Monthly Archives: February 2014


Buy timber

Saw it up

Screw some legs together

Screw a frame together

Scavange some bed slats from an old futon

Replace caravan cushion mattress


(There’s also a wonderfully comfy IKEA mattress topper under there, by the way. And an electric blanket.)

It was  a pain to make the frame, because the whole thing only fits in the van one way, making screwing it together really awkward. So no, it’s not square, but it is stable and that is good enough for me! The method I used is from Instructables $15 Bed Frame.


I promised myself I’d get this done by the weekend, as it my procrastination was dragging on. Today I fitted and glued in the panelling! And, even though I wasn’t confident I could do it, I even cut some of the non-square pieces.

It’s a bit of a botch job, you can see the bottom right hand panels I’ve just had to awkwardly wedge in at an angle as the original was slightly curved, and I can’t curve plywood. Most of the panels are screwed as well as glued, and they don’t all line up  nice and cleanly. I’m not 100% satisfied, but considering I’m doing this on my own, guessing at it all and with no help other than vague encouragement from the internets, I don’t think I’ve done too badly!

I really enjoyed the panelling! It was very satisfying. I definitely prefer making things to knocking them down.

I’m not going to paper the panelling for the time being, as I want to be able to see straight away if there’s any new damp. Tomorrow: Floor & Carpet.