creek, creeeeek, crackle… CRACK!
We were sleeping on our bed when this suddenly happened. Rude awakening in the middle of the night.
But it was just the beginning of a beautiful story…
The guilty’s name is Fjellse. An Ikea bed sold for 39€. I strongly believe that beds under 100€ price should be forbidden. Since I have been living in Berlin I felt persecuted by this cheap bed and its worthy partner, the dreadful Sultan Florvåg mattress! Landlords really love this couple. I don’t: it’s narrow, soft, unstable.
By the way, we went to Ikea and brought home (by tram) an identical one (I know it sounds stupid, but there are some reasons for that).
At that point I had one and a half Ikea bed. The first thing I did was using some of the parts of the old bed to strengthen the weak parts of the new one. I doubled the feet and added two wooden boards in the middle of the structure in order to increase the rigidity. But now I have many parts left!
Mmmmh free wood!
This was actually the first project I have done here. I think you can’t be a Vitomakes without a proper workbench.
I need a workbench!
I analyzed the situation and checked how I could optimize and use the most parts I had.
- I had 15 healthy slats coming from the broken bed. If you put 13 of them one next to the other you have a decent desk 70 cm x 97,5 cm big.
- The remaining two will be used as legs, they are 70 cm tall, which is a pretty common measure for a table. I fixed them onto other wood boards which I cut with a hacksaw. Self-threading screws party on the other side! (always make a little hole with the drill before using the screw when working with soft wood) I used 2 long screws for each slab. The main issue here was to put everything in 90° corners. I trusted the tiles and the wall of my kitchen, and I used those and the wooden boards themselves as set-squares. It was tricky, but it worked!
Then I took the two long legs of the bed, and cut them 70cm. I cut the wide boards that from the “head” of the bed and tied them around with a self-threading screw party -2!
Add some extra screws, some 90° metal brackets here and there… et voilá!:
Does it differ a lot from the plan?
It’s not a super-robust workbench, it’s stable but the wood is very soft. But at least now I can shamelessly beat, burn, cut, solder! And now it’s my stable partner for this Vitomakes adventure, and you can see it in the background of almost any of my projects ❤
PS, in case my dear landlady reads this: everything is fine, you have a new, stronger bed!