Pallet Headboard

Pallet, Woodworking

I am finishing off the “week of Rose” with her rustic and refined bed. By definition, a bedroom is not complete without a bed, and her bed is a beauty. The bed was originally built for Rae, but Rose did not complain one bit when it moved to her room.

Rose's Pallet Headboard

Rose’s Pallet Headboard

The bed before adding the pallets

The bed before adding the pallets

A few winters ago, a friend called Mr. R&R offering some free pallets. Mr. R&R was not actively building furniture at the time, but none-the-less, he asked me if I had an interest in the pallets. Umm, yes. I could see, taste, and touch a pallet headboard in my mind.  Mr. R&R’s vision was greater than mine and included construction of a bedframe to match.

Pallet bed ready for a home

Pallet bed ready for a home

Mr. R&R found free plans online to construct a bedframe and modified the plans for a full-size bed. The base of the bedframe was re-enforced to support the mattress without a box spring (similar to Ikea-style beds). He used 4×4 posts for support and pine boards on the sides. Mr. R&R mounted simple plywood to the back posts to provide the foundation of the headboard. Rae deliberated over the selection and location of each piece of pallet wood before it was nailed to the plywood.

Mr. R&R customized the height of the bed frame to allow for under the bed storage

Mr. R&R customized the height of the bed frame to allow for under the bed storage

The finished bed is in my list of top 3 things built by Mr. R&R (in no particular order, the black walnut sofa table and my custom end tables round out the list). Rose gladly upgraded from a twin daybed to this custom full-sized pallet bed. I wish I had one.

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