How to Design an Airplane Bed

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How to Design an Airplane Bed
Beds can be amped up with a new design. (bed image by Leonid Nyshko from

Before you build something new, it is important to get a rough draft to organise your ideas. To do that, you will need to start planning and designing your ideas. Designing a bed is something that only requires a pen and paper and imagination (maybe along with coloured pencils and an eraser). When you begin to consider designing something more creative than just a bed, especially something like an aeroplane bed, you can use a little help.

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Things you need

  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • CAD software
  • Measuring tape

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  1. 1

    Find a bed frame that you would like to use as a base for the aeroplane bed. It's easier to begin with a pre-existing frame because then you will not have to start from scratch.

  2. 2

    Measure the length and width of the frame. Also measure how high the base is from the ground.

  3. 3

    Sketch the bed frame with a pen and a pencil on a sheet of paper. Draw it lightly so you can easily draw on top of it.

  4. 4

    Consider what the front of the bed will look like. For an aeroplane bed, you will need to sketch a conical shape, much like the nose of an aeroplane. To do this, draw a cone with its base at the foot of the bed.

  5. 5

    Detail the triangular prism to look like an aeroplane. This will vary depending on the type of plane you'd like to use to design your bed. For example, if you are using a fighter jet for inspiration, the nose of the plane needs to be pointed and long, so sketch the tip of the cone with extra long lines to make it appear pointier. If you are using a Boeing aircraft, you need the tip to look more rounded, which you can do by drawing a semicircle or curve.

  6. 6

    Draw the wings next, using triangular prisms coming from the side of the bed. Again, the exact shape of these will be determined by you and the type of plane you are looking for. Regardless, the ends of the wings should not come to a point, so erase the triangular prism's tip and add a line to create a polygonal shape. Draw a wing on both sides of the bed.

  7. 7

    Draw the head of the aeroplane bed as the tail and rudder of a plane. Use the same technique you used for the wings to draw tail fins (although make them smaller) and draw these near the headboard. You can also add another "wing like" shape coming straight up above the headboard if your bed has enough room and support for that.

  8. 8

    Add dimensions to everything you have drawn so when you start to build it, you will know what size you are trying to make. If your bed is 6 feet long, a good dimension for the length of the base of the wings might be 2.5 to 3 feet. The length will depend on personal preference and size of the room. Include a dimension for every line you have drawn.

  9. 9

    Use coloured pencils to add any colour or logos for your aeroplane. You could draw the American Airlines symbol, for example, or include mock windows along the base of the bed. In the cockpit you can even draw two pilots. Get creative and draw anything you might see on a plane.

Tips and warnings

  • If you know how to use a CAD software, you can use the dimensions you created to build your plane design in 3D.

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