Expand the storage potential of your bedroom with the Full Sonoma platform storage bed with 6 drawers. Use the six 18" Deep drawers (three on each side) included in this Sonoma bed to stow away blankets, linens and anything else that won’t quite fit into your other bedroom furniture, and conserve...
I almost didn't buy this after reading the negative reviews, but I read through quite a bit of them, and after hearing the tips about how others have reinforced it, I headed to Home Depot, picked up some supplies, and went ahead and ordered. As is, no, this bed won't hold up. What I did, though, was pick up some Titebond III, a whole bunch of metal L brackets, some felt, and reinforced the living daylights out of it. I put the wood glue in EVERY hole during assembly, as well as painted it onto each screw. Once it was all put together, I added 16 L brackets to the frame; 2 at the top and bottom of each corner, and one on each side of the two middle supports, where the drawers go. I just held them in place, marked the holes, and pre-drilled pilot holes.People were also complaining about the slats not staying in place, and being too noisy, so I bought an entire bolt of thicker felt and glued it to the inside of the metal brackets where the slats sit, and also cut a large piece to cover the slats with (to quiet them, and also to keep the loose splinters from tearing up the underside of my mattress), and I tacked those down with flat head thumb tacks.Our bed frame is sturdy, we're able to reposition the bed without the drawers falling out or the bed frame becoming 'unsquared', and the only noise the bed makes is during, uhhhh.... bedtime fun, if the frame knocks against the matching headboard. The only complaint people had that I've not yet been able to solve is the gap between the frame and the matching headboard, although I'm thinking of adding a sort of mesh 'hammock' because a.) you won't be able to see it with the pillows on the bed, and b.) if you drop anything down there, it's a NIGHTMARE to get it back.With all that said, this is not a bed frame for people who plan on moving a lot (the reinforcements kinda negate disassembly), people who rearrange their room often, or for people who don't want to take the extra steps/spend the extra money to make it work.All the pieces arrived in perfect condition, and with all the necessary hardware. I'm a 5' 5", 115 pound female, so I had to open the boxes outside and carry the pieces in, but I assembled this entire frame, the matching headboard, and 2 matching end tables completely by myself over the span of 3 days. The directions weren't too bad to work with, you'll just need to GO SLOW, READ ALL THE DIRECTIONS CAREFULLY, and sort/label all the parts and hardware before you get started. It looks great, and it's the EXACT bed frame/headboard I wanted, so the extra work/cost was worth it to me.
The IKEA-style assembly of this bed does, as other reviews indicate, leave something to be desired in terms of sturdiness and creakiness. However, with a couple extra hours and about $25 worth of apparatus from the hardware store, it's easy to build this thing solid as a rock. If you've got the time and the inclination, you'll end up with a surprisingly high quality piece of furniture. (And it doesn't look cheap either.) Total assembly time, with the modifications, was about five hours for a moderately capable guy with a drill and a six-pack of High Life. You'll also need a companion to help hold things together as you're slotting together the bigger bits.If this sounds intimidating, it's actually pretty easy. Just buy the hardware and things will be pretty intuitive once you're done slogging through the directions and you return to this.You will need the following from the hardware store. Just ask someone there if you're unfamiliar, and they'll point you right to it:8 2.5inch/63mm "corner braces"A box of wood screws that are sized 6x5/8. The corner braces may come with screws, but these will be 3/4in or longer, and will poke through the wood. You're going to use the 6x5/8 screws with the corner braces.A box of wood screws that are 1.5 inches long. Just get the narrowest ones they have, whatever gauge that may be. If they don't have something 1.5 inches, anything in that neighborhood will do.15 feet of 1/2in wide heavy duty felt tape. (Get six rolls of the stuff and you won't run out.)STEP 1: Before you install the slats on which the bed will rest and connect the whole thing together, stick a strip of felt across the top of the two inside support beams. This will help keep the beams from rattling around under your mattress.STEP 2: Once you have assembled the frame, take the longer wood screws and drill them down through each slat into the support beams, right through the felt. Make it nice and tight.STEP 4: Cut the felt tape into 3 inch strips and, without removing the wax paper backing, slip them into the slots where the ends of the slats are fitted, using a flathead screwdriver to stuff them in if you have problems. This will tighten the ends so that they don't rattle around in the metal bracket.STEP 5: Drill the corner braces using the 6x5/8 screws into each of the four corners. It will be obvious where to put them: you're just trying to firm up the connection between the side beams and the ends, so that they don't flex around. I found it helpful to put the top four horizontally (directly above the slats) and bottom four vertically (like an L, inside the opening where the drawer will go). Don't worry that you will impinge on the drawers -- there's room.(It's also helpful to run some felt tape along the bottom of the bed, especially if you have wood floors, so that you can move it around without scratching.)Congrats, you now have an extremely solid (and subtly classy looking) bed. And you spent $350, not $800.Prepac Espresso Tall Twin/Mates Platform Storage Bed (6-drawers)Prepac Monterey Cherry Queen Platform Storage Bed (6-drawers)
I wrote up a huge/long multi page review of this product, why it fails, and how to fix it... before I found out the limits that Amazon puts on product reviews :-)Here's the long and the short of it... this product ABSOLUTELY has a BLINDINGLY OBVIOUS design flaw that (as it comes from the factor) makes it unfit for its intended purpose (a sleeping platform). BUT... IT IS FIXABLE for someone with basic carpentry skills. HOWEVER... it is not being marketed as a 90% bed kit, it is being sold to consumers. Therefore, even though I actually like the bed (as it stands in my room, correctly modified), I must give it the lowest possible rating because it is in violation of US law of implied warranties.If you're up for a challenge, I recommend allocating a whole day for the assembly, and acquiring (1) a box of self-tapping metal screws (to fixate the floating slats), (2) two 2x12s each 26+3/8" long (or 1x12s if you are even more of a craftsman), (3) a dozen moderately long fasteners to engage the 2x12s. The extra structure should make a self-sturdy "box" in the middle. If you can see the attached image, you might be able to see how the structure would not hold (for a particular head-to-toe direction of force) without the added structure.I don't agree with the other reviews concerns the use of metal brackets to fix it's flaw, but I imagine that it's better than nothing.Best of luck!
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