A pallet bed story... Some people enjoy shopping online, or going to a mall on a busy Saturday or spending a Thursday night eating mini-salmon sandwiches at their IKEA's. We do not. So, the question here is: why would we spend some money on furniture we'll probably want to leave behind within five years when we can have a lot of fun and learn a lot of skills just DIY-ing it at home for little more than free? Plus, if we spend the money of any regular bed frame on an ideal set of woodwork tools, we'll be able to fill a whole house with our creations, and then the next house, then the next one!
- After a good pallet-hunting on the neighbourhood, we selected some solid boards salvaged from the double-glazed windows shipping frames (if door and window sellers often give them away for free, some of them would even pay for you to take them!), and tried a raw version of "mortise and tenon" mounting to set the bed frame of our pallet bed. We set up an extra board in the middle, with a mid-foot to host the half-width, shorter slats that would hold the weight.
- We then attached (screws and glue) some thin bracket boards on the inside of the frame, to receive the slats. Then we cut and sanded them all (from pallets, needless to say). Only at the end were they nailed to the brackets. We nailed (recycled pallets nails) a pallet's wooden cube inside each angle of the frame and designed some strong feet out of bigger, stronger cubes.
- Finally, we gave the frame a thick protective layer of "hard oil", the one usually used for natural wooden floors.
- The bedhead the pallet bed was not over-thought, and almost an intuitive built with the spare pieces. A couple of hours and a little bit of green paint from another project (our homemade camper van...) did the rest...
After a year of intensive sleeping, it's still in a great shape and does the work pretty well!