Rope design bedhead

Erin Michael, Real Living magazine
Friday, May 10, 2013
Rope design bedhead
Photography Maree Homer


1-3 hours




  • 2 pine timber lengths
  • Handsaw
  • Tape measure & pencil
  • Drill with 11mm drill bit
  • 4 screws
  • 2 different types of rope
  • Nailpolish or glue
Choose a rope colour that contrasts with the wall or one that coordinates with your bedlinen.

Step 1 Cut each timber length in half so you have four pieces of equal size.

Step 2 Measure 60cm from the bottom of two of the lengths and mark with a pencil. These will be the "legs" that attach to the bed at the base of your frame.

Step 3 Using a drill bit slightly bigger than your rope (we used 11mm) drill holes in the timber at 10cm intervals (no need to drill holes in the leg sections).

Step 4 Screw the timber lengths together to create a rectangular frame, leaving the 60cm "legs" at the bottom. Our frame was made to fit a queen-size bed and measures 1.5m x 90cm.

Step 5 Randomly thread lengths of rope through holes and tie a knot at each end to secure. It's helpful to have a friend hold the rope tight while you tie the knot.

Step 6 Trim rope after knots and dab some clear nail polish or glue on the ends to stop it fraying. It's quirky, colourful and cool.

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