You know what’s fun? Lumber. And spreadsheets. And cost breakdowns. Am I right?
Here’s all the wood you’ll ever need for an upholstered bed (more on that here), and how much we paid:
Can I tell you a secret? These prices are after coupon. I’m talking a magic, beautiful piece of paper which knocks a pretty nice chunk of cash off the total. Snag one for yourself before you make your purchase please. And remember: most of the big ol’ home improvement stores take competitor’s coupons. So there’s that. Cha-ching.
Other supplies you’ll need:
I paid $27.60 for 10 yards the last time around, and I think I have enough left over to make this bed too. I bought mine here because I couldn’t find it at a brick-and-mortar place near me, but if you could cut out shipping costs, that’d be sweet.
Haven’t bought this yet. I’m going to check to see if a mattress cover will work first.
Six yards of fabric.
I bought this.
Regular price: $49.99 per yard
50% off sale: $24.99
Times six yards: 149.94
After 20% coupon: 119.95
Total after tax and shipping: 141.24
Six yards of Muslin.
Still need to pick this up too!
To cut out the headboard, Andy uses a skillsaw on the edges and a jigsaw for the curved edge, but he promises you can use a jigsaw for the whole deal. You could also use a tiny hand saw, but I would not recommend it. He also used a nailgun and screwdriver for the bed frame.
Yes, this is also a tool, but it gets its own category. If you’re doing this – if you’re really doing this – get a good one. We bought and returned two junky ones, and we’ve upgraded to this AWESOME pneumatic version for this project. Also buy four hundred million staples. (Okay, about two boxes should do ya.)
If you want to replicate our headboard shape from last time, have I got a fancy little present for you! Here’s a nice little diagram. It looks crazier than it is. You can absolutely just wing it: draw the shape out onto the plywood with a ruler, and make your own little compass for the rounded parts using a pencil, a thumbtack and some string. That’s what Andy did:
Update:Check out the updated posts on this new bed as we:
- Built a bed
- Decided to scrap it and start over
- Talked about how to choose a great upholstery fabric
- Chose a fabric… then changed our (okay, my) mind
- Built a bedframe
- Upholstered the bedframe and upholstered the headboard
- Added the legs and finishing touches
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