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How to Create a Bed from an Old Boat

Take a salvaged rowboat and create a bed that seems like you're floating on water. The DIY to the Rescue team shows how to create a bed from an old boat.

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create a bed from an old boat

Step 1: Sand the Boat

Start by getting an old boat (Image 1). Check a local boat yard or salvage yard. Sand the boat to a smooth finish (Image 2).

Note: Be sure that the inside is wide and long enough to accomodate a standard twin mattress.

Step 2: Build the Frame

Build the frame that will support the mattress inside the hull of the boat. Using 2 x 4's, create the frame with two shorter pieces on the ends and two longer pieces on each side. Don't forget to add three cross members in the middle for added support. Screw all the pieces together to create the shape of the frame. Make sure that the screws are long enough to go through both pieces of wood.

Step 3: Measure the Plywood

Measure out a piece of plywood for the frame to the size of the mattress. To make cutting easier, pop a line of chalk to follow with the circular saw.

Step 4: Cut the Plywood

Cut out the plywood to length and secure this to the frame with screws.

Step 5: Put the Boat in the Bedroom

If the boat doesn't fit through the bedroom doorway, cut the boat in half. Once it's in the room (Image 1), put the two halves back together using heavy duty brackets (Image 2).

Tip: Be sure to measure the dimensions of the vessel before taking it up the stairs.

Step 6: Add Feet to the Boat

With the hull removed, it actually gives the boat more stability while resting on the floor. To give the bed more security and to keep it from rocking, add four 4 x 4 feet just under the two bench seats for the boat to stand upon (Image 1). First place each of the four feet under the seats and predrill a hole through the seats and into the 4 x 4 (Image 2).

Step 7: Secure the Feet

Secure the feet to the bench seats with screws.

Step 8: Secure the Mattress Frame

Bring in the mattress frame and secure it to the boat with screws (Image 1), driving them in at a 45-degree angle (Image 2).