Make a transformer wardrobe bed with your own hands : photos, drawings, lifting features mechanism
For small-sized apartments in which many people live at the same time, there is often a need to save every square centimeter. The issue with the placement of furniture can become acute for a children's room, and especially if it is not alone, but several preschoolers or even school-age children will be resting in it at once. To significantly save free space, there is a great opportunity to purchase or even better make a wardrobe bed with your own hands. You can make your own drawing and make the bed yourself.
This will help to significantly save financial costs and will make it possible to create a bed of the required dimensions, taking into account the design of the room (colors and shades), as well as the decor elements that are available.
Before you start the process of creating an unusual bed with your own hands, you should have a drawing at hand, and following it you can make a transforming cabinet with additional shelves or even without them. This arrangement of parts will make it possible to create quality pieces of furniture as soon as possible, and it will definitely function correctly.
72 meters, 2.04 * 2. 2 and 1.73 * 2. 02 meters.
It is this size that double beds are usually made. Single-bed specimens are most often required for children's rooms, and therefore are much smaller in size. Due to the fact that the installation is carried out independently, then you have a great opportunity to make a drawing of the dimensions of the bed, depending on whether there is free space, what is the age of the child and whether it will be possible to use this bed after older children grow up for younger children. To get a transforming bed, the drawings must be as clear and accurate as possible.
In order to make a wardrobe bed with your own hands, you may need such tools as an electric drill, self-tapping screws, furniture screws, sandpaper (sandpaper) with different degrees of abrasiveness, a carpenter's pencil for sketching and marks on the material, screwdrivers, building level, tape measure, pliers, saw, electric jigsaw and screwdriver.
This set of tools is minimal, and keep in mind that during the construction work, others may be needed. From the materials you may need wooden blocks, chipboard or furniture boards, materials for creating legs and for decorating the product, a hinge mechanism, metal corners, hinges for fasteners, wood boards.
This is also the minimum set of materials, the cutting of which is carried out exclusively according to the data indicated in the drawing.This is done as follows:
- Using a carpenter's pencil and tape measure, all cabinet parts should be made in the form of patterns according to all the data in the drawing.
- For patterns, you need to use connected wallpaper or Whatman paper.
- All manufactured elements must be signed.
- Mark the places for connecting and fixing the transformation mechanism.
In order to assemble the frame, you need to know what dimensions of the intended bed you will have. This will directly depend on the size of the bed and the type of bed - double or single. For the frame, two plates for the sides should be made, which should be located along the frame, two plates for the sides to carry out the fastening along the width of the bed, and even the back base.
The back wall will definitely take up the entire space of the closet, and for this reason it should be larger in size than the mattress you bought for the bed. Based on such data, it is worth making the frame 15 cm wider in width 40 cm longer in length (this stock is required for the normal folding of the wardrobe bed, which you have to do with your own hands).
When the size of the boards for installation on the sides and back wall has been determined, for the base, that is, the frame, you will need the following:
Making your own box in which the mattress of your future bed will be stored is perhaps the most difficult stage when making a wardrobe bed. When cutting and cutting all the elements from furniture boards (or other building boards), it is required to competently follow the data indicated in the original drawing.
Thanks to this, you will definitely be able to make a box that will 100% correspond to the dimensions of the base, that is, the frame.
To create a box with your own hands, you need:
You can make a box as follows:
It is attached to wood screws to the walls located on the sides.
So, making a transformer wardrobe-bed is easy, and using the structure it will be a pleasure, because the lifting type mechanism will move the box in relation to the monolithic frame.
Installation is performed in the following way:
- The hinges from the hinge mechanism should be screwed onto the bed frame and box. The main support must necessarily fall on the frame, because it is he who is immovable.
- The size of the frame and the box must be adjusted, in which case the mechanism will be connected.
- Such work should be done with an assistant, one will be very inconvenient.
- After the installation of the transformation system is completed, the mattress box should be lifted and checked to ensure that it fits exactly the dimensions of the frame.
- In order for the installation of the hinge mechanism to be level, it is imperative to use a building level so that it is possible to raise the bed level, and thus, it will reliably keep on the same plane with the frame. It is also required to achieve a uniform line in the place for attaching the upper edge of the base and the lower edge of the mattress topper.
In order to facilitate the transformation, it is imperative to use additional elements that will greatly simplify the operation of the mechanism (counterweight, gas shock absorbers). In particular, such mechanisms are needed in the event that a teenage or children's bed is made.
We do not recommend allowing children to unfold and fold folding bed types without assistance, but even in this case, it is required that children can precisely unfold the sleeping place without assistance, and for this reason, the built-in transformation system into the closet should be light in weight.
The headboard for a wardrobe that can be transformed into a full bed must be made of soft materials, especially if such a bed you do for children. It is desirable to make soft not only the headboard, but also the lower part of the frame walls on the sides. The best option for making a soft headboard would be a way that you can handle with your own hands - foam rubber upholstery. Even a synthetic winterizer can be used as a soft material.
Instructions for making the headboard:
This will make it possible to provide soft padding under the person's back at the head of the bed. For a similar reason, it is required to make the same softening padding for the sides of the frame located on the sides.
It is not difficult to make a wardrobe-bed, the most difficult moment of manufacturing is over, it remains to look through the drawing again and start attaching the legs.
For such a bed, the legs must be movable and turn at least 180 degrees. In this case, it will be much more convenient to use metal supports, which are assembled into a single element and represent a metal bar with appropriate bends.
How to properly mount:
- Measure the box above the floor surface to determine how high the legs should be.
- Measure the width of the box, this will help calculate the length of the metal strip-legs.
- Weld, sand, varnish the leg or order a ready-made version.
- Prepare holes for mounting on the box and directly on the leg.
- Attach them to the bottom bar of the box so that they are in the middle of the timber.
- Check how much the legs are wrapped.
When unfolding the transforming bed, check that the legs rotate 180 degrees and the bed can be placed on them.
When raising the box, the legs should be tucked so that they are hidden inside the cabinet. Moreover, a metal strip that connects both legs (or a straight-type strip in the form of a cast-type leg) can at the same time keep the mattress on the mattress pad. It turns out that movement is excluded during folding and unfolding of the bed. For this, it is also allowed to install a limiter at the upper edge of the mattress pad. Horizontal bars can be used as limiters.
There may even be several legs, but in this case the folding process will be greatly complicated. It must be strong so that it can support the weight of the box, bed linen, mattress and people who will sleep on it.
With the help of all kinds of decor elements, you can completely hide the fact that there is a transforming bed in your room. There are many interesting decorating ideas for the bottom plank of the bed base that will look into the room. One of the simplest and at the same time beautiful options is to create an imitation - four or three-door locker.
Note, that imitation of doors can be done by attaching handles and wooden planks, which supposedly will be used to open the doors. You can even hang a mirror on one of the doors.
Another great option to hide the presence of a transforming bed in the room is to install such a cabinet in the furniture wall, and then the bed will be made of furniture boards of the same color as the wall. The closet wall will look quite natural near the rest of the parts, especially if you use similar decorative elements, for example, strips and handles. At the same time, neighboring cabinets can be used to store bed linen in them, which will significantly help to simplify the process of cleaning the bed every morning.
Before starting the final stage of installation with your own hands, it will not be superfluous to cover the transforming piece of furniture with a varnish that will help protect the wood elements from rapid damage , and also make the product's service life even longer and prevent rotting of wooden elements.
Installation should be done as follows:
- The installation requires that the frame will be fixed to the wall. This will provide an opportunity to create sustainability.
- We put the mattress on the pad.
- It is advisable that you have provided a place for storing bed linen - this can be a cabinet that will stand next to the bed or even attached to the box.
- Such cabinets should be roomy and large so that they can fit not only bedding, but even pillows.
As you can see from what is described above, making a wardrobe bed at home with your own hands can take a lot of time.With proper planning and making the right blueprints, you can make such a bed very quickly, especially if someone helps. Saving financial costs in the manufacture of a structure with your own hands can be up to 75%.
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