Wednesday, 30 April 2014

A Bedroom Makeover 2. Let there be light

What would a bedroom makeover be without a bed! For years our guests (and before them, us) have been sleeping on just a mattress, with the top of an old desk acting as a headboard. This has done the job admirably, and no-one has yet complained of a dodgy nights sleep, but time has come to spruce things up a bit.

We picked up a simple TARVA bed base to fit the current mattress (though I'm sure in years to come the mattress itself will get an upgrade) and then set about accessorizing it with a couple of JANSJO lamps. The idea was to mount the lights to the bed frame itself  (quite high on the sides to minimise the structural impact of the big holes). We also considered mounting them to the bedside tables but this would have left them a little low for sitting in bed reading.

These lamps arrive in two pieces - the flexible arm and a heavy base which meant we didn't need to modify them at all - we only want the flexible arm for this build. They would have been held to the base with two screws - perfect for refitting to our bedframe. After a careful bit of marking on the side struts of the bed frame Joe then set about the drilling. Firstly two pilot holes all the way through the frame. Then he used a flat drill bit to cut a recess for each hole from the back of the frame, and then finally widened the hole a little from the front. This left us with a narrow hole at the front that was a tight fit for the screw mountings, which then opened out at the back to a wider hole that allowed for the washers that were provided.

Adding a depth marker to the flat drill bit - this was one hole that didn't want to go all the way through!
Piloting first.

Drilling out the widest holes to allow for screw heads and washers.

We then assembled the bed frame before finally screwing the lights to the bed (with the help of some blutack to keep the screws the right way round in the depths of the holes we'd created).



What do you think?



p.s. we're not being paid by Ikea for all these furniture mentions - they're just a convenient fairly local store! 

10 comments:

  1. Lights look good. Is there room for a cot in this new improved room? (For your godson to visit I mean, before we start any unhelpful rumours).

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    1. If anything more room than previously as we're removing the big desk and replacing it with narrower shelves. The actual answer would of course depend on the size of the cot...

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  2. How very creative, I'm planning a small trip to Ikea soon. Not that it ever ends as a small trip of course :)

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    1. No, they've got the "make sure your customers walk right past everything they might possibly need" tactic down to the ground ;)

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  3. I have to admit I so like the convenience of some of the IKEA ranges. If I am really stuck for something I can generally find what I need or get a good idea from them. My tables in my den are from IKEA and were very reasonable for what they are. Bedroom is going to be great. Can't wait to see which design you went for in the end.

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    1. I do like the range of bits they do - I used to think it was all very samey but actually there's all sorts different styles. I do fear this room is going to look like it's come out of the ikea catalogue though!

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  4. What a great idea. I think I must be the only person in England who doesn't have one piece of Ikea furniture in the house, of course, that could all change in the future if I keep seeing posts like this.

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    1. You might be right there ;). They've definitely grown on me over the last few years too...

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  5. It's all coming along beautifully! I love those lamps.xxx

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    1. Thanks, it's great to see it all coming together.

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