Our old (probably going on 13 years) mattress is Queen sized and I've actually been bugging Paul for the last few months to get a new one, and a King sized one. Excessive? Probably, but I really like being able to have all that wonderful room. And it really helps when a certain kiddo insists on coming up from her room to read a book in bed with us & then conveniently falls asleep.
Anyways. The neighbors and I hefted the two-ton mass of squishiness into the house and promptly dropped it onto the living room floor. Where it stayed for three days (much to Rhiannon's enjoyment), because we didn't have a King size frame or box springs for it. I went to town looking for a frame and box springs and found out it would cost about $270 for a set. A crummy set, at that. And honestly, I couldn't imagine the frame & box springs being able to support such a massive mattress. So I did some internetting & found a few simple platform bed frame plans that I (meaning Paul) could whip out in a relatively short time and without having to spend a bunch.
We didn't even have to buy a single screw or 2x4 for the bed frame since we already had everything. The framework was brought into the house, the legs were attached with like eighty-five screws and a plywood top went on. I found an old sheet and put it on top of the plywood before we placed the mattress on. The platform bed and mattress weigh a ton. If we ever move, it's staying right where it's at.
Although our free mattress and sort'a-free (stuff we already had on hand) didn't cost us anything, I still had to go and buy a sheet set. And now I'm having to decide what to do with the quilt. It's obviously too small for the King sized mattress, but I haven't been able to justify spending hundreds of dollars on a new quilt. So this adventure wasn't so much "free".
|Black Susan approves.|
I haven't decided what I'm going to do with the frame itself. If I get an actual bedspread (i.e. a cover / blanket that goes almost to the floor) I'll probably just paint the 2x4 legs a medium brown. If I get a quilt or blanket that doesn't go far enough down I'll make a bed skirt to hang down leaving a few inches of space before it hits the floor. Guess I'll be internetting some ideas tonight.
Oh, and another great thing about this bed? Would you lookie at all that storage space under there?!?
I could land a 747 under there. And I see double-stacked under-the-bed boxes filling all that empty space. Oh, the possibilities!