Contemporary Arts and Crafts Bed
Updated design combines solid walnut with veneered panels
Synopsis: The design of this bed has many of the details of a traditional Arts and Crafts piece, with one notable exception. The simple lines, tapering legs, and through-joinery evoke the traditional style, but the use of veneers on the headboard and footboard adds a contemporary twist. The bed still appears to be made of solid wood, but the veneered plywood panels offer protection from wood movement and allow for perfect grain-matching and color-matching. This is also an economical way to use claro walnut.
A few years back I made a pair of solid walnut nightstands (FWW #247), and recently I decided to design a bed to complement them. The design echoes the same elements: simple lines, tapering posts, and a touch of through-joinery to evoke the Arts and Crafts period. But here’s the twist—the bed also includes veneer, something you don’t often see in pieces from that time period.…