For those of us who are finally settling down and thinking of buying a house, the idea of acquiring enough furniture to fill the home is almost as daunting as a mortgage payment. Furniture is extremely expensive, and when you compare your dream home to the bachelor apartment you rented in college, it starts to add up. Things you probably didn’t have to buy include:
- Washing machine,
- Kitchen appliances (stove, fridge),
- A bed frame.
Many of us just slept on a mattress in the corner. If you were one of the lucky ones you had a box spring underneath or an IKEA frame that cost less than your average beer tab. Well, if you still don’t have the money or want a little bit of DIY action, a growing trend is to re-purpose wooden pallets as a bed frame. It’s hard to believe, but they can actually become very beautiful pieces.
Here are some of the best examples of pallet beds from around the internet:
1. The bare bones of a pallet bed can be quite spectacular, needing some excellent craftsmanship and care to create something beautiful.
2. Or, it can be as simple as putting it on the floor and throwing a mattress on top. It doesn’t have to be a monstrous structure to be functional.
3. They can be used to create an entire playhouse for the kids, with built-in storage. As long as you have the space, they’re very multi-purpose materials.
4. There is the floating bed, which can be made to sway slightly like a hammock in the wind.
5. The floating structure can lend itself to bunk beds too if you have several people sharing a room. It’s much more open than the traditional bunk style.
6. But it does lose some of the charm of a child’s shared bed. This one looks like it has a roll-out third sleeping area, for when they bring over a friend.
8. This bed has lights strung underneath the mattress, giving the room a nice glow at night. It’s almost a spa-like atmosphere in here, with paintings of the beach above your head.
9. Under-lighting doesn’t have to stop at warm lighting. The cool blue moonlight of this bed might remind you of a late-night drag race.
10. Or this one. It floats completely with a nice tone underneath to find anything stored. The beautiful finish can be accomplished with some easy sanding and staining.
12. You can even install drawers to tuck away those unwanted heels, trainers and pumps. You don’t have to hide them in the closet anymore.
13. It doesn’t even need to be your main bed. This rolling daybed is perfect for curling up with a glass of wine and book on a lazy afternoon.
14. Or a perfect place to zone out and binge-watch 11 hours of Property Brothers. Maybe Jonathan will feature your design at some point.
16. Every member of the family deserves a piece of the pallet bed. Even Daisy, this family’s canine member. I’m not sure about the wheels on this one though, as Daisy might jump in on occasion.