My carpenter built a frame on to the MANDAL structure using pre-painted and finished lumber. The frame includes shelves made from poplar wood. We left the shelves unpainted, but added a coat of white paint to the entire upper structure to match the MANDAL storage drawers.
Step two: Adding wheels on the bed frame
We added nine caster wheels to the MANDAL to make the entire structure mobile. The wheels are from Coolcastors.com. Nine wheels were necessary for each part of the MANDAL that was load-bearing. The wheels can be locked easily with fingers or with a gentle push from the toes. Even with the weight of the structure, the wheels have no issues. The bed glides effortlessly on the hardwood floors.
Step three: Installing the privacy screens
We added a plastic material to the exterior from Piedmont Plastics. The material is polycarbonate plastic. We chose green and blue as more soothing colors.
Step four: Creating the drop down desk
Added a drop-down desk to the structure that will allow a person to sit on the bed and use it or outside the structure to use it while sitting on a chair. The desk is stored vertically when not in use.
Step five: The headboard
Lastly, we fixed a wooden headboard to the end of the bed. Remote controlled battery operated lights are also planned.
And our IKEA living cube studio bed on wheels is done.
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