Building of the Bed Frame

Drum roll please…the bed is finished.  It actually has been finished since I posted about the headboard but I wanted to write about it in two parts.  (which I might add caused a very interesting conversation between Mr. Fancy Pants and I as he wanted me to write the process all in one post-it’s conversations like those that remind me how differently our minds work).

I am happy to report 1 thing.  It is still all in one piece.  Not that I ever doubted our abilities, but let’s call a spade a spade.  We had no idea what we were doing. Don’t get me wrong, we did a lot of research but I can affirmably say neither of us brought into this marriage “bed building skills” on our resume.

So, without further ado, I give you our bed. (silent applause)

Completed headboard, lighting and bedframe for our room in Portland!

Suffice it to say, I have been to the Home Depot in Portland more times than I ever wanted to/thought I would need to.  Our design was pretty basic.

Rough sketch we worked off of (emphasis on the word rough). We were winging it.

Here’s the step by step process:

First we laid out the exterior and interior boards. We staggered the vertical boards between the horizontal ones for maximum sturdiness. When all of those lined up to our liking, we started with the wood screws!

Working hard into the wee hours of the morning.

Some of the screws were a little difficult to get in…and William’s drill was dying so we stood it up on its side to give him some additional leverage.  Didn’t really work…

Drill starting to die on us…

We tried to mimic the design of our living room shelves (post to come) and used the same piping for the legs of the bed.  We decided 9 legs were plenty.  MORE than plenty probably.  We screwed the base flanges into the frame before we carried it inside.  Also note, this is outfit #2 for William (same night).

9 legs = 18 base flanges

After carrying it inside, we stood it up on its side and screwed all of the legs in to the base flanges.  We pulled out the gloves for this part.  This far in to the home projects process, we both had blisters on our hands.

Legs in place!

Momentary pause for small victories…it seems sturdy.  Success.

Mr. Fancy Pants: Artist by day, Bed frame maker by night

To make sure it was extra sturdy and the mattress was fully supported (we do not have box springs) we placed 6 horizontal slats across the frame to give the mattress a level surface.  Side note, I never knew the purpose of box springs until we started this process.  We always had them growing up and when we considered just a mattress I thought “surely we have to have box springs…because you have to have box springs??”  Turns out they aren’t as useful as I thought.  Made for interesting reading though.  Wikipedia it.  You’ll see.

6 slats will finish it off!
Yup. Not going anywhere.
Curiosity hasn’t killed Miss Loretta…but she did almost get squished by the mattress because we couldn’t get her off the bed frame.
View from below


And we’re done!  William also installed those amazing lights.  They are custom fixtures he wired himself.  And yes, I will admit to all of the internet that I did almost electrocute him.  I’m not so good with electricity.  We’re about 2.5 weeks in to the bed and we haven’t woken up in the middle of the night on the floor yet so I think we did a pretty good job!

Side note, isn’t this picture great of Miss Loretta looking up at the lights?  She is still pretty fascinated by them!  And one more shout out to dirtsa on Etsy–our pillows look amazing!  In case anyone was wondering:

  • Bedding: Restoration Hardware- Belgian Linen Provence Stripe (Prairie & Fog)
  • Pillows: Etsy- dirtsa studio Letter Pillows
  • Lighting: Hippo Hardware (PDX) Marconi Perma-Glow Signature 60 Watts
  • Cat: Oregon Humane Society
The finished product!
  1. Love the finished product and the combination of the headboard and the Scrabble pillows! They’re great!

  2. Nelson said:

    Love the bed. Just curious why “W&S”?

      • Nelson said:

        Awesome! It our initials too, click through to our site.

  3. Heather said:

    Such an amazing project, and congrats for being featured on AT!!

  4. Lori said:

    are the headboard and frame attached or how is the headboard secured? by the way, love the project!

    • Lori, the headboard and frame are not attached to each other. The frame NOT going anywhere so we did not attach it. The headboard is secured to the wall with 4 braces. It is also quite secure. We didn’t want to attach the two together because it’s an old house and we didn’t want any more weight on the wall.


  5. Justin S. said:

    I love the frame but how did you make the headboard ?

    • Justin–Look back a few posts on my blog. I have a whole post on how we made it! 🙂 If you have any other questions, shoot them my way!

  6. Brad said:

    Where did you get the legs for the bed?


      • Brad said:

        I went to home depot to look at the pipes. The flanges were around $9 each and the pipe was about $3 a piece, so $21 a leg. Does that sound right? This was for 1″ x 8″ pipes.

        Thanks again.

  7. Lauren said:

    Love the curtains! Where are they from?

  8. Love the bed frame!! Can I ask on how did you decide on how high to make the bed frame from the floor, as in, the distance from the floor to the bottom of the frame, what was your deciding factor? Next questoin, did you have to get Home Depot to custom cut pipe for all the legs?

    • Dan–
      Thanks! Sadly I have no profound way we decided on the height. I wasn’t sold on a lower bed frame so we visited a few furniture stores that we knew carried lower bed frames. We knew how tall our mattress was and we found one we liked and measured it. Ha! Nothing great!

      And yes, we went to Home Depot to have the piping cut. I know there was a better way to go about that, but they were really inexpensive so we went that direction! Thanks!

  9. Nice post. I learn something new and challenging on blogs I stumbleupon on a daily basis. It’s always interesting to read articles from other writers and practice something from their websites.

  10. MG said:

    Do you use a box spring or do you just have your mattress on the frame? Also what did you use to stain the wood that faces the outside? Did you sand it?

  11. Sarah said:

    This is beautiful!

    Would you be willing to explain how Will mounted the lights onto the headboard, and how he wired them?

  12. Adriana Rodriguez said:

    My boyfriend and I love, love, LOVE what you two created! Such a great project for a couple to do together. 🙂 I had a question, how Mr. FancyPants make the holes in the headboard for the lamp?

    • Adriana, he just used a drill and several sized drill bits. The hole into the headboard is actually quite small. Just enough to fit the cabling through it!

  13. Adriana Rodriguez said:

    Sorry, lots of typos in that, but you understand what I mean I’m sure…I just got excited, hah >.<

  14. Kiran said:

    Hi! We loved your headboard idea so much, we used it as an inspiration to create one of our own (with some modification to account for 2 flights of stairs). It looks a little different, but the resemblance is there. Would love to send pics if you’re interested. We dont have a blog to post them on, but we are definitely emailing everyone we know to show them pics. We love the way it looks.

    Thanks for the inspiration!!

  15. JG said:

    Hello! Bed looks great – what type of socket did you use for the lights?

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