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