We bought 10 foot boards from Home Depot, and had them cut them in half. Queen size beds are 5 ft across, so it worked out perfectly. Instead of getting regular boards, we used the boards that linked together like a tongue and groove.
While at Home Depot, we picked up some stain (Minwax Red Mahogany), and we set things up in the garage to stain. We were going through a nice little warm up (40s)that melted ALL the snow --boo!--so I was able to do the staining with the garage door open. As I sit here writing this, it's -10 outside which is much more normal for January in Anchorage. We had to let the stain dry extra long because of the temperature...you're not really supposed to stain at temperatures below 50. We also bought a 2x4 and cut that in half--I think it was a 12 footer.
We screwed the boards into the 2x4s and then drilled holes into the base and bolted them to the metal bed frame. We used the 7 of the 8 boards we had from the store.
The boards, hardware and stain was about $40 total.
Cheaper than anything we found on craigslist!
We really like the result. We have to move the pictures either up or possible up to the middle and put them together. Thats what my friend Krista suggested...and then maybe getting new bedside lights, that are taller.
What do you think?