On Sun, 17 Aug 2003 14:15:30 -0500, "Rick"
Several bed frames, some for futons, some not.
To avoid creaking, make a rigid frame. Then place the slats on top but
_don't_ fasten them rigidly.
The frame gets a lot of racking stress, even worse than a chair. So
don't rely on M&T joints alone. Use drawbolts (good for demountables)
or tusked tenons.
For slats on a typical bedframe, I use cheap softwood floorboards
(picked over to avoid big knots), ripped in half. 4" x 3/4". For a
futon with visible slats, then you might want better timber. Ash is
To attach them, I simply lay them on top of pins in the frame. These
pins are just rods, or cut-down thick nails, nailed into the frame. A
loosely drilled hole in the slat locates them. For a futon, use a
screw and washer from above, into a jig-routed counterbored slot, so
as to hold the slat down if the bed is lifted up.
As to the overall frame design, then just look at what's available and
make something like that. There are lots of variants, and it isn't