The $16 Homemade Bed: A Rustic Chic DIY

The $16 Homemade Bed: A Rustic Chic DIY

Janel Laban
Nov 24, 2010

Ready to feel a little lazy about that small home project you haven't quite tackled yet? Check this out: Michelle, a NYC resident and Apartment Therapy reader, designed and built her own bed (!) with the help of a friend with carpentry skills. It's a rustic chic design built from reclaimed farm fence wood - and the grand total spent was $16.

Here is Michelle's story: I've come to realize that furnishing an apartment can get very expensive very quickly, especially in Manhattan. To avoid breaking the bank, this past summer at home was spent scavenging for beautiful, but inexpensive household items. About once every month, I'd find my Civic joining the slew of pick-up trucks driving around my neighborhood, hoping to find treasures among everyone else's bulk trash. On days off from the farm, visits to Goodwill and yard sales became weekly rituals. I refused to Ikea-fy my room. It isn't that there is anything particularly wrong with Ikea furniture, but this was a chance for me to be creative and rise above the bedroom set. I was so excited with this opportunity.

Fence Bed
Made of:
-Old wooden fence posts, pickets, and rails
-some 4x4s and 2x4s
-eight 10-inch bolts, nuts and caps.

The majority of my full-sized bed is made of torn-up fencing found in an old barn at Hilltop Hanover Farm in Yorktown Heights, NY.Most of the white paint was still in tact on the posts, which I scrapped and sanded off at my own discretion to maintain its weathered look. Not only was this wood absolutely free, but it also has so much personality!

The entire bed cost me about $16 (for the nuts and bolts) at the hardware store.
Yep, that's it.

This is one of my proudest creations. To give myself full credit would be unfair. A big thanks needs to go out to my carpenter friend Brian Carney, for helping me both design and build it, and to Mom and Dad, for not only sweatily helping me reassemble it for two hours in the August NYC heat, but for also renting the U-Haul van to get it down there in the first place.

Visit Michelle's blog for the full set of step-by-step photos: Fence Bed | M.L. Design

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