Pallets are really the perfect material for a DIY bed. They are usually free to acquire and just need a little bit of paint and some basic hardware to affix them together.
What’s really fun about using pallets for a bed is that you get some nice open spaces beneath the bed that you can light up with LED light ropes. You could also create some sort of drawer system too for extra storage if you’d rather go that route.
I found a really great video slideshow on making a pallet bed over at youtube. This should give you enough inspiration to get started on your own project!
Here’s the link to the full video: Youtube – Austin’s Pallet Bed Frame
Learning how to build a pallet bed makes it easy to make an environmentally friendly bed which can be taken apart and moved easily. Building a bed from pallets is very straightforward and can also be very comfortable.
Tools and Materials Required
– Sand Paper
– Wooden Pallets in good condition
– Paint Brush
Step 1 – Design
The first thing you will need to do is design the pallet bed. Most of the pallets are a standard size and this makes it easy to work out how they should be fitted together. The design of the bed will depend on the size of mattress you are planning on using.
It’s a good idea to sketch the design out on a piece of paper, or alternatively use cad software to plan how the bed will look. It’s a nice touch to have wider pallets at the top of the bed as this will also double up as a bedside table, and somewhere to put a clock and your phone.
Step 2 – Preparing Pallets
Once you have finalized your design you need to find pallets and then prepare them. Finding pallets should be easy, and it might even be possible to pick some up for free. Simply tour some trading estates looking out for piles of pallets, if you see any then ask if you can have a few. Once you have acquired all your pallets you then need to prepare the surface. Use sand paper so that there is a smooth finish which will paint nicely. If any of the nails are slightly raised then knock them back down by using a hammer and center punch.
Step 3 – Painting
Paint the pallets your chosen color. The palettes can either be painted all the same color, or in a two tone design. The two tone color scheme normally works quite well with a bed as it will lighten up the design. Most palettes are made from dry wood and this means that they will quite often soak up a lot of the paint. Paint a few coats until you get the desired color. Then wait until the paint is completely dry.
Step 4 – Floor Protection
If the pallets are being put directly onto the floor then they could cause damage to wooden or hard surfaces. In this case it’s a good idea to use some felt furniture feet to protect the floor and prevent any scratches. These felt feet can be purchased from any home improvement store.
Step 5 – Assembly
Put all of the pallets out according to your design. They do not need to be fixed together in any way really, since gravity will keep everything in position. The pallets are also quite heavy and this will help to keep everything in place. Once the pallets are laid out in the right order it’s then just a matter of putting a mattress on the top.
Step 6 – Optional Lighting
An optional extra would be to add lighting underneath the pallets. This can be done easily by taking apart an old lamp and mounting the light bulb inside the middle of the bed. Just make sure this doesn’t generate too much heat.
Additional Resources: Looking for more DIY bed ideas?
Don’t miss this article by The Budget Decorator and also this tutorial by instructables.