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Fillman Platform Twin Platform Bed

February 23, 2012 |
posted by Ana White
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How to build a platform bed for $30. Inspired by Pottery Barn Kids Fillmore Platform Bed.

Fillman Platform Twin Platform Bed

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About Project

Author Notes: 

$30.

Lunch Check

For the cost of picking up lunch, your kids can be sleeping on real wood beds.  Stylish platform real wood beds at that!

And if Whitney, a stay at home mother of five, yes that's right, 5 - can build TWO OF THESE beds, we can all find the time to get our kids off mattresses on the floor!

Time to Build!

You can find the headboard plans here.  And today's plan is for the bed frame itself, which can be used independent of a headboard.  

More Details and Photos

And make sure you check out Whitney's post here on the bed for lots more photos!  Thanks Whitney!

Dimensions

Dimensions: 
Fillman Platform Twin Platform Bed
Dimensions: 
Dimensions are shown above.

Materials and Tools

Shopping List: 

3 – 2x4 @ 8 feet long
1 – 2x3 @ 2 feet long (or use 2x4)
2 – 2x2 @ 8 feet long
3 – 1x3 @ 8 feet long
1x2 or 1x3 slats or box spring
2 1/2" screws or 2 1/2" pocket hole screws

Tools: 
measuring tape
square
safety glasses
hearing protection
drill
circular saw

Cut List

Cut List: 

2 – 2x4 @ 76 1/2"
2 – 2x4 @ 39”
4 – 2x3 @ 5 1/2" (can use 2x4s here as well)
2 – 2x2 @ 70 1/2"
2 – 1x3 @ 75”
1 – 1x3 @ 44”
1x3 @ 39” for slats (not accounted for in cut list)

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

Fillman Platform Twin Platform Bed

So we just build a 2x4 box. Easy peasy!

Check to make sure the box is square by taking diagonals from opposite corners.

Step 2

Fillman Platform Twin Platform Bed

Now add the legs. You can use 2x4s here in absence of 2x3s. You can also taper the legs if you want - or even use decorative feet.

Step 3

Fillman Platform Twin Platform Bed

These are the cleats for supporting the slats. Attach with predrilled holes and 2 1/2" screws.

Step 4

Fillman Platform Twin Platform Bed

Now we are going to start adding the lip to give the platform bed that platform feel. Make sure you glue and screw down.

Step 5

Fillman Platform Twin Platform Bed

Then add the footer trim. Also - for those of you using a pocket hole jig, it may make sense to attach the side top trim to the footer top trim on underside first, then attach the entire piece to top of bed frame.

Step 6

Fillman Platform Twin Platform Bed

And now just add the slats. Depending on your mattress quality, you may be able to get away with less slats.

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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This is Awesome!

Ana, great plans! Whitney and Ana-what an inspiration! The bed turned out beautiful!!!!

posted by LisaT (not verified) | on Fri, 2012-02-24 12:37
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Avoiding pocket screws

There's nothing wrong with pocket screws, but looking at this plan there's no reason you couldn't build it without pocket screws. That would be a real salvation for somebody who didn't own one. I see it's mentioned in a note in the drawing, but worth calling out separately.

Instead of assembling the frame with pocket screws, attach the frame components to the legs with countersunk wood screws. As a tip, I've found that a drill is not the best tool for driving screws. I've had a lot better luck with a brace equipped with a screwdriver bit. I almost never strip a screw and it drives just as fast.

I'd also like to mention that there's no point in using wood glue on the end grain of the frame pieces, as the plan suggests. That won't hold under any kind of stress. If you glue the frame components to the legs though, it's going to be pretty strong.

posted by claydowling | on Fri, 2012-02-24 14:07

Platform Bed

Hi,I just made this bed yesterday in just a few short hours and did not use wood glue as you have mentioned not to do and instead of doing poketholes I used wood screws and just drilled them straight in using the screwdriver bit as you have metioned and that was a way better way to make this bed....I enjoy reading your comments on different ways to make different things......Thank You for the advice!! :).....And I love this bed,it is awesome for the exchange student that will be here in 2 days,BUT of course im going to be sleeping on it to see how comfortable it is to sleep on,hahaha

posted by Larryshandywife | on Wed, 2012-08-22 23:32

What about bigger beds?

Is there an easy modification for making this into a double, or even queen size bed? Or is it less practical with larger mattresses. Thanks!! :-)

posted by Carli (not verified) | on Mon, 2012-02-27 13:20

Bedding?

Where is that gorgeous bedding from?

posted by Megan Woodside (not verified) | on Mon, 2012-02-27 23:24

I love this bed!!! I also

I love this bed!!! I also want to make one for a full size bed. Also queen size bed.Can you please send me the plans to modifiy for both these sizes. Thank You.

posted by Latonia (not verified) | on Wed, 2012-02-29 16:42

Queen size bed

the length of a queen mattress is 4" bigger so you just need to add 4" to the length and if your sizes are the same as UK then add 36" to the width i would advise a center piece down the middle of the frame for support of the slats, I know this was over a year ago you asked the question but hope this helps

posted by Alex Traynor (not verified) | on Fri, 2013-01-18 08:08

headborad

we are making this bed for my 2 daughters and not sure about the head borad! can you give more info on the headboard?

posted by Guest (not verified) | on Fri, 2012-03-23 13:10
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Headboard

Hi! I'm excited for you! The plans for the matching headboard are here: http://ana-white.com/2012/02/plans/fillman-platform-headboard

posted by Ana White | on Fri, 2012-03-23 13:13

Thanks for the plans for the

Thanks for the plans for the headboard and platform. 2 questions for ya- do you have dimensions for a full bed? And what type of wood/stain did you use? thanks!

posted by Daniele (not verified) | on Fri, 2012-06-08 11:16

Thanks for the plans for the

Thanks for the plans for the headboard and platform. 2 questions for ya- do you have dimensions for a full bed? And what type of wood/stain did you use? thanks!

posted by Daniele (not verified) | on Fri, 2012-06-08 11:16

I absolutely LOVE everything

I absolutely LOVE everything about this bed! Can you please let me know what type of wood you used & what brand/color/type of stain & if you had any tips to get it to look this way. This bed is beautiful & I am having my hubby make it for our little one very soon!! Thank you!

posted by JJJean (not verified) | on Tue, 2012-04-17 01:12

Stain???

I absolutely LOVE everything about this bed! Can you please let me know what type of wood you used & what brand/color/type of stain & if you had any tips to get it to look this way. This bed is beautiful & I am having my hubby make it for our little one very soon!! Thank you!

posted by JJJean (not verified) | on Tue, 2012-04-17 01:13

plans for queen size bed?

i love this bed and would like to make a queen size bed for us as well as the single for our ds,,,,, could you send plans for the queen six of it?

posted by Corinne Piper (not verified) | on Sat, 2012-04-28 22:19

Age appropriate?

We're moving next month, into a much smaller space. We have a spare twin mattress in storage. Is it advisable to transition my 22 month old onto a twin bed like this now, or do I need to wait longer? This sits low enough, that Id think she would be ok, even if she rolled off, right?

posted by Christy Panzarella (not verified) | on Fri, 2012-05-18 04:52
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My advice to you is that if

My advice to you is that if there is a concern that your daughter could hurt herself, why not build a "guard rail" that you can use for added safety while she transitions into a bigger bed, then when you're sure she will be okay, simply remove the rail. Just a thought ;-)

The rail doesn't have to run the length of the bed either, just a smaller one closer to the head of the bed, I'm sure you know what I'm referring to, but if not, let me know and I'll draw one up for you in sketch up. :-)

http://www.simply-designed.us/blog

posted by tracysmith | on Fri, 2012-05-18 10:12

Hi! I'm a mother of a two

Hi! I'm a mother of a two year old that we transferring into a Montessori floor bed. This platform would be perfect for her. Seeing I've heard simply laying a mattress on the floor is bad for the mattress and someone spine. I was told to keep it on a platform. So this tutorial is perfect I'd just love for it to have either short half sides or a rail on one side to keep her from falling out. I see u mentioned this and offered to draw something up. I'd be so appreciate if you could for me.
Thank you!

posted by Lori Orman (not verified) | on Sat, 2012-05-19 21:48

Sturdiness

My husband just finished building this bed for our 2-year-old son and it turned out beautifully! Our current question is whether or not the bed plus a mattress alone is sturdy enough to stand up to a toddler jumping on it (as he inevitably will, let's face it)? We have several (13-16) slats to go into the platform, but we're still a little concerned about him jumping on and snapping one slat at a time. Is this a valid concern? Should we buy a piece of plywood to put down instead of the slats? We'd really like to avoid the box spring since the real draw of this bed was how low it was for him, but if he's going to break something - either the bed or himself! - then it's worth it to us.

Bottom line: Is the mattress plus the slats a sturdy enough system to stand up to a rowdy little boy?

Thanks!

posted by Maddie (not verified) | on Wed, 2012-05-23 11:49
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Bed Sturdiness

If you are worried about making the strong, there's a lot you can accomplish by choosing the correct wood. Make sure the slats are without any knots or cracks. That's where they'll crack.

If that isn't secure enough, you can make a torsion box for the base. You'll turn the slats on edge, sandwich them between sheets of plywood, secured with glue and nails, then wrap the sides with boards secured the same way. It's way overkill though unless the slats have already failed.

posted by claydowling | on Wed, 2012-05-23 20:17

Queen Size

Hello,

Is there any way we could get the dimensions of the bed in a queen size?

Thanks

posted by jess wilkins (not verified) | on Mon, 2012-05-28 09:12

I am making this bed now, for

I am making this bed now, for my 4yo daughter, and am so excited to finish and hopefully get some good pics of the finished bed soon. I raised mine 12" for storage space underneath so it'll be a slight twist on the original. Thank you so very much for these plans, Ana, you have made it possible for us to have furniture that we otherwise would not be able to - and kind of not even want to - afford.

posted by Waters (not verified) | on Thu, 2012-05-31 20:36

Fillman platform bed

Hi ,
This bed is beautiful. I was hoping you could send me the plans/dimensions to make this a full size bed? Thank you,
Bethany

posted by Bethany Ketchale (not verified) | on Tue, 2012-07-24 20:23

Platform Bed

I made this bed yesterday in just a few short hours,it didnt take me long at all to make it. I love it!! I made it for the exchange student that will be staying with us for the next year and when she leaves it will be an extra bed for company or for when hubby is in the dog house LOL......Theres only one thing I wanted to point out....I got all the wood exactly how the plans said and I put the bed together of course and I had one piece of wood left and it was a 1x3 8" so you will only need 2 1x3's NOT 3 1x3's other than that the bed is AMAZING!!!!

posted by Larryshandywife | on Wed, 2012-08-22 23:42

Platform Bed

OH YEA and instead of putting the legs at 5 1/2"s I raised them to 7"s

posted by Larryshandywife | on Wed, 2012-08-22 23:45

size variation

Hi!! Love Love LOVE the BED FRAME and HEADBOARD!! I see I am not the only one asking, but I would love it if you could send me a variation for a full size bed. I cannot wait to make this!!! You did a wonderful job!! Thank you so much!

posted by Angie Dunaway (not verified) | on Tue, 2012-09-18 19:04

size variation

Hi!! Love Love LOVE the BED FRAME and HEADBOARD!! I see I am not the only one asking, but I would love it if you could send me a variation for a full size bed. I cannot wait to make this!!! You did a wonderful job!! Thank you so much!

posted by Angie Dunaway (not verified) | on Tue, 2012-09-18 19:04

size variation

Hi!! Love Love LOVE the BED FRAME and HEADBOARD!! I see I am not the only one asking, but I would love it if you could send me a variation for a full size bed. I cannot wait to make this!!! You did a wonderful job!! Thank you so much!

posted by Angie Dunaway (not verified) | on Tue, 2012-09-18 19:04

Platform Bed

Love this bed. I'd really like to make 2 of them for my almost 2 yr old twins. Would you be able to send me the plans/dimensions to make this a toddler bed?
Thank you,
Becky

posted by Bskall (not verified) | on Tue, 2012-11-13 21:43

King Size

LOVE this bed! I feel like i have all the same questions as everyone else. What type of wood and stain did you use? Also where can i find the dimensions for a king sized bed.

posted by Alecks (not verified) | on Mon, 2012-12-31 16:34
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queen

could you please post the dimensions for making a queen sized bed frame? I saw someone said add 4" to length but that wouldn't make since because a queen bed is wider not longer.

posted by kenziedoll90 | on Fri, 2013-02-01 03:00

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posted by zforzndbd | on Mon, 2013-02-04 07:11

Dimensions for a Full bed?

Did anyone ever get dimensions for a full sized bed? I'd love to make this for my daughter but she has a full.

Cjmiksch

posted by Cjmiksch | on Thu, 2013-03-07 14:53

king size dimensions

New to your site, love all the plans! Are you able to post the dimensions for a king size version of this. Thank you so much.

posted by yukontlc | on Sat, 2013-04-20 17:26

great plan!

I made three of these this past Saturday with no problems. I modified the plans a little bit on two of them as they were both going in the same room and were going against opposite walls, so I removed the trim rails on the wall sides so the beds would sit flush against the wall. Super easy to build and great instructions. I was even able to make a small table with the scraps. The table wasn't from any specific plans on the site, but it's construction was definitely informed by everything I've seen here.

posted by chenzzo | on Mon, 2013-06-03 13:08

great plan!

duplicate post!

posted by chenzzo | on Mon, 2013-06-03 13:11

Full/Double Size for this plan?

if anyone managed to get the full size/double dimensions for this plan, I'm desperate for a copy at wendywalters@gmail.com.

Thank you all so much.

posted by dubyadubya | on Wed, 2013-08-21 20:17

Making this bed in a full/queen

I received an email from a community member asking if I found the plan to convert this bed to a full, so I thought I would share my reply to the rest of the people on here as it was something I had been looking for.

Basically what I did was took a pencil and went through each page of the twin bed plan and added 15" to the width. The length when converting from twin to double stays the same.

Mattress Dimensions:
Full 54x75
Twin 39 x 75
Queen 60 x 80

I didn't build the headboard, but the same rule applies...every width measurement/cut you add 15" and the height ones stay the same. I build two of these beds on the weekend, one twin and one full. They are great and really low. I did them for about $40 each but I didn't use project pine, I used construction grade SPF (spruce-pine-fir, home depot) which is much cheaper wood but more straight and solid. It usually has a stamp which I like. I did come into some trouble when one of my boards was warped. Usually it is hardest to keep the 2x2's straight, and it is important to countersink them to keep them from cracking and drill them every 16" or so with good screws to help fend off the warp.

If you are like me, you will love these projects and never look at ikea furniture the same way again. I did invest in a Kreg Jig for pocket holes. I bought the one that is about $30 but I definitely want one that I dont have to move for every hole for the next project. One thing I learned there was to get a perfect square, your cut lines have to be straight, and your kreg jig screws should go in at the furthest possible space away from the other. My mitre saw really helps me with cutting my wood clean and square--I got it used for $50. I trust myself better than the home depot guys now.

Your cut list should basically look like this:

Cut List:

2 – 2x4 @ 76 1/2"
2 – 2x4 @ 54” (add 39" +15", making it 54)
4 – 2x3 @ 5 1/2" (can use 2x4s here as well--I did use 2x4 for a chunkier foot base and more places to get a good screw hold)
2 – 2x2 @ 70 1/2"
2 – 1x3 @ 75”
1 – 1x3 @ 59” (was 44 but I added 15")

I also cut 1 - 1x2 @ 54" to trim out the top but the plan doesn't call for it
1x3 @ 54” for slats (not accounted for in cut list) I used 1x4 strapping which are 1.83 a piece at my local home depot. I think 12-13 is a safe number if you are using 1x3 or 1x4.

When I made the queen I cut a middle support from 2x3' at 70.5" and pocket hole screwed it into the frame for extra support. Make sure you recess it 1/2 inch to be in line with legs so it wont get in the way of your slats. I would always recommend doing legs first. They were the trickiest part for me.

posted by dubyadubya | on Tue, 2013-09-03 08:47

King size

I'm just like a few people on here. Love this bed would love to build it for my wife and I. Was hoping to get shopping and cut list for king size bed. Was also wondering about what modifications you'd recommend on raising the bed a bit. My wife likes the style of platform beds but likes beds to be a little higher off the ground than most platforms. Anything will help!

posted by Beau Av | on Tue, 2014-01-14 03:22

height

I found your trundle bed plans first, would it be reasonable to just add longer legs to this bed platform and make the trundle to use with it. I want something reasonably priced to make for my kids so that they are set up for sleepovers yet save space.

posted by jenjen | on Sun, 2014-03-02 17:45

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