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Queen Sized Storage Bed

November 13, 2009 |
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Special thanks to Twenty Six 2 Life for sharing their bed made from these very plans. This bed plan is unique because it's just three benches, arranged to make a bed. Drawer plans, daybed plans, and king and full plans are also available.

Queen Sized Storage Bed

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Queen Sized Storage Bed
Queen Sized Storage Bed
Queen Sized Storage Bed

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Dimensions

Dimensions: 
Queen Sized Storage Bed
Dimensions: 
Fits a standard Queen Mattress

Materials and Tools

Shopping List: 

Wood Shopping List Make sure you read this post on choosing your wood. If you choose to save a little by buying MDF, you need to spend a little extra for special screws. You will need to screw the piece together when using MDF. 5 Piece of 3/4" Hardwood Plywood 4 - 1x2s 3 - 1x3s 3 - 2x4s

wood glue
wood filler
120 grit sandpaper
paint
paint brush
Tools: 
measuring tape
square
safety glasses
hearing protection
drill
circular saw
table saw
nailer
sander

Cut List

Cut List: 

Cutting List for 3 Benches A) 3 - 3/4" plywood @ 58 1/2" x 15" (back of the benches)
B) 6 - 3/4" Plywood @ 20" x 15" (sides of the benches)
C) 3 - 3/4" Plywood @ 20 x 60" (top of benches)
D) 3 - 3/4" Plywood @ 19 1/4" x 58 1/2" (Shelves)
E) 3 - 3/4" Plywood @ 19 1/4" x 12 1/2" (Cubby Divider)
F) 3 - 1x2 @ 60" (Trim for face of bench, top)
G) 3 - 1x3 @ 60" (Trim for face of bench, bottom)
H) 9 - 1x2 @ 11 3/4" (Trim for face of bench, vertical)
Cutting List to modify one of the benches to a foot bench
I) 2 - 1x2 @ 20 3/4" (Trim for sides of foot bench, top)
J) 2 - 1x3 @ 20 3/4" (Trim for side of foot bench, bottom)
K) 2 - 1x2 @ 11 3/4" (Trim for side of foot bench, back corner)
L) 2 - 1x3 @ 11 3/4" (Trim for side of foot bench, outside front corner)
Cutting List for Center Spacer
M) 2 - 2x4 @ 60" (Sides of the spacer)
N) 6 - 2x4 @ 17" (Joist for the spacer)
O) 1 - 3/4" Plywood @ 20" x 60" (Top of Spacer)

General Instructions

Cut out all your pieces as directed in the cut list. Make sure your plywood or MDF pieces are perfectly square. When fastening, you can use 2" nails or 2" screws, unless otherwise directed. Always use glue. Remeber, you need to make 3 benches.

Step 1

Queen Sized Storage Bed

Back and Sides of Bench. Fasten the back (shown in blue, piece A) to the sides (shown in green, pieces B) as shown above. Do this for all 3 benches.

Step 2

Queen Sized Storage Bed

Bench Top. Fasten the top of the bench, C (shown in purple above) by nailing or screwing through the top of C into the ends of A and B (shown in blue and green above). Do this for all three benches.

Step 3

Queen Sized Storage Bed

Cubby Divider. Fasten the cubby divider, E, as shown above in green. Use the above measurements to guide you. Make sure you nail through the top, bottom and back into the edges of E. Also check for square (see HOW-TO section). Do this for all 3 benches.

Step 4

Queen Sized Storage Bed

Trim Out of the Bench Front. Begin by nailing F in place (shown in green above). Keep all outside edges flush. Then nail G (shown in purple above) in place as shwown above, keeping outside edges flush. Finally, nail H (shown in blue) in place. Center the middle trim H on the vertical divider. For the outside trim H, keep outside edges flush. Use the measurements above to guide you. Do this for all 3 benches.

Step 5

Queen Sized Storage Bed

Trimming out the sides of the foot bench. Arrange the 3 benches as shown above. For the foot bench, you will need to trim out both ends as shown above. Do this for only 1 of the benches.
Start by fastening I in place (shown in green). Then fasten J in place (shown in pink). Then fasten K in place (shown in purple). Finally, fasten L in place (shown in blue). Keep outside edges flush. Whenever you are nailing into just the plywood sides, make sure you use nails or screws less than 1 1/2" long. Still use the longer nails or screws when fastening into the end edges of boards.

Step 6

Queen Sized Storage Bed

Framing the spacer. Start with boards M, shown above in blue. Mark out the placement of all the joist first (shown in green above). Then predrill. Then add the joists, N, shown in green above.

Step 7

Queen Sized Storage Bed

Adding the Spacer. Predrill and secure the spacer in place, using 2" screws. Follow the measurements and instructions above. (You may wish to assemble the bed in the room)

Step 8

Queen Sized Storage Bed

Final Bed Assembly. You may wish to sand and paint or stain the bed first, then move into your room, and then fully assemble. I recommend doing a test assembly first. Add the plywood to the top of the spacer, as shown above. Then use 1 1/4" screws to screw from the insides of the cubbies into the adjoining benches, securing all the benches together.

Step 9

Queen Sized Storage Bed

There is no way around a certain amount of scraps. Save your scraps. You can use them to build drawers.

Step 10

Queen Sized Storage Bed

Finishing Instructions

Preparation Instructions: 
If you want to save a little more money, and buy one less sheet of plywood, just cut the top of the spacer from the scraps. Cut 1 scrap at 47" x20" and the other at 13 x 20" . Screw to the the top of the spacer so that the plywood seam is centered on the spacer joist.

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Doesn't a box spring cost

Doesn't a box spring cost $200? Or a bed skirt?

posted by Ana White (not verified) | on Sat, 2009-11-14 15:44

i think the point is that

i think the point is that they want storage under the bed....

posted by Guest (not verified) | on Fri, 2011-05-13 09:08

Reply to comment | Ana White

Aw, this was a very good post. Taking a few minutes
and actual effort to produce a superb article… but what can
I say… I put things off a lot and don't seem to get nearly anything done.

posted by ferestre interioare (not verified) | on Wed, 2012-10-10 13:02

I'm really in trouble now!

I'm really in trouble now! My sister has been looking at my site and asked if we could build a Stratton Bed together for her. I might be building this too . . . !

posted by Ana White (not verified) | on Sat, 2009-11-14 18:36

Has anyone built this plan?

Has anyone built this plan? Just curious how it worked out. Thanks so much, Eileen K.

posted by Anonymous (not verified) | on Wed, 2009-11-25 02:54

For those of you building

For those of you building this bed - I've done some research on the Pottery Barn Stratton bed, and many people have complained that it can create mildew under the mattress because the mattress sits on the benches. I am sure this is true for most captain beds. Might be wise to pick up a rug pad (very cheap) to add a small air gap. That is what Pottery Barn recommends.

posted by Ana White (not verified) | on Fri, 2009-12-11 12:21
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Mildew issues

When I built this bed over a year ago, I went to a local furniture store and the sales lady told me that she has never heard of a mildew problem on mattresses used on platform beds. They sell platform beds at their store and haven't had any complaints. So I didn't buy a rug pad and I haven't had any problems with mildew or mold yet...


posted by mrspeldo | on Tue, 2011-03-29 17:50

Mildew Issues

It depends where you live – I used to live in Juneau, AK, where everything mildewed, and now live in Albuquerque, NM, where it's almost unheard of.

posted by Kevin L. Nault (not verified) | on Tue, 2011-06-14 23:52

I am soooo excited! I LOVE

I am soooo excited! I LOVE this bed plan! Wed don't have a box spring for our bed and I've been looking for a good platform bed but they're so spendy. This is perfect and budget friendly! My parents have decided for Christmas to help us buy the wood and build this bed for me! I'm very excited for Christmas so I can have this bed. I'll post pics and let you know how the build goes. This will be the first thing I've helped build since shop class in HS. It's been a LONG time! Thanks again for the plans, Ana. :)

posted by MommaP (not verified) | on Fri, 2009-12-18 07:26

I am looking for this design

I am looking for this design and your post is very helpful. This is a perfect guide. Thank you for sharing this one.

posted by Primary Work at Home (not verified) | on Sun, 2009-12-20 07:23

what size bed is this for? i

what size bed is this for? i am looking for a king...you might have mentioned it but in excitement might have missed it! :)

posted by kristen (not verified) | on Tue, 2009-12-22 20:48

For years I've used a similar

For years I've used a similar concept...... the drawers and frame from a water bed! Not as nicely finished as these, but it kept the mattress off the floor and provided extra storage.

posted by Anonymous (not verified) | on Sun, 2009-12-27 17:53

Great plans! Looking forward

Great plans! Looking forward to looking at your other plans.

Minor error in cut list... Part M should be 60 inches not 20.

Will sat I find the center section a bit amusing. strong enough to drive trucks over. If this was part of a home floor, it would have only the two long beams and only a cross piece at each end. Your design will out last the house it is in (grin).

Thanks for posting them as free plans!

posted by John B (not verified) | on Wed, 2009-12-30 12:36

Hi John, Thanks for catching

Hi John, Thanks for catching that! You are the first out of some 30,000. I will fix this right away.

If you are doing it yourself, you might as well be doing it right, right? Of course, you could just build the spacer as you say.

Glad to have you on my blog!

Ana

posted by Ana White (not verified) | on Wed, 2009-12-30 13:42

In the plans on step 4 it

In the plans on step 4 it calls for a board 58 1/2 x 19 1/4" but it's not on the diagram for cutting the plywood?? Are you just missing this part? or am I reading the plans wrong?

posted by MommaP (not verified) | on Fri, 2010-01-01 15:22

You are totally right - there

You are totally right - there needs to be 2 more of D, the bottom shelf of the bench. To save you plywood, what I would do is on the last piece of plywood, cut 2 of these out (instead of the piece for the top of the spacer, 20" x 60").

Go ahead and build all the benches as stated in the plans. Build the spacer frame. Then from your scraps, cut 2 pieces of plywood to fit on top of the spacer. Just make sure that the splice in the plywood is centered on one of the spacer joists. (each piece will be approximately 20" x 30"). As you can see from previous comments, the spacer is overbuilt as it is, and does not need a full sheet of 3/4" plywood.

When I get a free second, I will modify the cutting layout to show this.

Thanks for catching this!

Ana

posted by Ana White (not verified) | on Fri, 2010-01-01 17:37

Ana,I have just found your

Ana,
I have just found your site and am looking forward to trying many projects! I would love to make a full size stratton bed for my 10 year old son. Would it be possible to modify that plan??
Here's hoping,
Laura

posted by Anonymous (not verified) | on Fri, 2010-01-08 12:10

FULL SIZE STRATTON BEDPottery

FULL SIZE STRATTON BED

Pottery Barn does not make a full size stratton bed. In fact, they call this bed (knocked off in this plan) a Full/Queen.

A queen measures 60x80. The platform for this bed is 60x80.

A full measures 54x75. This would mean about 3" of the top would show around the mattress. It meets the standards of those purchasing this bed for a full size, so I most likely will not modify this plan in the immediate future to fit exactly to a full size.

posted by Ana White (not verified) | on Sun, 2010-01-10 13:17

I will not acquiesce in on

I will not acquiesce in on it. I regard as polite post. Expressly the designation attracted me to study the intact story.

posted by Anonymous (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-01-14 22:29

Ana, Great Site! Just made

Ana, Great Site! Just made all of the cuts, but realized that your list is short a 1X3 as 3 are needed for 3 - 60". Additionally, I had an extra 2X4 and an extra 1X2. I will be assembling tomorrow as I'm one of those people that doesn't stop until it is complete. Thanks for all your hard work on the site and plans.

posted by MikeM (not verified) | on Sun, 2010-01-31 17:56

This is awesome! Thanks for

This is awesome! Thanks for sharing this! Now I need to find someone to build it for me!

posted by Blue & White Wear (not verified) | on Fri, 2010-02-12 19:41

Our family downsized to a

Our family downsized to a much smaller home a few months ago and none of our furniture fits in the new space - including our big sleigh bed! This is exactly what we want to buy - but now my husband and brother can build it for a lot less! Brilliant! When we build it this spring, I'll send you pics.

posted by Joy (not verified) | on Sun, 2010-02-14 09:34

Ok, I am soooo excited to

Ok, I am soooo excited to have found these plans. My husband and I have been talking about building a bed just like this for some time now because I am too cheap to fork out the money for some boards of wood but since neither my husband nor myself have any woodworking experience he has been resistance to start our first project with something this big. Your plans have giving both of us the confidence to try and tackle this long awaited project. Thank you so very much. We are going to start tomorrow!! I will let you know how it turns out. Yay!

posted by Nikki (not verified) | on Mon, 2010-02-15 16:50

Dear Ana, I just love this

Dear Ana, I just love this bed! Thank you very much for sharing your plans, I think I'll be able to build something like that for myself. Only... I'm afraid the mattress may slide off the benches. Shouldn't I add some sort of skirting (sorry, I don't know how to name the thing in the furniture-makers' lingo) around the top? If so what is the best way to fasten it to the benches? Mary

posted by Anonymous (not verified) | on Sun, 2010-02-21 10:58

I love this bed! I'm going

I love this bed! I'm going to modify it to fit exactly a double sized mattress...my son's room is small and his Ikea Hopen bed is just too big. I love the drawers, I may be able to get away with not having a dresser in the room, which will save space too!

posted by Laurie (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-02-25 11:27

Pottery Barn recommends using

Pottery Barn recommends using a standard rug pad to keep the mattress in place and also to create a moisture barrier to fight mildew.

posted by Ana White (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-02-25 12:35

For mildew control, why not

For mildew control, why not drill lots of small holes in the platform to allow for air flow and no extra cost.

posted by Anonymous (not verified) | on Mon, 2010-03-01 20:44

I love this site--now in my

I love this site--now in my favorites! I have been way too cheap to buy furniture and have been drawing up plans for several things these last few months. This bed is exactly what I wanted to build my daughter because her room is too small for a dresser. Now I am ready to jump right in. Thanks!!

posted by Anonymous (not verified) | on Fri, 2010-03-12 12:21

Do you have a king size plan

Do you have a king size plan for this? Would a king size work for this design?

posted by Dart (not verified) | on Sat, 2010-03-13 23:30

Ana,Is there a way to

Ana,

Is there a way to download or print this plan?

-Ryan

PS. Loving your site, by the way. Can't wait to furnish our house with handmade furniture!

posted by Ryan (not verified) | on Sat, 2010-03-20 12:47

Ryan:

Ryan: http://knockoffwood.blogspot.com/2010/02/how-to-print-plans.html shows you how to print the plans off very nicely :D

posted by Hellga (not verified) | on Sat, 2010-03-20 20:43

I LOVE this bed, but would

I LOVE this bed, but would need it in king size. Do you have modified plans in that size yet?

posted by micanders (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-03-25 18:32

Hi Ana,My husband found you

Hi Ana,

My husband found you online and now I'm hooked. :) Many people have asked about this bed in a king size, I was also curious to know those building instructions as well. Where can I find those instructions? Thanks. :)

posted by aaisha (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-03-31 18:13

Ok, I found them. :)

Ok, I found them. :)

posted by aaisha (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-03-31 20:46

THANK YOU! I finally made the

THANK YOU! I finally made the bed- we loooooove it! I also solved the riddle of finding baskets that fit by just hanging little curtains inthe cubbies.

Thanks so much!

http://erinyay.com/make/furniture/i-made-the-bed/

posted by Erinyay (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-04-07 13:56

OMG - I love your site and i

OMG - I love your site and i love it even more now because of this set of plans. I have ADORED this bed from PB but refused to pay the price. Now I'm so looking forward to building this with my husband.

Question though...I see multiple comments asking if there are measurements possible for a king-size bed...and then someone said in the comments that they found it...but I cannot find where it mentions King-Size. Can someone please help?

Ana - You rock! Thank you for creating this blog! :)

posted by Kim (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-04-22 12:30

have been trying to get my

have been trying to get my husband to build this bed for 5 years.. now i may actually get it done! question though, what are some places that people have had luck finding the baskets? -im having some trouble that.

posted by dmatison (not verified) | on Sat, 2010-04-24 21:29

Ana, what an incredible

Ana, what an incredible site!!

For the life of me though, I can't find plans for a king-sized bed. Help!! Please!!

posted by Emy (not verified) | on Tue, 2010-04-27 18:11

I got help on the Knock-Off

I got help on the Knock-Off Wood facebook page for the plans to change this from queen to king.

Here are the links for those that are interested: http://www.knock-offwood.com/2010/01/plan-how-to-modify-queen-sized-stra...

and for the headboard here http://www.knock-offwood.com/2010/02/plans-king-size-framed-upholstered....

posted by Kim (not verified) | on Mon, 2010-05-03 16:52

My husband and I have been

My husband and I have been eyeing a bed for 2 years that is almost identical to this one, but it is priced at $1500! I just sent him a link to this and cannot WAIT to build it ourselves! Thank you so much for your hard work and willingness to share!

posted by Studio614 (not verified) | on Tue, 2010-05-25 08:44

My husband just built this

My husband just built this for me for Mother's Day. It was fun to do together and looks great! I got baskets from www.thebasketlady.com for $40 each. It was the underbed basket, jumbo size. Slightly lower than PB's baskets (8in vs 11in) but a better fit in width and depth. The Basket Lady has coupon codes on facebook. Whole thing with baskets was undr $500! Thanks very much for the plans!

posted by jennifersmith222 (not verified) | on Tue, 2010-06-01 11:32

Anyone know where I can find

Anyone know where I can find the correct sized baskets (25.5" wide x 17" deep x 11" high)? I can't even find them on PB.

posted by JMMiller (not verified) | on Sun, 2010-06-13 13:54

To trim this, has anyone ever

To trim this, has anyone ever used a nicer molding other than the standard trim?

posted by Nancy (not verified) | on Mon, 2010-06-28 22:29

I'll be building this for my

I'll be building this for my oldest son - 13. The for my middle son, 11 I need to adjust to a California King. Are you able to help adjust the measurements for a California King? I'll also to the dressers and headboards.

I'll let you know how they go. ;-)

posted by Stephen (not verified) | on Mon, 2010-07-05 19:26

Hi Ana, Great plans, but I

Hi Ana,

Great plans, but I have a quick question. I was thinking about buying 3 1 cube x 5 cube benches from IKEA and using those as my base, with either a spacer in the middle or a piece of plywood on top to act as the platform. Do you have any thoughts on the viability of this?

Your opinion would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks,

Christine

posted by C. (not verified) | on Mon, 2010-07-12 12:16

Christine, of course! Try

Christine, of course! Try something like this plan http://www.knock-offwood.com/2010/05/furniture-plans-full-size-storage-b...

posted by Ana White (not verified) | on Tue, 2010-07-13 00:02

Hi Ana, Your site is

Hi Ana,

Your site is AMAZING!!! I have been looking for cheap and easy ways to furnish our house since the military doesn't pay enough to cough up over a grand for a bed. I'd like to know however if I could double drawers on the bottom, so instead of having one set of drawers I'd have two. I realize it would be somewhat high, but I think I could probably find an easy set of steps to get into the bed on this site. How would I go about doing this? This is the link to the bed that I wanted but I don't want to pay this much for it. Thanks so much.

http://www.bedroomfurniturenmore.com/Common/Product/CatProduct.aspx?ID=1...

posted by Patience Jane (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-07-28 15:27

Hi Ana,Thanks for your work

Hi Ana,

Thanks for your work with the plans. I was considering making the storage bed but I wanted to use an American Dark Walnut Plywood. The edges are an issue and I have heard of edge banding although that would likely dramatically increase the project time. Is there any way you could suggest to make this bed using solid wood. Would you use pocket holes to secure boards together to get the desired width for the benches? Just curious. I wanted to use solid wood if possible.

posted by Neil (not verified) | on Sat, 2010-08-21 14:54

[...] plunge, and so far it

[...] plunge, and so far it looks amazing at a fraction of the cost!  Ryan did modify the plans for the queen size storage bed (he was afraid the 3/4 inch hardwood plywood wouldnt move well).  So he built it all from 2x4s, [...]

posted by Bedroom complete… well almost | Our Journey West (not verified) | on Sun, 2010-09-19 21:08

Ana- Are these plans for a

Ana-
Are these plans for a twin stratton bed? Do you have drawer plans for twin stratton?
Do you think you could use slats to eliminate the "mildew" problem under the mattress?
Love your site! Thanks for all the great plans. I hope to post some photos soon!

posted by stefanie (not verified) | on Fri, 2010-11-26 13:51

just wanted to let you know

just wanted to let you know that the measurements are off if you are using plywood because it isn't really 3/4 of an inch thick. this is what i think they should be:
A) 58 5/8" x 15"
B) stays the same
C) stays the same
D) 19 5/16" x 58 5/8"
E) 19 5/16" x 12 1/2"
that is what i've come across so far as i'm building this project.

posted by kim (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-12-09 10:29

3/4" plywood actually

3/4" plywood actually measures 23/32"

My measurements were:
A) 58 9/16" x 15"
D) 19 9/32" x 58 9/16"
E) 19 9/32" x 12 1/2"

I usually build in metric so I can avoid spending so much time doing fractions!

posted by Guest (not verified) | on Fri, 2011-06-24 17:07

Does anyone have the link to

Does anyone have the link to make this in the twin bed with the drawer sizes to go with...

Thank You,

Malinda

posted by Malinda meyer (not verified) | on Mon, 2010-12-13 09:24

Finally built this, used

Finally built this, used rough grade plywood from Home Depot and had them do all the cutting. Only $20.00 for all the cuts. Am thinking a sanding when it warms up (have to do work outside, only have a small workshop), then a dark paint to match some stained things we have in our bedroom.

I did take some liberties with the plans... 2x4's are way to much for this structure, glued and screwed 1x4 instead. Being over 250 it seems fine.

Also found a great buy at Canadian Tire, square baskets the fit 2 wide where the drawers are to go. Baskets are $9.99 each. I was going to post a couple of pictures but only have them on my Blackberry.

Peter & Pam Langevin

posted by PJLangevins (not verified) | on Mon, 2011-01-03 16:41

How can mildew form under an

How can mildew form under an indoor bed? Would setting the mattress on the benches without the plywood in the middle help that at all? I'm a bit confused.

posted by kara (not verified) | on Fri, 2011-01-28 15:06

Ana, My son is going to make

Ana,
My son is going to make this in woodshop. I am concerned about the third to last comment where Kim said the measurements are not right. Is she correct? Are these plans not going to work right? I would hate for him to get going and then not have it work out and then he gets a bad grade plus wastes my money:) I know the plywood is not 3/4" thick and 1x2's and 1x3's are not really that size either. What do you think? HELP!
Thanks,
Emily
nelsonemily@cox.net

posted by emily (not verified) | on Thu, 2011-02-17 13:21

Made two of the Beds

Great plans Ana. 

I made two of the beds, and posted the projects on my website:
http://www.jkulstad.com

I made a few (very minor) modifications:
1) Made the center support using a drop-in-place 2x2 frame
2) Altered the height of the trim to provide a "lip" to keep the mattress from moving
3) Cut additional slots into the top for the mattress to "breathe"
4) Added 2x2s to the bottom corners to support a "bumper"
5) Reduced the height by 1" (on the second bed)

Thank you for such a great website!

posted by jake (not verified) | on Wed, 2011-03-23 14:46

Can you use any Queen Headboard?

I would love to do this to my current bed, but I would love to keep the headboard I have.  Will that work?  Are there plans for a headboard for this bed, that I might be missing?  Thank you very much.

posted by Guest (not verified) | on Mon, 2011-04-04 13:50
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yes... you should be able use any queen-sized headboard

I installed a pretty generic queen-sized headboard on this bed. The plywood provides a strong base to bolt through. keep in mind you may need to alter the installation if you are using drawers.

posted by jkulstad | on Fri, 2011-09-09 19:32

Dining Banquette

We're wanting to put a large banquette in our dining area and I'm wondering if these 'benches' would work as a starting point. Any thoughts?

posted by morrisondwm (not verified) | on Mon, 2011-05-09 16:27

Bigger pictures

Is there anywhere to find bigger pictures from the instructions? When I click on them it brings up a pop up window with the image but it isn't any larger and I can't see the dimensions at all.

Thanks.

posted by MyMaGo (not verified) | on Sun, 2011-05-22 10:37
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Printable Plans

Every link that I click on for printable plans, redirects me to "Page Not Found". Can anyone help me? Thanks

posted by chrisevan | on Tue, 2011-05-31 08:19

Just wondering if these

Just wondering if these drawers can fit metal runners or slides? Something about drawers that don't have hardware doesn't appeal to me. I like the idea of the baskets, but not for clothes.

posted by mmmers (not verified) | on Thu, 2011-06-09 16:41
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I can't read any dimensions

Hi Anna,
I was noticing that since you moved the old plans to this new site I can't read any of the plan dimensions. Zooming in either online or on the PDF doesn't work - the image quality is too low. For example, in step 3 of this plan, I am trying to read the measurement for centering the divider but there is just no way. I will work it out for myself but it is kinda disappointing as I have been planning on building this plan for well over a year and when I first printed it (lost that print out) the images were large and easy to read.

posted by Lauri | on Tue, 2011-07-26 12:37
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Stratton bed question

Hi Ana,
I'm new and want to build the stratton queen bed with drawers. My problem is that I cannot read the measurements on the colored drawings. I've tried the PDF versions and also tried expanding the font size. Nothing works for me. I must be missing something. Can you or someone who's been using your plans help me with this? Thanks so much.
Jeanean Bishop

posted by TexasBishops | on Fri, 2011-08-12 21:04

please add larger images. I

please add larger images. I can't read the plans. :(

posted by Guest (not verified) | on Sun, 2011-08-28 19:53

Using baskets?

Would it be feasible to build this and use baskets instead of the drawers? Are the drawers adding strength to the structure?

posted by Guest (not verified) | on Mon, 2011-08-29 11:12

same problem qith dimensions

Can the images be made larger so that the measurements can be read clearly?

posted by Guest (not verified) | on Mon, 2011-08-29 12:10

full size plans

Love this bed but was wondering if you have the plans for it in a full size? Or has anyone been able to figure out how to change the plans to build a full size?

Thanks,
Kathy

posted by Guest (not verified) | on Wed, 2011-08-31 21:07

Where to get Dimensions

My Dad and I built this over Christmas break this past weekends, it looks amazing! I found an older posting with images that you can click on to get a better visual, using the way back machine ;-) http://web.archive.org/web/20101213234929/http://ana-white.com/2009/11/p...

Hope that helps

posted by Guest (not verified) | on Wed, 2011-12-28 21:29

i love this design but...

i would love one with three drawers on each side and a space to store bulky items in the middle with a door kind of thing at the end i think i am going to try to figure out how to do that... has anyone found plans that have this feature? or a head bored that has the shelving at the top of the captain bed? thanks.

posted by krys (not verified) | on Sun, 2012-01-08 13:28

Finding legible plans

Go to the original Wordpress blog at:

http://furniturehacked.wordpress.com/category/stratton/

Slide down to the very bottom of that page. Slide up to the First big black exclamation point. That's the beginning of the Queen Stratton bed instructions. If you slide up a bit more you will find the drawer instructions.

I found clicking on each image to display the larger size, then copying and pasting into Word, got me the clearest images.

posted by TheGoodGeek (not verified) | on Tue, 2012-01-31 00:12

Staining instead of painting?

So, I was wondering if staining this bed instead of painting it (as all the people who have made it so far seem to have done) is an option. I understand that oak and pine don't hold stains in the same way, but would it look bad? Or do people just generally paint this because they want everything to completely match (I don't have a problem with a little mismatch - adds interest!)?

posted by Ashlyn (not verified) | on Sat, 2012-03-31 14:13
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Stain is fine

The surface on most plywood you'll buy at a home center is pine, so you'll actually be fine, with all of your woods taking stains pretty uniformly. I made a similar bed for my daughter, and finished it with amber shellac. It gives it a golden color. The beauty of using shellac is that it applies uniformly and dries quickly. The downside is that you have very few color selections. There's blonde, amber and garnet. Of the three, exactly one is available in a can in a store. The rest you have to track down the raw flakes and mix with denatured alcohol.

posted by claydowling | on Sat, 2012-04-07 20:18

Shellac

Can you please tel me where to find the shellac you recommended? I don't like to use stain on plywood because it's too blotchy, and the preconditioner doesn't help much. Thanks! wimsy

posted by wimsy (not verified) | on Thu, 2012-06-21 09:10
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Buying Shellac

You can pick up shellac at any home store, hardware store, or paint store.

posted by claydowling | on Thu, 2012-06-21 10:58

Awesoe plans but I have 1 questions

Ana:

These are awesome plans and plan on starting as soon as school's out but I have a question. Couldn't you make the side benches deeper for larger drawers and remove the need for a spacer or would that cause problems?

posted by Guest (not verified) | on Sat, 2012-04-07 12:04

double the amount of drawers

Hello never done any wood work but love this bed and want to try, but i think i would want more storage were can i find the directions on how to double the amount of drawers...

posted by marie421 (not verified) | on Tue, 2012-07-31 13:27

replace the back of bench

I will be using your design to build this bed. I currently hive a medal frame with no headboard and we need the storage for our things.

I do have one statement. I think that if you are adding drawers to the design then the back of each bench could be open as long as you provide lateral and vertical support. The spacer in the middle will help support the weight. You could cut 3 to 4 inch strips of plywood (or any 3/4" inch scrap) to conserve wood and spend even less. What do you think?

I really like you plans and will use them as a guide. I will also be building your closet organizer as well. I am so glad I found you.

Very Respectfully,
Christopher.

posted by Christopher Lambert (not verified) | on Fri, 2012-08-31 14:31

replace the back of bench

I will be using your design to build this bed. I currently hive a medal frame with no headboard and we need the storage for our things.

I do have one statement. I think that if you are adding drawers to the design then the back of each bench could be open as long as you provide lateral and vertical support. The spacer in the middle will help support the weight. You could cut 3 to 4 inch strips of plywood (or any 3/4" inch scrap) to conserve wood and spend even less. What do you think?

I really like you plans and will use them as a guide. I will also be building your closet organizer as well. I am so glad I found you.

Very Respectfully,
Christopher.

posted by Christopher Lambert (not verified) | on Fri, 2012-08-31 14:32
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adjustments shown

Hi I was wondering if the downloaded pattern has all the adjustments mentioned in the comments or if I need to add them?

and if theres away to add 5" of height to this, and it still be sturdy ?
would love some help I will be starting this, this week !!

posted by natasha | on Mon, 2012-10-08 09:49
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New Comments????

I keep receiving these e-mails stating that there is a new comment, but when you click on the link..........NOTHING NEW. Is there something wrong with the site?

posted by chrisevan | on Sun, 2012-10-14 08:07

Screws for Stratton Bed

Hello. I'm jumping in to the woodworking game with this project. I know -- CRAZY!! Anyway, Lowes has agreed to cut the plywood for me (thank you), and I'm going to put it together. I've studied the plans for days, but I have a few questions.

1) I was looking at screws, and while the plans say 2", they don't list the size (10, 12, etc.). Given I think I'm going to be screwing into the edge of plywood (see question below), I would think I would need a thinner screw, but I wasn't sure, and the gentleman at Lowes wouldn't say.

2) Also, I have the Kreg jig coming ... if I use it on this, or decide to use the countersink bits I got, do I need to use special wood or Kreg screws, or will any do. You mention in your TOOLS AND TIPS section using "gold" screws -- do you mean brass?

3) And forgive my ignorance but how many screws would you use to join the plywood edges?

4) Any suggestions for making those first two joints -- right angles with huge pieces of plywood sounds awkward ...

5) I know I must predrill the holes, (and I assume it's with a slightly smaller drill bit than the screw size), but do I screw into the edge of the plywood?

Thank you so much for your help! Am so excited to make this bed!

Happy Holidays!

Kelly

posted by Guest: Kelly (not verified) | on Fri, 2012-12-21 12:18

MDF vs Plywood

Will MDF work with this project? I know it is weaker than plywood but it is also a lot cheaper. Anyone have any suggestions?

posted by Alanna.Smith (not verified) | on Tue, 2013-01-01 23:37

Why waste space

I'm thinking about building this as I want to upgrade to a queen size bed from a full size. If I do, I thinking I may alter the the bench at the foot of the bed to have 2 smaller drawers, but have the center of the bench open in the back and have a door in the center of the front of the bench. That way that long space in the center of the bed can be used for storing things like camping gear or skis. I may want to put a frame around the openings to make up for the support that's being lost from not having a center divider and solid wood across the back.

posted by Thyri | on Tue, 2013-04-09 02:12

It is a great website.. The

It is a great website.. The Design looks very good.. Keep working like that!.
garcinia

posted by roger1122 | on Wed, 2013-04-24 05:32

I have been looking for

I have been looking for tutorials on making a bed and at the same time I can use as a storage. Thank you for sharing this Ana. This is truly helpful. I will follow the steps and make one for me. - JustFab

posted by kazey | on Sun, 2013-05-05 18:27

mid cabinet support

Why is there no support for the cabinets in the middle. Over time, this should cause stress on each cabinet. 60 inch width is too wide not to have something supporting the middle of the cabinet. Probably best to add two supports.

posted by csloane | on Sat, 2013-05-18 10:53

Weight Limits and ability to move this bed?

Is there a way that I can make this disassemble-able? My husband is in the military and I KNOW we'll be moving at some point. Is there an easy way to get the benches/spacer in 2 pieces for transport?

Also, I'll be building this for our guest room. Our most frequent guests are the in-laws and they are larger people. Any idea about the weight limit?

posted by jacksmom | on Wed, 2013-07-17 16:29

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