Here’s the sitch:  I need a new bed frame/headboard/whatever the hell it is called.  Mine is almost a decade old and has seen its fair share of ‘movement.’  (I’m speaking of house moves, get your head out of the gutter!  Not saying I don’t need an industrial strength bed frame though.)

I like the clean lines and low profile of my current bed frame and the drawers all around it that offer extra storage.  This bed frame cost me $1500 10 years agoIMG_20160514_144934.  I may have overpaid.

As I look for something comparable in today’s market with the aesthetic I would like, I’ll need to spend between $2.5K-4K to replace what I have today – and remember, this isn’t a mattress I’m after, it’s just the bits my mattress sits on top of.

YouTube has a nearly endless array of DIY bed frame options (surprise to me) with total material costs more in the range of $300-500.

I’ve done the analysis — I just cannot explain the cost differential between DIY and the retailer.  You DIY  because you want a customization unavailable or because you enjoy these projects.  It’s not necessarily to save giant sums (as a percentage) of money.

In this case, it almost seems imperative I make the new bed myself.

So my options are:

  1. Spend a ton more money and have limited customization, still likely on the hook for doing assembly upon delivery.
  2. Spend a ton less money, leverage my skills, have infinite customization, and learn at the same time.

This reminded me of two sticky notes right in front of my face.

One of the reasons I ended up buying a nice sewing m20160514_151843achine had to do with my desire to repurpose some white leather chairs I’d owned for years but which had been destroyed by the cats I once maintained some amount of care for.

Now, I know I can upholster furniture and it has led to a new willingness in myself to take on projects I would have typically vended or just not done.

Don’t laugh at me, but painting walls was one of those things I wouldn’t have thought to do myself until recently.  Now, I’ve chosen and painted two walls all on my own.  My bold color choices are a bit personal, but I think my paint job is pretty good.

So, I guess I’m starting my foray in to furniture making.  I would love any tips or pointers from people, or if you have resources (tools) I can borrow, let me know.

Kindof excited for this project.  Simultaneously, my bed is very important to me, so I guess I better not screw it up.

Posted by Jason Krech

Faith, accountability, and dismissing any notion of being flawless are benchmarks of cool people. (Opinions are my own and represent no organization, corporation, or other entity I may be affiliated with.)

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  1. Jason, I think Dania offers a bed frame with drawers around in a clean aesthetic by a furniture maker out of Oregon (NOT CHINA!!–Hooray). Dania is right in your backyard. If you are so interested check them out. Be sure to ask for the beds made by the Oregon furniture maker. I believe you need to order a queen frame to get the drawers around it you want. Just an idea, but I also say, “hey! go for it!” if you want to make it. You will learn lots, I’m sure. Good luck!

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