How to Build a Platform Bed for Less Than $50

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If you want to update the look of your bedroom, but don't want to spend a fortune on a new bed, you can make a platform bed for not much money. With a little creativity and hard work, you can have a bed that's comfortable, safe and inexpensive.

  • Create measurements for the size of the bed and decide on whether you want a low or high platform bed. Getting too much material can cost you extra money so knowing in advance what you want and what materials you need can keep your budget low.

  • Check the garage or basement for items that you'll need. You'll save money if you can recycle old wood, stain or hardware. You may also want to check sites like Craigslist or Freecycle to see if you can get some of the materials for less (or even free). Wood pallets can also be an option if you have a source.

  • Use plywood or MDF if it's available. These are usually cheaper options than other wood options. While they may not be as attractive as pine or oak, they can serve the purpose and give you a bed for less money.

  • Get creative with the storage. If you plan a higher platform bed with storage underneath, think about attractive options that won't cost a lot. Metal storage shelves may work for some beds, although you may need to brace them for safety.

  • Do the work yourself. If you're looking to have an inexpensive bed, you're probably already considering this. Ask friends or relatives to help out if you feel that you don't have the expertise or the tools to do it. With a simple plan, it won't take long to do.

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