We sleep in the basement in the summer but have had issues with dampness. We just use twin mattresses from ikea.
I thought I saw something at ikea last year, like wire triangles that went with the wooden slats, but can't find it now
I made one for similar reasons. Three parallel pine sleepers with hardwood slats screwed across the top (basically a futon). The platform height is about 15cm (6 inches).
If you don't want to DIY, you might find a store bought futon is suitable.
2 of our 3 beds are homemade platforms - we went the plywood and 2x4's route. It's surprisingly easy - all the cuts you need can be made at the lumber store, so it only requires a drill and some long, sturdy screws - we used deck screws. For sturdier posts, we doubled up on 2x4's, held together with Gorilla glue, then screwed them to the platform using two screws.
The twin bed only needed 4 posts, but the king has 3 extras, forming a middle row - this may be overkill, but we have a tempurpedic mattress and the weight of it destroyed our previous Ikea bed, so we weren't taking any chances. Bonus: we were able to construct the bed to suit the height of the bins we wanted to store underneath.
Pros: cheap and sturdy, easy, fast (we built two in two hours, not counting the previous day's trip to the lumber store and overnight Gorilla glue setting)
Cons: we used raw wood and did nothing to finish it, but it doesn't show, so...I'd had some thoughts on wrapping the legs with rope for a decorative touch, but decided not to bother
So...I'm 43 and pregnant with #3 - how'd that happen?
I noticed that home depot sells precut wood slats for beds. So if you want to diy without too much diy-ing, you could buy those in the twin size length and just attach them to something. For instance, you could screw a series of bedslats on top of a 2X4 on each side. Then set it on something like milk crates or attach feet or legs, even just wheels, underneath to the 2X4s.
I've seen lots of pallet beds on Pinterest, which would be essentially free (if you can find untreated pallets).
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