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.  





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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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Sat, 04/20/2013 - 15:26

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.


Mon, 06/03/2013 - 11:08

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.


Tue, 09/03/2013 - 06:47

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.

Beau Av

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 00:22

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!


Sun, 03/02/2014 - 14:45

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.