Friday, October 14, 2016

How to Assemble a Futon Bed - Part 2 of 2 - Bed Slats and Rubber Legs Tips

Fig.1 Cottonwood 
Futon Full
By Gary Boutin                

Tools and Supplies: 
Drywall screws
Douglas Fir 1x2 
Cottonwood Futon
Futon bed with hardware kit 
Phillip bit with bit holder
Ryobi Cordless Screwdriver with Hex Bit
Michael works for a program called Uncommon Good that teaches students about green energy. His home is located in Upland, California, a beautiful neighborhood with mature trees in a rural setting. He had just purchased a century-old home and wanted to preserve its look. Being a principal member of Uncommon Good, he was using the house to teach others how to go green. He called to assemble his Cottonwood futon bed. For this post additional slats were installed along with the kit slats. 

This post shows the plans for the assembly of the futon bed.
Step 1: Fig.1 shows the Cottonwood Futon full size bed kit. Fig.2 through fig.4 shows the plans for the bed slats.
Fig.2 Bed slats
Fig.3 Corner braces
Fig.4 Middle 
legs assembly
Step 2: Fig.5 and fig.6 shows that a block was used to keep the bed slats even. Fig.6 shows a close up of the wood block used for spacing the bed slats. Additional 1x2 were supplied to the bed to hold the heavy pillow tuck mattress.

Fig.5 Blocks for spacing
Fig.6 Blocks for spacing
Step 3: Fig.7 shows the bed, has been spaced by the wood block.  Now its time to do the other side. Fig.8 shows a Ryobi 12 Volt screwdriver with a Phillip bit placing the drywall screws into the bed slats. Fig.9 shows the Phillip screw into the bed slats.
Fig.7 Half the bed to go
Fig.8 12-Volt
Ryobi Screwdriver
Fig.9 Drywall screws
Step 3: Fig.10 and fig11 shows the additional slats were screwed into the center bed support rail. Fig.11 shows some screws into the wood slats and other ready to be done.
Fig.10 Screwed into middle rail
Fig.11 Slats finished
Step 4: Fig.12 and fig.13 is the final job of installing the rubber tipped legs.
Fig.12 Adjustable legs

Step 5: Fig.14 the job is done. Now all they have to get is the new mattress.

Interesting Internet Links Below:
  • Futon Primer: This is a business page that had several Internet links that can provides all the reasons why to choose a futon bed, assembly and interesting facts about futon beds.

How to Assemble a Futon Bed:

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