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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Add Veneer Edging to your Platform Bed:

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.

  1. Sand off the rough edge
  2. Measure and cut the veneer edging to fit the edge you are covering
  3. Lay brown masking paper over veneer edging
  4. Run hot iron over masking paper until edging adheres to edge

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 staining pad, apply stain in the direction of the wood grain.  Wipe excess stain off with a soft lint-free rag or cheesecloth.

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.

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!

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 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.

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

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.

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.

I love this side view of the finished bed showing the storage boxes.

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

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.

Cut and Supply List

3-Dimensional Sketches

Like the look of my finished bed?  Here is a shopping guide for your convenience:

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

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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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