The bedhead is made from recycled materials and is a great way of dressing the sleeping quarters for when the Captain of this good ship needs to rest his weary sea legs.
Gather your supplies
Dismantled timber single bed frame in clear pine
2400 x 1200 x 9mm plywood (2 sheets)
Selley’s Liquid Nails
- Step 1: Working with dismantled head-end of frame, predrill 3 evenly spaced clearance holes along horizontal bed support and 1 in lower end of each leg. Centre bedhead in position on 2400mm length of plywood (ensure bottom of legs are
flush with bottom of plywood). Apply Liquid Nails and press bedhead into position on plywood. Drive screws in at each clearance hole to secure.
- Step 2: Arrange timber offcuts, shutter doors, mouldings and other found items on plywood. Sand any rough edges and trim the pieces to size, if necessary. Once you are happy with final layout, you can fix in place with Liquid Nails.
- Step 3: Decorate headboard with messages and pictures you have created and printed at home. Cut them to size and fix in place with spray adhesive.
- Step 4: Wipe away any dust and coat bedhead with Water Based Satin.
- Step 5: Fix plywood to wall, using suitable wall fixings, ensuring bottom of legs and plywood are flush with floor. If skirting is present, pack out plywood from wall.
- Step 6: Assemble bed frame and coat with stain. To box in bed base, measure both side openings and end opening, to below slats. Cut plywood to suit and screw-fix into place on inside of bed frame.
- Step 7: Arrange assorted timber offcuts, cupboard doors and panels around outside of bed frame. Pack them out, if necessary, with other offcuts and glue and screw into position.
- Step 8: An old timber cupboard drawer, turned upside down, makes a great side table. Locate the drawer on your headboard and screw-fix into position, through the back timber support of drawer. Aaarrrr!
You’ll also need
Timber offcuts, found items, assorted printed signs and images, for decoration; timber screws; spray adhesive; Cabot’s Cabothane Clear Water Based Satin; Cabot’s Stain & Varnish Oil Based Satin in Walnut; wall fixings to suit