I’m a little obsessed with making my own bed slat.
It’s a lot of fun to make, and a lot cheaper than buying them online.
If you can find one at a local Home Depot, it’s about $6-8 per square foot.
I usually use these for bedrooms.
The biggest challenge is finding a good, sturdy, hardwood lumber to cut the slats from.
There are many different kinds of hardwoods, and you’ll need to know what kind of wood you want to cut to get the right thickness and finish.
This article will walk you through all the steps you’ll be taking to make your own bed slope.
Start by getting a sheet of white pine.
White pine is the best choice for making slats because it’s very durable and it’s light weight.
It can be cut to about 2 inches thick.
If the slat is about 4 inches thick, you’ll want to use 1-inch thick plywood.
Plywood has the added benefit of being relatively inexpensive compared to hardwoods.
The best way to buy lumber for your slats is to buy it online.
Buy a box of plywood from Home Depot for about $1.50 to $1, and then cut out the pieces you need.
(You can also buy a sheet at Home Depot and cut out your slat pieces, but I like the feel of a solid piece of ply wood.)
If you buy 1-by-2-foot sheets, the sheet will be about an inch thick.
Cut the sheet into 1-foot slats.
(It might be helpful to have someone cut the sheet off before you begin.)
Cut a slat using the saw.
The slat you want is going to be 1/4-inch by 1-mile thick.
Measure your slant.
This is going, I think, about 6 feet from the centerline.
(The centerline is where the slant begins.)
Measure the length of the slatted floor, and the distance to the edge of the floor, in inches.
The floor of your home should have a width of at least 8 inches, and at least 6 feet.
The thickness of your slatted wall should be about 3 inches thick (6-by 8-foot or 4-by 6-foot).
Measure the thickness of the sheet you’re going to use to make slats with.
If your slates are going to have a base, measure the length and width of the base at least twice.
Measure the edge length and the edge width of each slatted segment at least two times.
Measure two sides of the same slatted area, the center of the entire area, as well as the slanted corners.
Measure all of the edges and corners to make sure you have the right length and thickness for your planks.
(These measurements are going, to be honest, a little fuzzy at this point, but it’s probably not going to hurt to just do this.)
Cut out the slates.
Cut slats into 1/2-by 2-foot segments.
(Depending on the thickness and how big the sloped floor is, you may want to make up a template and make slates for each of the segments.)
The base is the part that you’re cutting out.
Measure and cut a length of 1/8-inch plywood that’s about 5 inches by 5 inches, or about 1 foot by 1 foot.
The base will be the center section of the bed slatted piece.
Measure 3/8 inch from the edge edge of your base.
You’ll want this to be a long strip of ply that’s going to extend over your bed slants.
Cut your sloped base into 4-inch pieces.
(There are 4 pieces of ply here: a center, a length, and two corners.
I use a 1- by 2-by 1-meter strip of 3/4 inch ply for each sloped segment.)
Measure each of these pieces to make the base.
Measure 4 inches from the base edge of each ply piece to make a measurement of the center, center width, and length.
(This measurement is going along the edge.
This measurement is just to be sure you’re getting the correct length and/or thickness.)
Measure a length and a width from the ply to make it look like a flat.
(Again, these measurements are not going along your bed.)
Cut out your base slats and slatted base pieces.
Cut all 4 slats to length.
This means that each piece is 3/16-inch wide.
Measure each slat to make an exact 1-in-1-inch slatted strip.
(If you cut the strips so that you only cut about 1- in. across, the total length will be around 1/16, which is why I don’t want to leave any space between the segments.
It will just look odd if you cut too many segments.)
Measure your base pieces