Making the Beds – Part One

StepOne: Use the 1/4″ graph paper to create a template for the bed base, 5 and 1/2″ by 11″.
Use the template to trace the bed base onto your foam board. If you are using 1/4″ foam board, you will need two base pieces for each bed. If you are using 1/2″ foam board, you only need one base piece. (If you have 1/4″ to 1/2″ wood pieces, you could use wood instead of the foam board, for a more durable bed.) Cut out your base piece using an exacto knife.

If you are using 1/4″ foam board, you will need to glue two bases together to make the bed stronger, and avoid the bed sagging in the middle. Put white glue around the frame of one base piece and then make a large X from corner to corner with the glue. Place the second base piece on top of the first, and stack a heavy book on top of the bases to hold them flat while the glue dries.
Here is what the bed base looks like after it is glued together and painted. (Painting does not happen until the entire bed is glued together.)

Once the base is ready, glue five spools (mine are one inch tall) to the bottom side of the base, being careful to place them as follows: two spools about a half inch from each side at the foot of the bed; one spool in the center of the base for added support; and the final two spools, a half inch from each side at the head of the base, but directly adjacent to the top edge of the base. See the next photo…
The spools at the head of the bed. These spools are glued so close to the base’s edge to help support the headboard when it is glued on next.
Turn the bed over so that it is right side up, and lay it on a flat surface. Run glue across the top edge of the bed and on the bottom edge of the two spools. Place the headboard against the bed base and spools, adjusting the headboard so that it stands even with the flat surface and at right angles to the bed base. You will need to hold the headboard in place for a few minutes until it can remain standing on its own without falling over. Leave the headboard and bed in place until the glue completely dries.
Once the bed is fully dry, choose your paint colour! I found my beds needed two to three coats of acrylic paint, depending on the colour and brand chosen.

Now, you can make your mattress. I used a 4:00 mm crochet hook and Bernat Handicrafter yarn to crochet a mattress, but you could sew one and stuff it with batting, or layer felt rectangles to the desired thickness. If you choose to crochet a mattress as I did, here are the directions: Ch 40, and slip stitch in the first chain to form a circle. Work 45 rows of 40 sc, in rounds, then end off. Flatten the tube made, and sew the ends together. That’s it! Stay tuned for the making of a pillow, bedsheet and top sheet next.

2 thoughts on “Making the Beds – Part One”

  1. Hard to say – I would work on more than one at a time. While some would be drying, I would finish and paint another. I made about two in a day with the glue drying, and then painted them both the next day.

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