Last updated on January 15th, 2023 at 12:54 pm
Learn how to make platform bed? Here is the step-by-step guide. From measuring and cutting materials to assembling and finishing, we’ll show you how to create a stylish and practical bed frame that eliminates the need for a box spring.
Are you in need of a new bed but don’t want to spend a fortune on buying one? Making your own platform bed can be a cost-effective and rewarding DIY project. Not only can you customize the design to fit your personal style, but you’ll also have the satisfaction of knowing you built it yourself.
In this guide, we’ll walk you through the process of making a platform bed, from measuring and cutting materials to assembling and finishing. With a little bit of elbow grease and some basic tools, you’ll be able to create a sturdy and stylish bed that you can be proud of.
How to make a platform bed in Five Easy Steps
Here you will find a detailed guide about creating a platform bed in easy steps.
STEP 1: ASSEMBLE THE DIY PLATFORM BED
Starting with my top and bottom frames, I cut all of my pieces.
1. For 1 1/2-inch thick boards, I used my Kreg Jig set to drill all the pocket holes. Click HERE to buy the Kreg Jig.
2. The top frame was attached with 2 1/2′′ pocket hole screws and wood glue.
I followed up by doing the same for the bottom frame.
3. With 2 1/2-inch wood screws and wood glue, I attached the bottom frame to the side rails after flipping the top frame over.
STEP 2: ATTACH THE SUPPORTS TO THE PLATFORM BED
After flipping it back over, I attached the center support with 2 1/2-inch pocket hole screws. Because the bed is heavy, you may need help flipping it back over. I attached the 2*3 cleats with 2 1/2′′ wood screws (I call for 2*2’s in the plans since 2*3’s aren’t available everywhere. If you use 2*2’s for the cleats, get furring strips to save money).
I prefer Spax self-tapping screws. They are available at Home Depot and can be a little pricey, but they do not require pre-drilling! If you are using regular wood screws, be sure to pre-drill first to prevent the wood from splitting.
STEP 3: FINISHING THE BED FRAME
Rust-Oleum Dark Walnut Stain (you can find it HERE on Amazon) was applied after I sanded the whole Platform Bed. Get the Varathane brand at Home Depot in Dark Walnut (same stain).
STEP 4: THE SLABS FOR THE SUPPORT FOR THE MATTRESS ARE ATTACHED TO THE MATTRESS
Then I took the bed inside and put it in my little man’s room! Attaching the 1*3 slats was done with my brad nailer. I attached them evenly to both cleats and the center support by spacing them out evenly. Furring strips can be used for this part. Just make sure they are smooth so they don’t tear up your mattress. As an alternative, you can attach the slats with 1 1/4′′ wood screws.
STEP 5:The DIY Headboard is attached to the Platform Bed in Step 5
I drilled two 1/2 inch span screws into the bottom and top frames of the platform from the backside of the headboard legs to attach it to the bed.
We always get questions on how to modify the measurements to fit other mattress dimensions. This DIY Bed Frame is easy to modify to fit any mattress size.
1. Twin Size Mattress – Subtract 15″ from the width.
2. Queen Size Mattress – Add 7″ to the width and 5″ to the length
3. King Size Mattress – Add 23″ to the width and 5″ to the length.
4. California King Size Mattress – Add 19″ to the width and 9″ to the length.
You can also learn a detailed guide on “how to create a Bunkie Board Bed“
- Miter Saw
- Kreg Jig
- Brad Nailer (optional)
Materials: 8 – 1x3x10 Furring Strips for Slats 1 – 2x8x10 Pine Boards or Common Boards 2 – 2x8x8 Framing Boards 3 – 2x6x8 Framing Boards 1 – 2x4x8 Framing Boards 3 – 2x2x8 Pine Boards or Common Boards (I ripped from 2×4’s) 2 1/2″ Pocket Hole Screws 1 1/4″ Screw (to attach the slats if you don’t use a brad nailer) 2 1/2″ Wood Screws Wood Glue
Advantages of building a platform bed
In comparison to purchasing a premade bed, building your own platform bed has many advantages. In addition to saving space in your bedroom, a platform bed provides you with a sturdy and durable base for your mattress. This design eliminates the need for a box spring. Here are some of the key advantages.
It is possible to save money by building your own platform bed since you can find the materials easily and at an affordable price. You can find wood at a home improvement store and use your own tools rather than buying a bed that has been manufactured for you.
Platform beds provide you with the option of designing a bed that suits your specific tastes and needs. You can choose the size, style, and finish, making it the perfect match for your bedroom design.
A platform bed does not require a box spring, which can take up valuable bedroom space. The design of a platform bed makes it ideal for small apartments or bedrooms with limited space.
The solid flat base of platform beds makes them durable and sturdy. Because of the solid flat base and proper construction, platform beds tend to last longer than traditional beds.
5. Easy to maintain:
There are no crevices or corners on platform beds, so they are easy to wipe down, and you can vacuum or sweep under them easily as well.
6. Environmentally friendly:
You can build your own platform bed using reclaimed wood or other eco-friendly materials, reducing the need for mass-produced furniture.
7. A sense of accomplishment:
The process of building a platform bed is one of the most enjoyable and rewarding DIY projects you can undertake since it allows you to be creative and to see the results of your hard work in your own bedroom.
It is easy to customize a platform bed by adding additional features such as a headboard, footboard, and storage options. You can also add drawers and shelves to create more storage space.
The benefits of building a platform bed include cost-effectiveness, customization, space-saving, durability, and environmental friendliness. You can create a beautiful and functional bed with a little bit of effort and creativity that will last for years to come. It also gives you a sense of accomplishment and the flexibility to adapt it to your specific needs.
Encouragement to try building one yourself
Building a platform bed yourself can be a fun and rewarding DIY project that not only saves you money but also gives you a sense of accomplishment. It is possible to create a beautiful and functional bed with a bit of effort, creativity, and the right tools with a little bit of effort, creativity, and the right tools.
Building a platform bed is a great way to learn how to woodwork. The design is simple, and you can find all the materials at your local home improvement store. Plus, you do not need any fancy tools or equipment, you only need a saw, a drill, and some basic hand tools.
Building a platform bed can also be a great opportunity to customize your bed to suit your individual needs and tastes. You can choose the size, style, and finish of your bed, making it a perfect match for your bedroom decor. Moreover, additional storage space can be created in your bedroom by adding headboards, footboards, and storage options.
In case you are concerned about the cost, you can use reclaimed wood or other environmentally friendly materials when building your bed. This is not only cost-effective, but also helps the environment.
Platform beds are a cost-effective, customizable option. In addition to being easy to construct, they also eliminate the necessity for box springs, which saves space and money.
If you follow the steps outlined in this guide, you will be able to create a sturdy and stylish platform bed that will serve you well for years to come. Try it out and enjoy your new bed. It is possible to create something unique, functional and beautiful with a bit of effort and creativity.
1: Can I use different types of wood for a platform bed?
For a platform bed, you can choose from a variety of wood types, such as pine, oak, or maple. Your personal preference and budget will determine the type of wood you select.
2: How do I ensure that the bed is sturdy and durable?
Use high-quality wood and glue and ensure that all joints are properly secured with screws in order to ensure the bed is sturdy and durable.
3: Can I use a platform bed with a box spring?
As the flat base provides adequate support for the mattress, a platform bed does not require a box spring.
4: How do I add storage to a platform bed?
Building drawers underneath a platform bed frame or using storage containers that fit underneath an existing bed frame can add storage to a platform bed.
Not only is it an easy to build platform bed, but it eliminates the need for a box spring, saving you space and money. It is also a cost-effective and customizable option. If you follow the steps outlined in this guide, you can create a sturdy and stylish platform bed that will serve you for years to come. Building a platform bed is a satisfying and rewarding project that will give you a sense of accomplishment regardless of your skill level. Enjoy your new bed after you have given it a try.