So....... we got a new mattress! It's a king. We moved up from a queen. I had a bed design ready to go and was ready to build, but with the bigger mattress in the room my design has gone out the window.
Even though the mattress is bigger the room feels bigger. Odd right? I think the bed frame is to blame. The bed was quite elevated and it had both a headboard and foot board. Both ends of the bed had a curve design that put the actual mattress about 5 inches away from the wall. A king and queen bed are the same size in length so I just gained at least 6 inches in the room. And with the mattress on the floor I gained about 3-4 feet of overall visibility.
Now, I don't want to lose any space. My original design would add another foot to the width and another 6 inches to the length of the bed. Plus, I can see us all hitting our shins on the boards for at least the first month.
None the less, I'll show you all my amateur drawings of my bed design. I've never built furniture like this before so simplicity is essential. I've always been attracted to simpler pieces anyway. My friend's husband does this for a living. He gave me suggestions on how to make this design more structurally sound but still keeping it easy to build. I have yet to learn any of the CAD programs. I'm old-schooling it with hand drawings. My mother, a former architect of long ago, would be proud....I think, my perspective is still off.
First the base, the frame. It would have measured 88"w x 80" l x 6"h. I was suggested to add brackets at each corner to make the bed more stable. One crossbar down the middle would not have been sufficient given the width of a king size bed.
Second, the headboard would attach.
Third, a bed of planks, each about 12"wide would lay on top of the frame. The dimension of the whole "plank bed" would have been 100"w x 92" l:
I envisioned each plank stained in very slight variations of a walnut/caramel color to give it a little depth and richness. Not a color that covers the wood. I'm thinking of a stain that brings out the personality of each plank so to speak.
The bed would have been sort of like this one below except without the two foot boards, the entire thing would have been made out of wood (no metal work), the headboard would have been a single plank and the tones of the wood would have been varied. So, similar but different.
Now I want something more like this, seamless mattress to boards without sticking out at all. I'm not giving away one inch of space more in either direction.
Anyway, it's back to the drawing board.