Words cannot even express how excited I am to share this with you all!
This bed is for my sister in law and it is by far the best thing I have built so far. I LOVE it, she loves it, and apparently everyone she lets into her room loves it. I am starting to think I need to make some business cards up!
I saw this picture
somewhere a while ago. It originated from Stephanie Lynn and I fell in LOVE! I loved the simplicity and the gorgeous wood tones of the redwood. Did you know shims are made out of redwood? So pretty.
When my sister in law and I began talks of what she wanted for a bed I knew we were in for the long haul. She is the kind of person that knows exactly what she wants and takes her time deciding if she doesn't. I will never again make the mistake of going shopping with her. She is the kind of person that looks through every aisle and every clothes rack of a store to find the perfect thing. This was somewhat similar. To be fair, everything she does and wears is picture perfect. I decided to show her this picture just in case and she loved it. And born was the design of this super amazing, super three dimensional bed:
I built a super sturdy frame for the box springs out of 2x4's
I then used lag bolts to attach it to the sturdy 4x4 legs of the foot board and head board
I cut spacers for the amount of space I wanted under the bed so that everything could rest on it without trying to have 5 people hold up the bed.
I then screwed through the 2x4's from the inside to attach the sideboards.
The spacers then went in the middle just as an extra support for this king size bed.
She chose a color darker than my personal taste would be just because I would love to see more of the natural grain, but she is amazing at putting a room together and it came out perfect and she is happy with it which is all that matters.
These are 1x12 sides which almost completely cover the box spring.
Here is a good pic at how amazing the angled shims give effect and character to this headboard.
The headboard did take a while to construct. Remember that these are little individual pieces that must be aligned, cut, glued, nailed, filled, sanded and stained. I would say putting together the headboard alone took about 4 hours.
You can head on over the Ana White's site if you would like to build your own Wood Shim Bed or have some extra details!