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.
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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.
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!