Final Project Top 5 Constraints

Time

Right now I am leaning toward designing an aesthetically pleasing, minimal bedframe that can be folded up for moving. I’m not sure if the project is too big to complete in time and be able to put as much work into it as I would like.

Aesthetic

I am still working on fleshing out my aesthetic. I was thinking a minimalist design to aid in the foldablity of the frame. I think it would be nice to add another aesthetic to make it more unique, but I am not sure where I want to go with it. I think I want to find bedframe designs that I like and start sketching and playing with similar forms to see what I come up with.

Size

A bedframe is a large object that will be difficult to bring around campus for development and bringing into class. I am concerned that it is too big of an object to reasonably develop using University resources and having to bring parts back and forth from home.

Materials

I am still not sure what material I will make my frame out of I was thinking wood because it is relatively easy to work with and would look good stained, but I am also considering using metal. I’ve never worked with metal and I think it would be fun and interesting to take the welding class and then try to make something out of metal. This is a little daunting to me because I’ve never done any metal work before, and I also have trouble thinking of a design using metal that I would like aesthetically for my room.

Manufacturing

Another constraint I see is actually manufacturing the frame. I have little experience with woodworking and no experience with metal working. I would love for the opportunity to learn these skills and this seems like a great time to do so, but I am still worried about making sure that I come up with a design that is feasible for me to manufacture. Because of this I will be thinking a lot about how I will make the frame as I develop my design and plan.

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  • Morgan Benninger
    Morgan Benninger
    March 12, 2019 6:07 pm

    Joshua, I think it’s great that you are taking on a project that is so far outside of your comfort zone. One of the best things about a class like this is the ability to take your own initiative to learn new skills and expand your horizons. Personally, if I’m looking for my own DIY jump off ideas I look to pinterest. I’m sure you can find some simple ideas for creating bed frames, and maybe some inspiration for an aesthetic as well.

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  • Christopher Seighman
    Christopher Seighman
    March 11, 2019 1:25 pm

    I think if you may be struggling to find an aesthetic, an easy place to incorporate it could be the headboard. That way you could focus on making the basic frame fairly easily for the bed and apply the aesthetic to the headboard.

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  • Conrad Trybus
    Conrad Trybus
    March 11, 2019 12:11 am

    A bed frame seems like an inviting topic for a minimal aesthetic, as it can either be present and visible or mostly hidden by the mattress. It does seem like size will be an annoying limiting factor, especially if you intend on primarily working on it on campus.

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  • Time is a big constraint of mine as well as balancing this class and others is important and hard to perfect. I am excited to see how you use the aesthetic in your project as well as keep your project in a relatively good sized piece

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