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  1. #1
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    DIY Hospital bed

    I saw a killer bed posted on Etsy but the cost was prohibitive. My solution was to build my own.

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    Its made from all things - Knitting needles. They are at every thrift store and come in a variety of diameters measured in mm. I made a jig from 3/4" plywood to do the bending. The side rails are metal taken from hanging file folders.

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    I used a pipe cutter and a hacksaw to do the cutting and LEPAGE - EPOXY STEEL epoxy to glue everything together.

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    The base of the bed was made from an old thrift store pizza pan. I cut it rough to shape with a miter saw w/carbide blade and sanded to final size.

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    The mattress is made from closed foam with channels cut into it like chocolate squares. The channels were way over done so that it would print through the worn fabric from some old pajamas. I put hot glue randomly in some of the channels and pressed the fabric in as I build the mattress to it looked more lumpy. Super pleased with the results.

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    It needs a paint job but even unpainted looks pretty good. I'll do an antique white that has been distressed/weathered.

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    Re: DIY Hospital bed

    It is great !!!!!!!!

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    Re: DIY Hospital bed

    Good Job!!

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    Re: DIY Hospital bed

    That's a work of art - well done!

  7. #5
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    Re: DIY Hospital bed

    That's genius! I've got plans to make a similar style of bed and I'd been thinking along the lines of wooden dowels but knitting needles would be absolutely perfect, thanks for the inspiration!

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    Re: DIY Hospital bed

    Nice job. Your weathering is so great, that it looks like a photograph of a real bed.

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