Here you have it, a wall to wall, all inclusive slatted headboard and floating platform bed that started out as a sketch on a piece of paper. A reader of my column kindly informed me that Ikea sells a slatted headboard, but I’ve never seen it. Anyway, I’m all about handmade and custom.

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Honestly, converting my daughter’s bedroom into a mod, fun, bright guest bedroom has been one of the most productive and industrious house projects I’ve ever successfully executed. And let me tell you, I’ve had some big duds! This is part of the Whole House Makeover weekly series I’ve been doing for The Indianapolis Star, so there was no time or resources that would allow for a flop.



The original inspiration for the room came from The Custom Hotel in LA where I stayed a few years ago. Quirky, bright, comfy, and upbeat, I set out to create a version of that room right here in our own home.

The following columns include getting the wood ready, on the wall, adding tables and reading lamps and constructing the floating platform bed. There’s much more to add to this room, but this is the main feature of this comfy space.

1. Getting the Wood on the Wall:

2. Built-In Beside Tables and Reading Lamps:

3. Floating, Upholstered Platform Bed: