One Room Challenge – Week 2 – Platform Bed & Bedding

We FINALLY received word that our mattress will arrive mid-May, which is oh…14 weeks after we ordered it.  I was hoping it would be here by now, since we were given a range of 8-10 weeks lead time.  I really wanted it to be in the room before I chose paint colors and curtains, but I guess fate has other plans.  Either way, the bed was constructed a few weeks ago, and last weekend John and I picked out bedding and upholstery fabric. Plus, he helped me upholster the headboard and rails.  (I cannot tell a lie!) And of course, Demi had to give her seal of approval!


If you want more details about the construction of the bed and upholstery, please leave a comment.

Over Spring Break, my dad and I made the bed.  Instead of constructing the entire thing from wood, I chose to attach the wood pieces to a king-sized bed frame.


I verified the size of the mattress about three times before we started cutting wood and attaching things.  We started with the foot board and side rails.


I made some little feet for the rails to sit on and provide a toe kick space.  They don’t actually hold the bed, but when you look from the front, it looks like they do.


We constructed the headboard using more wood from my purchase this summer from Clark’s Hardwood.


I bet you’re wondering what that baby-gate is for in the background.  Well, that’s what we use to keep Miss Demi from running down the driveway into the street.  She has to be in the garage with us where all the action is!

The upholstered portion of the headboard was made from 1/2″ plyboard and it fits nicely into the frame.

The side rails were attached with furniture bolts.


And then there was a bed!  Another reason we used the steel frame was to allow us the ability to use slats of wood along the bottom under the mattress.  I read somewhere on the internet (so it must be true!) that placing a mattress on a solid surface wouldn’t allow it air to “breathe.”  Since we live in 99% humidity, I think we need the mattress to breathe.


At this point, I took the bed apart, and John made about 6 trips to the third floor.  I told him it was good training for the Ironman.  He bought it hook, line, and sinker…or he really just wanted to park his car in the garage again.

Last weekend, he helped me choose the bedding, the fabric for upholstery, AND helped with the upholstery.  We stapled on two layers of batting on each rail and footboard.


Then stapled on the fabric.  It’s a light gray Sunbrella fabric that kind of looks like a chambray.  I really want the buffalo check of the mattress and the bedding we chose to be the star of the show!


We put three layers of batting on the headboard, and I painted the exposed wood with Design Masters Antique Gold for a bit of sparkle.  Gosh, I hope it all comes together.


Speaking of bedding…here is what we have chosen.  This is another shot of it as well.  It is from Biscuit Home, which is here in Houston.  The store is so adorable, and the owner Bailey McCarthy started as a blogger.  I am so excited and can’t wait for the mattress to get here!

I think I’ve chosen a paint color for the walls, but since it is dreary and overcast right now, the photos of my paint swatches came out bad.  I really need to learn how to use my camera!  I need to figure out a light fixture (Oh John, by the way, the fan is coming down.), curtain rods, and a laundry list of other things. I’m thinking about this or this for the light fixture.  What do you think?

Enjoy your weekend!



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One comment on “One Room Challenge – Week 2 – Platform Bed & Bedding
  1. Great progress on the bed. Good luck in the upcoming weeks!

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