Do it Yourself: Platform Bed Plans


Platform beds are popular in Europe, Scandinavia and Japan. If you are in the market for a platform bed, drawing up plans may be the best idea. Pursue as many variations as possible to be certain the final choice is well thought out. The platform's height is the most important decision to make since it determines the overall height once you add the mattress. That makes the mattress an important factor as well. The material used to build the platform bed does not have to be solid lumber; plywood works just as well.

Things You'll Need

  • Lumber or plywood Table saw (optional) Circular saw 4-penny finish nails Variable speed drill Philips head screw tip Piano hinge Drywall screws
  • Determine the desired height of your platform bed. Construct the frame of the platform bed with solid lumber if the height is less than 11½ inches. If it is more than 11½, inches, rip four pieces of plywood with a table saw or circular saw to make the four frame pieces.

  • Plan the width pieces to fit between the length pieces. Set them between the length pieces on either end to form a square or rectangle depending on the size of platform needed for the chosen mattress. Secure them to each other with either drywall screws or 4-penny (1½-inch) finish nails.

  • Cut several pieces with a table saw or circular saw to fit inside the frame as supports for the platform. Keep them within 24 inches of each other for maximum support. These pieces either can be free floating or secured to the frame.

  • Measure the width and length of the platform frame. Cut the platform from a sheet of plywood and secure it to the frame with 4-penny finish nails. As an alternative, attach a piano hinge to one edge of the plywood and the frame with the screws provided with the piano hinge and a variable speed drill and screw tip. This allows access to storage space that would otherwise be inaccessible.

  • Arrange as many pieces of solid lumber as needed to cover the top of the frame. These pieces serve the same purpose as the plywood mentioned before. Secure the lumber to the frame with finish nails or drywall screws.

Tips & Warnings

  • Leave a few pieces of the lumber loose to provide access to the space under the platform.
  • Do not apply a finish to the platform bed frame without proper ventilation.

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