Originally Posted by globetrotter
honestly, I'd go to a discount mattress store and buy the most comfortable matress that you can find. then measure it, go to home depot and and get 2 X 4's and some half inch plywood. put 6 pieces of 2X4 the length of your matress on the floor and then nail 4 pieces of half inch plywood that are each 1/4 the size of your mattress to the 2X4's. this is as sturdy a bed as you could want, your matress is 4.5 inches off the floor and the whole thing costs you about as much as a dust ruffle in a furnature store. you really don't need anything more expensive that that until you are married.
I like this idea, except that my version of it, is finding the bed frame you really want and simply duplicating it yourself. If your budget is $400-$500 you could most likely frame it out in a solid American hardwood. Beds are pretty simple, you could certainly build one with a chopsaw, a router, and some finishing supplies. And nothing like telling the girl who you're laying on it with, that the solid (hardwood) bed she's laying on is something you built and finished yourself. I would want to build something like this:
With tapered legs instead of the curved ones.