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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This platform bed with storage is built from a series of boxes. Learn to build a box and you can build this bed. Sketches, plans and cut list included.

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)

This platform bed with storage is built from a series of boxes. Learn to build a box and you can build this bed. Sketches, plans and cut list included.

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.

This platform bed with storage is built from a series of boxes. Learn to build a box and you can build this bed. Sketches, plans and cut list included.

Cut along the line using the square as a guide or the laser on the saw (if available)

This platform bed with storage is built from a series of boxes. Learn to build a box and you can build this bed. Sketches, plans and cut list included.

Once your pieces are cut, you are ready to assemble your first box.

This platform bed with storage is built from a series of boxes. Learn to build a box and you can build this bed. Sketches, plans and cut list included.

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!

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24 Comments

  1. I, too would like to build this. My daughter really wants it. Any chance we could get that link refreshed?

  2. Planing on building this for my studio. Just a question. What is the importance of the feets? I rather not have any so I know no bugs are under there.

  3. I’m just curious as to the strength of the boxes. You’re using a butt joint, which is the weakest of joints, to hold the wood at the corners. Does the strip along the backside and the backing itself make sturdy it enough to where it won’t collapse?

    1. I have not had any problems with my the bed. It has been holding up fine and have never had anyone who has made it tell me of any problems.

    1. I do not but will be doing one with my lake house series. I did a tin wall in the game room there! I send out an email once a week with updates!

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