Japanese tatami mat sleeping platforms inspired modern platform bed design. Thick, reed mats form a base on which a thin futon mattress is placed for sleeping. Modern platform beds are usually made of wood, and form a base for a standard mattress in lieu of a box spring and its frame. Many platform beds cost thousands of dollars, whereas cheaper options may break quickly. However, you can build your own inexpensive, durable bed frame from 2-inch by 4-inch lumber with a plywood deck.
Things You'll Need
- 2-inch by 4-inch lumber
- 4-inch by 4-inch lumber
- Circular saw
- Large wood clamps
- Metal stud hangers (2)
- 5/8-inch plywood or MDF board
- 5-inch bolts with nuts (8)
- Rolling casters (4)
- 1.5-inch wood screws
- Drill with assorted bits
- Paint or stain finishing supplies
Cut 2-inch by 4-inch lumber to create a frame the dimensions of your mattress -- remember that a 2-inch board is usually only 1.5 inches thick. For a full-sized mattress, cut two 39-inch boards and two 72-inch boards.
Cut four 8-inch lengths of 4-inch by 4-inch lumber to create legs for your bed. Attach a caster to one end of each leg with screws.
Clamp the 2-inch by 4-inch lumber frame pieces together with a 4-inch by 4-inch leg at each corner -- the shorter end pieces should overlap and cover the ends of the longer side pieces, and the tops of the legs should be flush with the top of the frame.
Drill two holes in each leg at different heights, one through each frame board, and attach each frame board to the leg securely with a bolt and nut -- the nut should be located inside the frame.
Cut a 2-inch by 4-inch board to the length of the mattress (e.g., 72 inches). Use metal stud hangers to install the board down the center of the frame.
Cut 5/8-inch plywood or MDF board slightly larger than the mattress -- you may need to cut several boards. Secure the boards onto the top of the frame with screws, pre-drilling screw holes.
Finish the completed bed with paint or stain, as desired.
Tips & Warnings
- Use a router to finish the edges of the plywood decking.
- Be sure to pre-drill holes in the decking boards before installing screws -- failure to do so will make it more difficult to remove them later if you need to move the bed.
- Photo Credit bed image by Leonid Nyshko from Fotolia.com
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