When undertaking the project of making a do-it-yourself (DIY) bed, some of the best tips to follow include deciding which components of the bed one wishes to make on their own, to make the bed an appropriate size for the person who will use it and the area in which it will be located, and to gather the correct tools and materials before beginning. Determining the size of the mattress is generally the first step, followed choosing a material for the frame, typically wood or metal. Pillows, blankets, and other accessories can either be purchased or made as well. Builders of a DIY bed may also find that a headboard is a suitable addition to the completed project.
The most common material used for DIY bed frames is wood. After the size of the mattress that will be used is determined, the construction of the frame generally begins with building a simple box structure with slats in the middle to support the mattress. One of the most important tips is to ensure that the frame is strong enough to support both the mattress and the person who will be sleeping on it. In addition, the builder should verify that the wood has been well sanded so that it is smooth, and to round out any corners or sharp edges. If the frame has legs or a headboard, they should be firmly attached to the frame and double checked for sturdiness.
While mattresses are generally purchased from an outside source, a determined DIY enthusiast has a number of options at his or her disposal. A mattress might be made by sewing two sheets together and filling this container with a soft stuffing. The best tip to keep in mind for the person making the mattress is to be sure that it is comfortable, which is possible with modern stuffing material such as memory foam.
DIY bed accessories that could also be made might include pillows and blankets. For individuals with sewing abilities, making blankets or pillowcases can make his or her DIY bed complete. Pillowcases can then be filled with fabric scraps, ideally materials that are fluffy or soft, such as old or unwanted wool sweaters. Whether these accessories are purchased or made, the user may wish to have alternate sets for use during different seasons or temperatures. A warm set of blankets is be ideal for the winter while a lighter, more breathable set can be used during the warmer times of the year.