Fillman Platform Headboard

How to make platform bed inspired by Pottery Barn Kids Fillmore Platform Bed. Free easy step by step plans include diagrams, shopping list and cutting list.


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Author Notes: 

Yes, you read that right.

$150 to build both of these beds.
Remember a bit back when Whitney built this amazing bed for her son?

Plans for headboard and bed frame linked.
Well, Whitney's daughters loved the bed so much, they wanted their own! 
After a little DIY-ta-da! magic, here's what Whitney made for $150 - for two beds!

Stop on over and check out many many more photos and read from Whitney on how she finished this bed. Today's plan is for the headboard. We'll be adding the twin platform bed plan this week.

Shopping List: 

1/2 sheet 3/4" plywood or MDF
1 – 1x2 @ 4 feet long
1 – 1x3 @ 8 feet long
1 – 2x3 @ 8 feet long
1 – 2x4 @ 4 feet long
1 – small moulding @ 10 feet long
1 1/4" and 2 1/2" pocket hole screws
1 1/4" and 3/4" finish nails

3/4 inch finish nails
1 1/4 inch finish nails
120 grit sandpaper
measuring tape
safety glasses
hearing protection
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!

Dimensions are shown above.
Cut List: 

1 – 3/4” plywood @ 39” x 32”
1 – 1x2 @ 39”
1 – 1x3 @ 39”
2 – 2x3 @ 43 1/4"
1 – 1x3 @ 45 1/2"
1 – 2x4 @ 39”

2 – 3/4" wide moulding @ 22” (long point to long point, both ends mitered at 45 degrees off square, ends are NOT parallel)
2 – 3/4" wide moulding @ 33” (long point to long point, both ends mitered at 45 degrees off square, ends are NOT parallel)

Step 1: 

On the back side of your plywood panels, drill 3/4" pocket holes around side and top edges. This is for attaching in later steps the legs and the header.

Step 2 Instructions: 

On the front side of the bed, attach with 1 1/4" finish nails and glue your panel trim. TIP: you can actually clamp trim in place, and then nail from back to hide nail holes and avoid pocket hole locations.

Step 3 Instructions: 

Next, add the legs with glue and 1 1/4" pocket hole screws. Legs are flush to top of top panel trim and should match the thickness of the panel + trim.

Step 4 Instructions: 

Keep the header flush to the back, with even overhangs on ends, and attach with 1 1/4" pocket holes and wood glue.

Step 5 Instructions: 

Drill on each end of the bottom support 1 1/2" pocket holes. Attach to legs. You can use this board to attach the bed frame to.

Step 6 Instructions: 

Now the final step! Cut out trim pieces and carefully position. It's a great idea to measure and mark out trim. Attach with glue and 3/4" finish nails.

We will also post plans for the twin platform bed part later this week. It is designed to work with this bed as well.

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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I realize this might be a tall order but I absolutely Love this bed. I need to make a queen size version and would like it tall enough to slide short storage boxes under. Is that possible with this design?Thank you in advance:-)

How would you suggest altering the plans to make this headboard larger to fit plans for a queen size bed?

Absolutely love this headboard and platform! Do you have dimensions for a queen size? It would be much appreciated! Thanks! Sarah

Do you have the dimensions for a queen size?? I absolutely love the design! Thank you!

Any suggestions on how to make the headboard go along the side instead of the head so this can be used more like a daybed?

I would love to make a King size bed like this, but like another person said, high enough off the ground to slide short boxes under it. Do you have King plans?

As several people mentioned previously, I am interested in making a King size version of this. I actually have two old doors that I was considering using as a headboard but I really want a platform bed frame. I too am looking for it to be high enough for some under bed boxes. Do you have anything like that? By the way, I am IN LOVE with your site. You are very talented and THANK YOU for sharing your considerable knowledge.

K. Nolan