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Published on November 22nd, 2007 | by Jules Yap


redeeming the dalselv bed


i got to agree with ashiado that the dalselv headboard is too tall and thin. she cleverly hacked the headboard, retaining its design but bringing balance to its overall looks.

“the dalselv bed came pretty close to what we wanted except that we didn’t like the head board. actually, rephrase: we hated the original headboard! especially with how high it was. to us it just seemed like an awkward design. but with a couple of very simple hacks, we turned it into something we like and continue to use.

we went to a hardware store and purchased 6 wooden dowels to replace the thin metal dowels of the original head board (see the three black vertical spindles on each side of the head board).
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then we cut the 3 bed posts of the head board (left, center and right) down to the height of the middle horizontal beam of the head board. last, we took the horizontal beam from the very top of the original head board and screwed it directly into the top of the middle horizontal beam. this gives the bed a much more stable feeling and, in our opinion, a more elegant look.”

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Jules Yap

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8 Responses to redeeming the dalselv bed

  1. Anonymous says:

    I think it looks way worse after the hack, totally too short and NOT proportionate!

  2. Anonymous says:

    looks the same to me, too… I actually think it looks worse that way, it seems like a really awkward height.

  3. Casey says:

    I am thinking of buying this bed. I was wondering do I need a box spring. I moving for a year and i need a cheap bed. I wanted to just buy the mattress and the frame.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Looks exactly the same to me too.

  5. Anonymous says:

    What exactly is the difference? It looks the same…

  6. glumvegi says:

    Nah, I love mine too… but uh, not for the same reasons ;) .

    I think the height and metal dowels keep it from looking like a futon, and support my massive amount of pillows.

  7. Jasi says:

    Love the price. Love the simplicity and lack of foot board. It’s dull though. So I’m going to paint it white and upholster a tufted headboard for it. I’ll keep you posted on how that goes.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Maybe i’m the only one who loves my dalselv bed, then.

    PERFECT for kinky sex.

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