Wooden pallet bed frame

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I am going to try and make a bed frame out of pallets and was wondering if anyone had any tips for me. The pallets I have are kind of old so I will be taking them apart, sanding them and then putting them back together to make the bed frame. I am planning on buying a few pieces of wood for the side as I would like to use a continuous piece instead of two. Any help at all would be appreciated, thanks! I will also add a picture of the bed I am trying to imitate.
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  • Caryn Moy Caryn Moy on Oct 18, 2016
    My ex had built us a platform bed for a futon. Keep in mind that you may need to take it apart at some point in the future. For the slats that goes under the mattress, we strips of nylon belting and ran two row down both sides so it would not shift around, would be evenly spaced and could rolled up if it needed to be disassembled. I love the bed in the picture! I've always wanted to make that one for myself! Though, a short cut, if you can find some, are the drawers that went under waterbeds! Check Craigslist for people getting rid of theirs, you may be able to get the for free! Those crates are about $10x8=a heck of a lot of money that could be better spent elsewhere!!!
  • Louise James Louise James on Oct 18, 2016
    We used pallets to make a picket fence and found that no matter how careful you are, you will get some boards that break when you take the pallet apart -just plan ahead and pick up an extra pallet or two
  • Deanna Nassar Deanna Nassar on Oct 18, 2016
    From the looks of it. You will need some sanding. I'm wondering if any of the sides could become drawers.
    • Caleb Ens Caleb Ens on Oct 18, 2016
      I was considering adding drawers but decided against it as I dont want to buy the mechanisms for it. For now I will simply leave it at crates.
  • Joanie Joanie on Oct 19, 2016
    I have seen beautiful Headboards, but never a whole bed.....Good Luck!!
  • Bev Everett Landgren Bev Everett Landgren on Oct 19, 2016
    A sawzall is a must for taking apart for sure. And of course safety glasses. I have built a patio, out door tables and chairs from pallets. It was so satisfying to re-use materials. Have fun!
  • Karen Karen on Oct 20, 2016
    Health warning! Pallets may have mold, mildew, and could have been sprayed with pesticides
  • Caleb Ens Caleb Ens on Oct 20, 2016
    I will make sure to throw out moldy pallets and have also made sure I only got pallets marked with an HT (heat treated) which will make sure I don't get anyy that could be damaging to my health.
    • Jslefeber99 Jslefeber99 on Oct 22, 2016
      That is an excellent point! I took a wood working class and I was surprised that the instructor wasn't aware of this important information. Most of my classmate's made projects for indoors
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