A few months back, a little seed was planted in my head to make my own bed! I had little to no experience in woodwork at the time but decided I was up for the challenge and began my research. Hoping to make a bed frame out of wooden pallets, I began the hunt around town for six palates (two for the headboard and four for the frame). I had little luck with big companies like Costco and Ikea, trying to avoid stealing them, and although I often found one here or there on the side of the road, I decided against them as I needed them to be roughly uniform in height, width, and depth. Fortunately, after a few weeks I discovered a tile floor company in El Cajon that was trying to get them off their hands! I was able to pick out six from a fairly large selection that looked nice together with as little cutting necessary as possible.
I measured the size of a queen mattress and cut the wood on the sides of the pallets. (When I say I cut the wood, I really mean my boyfriend Aaron) I decided against cutting the extra foot of wood at the end of the bed as I thought it would make a good space for some candles and books. After my trusty wood-cutting pro was finished, I sanded down each pallet until all of the outside surfaces were smooth. This was surely the most time intensive part of the project and my forearm got a real workout, but I wanted to be sure I wouldn't scratch my wood floors or get any splinters in the middle of the night! After all of the surfaces were smooth, I stained all of the planks that you would see, including the inside of the pallets. Once they were dry, we pretty much laid them down and put the mattress on! I nearly cried from joy, being the big sucker I am, haha. This was one of my first large projects and seeing it finally come together made me so proud.