Building a Sleigh Trundle Bed Building a Sleigh Trundle Bed
There are a lot of reasons why one would want to build a sleigh trundle bed. A sleigh bed is comfortable and very unique to have and look at. Many people enjoy the look of a sleigh bed over the look of a regular bed. Trundle beds are great because they work well for times when you need an extra bed but don’t have the space for it. Being able to have a sleigh bed that contains a trundle bed is a perfect combination.
Step 1 – Size Determination
The first thing that you will need to figure out is how big you want the beds to be. Consider how much room you have in the area that you will have the bed. Remember that you are going to have to consider this for 2 different mattresses since you will have the trundle bed as well. The mattress for your trundle bed needs to be somewhere between 4 and 6 inches shorter than the actual height of the space that you have under your sleigh bed.
Step 2 – Get Template and Determine Resources
You will need to go to your local hardware store and look at websites so that you can find a template that will help you out with this. Keep in mind that sleigh beds are usually very intricate in the details of the woodwork so a router and band saw will be needed.
Step 3 – Assemble Sleigh Bed
Start at the bottom of the actual sleigh bed when you begin. Use your MDF for the base and use maple for the frame. Get your head and foot boards connected and map out the spots that are in the boards. Use your wood glue so that the pieces can be connected together. Use your braces to hold the pieces together until you can put in the wood screws.
Step 4 – Trundle Bed Assembly
Get your plywood base cut where it is the same size of your mattress for the trundle part of your bed. Make sure that you don’t add any more than ½ of an inch to the length and the width of your bed. You will need to cut two 2x4 pieces that are the same length as the side of the plywood that is the longest. You will also have to get 2 pieces cut that are the same size as the shorter size of your plywood.
Step 5 – Construct Frame
Using your 2x4 boards, posts and L brackets, you will need to get a rectangular frame put together so that you can support your plywood. Get the plywood laid inside of the frame and attach the brads.
Step 6 – Stain Beds
You are now ready to apply the stain to the bed as well as to the sides of your trundle bed so that they will match. Make sure to add a polyurethane coat to protect it.