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When designing this platform bed, I had a several key features I wanted to incorporate into the plans:
- Clean lines
- Lots of storage
- A build-to-shape formula that anyone can duplicate once they have the basic knowledge.
- A versatile design that allows you the flexibility to build anything from a daybed to a king using the same basic components
- Using an American-made, formaldehyde-free hardwood plywood called PureBond® that can be found at The Home Depot
This platform bed frame is built from a series of boxes. Learn to build the box…and you can build this bed.
Using a table saw, rip the 3/4″ PureBond Plywood into the widths specified on the cut list. I personally like to get all of my big cuts out of the way first. If you don’t own a table saw or can’t fit the 4′ x 8′ pieces in your vehicle, you can have the hardware store cut the large pieces (Depending on the store, there may be a charge for cuts)
In this photo, I have one of the 11 7/8″ x 8′ pieces of PureBond plywood laying across the sawhorses. I took a tape measure and placed a tack mark every 19 1/4″. Next, using a square, I drew a straight line at each of the tack marks.
Cut along the line using the square as a guide or the laser on the saw (if available)
Once your pieces are cut, you are ready to assemble your first box.
To Build a Box for your Platform Bed (working on end box):
Step 1) Pick up the back panel and one of the side panels.
Step 2) Spread a conservative amount of wood glue to the edge of one of the side panels and butt it up perpendicular to the edge of the back panel.
Step 3) Use your nail gun to attach in several places.
Step 4) Repeat on other side.
Step 5) Using a small amount of glue and the nail gun, attach the top panel.
Step 6) Using a small amount of glue and the nail gun, attach the bottom panel.
Step 7) Attach feet to bottom of box (2″ x 4″ board cut: 3″)
Step 8) Attach the 3″ x 19 1/4″ board to hold your filler panel
All that is left is the 1″ x 3″ trim board to finish off the box (optional) but I typically do that last after the other boxes are built.
Congratulations!!! You just learned the foundation for making your very own platform bed!
Instructions for Platform Bed
Repeat the steps above using the cut list and diagram for the side boxes.
Add the feet.
Add the 3″ x 61″ board to hold your filler panel.
Start putting the boxes together so you can begin to see your creation coming to life.
All that is missing from this angle is the filler panel.
Using your air nailer, start nailing on the trim pieces making sure to match up the 45 degree angles on the corners.
Man…what a difference the trim makes…it gives it a finished look.
The headboard is a piece of cake. It is a 3/4″ piece of PureBond plywood cut 48″ x 61″ with 1″ x 3″ trim boards as boxes and a 1″ x 4″ top trim board.
Now that the bed is constructed, it’s finishing time. I must admit, as wrong as this may sound… this is my favorite part.
Start by filling all of the nail holes and imperfections with stainable wood filler. Let dry. Lightly sand.
Now its time to take care of those raw, unfinished edges. They make an iron-on stainable veneer edging that is super easy to apply.
- Sand off the rough edge
- Measure and cut the veneer edging to fit the edge you are covering
- Lay brown masking paper over veneer edging
- Run hot iron over masking paper until edging adheres to edge
Using a staining pad, apply stain in the direction of the wood grain. Wipe excess stain off with a soft lint-free rag or cheesecloth.
Repeat the staining process on all of the pieces and let them dry overnight. Diva Tip: I dipped a 1″ chip brush in Minwax Ebony stain and detailed (shaded) the inside of the boxes on the headboard. You can’t really see it now but watch how it pops out when I clear coat it!
Once the stain is completely dry, wipe the pieces off with tack cloth. Apply a clear sealer. I used Sher-wood Pre-cat Lacquer and a paint sprayer. I own a paint contracting business so this is what I do….you do not have to use lacquer or spray equipment to get a professional look. You can use a good quality paint brush and polyurethane to achieve a quality finish. They also make a water-based stain and water-based topcoats that will eliminate the odor make cleanup a breeze.
Now the bed is stained, sealed and set up just begging for some decorations. Can you see the detail in the headboard? It’s subtle but it’s the little things that make all the difference.
I love this side view of the finished bed showing the storage boxes.
And here it is…my DIY Platform Bed with Storage. I am so happy with it and I hope you love it as much as I do. Whether you are a power tool novice or an experienced builder, I am confident that if you follow this tutorial which includes: 3-dimensional sketches, a supply list, a tool list and a precise cut list…this bed will be yours.
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