Published on December 28th, 2012 | by Jules IKEAHacker5
Materials: Engan bed frame, 1 1/4″ angle iron, 1/4″ 20 bolts, nuts, and washers, chop saw, drill press, TIG welder, hand saw.
Description: This brings new meaning to the term bedroom. A rather small room for a queen sized bed at 92″x81″, 80″ if you include base boards. The product dimensions are 61 3/4″x81 1/2″. The idea was to take off one of the either headers or footers to alleviate the length needed to fit inside the space. It became a bit more than that later on in the process.
It begins with dismantling the footer from the two side lengths. Including the midbeam bracket. This will leave the bed in disuse until you can cut and weld you angle iron. You can place the slates and the midbeam aside.
You will now need access to a metal shop to cut, weld and fabricate the ‘sub-frame’ as I’ll call it.
Angle iron lengths as follows.
3 – 8″
1 – 61 7/8″
2 – 5″
2 – approx. 4″
Cut the 2 5″ at a 45 degree angle at one end. Make sure you cut the correct side.
One for the right and one for the left.
Cut the 61 7/8″ at a 45 degree angle at each end.
Join the 5″ lengths to the 61 7/8″ length together via a welder.
Join the 3 8″ lengths to the welded long section of the subframe. Space the 3 out across the length. Two for each end, and the last for the middle. These will hold the bed up just fine.
Drill a 1/4″ hole through the two lengths of the 4″ iron. These holes will be placed 1/2 inch from the top and from the left or right respectively.
Weld these length to the subframe. Place the foot of the ‘L’ that makes up the shape of angle iron toward you. This is where we are going to attach the midbeam bracket soon.
I had to manually saw off an inch of the Engan frame to accommodate the room’s dimensions. You may not have to.
Place the midbeam bracket onto the subframe. Fasten with 1/4′ 20 bolts, nuts, and washers.
Now the subframe will act just like the original.
Re-assemble the Engan frame, skipping a few of the footer instructions because we dont have to use that hardware anymore.
~ Colin Butgereit, Brooklyn, NYC, USA