How to Upcycle an Old Bed Base Into a Cold Frame

Susan Goode
by Susan Goode
3 Materials
3 Hours

Thinking about what to do with your old divan bed base apart- from use as firewood?

Well as I’m spending so much more time in garden lately due to lock down and trying to grow things from seed instead of buying ready plug plants. So I’ve come up with a little seedling nursery made easily from the old divan bed base.

Old divan bed base
Dismantle the base

Carefully take off the fabric and staples to reveal the inside parts .

Dismantle the base
Dismantle bed base
Take out surplus wood

Take our carefully some of the wooden struts that can be possibly reused and repositioned for shelving.

Making shelves inside
Secure wood for shelves

I went for easy options of using the positions already in to secure more struts for shelving and nail in to secure.

Fixing shelves in
Secure shelves in

Next step is to remove outside fabric and paint the frame and shelves with protective fence and deck paint to weather proof..

Paint with fence paint/stain
Paint with protective stain

Once dry the next step is to use shrink wrap to cover back sides and top etc to create a nice warm cocoon space for seedlings to grow.

Shrink wrap sides
Shrink wrap sides

Shrink wrap sides and top allows sun in and helps raise temperature and keep wind out.

I place it in a suitable sunny sheltered spot.

Shrink wrap sides
Shrink wrap sides
Transformed Cold frame
Bed base to cold frame transformation
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