Roundup: Utterly Awesome Hidden Beds

by DIY Maven

Murphy bed. Hide a bed. When we hear those names we think, "Hidden in the wall," right? Not so with these hidden beds, as they pop out from here, there and everywhere

 

clever ways to hide a bed in plain sight

 

Our first entry, pictured above, lowers just like an elevator. As the retailer notes, there's no need to move any furniture when it's time to use it.

This next bed takes up more room than a ceiling bed, but it IS hidden. A shove of the bookcase reveals all!

Multifunctional-space-saver-bookcase-bed

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Hot & Cool Bed Ideas

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

Hot & Cool Bed Ideas

A bed isn't a bed isn't a bed, anymore. Take a look at some alternatives to grandma and grandpa's mattress and box springs combo. As long as you get a good night's sleep, who's to say a teepee bed isn't good for your back?

created at: 08/10/2010

This may be hazardous to your productivity.

created at: 08/10/2010

All you have to do is prime the pump of your own creative juices to come up with a new bed design and make sure you can sleep on it. As you see, these all tend to be hanging hammock styles.

For colder nights, set up a bed shelf next to the fireplace for the cozy, cabin feeling.

created at: 08/10/2010

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How-To Build a Headboard: Watch and See How a Professional Does It

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

How-To Build a Headboard: Watch and See How a Professional Does It

Headboards have swamped the design blogs for the past 6 months or so. Some are o.k., some are good and some are really professionally done. These two tutorials are produced by a company from which I've purchased patterns. They'are a little bit on the frumpy side, but the construction instructions are easy to understand and, if you watch and learn, you'll be able to use these techniques forever. You know, teach a man to fish...

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Step-by-Step Upholstered Cushion for Everywhere in Your Home

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created on: 04/02/08

Kitchen chairs, bar stools, porch furniture, patio furniture, window seats, sofas, chairs, floor pillows, dog beds, doll beds, cat beds, and that's all I can think of, this tutorial will show you step-by-step how to make your own boxed and corded cushions.

You can ditch the cord for a more modern look. 

Have at it this Spring with the beautiful large graphic print fabrics available for the interior and the new outdoor fabrics--to die for!

Let's get started-

what you need:

sewing machine

zipper foot

fabric

foam for cushion

scissors

batting

stuffing

zipper

what you do:

1. using old cushion cover, foam cushion, template or measurements, trace cushion pattern on wrong side of doubled fabric

created on: 04/02/08

2. cut out boxing long enough to go around cushion front and two short sides, the back piece will be the zipper piece

created on: 04/02/08

This cushion measured 40" x 30" x 5".  The front piece of boxing was cut from a width of fabric measureing 54" x 6".   The front piece wrapped around the sides 7" on each side.  1/2" will be lost to a seam allowance on each side.  Two additional pieces measuring 25" x 6" were stitched on both short ends of the front boxing piece.  It's better to have a little extra than not enough.

3. stitch both short boxing strips to either end of the front boxing

4. stitch zipper boxing to one end of zipper boxing

created on: 04/02/08
 

created on: 04/02/08

created on: 04/02/08

5. cut notches to mark center points of top and bottom of cushion cover, center of long boxing piece and center of zipper piece as guides when pinning and sewing pieces together

created on: 04/02/08

6. with raw edge of cording lip lined up with raw edge of cushion top piece, starting in middle of one long side, stitch cording on top piece all the way around

7. at corners, snip lip of cording to allow cording to turn corner, keep stitching close to cording

8. when coming around to start point, cut cording at a point approximately two inches beyond start of stitched down cording

9. open stitching up about 1 1/2 inches, snip off cording at the point where it butts up to other cording end

10. fold fabric back and under, encasing other end of cord and stitch down

TIP:   See: Curbly's How-To Reupholster Round Bar Stools for a photo of finishing the cord ends

created on: 04/02/08

11. stitch cording to both top and bottom pieces

12. aligning notches on cushion top piece and long boxing piece, pin boxing to cushion top, right side to right side

13. match notch on zipper boxing piece to notch on back of cushion top, pin corners to corners, pin all the way around and stitch

created on: 04/02/08

created on: 04/02/08

 TIP: Always stitch with the smaller piece placed on top of the larger piece

created on: 04/02/08

14. anticipating where the open boxing end will meet the open zipper boxing end, pin and stitch together so that boxing is continuous all the way around the cushion

created on: 04/02/08

15. pin the cushion bottom piece exactly the same way as the top, matching notches and corners to keep cushion straight

created on: 04/02/08

16. turn right side out

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17. get foam ready to stuff in to cushion cover

created on: 04/02/08

18. scrunching and wrestling with the foam cushion, insert it into cushion cover

19. work the foam around, adjusting cushion cover to make the cushion look uniform and smooth

20. use extra stuffing in corners to fill out cushion (every upholsterer does this)

created on: 04/02/08

21. zip up the back and enjoy your new skill

TIP:  Sometimes there is a little extra between the zippe and the foam, in that case, cut a strip of batting to fill in the extra space. 

Start fabric shopping for all the new cushions you will make this Spring.

It gets easier every time you do it.

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Step-by-Step Upholstered Cushion for Everywhere in Your Home

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created on: 04/02/08

Kitchen chairs, bar stools, porch furniture, patio furniture, window seats, sofas, chairs, floor pillows, dog beds, doll beds, cat beds, and that's all I can think of, this tutorial will show you step-by-step how to make your own boxed and corded cushions.

You can ditch the cord for a more modern look. 

Have at it this Spring with the beautiful large graphic print fabrics available for the interior and the new outdoor fabrics--to die for!

Let's get started-

what you need:

sewing machine

zipper foot

fabric

foam for cushion

scissors

batting

stuffing

zipper

what you do:

1. using old cushion cover, foam cushion, template or measurements, trace cushion pattern on wrong side of doubled fabric

created on: 04/02/08

2. cut out boxing long enough to go around cushion front and two short sides, the back piece will be the zipper piece

created on: 04/02/08

This cushion measured 40" x 30" x 5".  The front piece of boxing was cut from a width of fabric measureing 54" x 6".   The front piece wrapped around the sides 7" on each side.  1/2" will be lost to a seam allowance on each side.  Two additional pieces measuring 25" x 6" were stitched on both short ends of the front boxing piece.  It's better to have a little extra than not enough.

3. stitch both short boxing strips to either end of the front boxing

4. stitch zipper boxing to one end of zipper boxing

created on: 04/02/08
 

created on: 04/02/08

created on: 04/02/08

5. cut notches to mark center points of top and bottom of cushion cover, center of long boxing piece and center of zipper piece as guides when pinning and sewing pieces together

created on: 04/02/08

6. with raw edge of cording lip lined up with raw edge of cushion top piece, starting in middle of one long side, stitch cording on top piece all the way around

7. at corners, snip lip of cording to allow cording to turn corner, keep stitching close to cording

8. when coming around to start point, cut cording at a point approximately two inches beyond start of stitched down cording

9. open stitching up about 1 1/2 inches, snip off cording at the point where it butts up to other cording end

10. fold fabric back and under, encasing other end of cord and stitch down

TIP:   See: Curbly's How-To Reupholster Round Bar Stools for a photo of finishing the cord ends

created on: 04/02/08

11. stitch cording to both top and bottom pieces

12. aligning notches on cushion top piece and long boxing piece, pin boxing to cushion top, right side to right side

13. match notch on zipper boxing piece to notch on back of cushion top, pin corners to corners, pin all the way around and stitch

created on: 04/02/08

created on: 04/02/08

 TIP: Always stitch with the smaller piece placed on top of the larger piece

created on: 04/02/08

14. anticipating where the open boxing end will meet the open zipper boxing end, pin and stitch together so that boxing is continuous all the way around the cushion

created on: 04/02/08

15. pin the cushion bottom piece exactly the same way as the top, matching notches and corners to keep cushion straight

created on: 04/02/08

16. turn right side out

created on: 04/02/08

17. get foam ready to stuff in to cushion cover

created on: 04/02/08

18. scrunching and wrestling with the foam cushion, insert it into cushion cover

19. work the foam around, adjusting cushion cover to make the cushion look uniform and smooth

20. use extra stuffing in corners to fill out cushion (every upholsterer does this)

created on: 04/02/08

21. zip up the back and enjoy your new skill

TIP:  Sometimes there is a little extra between the zippe and the foam, in that case, cut a strip of batting to fill in the extra space. 

Start fabric shopping for all the new cushions you will make this Spring.

It gets easier every time you do it.

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"Let Sleeping Dogs Lie"

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created on: 03/05/08

I submitted my DIY Project to Design Sponge on Sunday evening.

I'm not sure when it will be posted, but I'll get back with you on that.  Staying in line with all things dog-like, I wanted to post a picture of some of my favorite dog beds (hint of what my DS project is).  I especially love these two since the fabric is a houndstooth (get it?) check.  I'll be building a curved platform and headboard for the pink one, and will be donating it to...

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"Let Sleeping Dogs Lie"

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created on: 03/05/08

I submitted my DIY Project to Design Sponge on Sunday evening.

I'm not sure when it will be posted, but I'll get back with you on that.  Staying in line with all things dog-like, I wanted to post a picture of some of my favorite dog beds (hint of what my DS project is).  I especially love these two since the fabric is a houndstooth (get it?) check.  I'll be building a curved platform and headboard for the pink one, and will be donating it to...

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Time to re-think round beds?

by DIY Maven

Time to re-think round beds?

When we hear round and bed in the same sentence, we might think cheese. But when considering Spacify’s offerings of the circular love nest, dairy is the last thing to come to mind. Yes, they’re expensive; however, the frames themselves are quite simple, which means with a little bendy MDF they’re DIY-able. What about the round mattress part? No worries there. Abe Feller’s Fine Mattresses sell round mattresses starting at 1300 bucks, which is much...

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King-Sized Lovin'

by DIY Maven

Thought the heart-shaped bed was reserved for cheesy hotels and 1960's romantic comedies? Think again. Playhouse USA offers several styles of heart-shaped, king-sized beds, one with a mirrored headboard and (dare I say?) a mirrored canopy.

King-Sized Lovin'

These love cushions measure approximately 7' by 7'. And if you don’t like the idea of a gigantic red heart in the center of your boudoir, Playhouse USA has other bedding colors to choose from.

 

Although the...

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