DIY Pallet Bed

November 11th, 2015 in member junk     
GeoffTheSmith GeoffTheSmith, member
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I moved to a new place and it definitely needed some renovations. Most of all, some of the furniture was really old or simply unpleasant, so I had to make a change. One of the first things a person should change in a new flat is the bed. My God, how many sleepless nights I had with the old squeaking bed with the bad mattress. A good sleep is essential for a better life! 

Bun we know how expensive beds could get, specially the mattress. So I decided to get a bit more creative. You should never cut the budget of the mattress, because that’s the most important part, but what about the rest of the bed?
Here is how I made a DIY wood pallet bed.
What you need:
 


12 pallets 


LED Strip Lights


Sander


Paint


Brackets - Cable Ties


Plywood


Pieces of Carpet



Let’s start with getting the items

Wood pallets are easy to find - you can even browse the internet. Or you can go ask a local supermarket if they are selling some. Have in mind that you need good quality ones - nothing suspicious, soggy, stinky or with odd colours.

LED strip lights could be bought on the internet for around $12 or £11. You don’t need hundreds of metres - just 5 would be enough.

Sander - if you don’t have it, it’s not a big deal. Use sandpaper - cheaper option, but you will have to work a bit harder to make the planks smoother. It’s not that essential to sand the pallets, but it will definitely make them look better and it would be easier for you to apply the paint.

You don’t have to paint it, but it will definitely look better. Unless you want the bed to look more natural. 

Plywood - get it from your local home improvement and construction stores. The bigger brands could sell them on really good prices. You don’t need much - just to cover the surface.

Carpet - a finishing touch, but it’s not essential. You can cover it differently if you want.
Time to build the pallet bed.
First you could sand the wood. It makes the surface smoother and it makes it look fresher. It’s not completely necessary, but it’s a nice touch. 
Now, I tried with only one layer, but the bed looked really low and I was too close to the ground. So I decided to put two more layers. That’s why the number of pallets is 12, but it could work with less for you.
You probably already have the space, so just building. If you have more carpet pieces, you can put some under the future bed, just so you don’t damage the floor (or cover).
As you can see from the picture there are four stacks. The upper two will play the roles of night stands. But this way works for me. You are a tall person, you would probably need to align them in the same way, to have more foot space.
To connect the pallets together, so they don’t move, you can use cable ties (zip ties). To make it fancier, use brackets, but you will need some power tools or nails. Cable ties are a very cheap option, but not the best looking one.
Now it’s the time to add the LED lights. Just put them through the cable ties. Push from one end and let it pass under the whole structure. I decided to put them on the second level, but it’s all about taste.
Add the plywood. Use a hammer and some nails. Small, thin nails will do the trick. You don’t want to break the wood. After that you can add the carpet.
The final step - add the mattress and go to sleep.
Here is how it looks with the lights out
Best thing about making your own pallet bed is that you dont need to call any handyman or to pay people.
I moved to a new place and it definitely needed some renovations. Most of all, some of the furniture was really old or simply unpleasant, so I had to make a change. One of the first things a person should change in a new flat is the bed. My God, how many sleepless nights I had with the old squeaking bed with the bad mattress. A good sleep is essential for a better life! 

Bun we know how expensive beds could get, specially the mattress. So I decided to get a bit more creative. You should never cut the budget of the mattress, because that’s the most important part, but what about the rest of the bed?
Here is how I made a DIY wood pallet bed.
What you need:
 


12 pallets 


LED Strip Lights


Sander


Paint


Brackets - Cable Ties


Plywood


Pieces of Carpet



Let’s start with getting the items

Wood pallets are easy to find - you can even browse the internet. Or you can go ask a local supermarket if they are selling some. Have in mind that you need good quality ones - nothing suspicious, soggy, stinky or with odd colours.

LED strip lights could be bought on the internet for around $12 or £11. You don’t need hundreds of metres - just 5 would be enough.

Sander - if you don’t have it, it’s not a big deal. Use sandpaper - cheaper option, but you will have to work a bit harder to make the planks smoother. It’s not that essential to sand the pallets, but it will definitely make them look better and it would be easier for you to apply the paint.

You don’t have to paint it, but it will definitely look better. Unless you want the bed to look more natural. 

Plywood - get it from your local home improvement and construction stores. The bigger brands could sell them on really good prices. You don’t need much - just to cover the surface.

Carpet - a finishing touch, but it’s not essential. You can cover it differently if you want.

I moved to a new place and it definitely needed some renovations. Most of all, some of the furniture was really old or simply unpleasant, so I had to make a change. One of the first things a person should change in a new flat is the bed. My God, how many sleepless nights I had with the old squeaking bed with the bad mattress. A good sleep is essential for a better life!


Bun we know how expensive beds could get, specially the mattress. So I decided to get a bit more creative. You should never cut the budget of the mattress, because that’s the most important part, but what about the rest of the bed?

Here is how I made a DIY wood pallet bed.

What you need:

 

  • 12 pallets

  • LED Strip Lights

  • Sander

  • Paint

  • Brackets - Cable Ties

  • Plywood

  • Pieces of Carpet

Let’s start with getting the items


Wood pallets are easy to find - you can even browse the internet. Or you can go ask a local supermarket if they are selling some. Have in mind that you need good quality ones - nothing suspicious, soggy, stinky or with odd colours.


LED strip lights could be bought on the internet for around $12 or £11. You don’t need hundreds of metres - just 5 would be enough.


Sander - if you don’t have it, it’s not a big deal. Use sandpaper - cheaper option, but you will have to work a bit harder to make the planks smoother. It’s not that essential to sand the pallets, but it will definitely make them look better and it would be easier for you to apply the paint.


You don’t have to paint it, but it will definitely look better. Unless you want the bed to look more natural.


Plywood - get it from your local home improvement and construction stores. The bigger brands could sell them on really good prices. You don’t need much - just to cover the surface.


Carpet - a finishing touch, but it’s not essential. You can cover it differently if you want.


Photo: Pallet Bed by Geoff Smith

I decided to make my own DIY pallet bed. There are not the best looking pics, but the bed is really comfy!


Pattern or design used: My Own Design - Geoff Smith
posted in: member junk, wood, furniture, bedroom, Bed, DIY, pallet

Comments (1)

JunkArchitect writes: Very cool creation!!!

Jim
Posted: 7:15 pm on December 14th
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