Build your own platform bed with side storage! Perfect for large, awkward room layouts. Real reader submitted photo. Free plans created by Ana-White.com
- 3 - Sheets 3/4" Plywood, MDF or other sanded sheet goods*
- 1 - sheet 1/4" plywood, MDF or other sanded sheet goods*
- 6 - 2x4 @ 8 feet long
- 4 - 1x2 @ 8 feet long or other decorative casing or moulding
- 1 - 1x4 @ 2 feet long
- 1 - 1x4 @ 2 feet long
- 1 - 2x2 @ 8 feet long *Choose PureBond formaldehyde free plywood to increase the air quality of your teens room
- 2 - 2x4 @ 78 1/2"
- 4 - 2x4 @ 79 1/2"
- 4 - 1x3 @ 5 1/2" (Taper ends)
- 4 - 1x4 @ 5 1/2" (Taper ends)
- 2 - 1x2 or other moulding @ 73"
- 2 - 1x2 or other moulding @ 77 1/2"
- 4 - 2x2 or 2x4 @ 5 1/2"
- 3 - 3/4" Plywood @ 28" x 80"
- SHELF 4 - 3/4" Plywood @ 15 1/2" x 8 1/2"
- 3 - 3/4" Plywood @ 15 1/2" x 82 1/2"
- 2 - 3/4" Plywood @ 15 1/2" x 19 1/4"
- 1 - 1/4" Plywood @ 84" x 19 1/4"
Have your home improvement center rip your plywood into a 28" width (8 feet long) and a 15 1/2" width (8 feet long). Be careful to save all scraps - you will need them.
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!
Measure your doorway to make sure you have 80" of clearance. I've got 80 1/2" and we have standard doors, so it will be tight - it may be in your best interest to build in your room for the queen size. Full and twin sizes should be more manageable.
Most importantly here is having a flat level surface to work from with plenty of space, and measuring and marking out your joints and predrilling holes. If using your Kreg Jig, drill pocket holes on each end of the "studs" as shown in diagram. Build the frame as shown above.
I would just work upside down here. And the reality is you could use sofa feet or any other type of decorative feet in place - to get a bed like this one.
With the 1x28 strips of plywood, cover the top of the bed. Use a chalk line to draw a line as shown in the diagram (click diagrams for larger views) to mark the center of the studs underneath. Predrill holes and screw plywood down. I recommend finishing the platform bed as one, and the bookshelf separately.
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.