Cozy Bed

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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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