Cozy Bed

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Build this comfy bed for sleeping, reading, or lounging...with storage galore!

By Andy Rae

You can sleep, read or simply lounge in style with this comfy bed made from cherry, with headboard slats of quartersawn sycamore. A comfortable, beautiful bed will bring plenty of enjoyment, so it’s definitely a worthwhile project. One of my goals when designing this bed was to maintain a good mattress height, while offering maximum underbed storage. To that end, the design uses a single mattress (no box spring), keeping the overall height to about 18" when compressed—about the same as a standard chair seat. The dimensions shown here are for a 60" × 80" queen bed; feel free to upsize or downsize the parts, adding 16" to the width where noted for a king, or deducting 6" from the width and 5" from the length for a full (double) mattress. Thanks to state-of-the-art lighting from Hafele, the curving headboard houses special LED (light-emitting diode) light fixtures. These tiny but powerful lights can provide bright illumination for serious reading, but are also dimmable to a low glow. Touch-sensitive switches eliminate the need for standard push-type switches for the LEDs. (See Buyer’s Guide, page 61.) Below the bed are four generous drawers that run on full-extension, undermount slides. Pull out a drawer, and a motion-sensitive LED lights up automatically. It then turns off when you close the drawer. Again—no switches! 

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