is difficult to do as a single person, so Lenin helped me in doing this work.
I wanted to use Laminates on the Queen size bed frame. So I marked first with a marker and scored in using a laminate knife. Then its easy to break along the scored line.
To get a clean cut, score the laminate at the same palace again and again until you feel its smooth.
Then set a straight edge on ones side and lift the cut piece with a bit of force. With this method you are sure to get a clean cut every time.
I used 3M tape to stick the laminate. After cleaning the plywood remember to apply the tape on all the edges. This will avoid tear out of the laminate. Then remove the protective film and stick the laminate. You will get just one shot at this. Then squeeze out the air using a cloth.
To cut along the rounded arc I used the Dremel tool.
Then I trimmed the rest of the edges with a router.
To stick the laminates to the sides I used 3M spray adhesive. You have to be quick when you work with it.
At one side I added some red coloured wood to give some design.
For the end piece I mark where I have to trim and then stick the cut piece.
After you spray the adhesive dry it out for a 30 seconds before you stick and then use a cloth to push out the air bubbles. I wish I had used a plastic over to protect my floor.
I always cut the laminate a bit oversized so I can trim using the router later.
To cover up the edges I used edge banding. I stuck it with Fevicol HeatX clue. After applying this glue too you have to wait 30 seconds before you stick the edge banding. At the corners I just bent this edge banding.
And with that the Queen size bed frame is done. Hope you liked it.