The $2.2 million custom frame that the owners of a two-bedroom apartment in Chicago built to look like a bed has been described as the most impressive bed in town, but it may not be the best.
It’s all about the detail.
It takes more than just a little paint to make a custom frame, says Paul LeBoeuf, the owner of Bambi Frames in St. Paul, Minnesota, which specializes in custom bed frames.
It takes a lot of attention to detail, and a lot more time than you might think.
He and his company’s designer have spent years learning the craft, he says.
In the past two years, they’ve worked on a custom double-wide frame, a double-height frame and a double bed frame.
The frames have been sold on eBay, at conventions, and at garage sales.
The frames are unique, he explains, because they can be made in a lot less than the average custom bed.
Bambis also has custom frames for both single and double bedrooms.
“We think it’s the best thing to do in terms of quality,” LeBoutes says.
“You can do more, and you can get more value for the money.”
The company’s latest offering, a $4.4 million custom bed, is designed to match the bed size of the bedroom in the owner’s home.
LeBoeuf and his team had to make it as long and wide as the frame would allow, and he made the frame in three different lengths.
He even made a second version with extra width to accommodate a larger bed.
For the first one, LeBieuf built a frame with two sides, and then used a fabric-fillable bed pad to expand the frame to the required length.
It cost him $1.5 million to make, he estimates.
He added additional foam padding, added more fabric to the frame, and added a custom fabric pillow and a fabric mattress cover.
He built two more beds to match, each for a different bed size.
All the work was done in house, and LeBouteuf had the right materials.
“There’s not a lot that comes out of the factory,” he says, explaining that he and his partners chose a durable fabric and a durable foam mattress that they could handle for a lifetime.
The mattress was made by a firm called Nalgene, and it was custom-cut to fit the dimensions of the custom bedframe.
“It’s really the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen,” he laughs.
For this version of the bed, LeBloutes took a look at the frames in the home of his sister, whose mother had her own two-bedroom apartment in the 1970s.
She loved the look of the frames, and she thought it was important to have something that could be shared.
“I wanted to make something that had a little bit of everything,” she says.
The bed, which he says was one of the best he had ever built, cost him less than $200,000, LeBleuc says.
His company is currently selling its first batch of custom frames, including the double bed and the double width.
LeBoutis has a couple of other ideas.
He’s designing a second frame for his sister’s mother.
LeBlouts wife, Jill, who lives in Michigan, wants to have a custom-made bed.
She and her husband are working on a mattress for the two of them.
He says he could use a lot help with that.
“There’s a lot to learn,” he admits.
“A lot of the stuff we’re doing is so hard and I can’t wait to get to that stage.”
LeBoes plans to continue to improve his custom frame designs, including adding more options for a wider bed frame that is also double-width, and to improve the foam padding on his frames.
He plans to get some more money from eBay and is working with a couple other builders to do it.
If you’re interested in custom frame design, you can contact LeBosteuf at [email protected]