Since purchasing our home over a year ago, my wife, Jessica Ward, and I have been kicking around the idea of upgrading our queen bed to a king. One pragmatic argument for the upgrade was we could use our current Ikea Malm queen bed frame and Tempurpedic mattress as a starting point for a guest room. A slightly more honest reason was we simply wanted to enjoy the extra stretch room afforded by a king-size setup. Regardless of the reasoning, the decision to upgrade was made.

Jess and I have enjoyed sleeping on a Tempurpedic mattress for over 8 years, the decision to purchase a king-size version was a no-brainer. Where to purchase an actual frame wasn't as straightforward. We had a very rough idea of the characteristics we wanted in a bed frame.

  • Platform-style
  • Solid wood
  • Inset supports / "floating" styling
  • Darker color (walnut-esque)

We spent a lot of time "shopping" online (mostly on Pinterest) and found many beds we liked. Of those, we really fell for this design by IGN Design in Germany. The $4k + price tag took our breathe away and made it cost-prohibitive. That's when I had a crazy idea...why don't we use the design as inspiration and design and build our own frame.

The idea was liberating. Jess and I started adding things to our list for our "dream" bed. In addition to the above, we decided we wanted a bed made from reclaimed wood with a live-edge head- and foot-board. Remarkably, we found all the material we needed at Salvage Works, a locally owned salvage shop located in the historic North Portland Kenton neighborhood.

The building adventure that followed is chronicled in the photo gallery below.

The experience was wonderfully fulfilling. After having made our bed, we are exceptionally pleased to lie on it for many years to come.