Circular beds provide a solution for those looking to break the norms in bedroom furnishings. Not only are these beds just as supportive and comfortable as their standard cousins, they also give your bedroom a light, flowing look. Round beds don't have to be against a wall or at right angles with other pieces of furniture. You can place them in the middle of the room, push them into a corner or move them about as the mood strikes you. You don't even have to go for an expensive designer bed; you can make one of these beds at home.
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Things you need
- Pointed pencil
- Permanent marker
- Very dense upholstery foam: 6 inches thick
- Electric hand saw
- Slick fabric: satin, rayon or polyester
- Spray adhesive
- Measuring tape
- Decorative fabric: linen or cotton
- Elastic ribbon
- Sewing machine
- Wooden bed platform
Measure and cut a piece of string about 4 inches longer than the desired radius for your bed. For instance, if you want a 7 foot diameter bed, your string should measure 3 feet and 10 inches.
Tie one end of the string to a pointed pencil and the other end to a permanent marker. Push the pencil down into the centre of the foam and pull on the permanent marker so the string is taut. Trace a circle onto the foam, keeping the string taut so the circle is even.
Cut out the foam circle with a handheld electric saw. Find these small saws at your local hardware store. Work slowly to ensure smooth mattress edges.
Cut a piece of slick fabric, such as satin or rayon, to about 2 feet larger than your round foam mattress. In this case, the fabric should measure 9 feet in diameter.
Spray the top of the foam mattress with spray adhesive. Smooth the fabric circle on top of the mattress, centring it so 2 feet of excess fabric hangs off all sides of the mattress.
Spray the edges of the mattress with adhesive as well. Pinch pleats into the smooth fabric and press them down against the sides of the mattress. The pleats will stick out, but you will fix this later.
Flip the mattress over. Spray the bottom edge of the fabric with adhesive and pull the last of the excess fabric taut over the edge of the foam. Twist the pleats to the left and press the excess fabric into the adhesive. Let the adhesive dry overnight. You now have a smooth mattress.
Cut a 9 foot circle of decorative fabric for your first set of sheets. Snip 1 inch fringes into the edges of the fabric, fold them over and sew them down with a sewing machine. This creates a channel in the edges of the fabric.
Slip a 7 1/2 foot piece of elastic through the channel in the edge of the sheet. Stitch the ends of the elastic together.
Stretch the sheet over the mattress and place the mattress on a platform bed frame. The corners of a rectangular bed frame can serve as nightstands, eliminating the need for more furniture.
Tips and warnings
- You can place the bed on the floor instead of using a bed frame, especially if you like an exotic look.
- Dress the bed with ordinary blankets and pillows. Place the pillows around the edges of the head of the bed and fold under the corners of the blankets to shape them against the mattress.
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