Fillman Platform Twin Platform Bed

Submitted by Ana White on Fri, 09/27/2019 - 10:08
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How to build a platform bed for $30. Simple step by step plans with diagrams and shopping list and cut list.

Build the matching headboard with these plans.

platform storage bed twin size

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!
twin platform bed frame plan dimensions
Dimensions are shown above.


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 (about 6 boards, 8 feet long - can also use various scraps as long as the thickness matches)
  • 2 1/2" screws or 2 1/2" pocket hole screws
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)
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Circular Saw
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

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

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

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

Step 4

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

Screw the footboard piece to the bottom of the bed with 2-1/2" screws and glue.

Step 6

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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Daniele (not verified)

Fri, 06/08/2012 - 09:16

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!

JJJean (not verified)

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 23:12

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!

JJJean (not verified)

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 23:13

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!

Corinne Piper (not verified)

Sat, 04/28/2012 - 20:19

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?

Christy Panzarella (not verified)

Fri, 05/18/2012 - 02:52

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?

In reply to by Christy Panzarella (not verified)


Fri, 05/18/2012 - 08:12

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. :-)

Lori Orman (not verified)

Sat, 05/19/2012 - 19:48

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!

Maddie (not verified)

Wed, 05/23/2012 - 09:49

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?



Wed, 05/23/2012 - 18:17

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.

jess wilkins (not verified)

Mon, 05/28/2012 - 07:12


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