DIY Platform Bed Designs With 2 X 4s


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.

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