If you've ever slept on a mattress on the floor, you can appreciate something that often goes overlooked: a bed frame. Having your mattress on a bed frame can really class up the look of a room. Some say it can also help prevent back pain.
Recycled wood from barns and old buildings can produce aesthetically pleasing results, but not all pieces will be suitable for the frame's support structure (though you can tack them onto the outside of an existing frame). The nature and size of the frame's support system will depend on whether or not it supports a box spring or if the frame will also serve as the box spring.
The dimensions of your bed frame should fit the size of the mattress, of course. (For a queen-sized bed, that's 60 inches (152 centimeters) by 80 inches (203 centimeters).) Within the rectangular frame, there should be support joists every 16 inches (41 centimeters) [source: Ana White]. The slats can be covered with a piece of recycled plywood, so that the surface is smooth and flat.
While it will take some forethought, planning and time to construct a bed frame using recycled wood, in essence you are just making a table top supported by short legs or some other base, upon which you will place your box spring and mattress. And speaking of support, make sure your bed frame is sturdy enough to support not only the mattress and box spring, but the maximum occupancy of people and pets in your household. Because at some point, they're all going to be on there.
Read on to find out how to make a headboard.