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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

{wood pallet bed}

In all our married life, we've never had a bed.  Okay, so we've always had a bed, just not a headboard or foot board.  There's just always been so many other places for money to go, and the bedroom always came last. For many years we couldn't even make one, because we were living in apartments/townhomes while we were in school and then while were building our house, and didn't have room for tools.  When we finally moved into our house, and had all the tools we needed, there were always a million other projects, and the bed kept going lower on the list.  When I found some wood pallets a couple months ago, I knew it was finally time!


{I actually forgot to take a before picture, so this is one that was taken awhile ago...)


You guys, this is an easy bed to make!  There aren't too many steps, and you could substitute the pallets for shutters, cabinets, or wood planks. We are actually in the process of making beds for our girls out of shutters, but using this same technique. I didn't do an in-depth tutorial for a couple of reasons.  First of all, there are a million bed tutorials out there, and I didn't think the need was there for another one.  Secondly, my hubby made this one mostly himself as a gift to me, and he isn't used to taking pictures of every single step like I am. :)  So, this is a very basic outline of the steps we took, to give you an idea of what we did.  If you have any further questions, or need clarification on anything, please post a comment or e-mail me.


You can see in the picture above that the pieces of wood we used on the front and back are different sizes.  The 1x4 needs to go on the front, but because the back isn't going to show, it doesn't matter as much.  We just used a scrap piece of wood that was a little smaller--about 3 inches.

Steps 3 & 4 are for the BACKS of the headboard and footboard only!

We didn't get a picture of the last step, so I took a couple after it was done.

After all the pieces were made, we sanded them completely smooth, painted them black, then added a coat of poly. We attached the headboard and footboard together with 2x8's, and placed wooden slats across the middle for the mattresses to sit on.

Measurements for the bed:

Top of headboard to floor:  56 inches
Top of footboard to floor:  20.5 inches
Length of headboard/footboard:  83.5 inches

I LOVE LOVE LOVE how it turned out!


Blogger Ellen Stewart (aka Ellie/El/e/Mrs. Seaman) said...

Very cool!

I love the comforter and shams. Did you make those?

April 25, 2012 at 7:35 AM  
Blogger Shelby said...

I love it! I also really love your comforter & Mr. & Mrs. pillow. Would you please share with me where you got them??!!! Thank you!!!~Shelby

April 25, 2012 at 8:52 AM  
Blogger Saville Family said...


April 25, 2012 at 9:07 AM  
Blogger Kayla Williford said...

I love everything about this bed--the head and foot board, the comforter, the blanket, and the Mr. & Mrs. pillow!

April 25, 2012 at 9:52 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

I love it! :) It looks fantastic.

April 25, 2012 at 9:52 AM  
Blogger paul said...

I love how it turned out! Such a pretty room.

April 25, 2012 at 1:00 PM  
Blogger Susan said...

The post from Paul is actually from me. Love when I forget to check to see who is signed in. :)

April 25, 2012 at 1:01 PM  
Blogger Kirsten @ Mushki Loves said...

Oh My Gosh! I am so in love with this! You are awesome!

April 25, 2012 at 1:30 PM  
Blogger LuAnn said...

We will be married 24 yrs in August. No head or foot board this is a great idea thanks !!!

April 25, 2012 at 1:38 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

Love the bed. I noticed more how neat, clean, and uncluttered your bedroom is. Makes me jealous! Beautiful

April 25, 2012 at 2:06 PM  
Blogger Lyndi said...

So so SO cute! love it!!

April 25, 2012 at 2:30 PM  
Blogger Katie said...

Another beautiful creation. Thanks for sharing - your site is so inspiring!

April 25, 2012 at 4:41 PM  
Blogger kierste said...


I got the comforter and shams from Target (Simply Shabby Chic), and the Mr. & Mrs. pillow from an etsy shop called Simply French Market!

April 26, 2012 at 11:48 AM  
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April 26, 2012 at 11:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is amazing! I may have to copy someday :)

April 26, 2012 at 3:59 PM  
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April 26, 2012 at 9:08 PM  
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April 26, 2012 at 9:09 PM  
Blogger Camille @ Makoodle said...

This turned out awesome. I even like how it looks before it was painted with the variation in color and texture! Thanks for sharing!

April 29, 2012 at 12:26 AM  
Blogger Heather &Teresa said...

we bought furniture VERY similar to this.... wish we would have thought about making it! We could have saved a fortune! Good work :)

April 30, 2012 at 10:19 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

How high is the headboard above your bed?? I really like the height. My hubby really likes the idea. After years decorating for the kids I think it should finally be our turn.

May 2, 2012 at 12:00 AM  
Blogger The Gilfillans said...

How did you connect the headboard and footboard? Did you make rails?

May 29, 2012 at 7:43 PM  
Blogger Lou said...

I have a beautiful headboard and footboard just sitting in my garage because I don't have any rails but you've inspired me to do something. Thanks, you bed looks fabulous.

July 4, 2012 at 10:10 PM  
Blogger Dee Dee Huey said...

Awesome. My hubby made this amazing desk at the last church he ministered at. I can't believe that I didn't take any pictures. He made the whole thing with wooden pallets just like this.

July 12, 2012 at 12:05 AM  
Blogger Dee Dee Huey said...

Awesome. I love it. My hubby made a desk for his office at the last church where he ministered. He did it all with wooden pallets just like this. I can't believe that I didn't take a picture. We left the desk as a gift when we left the church.

Great idea. Keep them coming!

July 12, 2012 at 12:07 AM  
Blogger cindy smith said...

I love this bed! i was wondering if the footbord and headbord was attached to a bed frame? or if this is more like a platform bed? and did you use box springs?

Thanks Cindy

July 25, 2012 at 9:54 AM  
Blogger Kellie said...

AWESOME job! I love the bed! :)

August 2, 2012 at 7:04 AM  

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