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Easiest Teen Platform Bed

September 14, 2011 |
posted by Ana White
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Goal of this bed?

Make a teen platform bed with storage that is easy to build and maximizes material usage. Inspired by Pottery Barn Teen's Ultimate Platform Bed Superset, this bed combines style and storage. At a low platform height, it can be the perfect lounge spot for your teen.

Easiest Teen Platform Bed

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Dimensions

Dimensions: 
Easiest Teen Platform Bed
Dimensions: 
Sized for queen mattress. Can be easily modified to fit a full or twin by simply making the platform smaller to accommodate a smaller mattress.

Materials and Tools

Shopping List: 

3 - Sheets 3/4" Plywood, MDF or other sanded sheet goods*
1 - sheet 1/4" plywood, MDF or other sanded sheet goods*
6 - 2x4 @ 8 feet long
4 - 1x2 @ 8 feet long or other decorative casing or moulding
1 - 1x4 @ 2 feet long
1 - 1x4 @ 2 feet long
1 - 2x2 @ 8 feet long

*Choose PureBond formaldehyde free plywood to increase the air quality of your teens room

2 inch screws
3 inch screws
1 1/4 inch finish nails
2 inch finish nails
1 1/4 inch pocket hole screws
2 1/2 inch pocket hole screws
wood glue
wood filler
120 grit sandpaper
primer
paint
paint brush
Tools: 
measuring tape
square
pencil
safety glasses
hearing protection
drill
circular saw
nailer
sander
level
countersink drill bit

Cut List

Cut List: 

2 - 2x4 @ 78 1/2"
4 - 2x4 @ 79 1/2"
4 - 1x3 @ 5 1/2" (Taper ends)
4 - 1x4 @ 5 1/2" (Taper ends)
2 - 1x2 or other moulding @ 73"
2 - 1x2 or other moulding @ 77 1/2"
10 - 2x2 @ 5 1/2"
3 - 3/4" Plywood @ 28" x 80"

SHELF
4 - 3/4" Plywood @ 15 1/2" x 8 1/2"
3 - 3/4" Plywood @ 15 1/2" x 82 1/2"
2 - 3/4" Plywood @ 15 1/2" x 19 1/4"
1 - 1/4" Plywood @ 84" x 19 1/4"

Cutting Instructions: 
Have your home improvement center rip your plywood into a 28" width (8 feet long) and a 15 1/2" width (8 feet long). Be careful to save all scraps - you will need them.

General Instructions

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!

Step 1

Easiest Teen Platform Bed

Measure your doorway to make sure you have 80" of clearance. I've got 80 1/2" and we have standard doors, so it will be tight - it may be in your best interest to build in your room for the queen size. Full and twin sizes should be more manageable.

Most importantly here is having a flat level surface to work from with plenty of space, and measuring and marking out your joints and predrilling holes. If using your Kreg Jig, drill pocket holes on each end of the "studs" as shown in diagram. Build the frame as shown above.

Step 2

Easiest Teen Platform Bed

Check the frame for square by measuring outside opposite corner to outside opposite corner. If the two do not match up, push the longer measurement opposite corners together until they do. You need to do this before the glue sets up.

Step 3

Easiest Teen Platform Bed

I would just work upside down here. And the reality is you could use sofa feet or any other type of decorative feet in place - to get a bed like this one.

Taper the 1x3s 1/2" in and 2" up for a softened look.

Step 4

Easiest Teen Platform Bed

Next comes the 1x4 part of the legs to finish off the leg. Carefully keep edges flush on the outside corner with the 1x3 to make the leg look like a solid block. Attach in place.

You can also taper as you did the 1x3 leg.

Step 5

Easiest Teen Platform Bed

I've got shown and listed 1x2s for trim, but certainly you could use any type of casing or moulding to fancy this bed up here.

Step 6

Easiest Teen Platform Bed

These extra legs are very important because they hold the majority of the weight from this bed. Screw legs on approximately ever 12"/

Step 7

Easiest Teen Platform Bed

With the 1x28 strips of plywood, cover the top of the bed. Use a chalk line to draw a line as shown in the diagram (click diagrams for larger views) to mark the center of the studs underneath. Predrill holes and screw plywood down. I recommend finishing the platform bed as one, and the bookshelf separately.

Step 8

Easiest Teen Platform Bed

Build the interior of the shelf system first as shown above. You will need to drill three pocket holes on the inside ends of each divider to attach set for 3/4" stock and using 1 1/4" pocket hole screws. Carefully measure and mark the joint first.

Step 9

Easiest Teen Platform Bed

Now finish the shelf as shown above. If you prefer the Kreg Jig here, drill 3/4" pocket holes along the end edges of the top and bottom and attach with 1 1/4" screws.

Step 10

Easiest Teen Platform Bed

Attach the back as shown here with nails and glue. Attach to all fixed shelves.

Save the scrap back piece of plywood - you could use it to make a headboard!

Step 11

Easiest Teen Platform Bed

When you assemble the shelf on to the bed, you will need to add a few screws through the bottom to keep it in place.

Finishing Instructions

Preparation Instructions: 
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth. It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.

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Thank you!!!

Thank you for posting this!!! I have been trying to figure out how to build this since I found it on PBTeen :)

posted by Guest (not verified) | on Wed, 2011-09-14 14:21

king?

Is this design feasible for a king-sized bed? Maybe removing the top-center storage sections to yield a bench?

posted by Hilary @ KatrinkaJane (not verified) | on Mon, 2011-09-19 22:33

King?

This project would have to be heavily modified to accomodate a King configuration or California King. First, it would require building the base in two sections with an extra center suppport and legs. This will allow you to get it in and out of most rooms and reduce the weight of the individual pieces. I also recommend increasing the height of the headboard by 13" to allow for box springs (2 twin box springs are standard for a King) to support the mattress. Two quality-grained 2x10s of the same wood type you use for the headboard cut to provide the desired height addition and a 2x4 cut to provide cross-support between them can be Kreg Jigged between the base and bottom of the headboard to raise it. Good Luck!

posted by Master Owner (not verified) | on Tue, 2011-10-11 11:23

Switch it around?

This looks fantastic, but due to the size of my daughter's room, I'd like to find a plan that's more like the Pottery Barn Teen "Display It" bed, where the shelves face the bed (so that side can be placed against a wall). Do you think this could be modified to work?

posted by TracyinOK (not verified) | on Wed, 2011-10-12 09:45

Just turn the bookcase

Just turn the bookcase section around.

Make a base for the shelf unit to get the shelves higher than the mattress

You could make them narrower and the base narrower, but then you need to make sure they don't tip over - screw them to the wall.

posted by Anonymous Coward (not verified) | on Wed, 2011-10-12 13:38

drawers??

I love this design I've been looking all over for a knock of this pb teen bed! the only question this gal has is how would you put drawers in? I would need drawers on this because if
u also put a dresser on the room with bed it would look pretty bad. Please and thank you!

posted by Guest (not verified) | on Sun, 2011-12-11 23:43

Full size?

What would the plan be for this bed in a full? I have a friend asking me to build this for her son's upcoming birthday.

posted by bj D (not verified) | on Wed, 2012-02-29 08:27
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Full size

I recently had a friend ask me to build this for her teenage son's birthday. I'm going to be converting it to a fullsize plan though. Do you already have those plans drawn up? If not, I'll be shrinking these down. I can't wait to build it for them and to put a built picture with your plan.

posted by BJ D | on Wed, 2012-02-29 09:40

This is awesome!

I'm moving to a very small apartment (443 sq ft) and this bed was exactly the kind of thing I was thinking for. Not only will it serve as extra storage space, but it will also help to separate my bed from the rest of the apartment.

I'm also thinking of putting it on wheels, so it can be easily moved to give more space and to clean underneath.

Thanks so much for posting it!

posted by Ray (not verified) | on Mon, 2012-09-17 10:20
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Love this bed!!

I first want to thank you for all of your wonderful ideas and plans. I've always wanted to make my own furniture,but had absolutely no idea where to begin, so again Thanks a bunches!! I want to make this for my daughter's birthday in April. She will be 11 and wants to upsize from a twin. Do you have the measurements for a full size bed? I looked through some of the comments but didn't see them. Thanks so much and stay warm up there!!

Livin' in the Loveshack

posted by Mzfloyd97 | on Wed, 2013-01-23 10:30

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