A Genius, Dead-Easy Way to DIY a Bed Frame in a Small Space

Bonus: it costs practically nothing.

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Francesco Lagnese

When Tom Scheerer and his sister were renovating their Maine vacation home, they knew they wanted it to accommodate plenty of guests. "It’s kind of a yearly ritual for certain members of our family to go up and be there for awhile," the designer tells Natipernavigare of the farmhouse, featured in our July/August issue. But of course, more guests mean more beds, and Scheerer and his sister did minimal renovation on the home, adding an addition of just 270 square feet.

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Still, they managed to carve out several extra beds: On the second floor, they divided the master into two rooms, and they outfitted the bedroom in the addition with twin beds. But both spaces were tight on space. So, Tom devised a clever DIY that uses up minimal square footage—and allows previous storage space for luggage.

"The bed is just on this shelf that we built for it," Scheerer explains of his room, pictured above. "It’s just a shelf spanning from wall to wall with a mattress on it." Plus, he says, "there’s a gap between it and the wall so the air circulates and the dust falls to the wall."

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A guest room in Tom Scheerer’s Maine home.
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"We did the same thing in the guest room downstairs where we just did these shelves with mattresses on them so they’re easy to clean underneath and you can put your suitcases under there," he explains of the guest room. Meanwhile, colorful linens and decorative pillows more than make up for the lack of a headboard. Besides, building a simple shelf from scratch may well be easier than assembling most bed frames. And what's a vacation home for if not easy living?

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