For my final project, I am planning on building a minimal bedframe that is easy to take apart and fold up for moving. My inspiration for this is the fact that over the past 4 years I have gone through 4 bedframes. Each time I move I have bought one from Ikea that is nice looking and within my price range, but then when I go to move it is not easy to take apart and fit in a car so I end up having to sell it. When I moved to Boulder I bought a bedframe on Amazon that is made to be folded up. It serves a function, but I have already received comments that it is ugly. I would like to design and build a bedframe that is both aesthetically pleasing and easy to move.
Below are some images I have used for inspiration:
This is my current design idea:
It is a frame made out of stained wood (the stain undecided yet). It would break up into 5 pieces that are attached by dowel pins for easy construction/deconstruction. There will be the front and back supports with will be the interface with the ground, the side supports, and then the headboard. I would like to put door hinges on these parts so that they can fold in half to take up less space in a car since I have a smaller car. The side supports will be milled out and there will be removable slats running across the bed to hold up the mattress. The idea isn’t entirely fleshed out, and this is more of my concept for how to make it foldable.
My constraints for this project are:
Cost is my biggest constraint. I am worried about the price of wood adding up quickly and this project getting beyond my budget before I can get it where I want it.
For the aesthetic, I am planning on a minimalist, Bauhaus style look. I like the look of Bauhaus style furniture, and I think the minimalist aesthetic and entire movement fits well with the concept of a movable bedframe and having to use less stuff within a lifetime.
I haven’t done a lot of woodworking, so the manufacturing of this will be an exciting challenge and an opportunity to learn new skills. Figuring out the proper techniques to use and how to go about making my idea a reality will be interesting.
I am also a little worried about the size of this project making it difficult to work on using the tools and shops on campus. Having to bring big pieces of wood back and forth may be difficult. Since my goal is to make the frame come apart into manageable parts, I think as long as I’m only working on one section at a time it shouldn’t be too bad.
Time is another constraint common to a lot of people. With other classes and busy shops on campus, I need to make sure that my project is realistic given the time constraint.
I also want to look into extending the aesthetic beyond minimalist and Baushaus, and adding something to make it more unique. One idea I’m playing around with is building LEDs into the frame; most likely in the headboard. Some inspiration images for this are shown below: