OK, so we actually made this about 2 and a half years ago, but we never finished it and so it just wasn’t quite ready to be shared. We recently took everything out of our room though, so we could re-do the floors (and a bunch of other things) so it was finally time for me to stain this thing, once and for all!
We’d had our previous mattress for almost 10 years, but Chris was always pretty uncomfortable when he slept so we decided to go for a big, fancy, fluffy king sized mattress and just let him finally get a good night’s sleep. Well, of course, when you’re in the furniture store looking at mattresses, the biggest, tallest, fluffiest ones are the ones that catch your eye. We didn’t realize until we got home just how huge this mattress was! With the box spring underneath, and with the mattresses sitting on the floor, the bed is still way taller than almost any bed I’ve ever seen! Oops!
For the record, we got a Stearns and Foster mattress, and we do love it and it was definitely worth it to upgrade. But wow! Is that thing ever giant! We didn’t want to put it on any kind of regular bed frame because that would just be ridiculous. We would need a ladder to get up there. So we built this super simple bed frame that holds these giant mattresses quite elegantly, but that keeps us from having to just keep the mattresses on the floor, which isn’t really a look that I want in my home at this point in my life if I can avoid it!
The other great thing about this little project is how much money we saved! When it comes to bed shopping (or bedding shopping for that matter) anything labeled “king” size seems to always come with a “king” size price tag too, doesn’t it? Even the simplest of bed frames can get pretty expensive when they’re king. So this project helped with that too!
We built a really simple 76×80″ frame out of basic 2×4’s for the bed to sit directly on and then just attached some prettier pine wood around the edges of the frame that would be visible. Cheapest bed frame ever, but exactly what we needed! It really has a nice farmhousey look to it too, don’t you think?
Since only the three sides are visible when the bed is put together, it really only took me about 10 minutes to stain my whole bed! 🙂
It’s definitely gotten a little scratched up over the last couple of years, but I think that just adds to the rustic look now that it’s stained.
So here’s how the bed frame looks in place in our room now!
If you have a giant bed that you need a frame for, but don’t want to go spending thousands on a king size bed, why not just whip up a minimal frame like this one and call it a day?
You can see we have the new floors down in this room now too! Wahoo! We still have quite a few little and not-so-little projects that we’d like to do in here, but we’re trying to take a break from the bigger DIY’s for a few weeks to enjoy some gardening and some summer fun before we really get back into it. So keep an eye out for some more fun projects in this room when summer starts to wind down!
Have you ever DIYed a bed frame for yourself?
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Courtenay Hartford is the author of creeklinehouse.com, a blog based on her adventures renovating a 120-year-old farmhouse in rural Ontario, Canada. On her blog, Courtenay shares interior design tips based on her own farmhouse and her work as founder and stylist of the interior photography firm Art & Spaces. She also writes about her farmhouse garden, plant-based recipes, family travel, and homekeeping best practices. Courtenay is the author of the book The Cleaning Ninja and has been featured in numerous magazines including Country Sampler Farmhouse Style, Better Homes and Gardens, Parents Magazine, Real Simple, and Our Homes.