Minimalist design bed

 
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This dream of a bed is very much in fashion with its minimalist, flat shape and the two bedside tables.

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Simple, streamlined shapes are as popular as ever in furniture design. We have therefore designed a very low-lying bed comprising only the essential components. Two bedside tables with a similar minimalist design complete the picture.

The bed is constructed on the basis of a simple frame. The side panels, head and base sections are fastened together by bed brackets; the supporting timber with centre leg required to support the width of this bed is secured to the frame by centre connectors.

The bedside tables are simple angle pieces with two equal sized panels joined together by a screw strip. The table top rests on the side panel. The tables are fitted to the sides of the beds at the required location by identical strips.

The following construction guide applies to 27-mm-thick beech glued laminated timber board. You must adapt the list of materials accordingly if you opt for other materials or material with a different thickness. Ask your DIY store or carpenter to cut the required boards to size.

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Required power tools:

Other accessories:

  • Set of wood drill bits
  • Countersink bit
  • Sanding paper, grits of 120–240, sponge
  • Folding rule, soft pencil, rubber, pencil sharpener

Required materials:

  • Glued laminated timber board, beech, 27 mm.
  • Square timber, spruce
  • Bed brackets, bed centre connectors
  • Flat head screws, round head screws
  • Wood stain, paint

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Item

pcs

Designation

Length

Width

Thickness

Material

0

2

Sides

2,010 mm

190 mm

27 mm

Beech glued laminated timber

1

2

Head/base section

1,664 mm

380 mm

27 mm

Beech glued laminated timber

2

2

Support strips

1,930 mm

45 mm

45 mm

Spruce square timber

3

1

Centre supporting timber

1,990 mm

45 mm

45 mm

Spruce square timber

4

1

Centre leg

190 mm

45 mm

45 mm

Spruce square timber

5

4

Bed brackets

127 mm

22 mm

28 mm

6

2

Bed centre joints

75 mm

75 mm

7

4

Table tops/side panels

380 mm

353 mm

27 mm

Beech glued laminated timber

8

4

Screw strips

380 mm

27 mm

27 mm

Beech glued laminated timber

9

11

Flat head screws, 60 mm

10

36

Round head screws, 4 x 20 mm

11

4

Flat head screws, 4 x 17 mm

12

24

Flat head screws, 4 x 45 mm

1

Assembling the bed frame

1 - Assembling the bed frame
Assembling the bed frame

The head section, base section and side panels are fastened together to form a frame using bed joints. These are screw brackets with short arm lengths (in this case, 22 and 28 mm) and a large overall height (in this case, 127 mm). The fittings are positioned so that the long arm is always screwed to the short side (in this case, the head or base section) and the short arm is always screwed to the long side (in this case, the bed).

2

Bed: Fitting the supporting timbers for the slatted frame

2 - Bed: Fitting the supporting timbers for the slatted frame
Bed: Fitting the supporting timbers for the slatted frame

The slatted frame rests on square timbers, or supporting timbers that are mounted flush with the bottom of the bed side panels on the inside surfaces . The supporting timbers are shorter than the bed side panels and mounted on the panels centrally in accordance with their length: you must therefore leave enough room for the bed joints that are used to attach head and base sections to the side panels.

Pre-drill the holes for the supporting timbers. Countersink the holes pointed towards the centre of the bed. Using the cordless screwdriver and screws (4 x 60 mm), mount the supporting timbers.

Tip for screwing together two wooden parts

In the piece where you want to insert the screws first, always pre-drill a hole that is 0.5 to 1 mm larger than the screw diameter; the hole should be countersunk for the screw head. In the piece that you are going to drill second, pre-drill a hole that is always 1 mm smaller than the screw diameter.

3

Preparing the centre supporting timber and mounting it in the bed frame

3 - Preparing the centre supporting timber and mounting it in the bed frame
Preparing the centre supporting timber and mounting it in the bed frame Preparing the centre supporting timber and mounting it in the bed frame

First, position the centre leg centrally below the supporting timber and fasten it in place with screws. Pre-drill holes in the supporting timber and countersink the holes at the top. Using the cordless screwdriver and screws (4 x 60 mm), mount the centre leg. Before doing so, refer to the tip on screwing together two pieces of wood in step 1.

You can now fasten the supporting timber by means of the centre bed joints to the head and base sections of the bed frame. These joints consist of two parts: a supporting bracket and a retaining plate. The supporting bracket goes on the front side of the supporting timber, while the retaining plate goes on the head and base sections.

Use the cordless screwdriver and flat head screws (4 x 17 mm) to mount both metal fitting parts. Refer to the dimensions provided by the fitting manufacturer when positioning the plates on the head and base section of the bed frame.

4

Bedside table: Fastening the table top and side panel with screws

4 - Bedside table: Fastening the table top and side panel with screws
Bedside table: Fastening the table top and side panel with screws

The table top and side panel are fastened together from the insides with screws to form an angle using a screw strip. Pre-drill the screw strip from both sides in advance. Ensure that you drill the holes so they are staggered diagonally and never at the same height, to prevent the screws from hitting each other in the strip. Countersink the holes on the visible surfaces. Ideally you should complete the handles immediately for the screw strips that you will use to fit the bedside tables later to the bed frame.

Place the side panel on your work surface with the visible surface facing downwards. Position the pre-drilled screw strip onto the side panel so that it is flush with the upper edge and then fit the screw strip using the cordless screwdriver and screws (4 x 45 mm).

Place the table top on your work surface with the visible surface facing downwards. Place the side panel fastened to the screw strip on top so that it is flush with the edge. You can now join the table top and side panel together using the cordless screwdriver and screws (4 x 45 mm).

5

Fastening the bedside tables to the bed frame

5 - Fastening the bedside tables to the bed frame
Fastening the bedside tables to the bed frame

First use the cordless screwdriver and screws (4 x 45 mm) to fit the screw strips (pre-drilled in step 1) so they are flush with the edge of the table top. Now position the bedside table at the point along the bedside frame where it can be most conveniently reached from the bed. Secure it in place using the cordless screwdriver and screws (4 x 45 mm).

When fitting the bedside tables, refer to our tip on screwing together two pieces of wood in step 1.

6

Sanding the wood surfaces

6 - Sanding the wood surfaces
Sanding the wood surfaces Sanding the wood surfaces

Take time to prepare the surfaces so they are in the best working condition possible before starting assembly.

First buff all edges with sanding paper with a grit of 120 or 180 at a 45° angle to create a small bevel. Use your sander to sand all visible surfaces in the direction of the wood grain, first with coarse sanding paper (grit of 120, 180) and then with fine sanding paper (grit of up to 240).

Afterwards rub the surfaces with a damp sponge to wipe off the dust. Some loose wood fibres may protrude while the wood is drying. You can remove these with sanding paper with a grit of 180. The wood is now ready for surface treatment. Little tip: Make sure that the sanding paper is sharp enough to remove the wood fibres properly, not just flatten them.

7

Staining the surfaces

7 - Staining the surfaces
Staining the surfaces

Staining refers to the process used to colour the wood. The wood stain can be applied with a fine spray system. After the stain has been applied, the surface of the wood remains unprotected until wax or paint/varnish is applied.

First read the manufacturer’s safety and handling instructions thoroughly. Make sure the room you are working in is well ventilated and not used for smoking, eating or drinking.

You should change the paint tank if you want to apply another material with your fine spray system in the next step.

Tip for staining

Always work on vertical surfaces, starting from the bottom and moving to the top. Otherwise, since wood stain has low viscosity and the wood surface absorbs it quickly, the wood stain could trickle down and form lap marks that cannot be painted over.

8

Painting the surfaces

8 - Painting the surfaces
Painting the surfaces

Pour the paint into the paint tank and dilute it if necessary with water. Using a test board, adjust the spray jet at the nozzle and the paint flow at the setting wheel. The spray jet can be set to horizontal or vertical for surfaces and tapered for edges.

Now apply a thin first layer of paint. Start with the edges and then paint the surfaces using even, parallel strokes.

During this process, wood fibres may protrude (as they may have already during the rinsing phase). You can remove these after the paint has dried by using sanding paper with a grit of 220 or 240 in the direction of the grain.

For the second coat, use the same base as you did during the priming stage. This time, you can apply a slightly thicker coat of paint. Start again with the edges and then work on the surfaces using even, parallel strokes.

Tip for painting

A wide range of paints are available, of various types and price categories. The main criteria in choosing a paint should be its workability, the technical equipment you have at home, and the surface quality and durability you require. Ask for advice at a specialist retail outlet. If you are not an experienced painter, we recommend that you practice beforehand on a sample piece. You will achieve the quickest and best result with acrylic paints. They are water-dilutable and are available at any DIY store in many different colours. It is particularly quick and easy to apply them using a fine spray system.

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Done!

9 - Done!
Done!


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Bosch does not accept any responsibility for the instructions stored here. Bosch would also like to point out that you follow these instructions at your own risk. For your own safety, please take all the necessary precautions.


 

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