As I keep on mind-calculating the bed I plan to have, I realized that it is quite expensive in relation to labor. That is, I’d rather buy a bed frame at the mall than build, since it entails having to learn the tools and, of course, needing to purchase all the “ingredients” to make a bed. Carpentry isn’t like cooking where I already have the skills; all I need when the passion to cook is ignited are the ingredients, and tadaaah! you get the food.
Carpentry is something new to learn, although I have already been building castles in my mind for a very long time. Moreover, when I went to the store to check out the power tools, they are quite heavy. Even the cheap Chinese-made tools are heavy to carry. How can I work on it when I don’t have the physique to start? Hmmm…exercise…exercise…
So anyways, while I was analyzing how to go about it…to reduce my expenses, that is…an idea hit me. Why not build from the old bed and start from it?
The old box (not bunk, as I like saying) bed that my father made for us is made of strong and resilient materials. They are not just your ordinary piece of plywood. Unfortunately, since we live in a meadow turned into a modern subdivision, the legs were feast upon by the termites. So, while the box where the mattress is fixed is still in good quality, the legs aren’t.
As I said, the problem with the box bed is it’s getting smaller. I cannot stretch and move freely with it anymore. Therefore, the reason why I have the urge to build a new bed.
So, a few days ago, before I started my lecture, an idea strike me. Since I did not carry my laptop that time, I picked up a piece of paper and drew an idea:
I thought I’ll convert my box bed into a bunk bed with storage. Because the room is small, a bunk bed will be best. My old box bed will be placed on top, and I will have my standard sized single bed as the base. See, I thought the width of my bed is standard for single-size (36 inches), but it turns out, it is standard for children (30 inches) ha ha.
I was thinking of having a double-sized bed as the base, but that means it will be occupying a lot of spaces in the room, unless if the current fixtures are removed. But considering that it might not happen, I’d go for a Singaporean standard single-size or 36 inches. I drew a 36 inch line on the wall along the width of the two beds that I joined together, lied down and imagined how it feels to sleep on it. Hmm not bad at all…
So I went to the grocery store near our home that also sells mattresses. A 36-inch mattress is really comfortable. And I can imagine my aunt and uncle fitting in that size. Don’t ask me how they fit in he he…
But because the plywood available in the market is 4 ft in width, I might as well use that size.
So here’s the plan:
- Remove the legs of my old box bed.
- Build a 48 inch base bed. 36 inch will be utilized for the mattress, while the remaining 12 inch will be used for storage.
- Place the old box bed on top of the storage side.
- Convert the box into a storage, and position the mattress on top.
I think I am going to like this…
I thought a 4 inches height of bed frame will be very comfortable, so I made the height of the lower bed 10 inches only. Therefore, the height between the lower and upper bunk will be about 30 inches which is really fine until I realized that I still need to add a mattress. And I really want to have that 5 inches deep mattress. With less than 30 inches in between, I will always have a bruise and lump on my forehead before I sit down for breakfast. I will just change the height later though…
Since I will convert my old bed to storage, here’s the idea:
All I need to do is just hammer a frame on the sides and place a plywood on top. Later, I can store all my not-sure-if-it-should-be-thrown papers inside and my vision will be at peace. And if it fits, dump the old clothes for charity there too… Interestingly, the frame is actually 6 inches in height, or roughly 7 cubic feet of storage space!!!
Here’s how it looks like once painted with what I think are fitting colors:
I really do not like to paint the whole bed frame. I imagine it varnished to natural colors. Besides, I love brown or its variants. And inasmuch as I do not like yellow, the color will really be warm during typhoon season. But I would really like to have a bold blue color when I wake up. Orange…well, it’s my sisters favorite, so I just added it so she will not be left out.
Also, I was planning to utilize the whole width of the 3/4 inch plywood (which is just Php800 in the store I visited yesterday) for the lower bed, but I really want to use wooden slats, mainly for the reason that I can see what I stored below it or can check if it needs to be cleaned already he he…
So here’s how it will probably look like in the future (medium-term plan?):
With the necessary elements, this is how it should look like:
One thing good about this plan is I can start now by converting my box bed into a storage. I can start slow, that is, by buying the 2 x 1 wood for the frame (about 3 pieces) and a 1/4 inch plywood.
Anyways, so I showed my plan to my mother. “What if you will fall from the top bunk?!?” “What if the top bed will break, we will have more hospital expenses?!?” “What if <this>?” “What if <that>?”
OMG!!! Ma, that is still the plan!!! I am not building it today, I am still dreaming about it. And WTF with all these dream-censoring?!?!?