How to Build a Platform Bed

Platform bed is quite different from spring or metal frame beds because of its unique design. It has wooden platform, side rails, headboard, drawers and a mattress. Even though, its design is very simple. However, you can decorate it in any way you want to make it look attractive.

Things Required:

– Finish-quality wood lumber
– Screwdriver
– Carpenter’s square
– Wood putty
– Circular saw
– Medium density fibreboard
– Wood and deck screws
– Carpenter’s glue
– Mitre saw
– Drill
– Measuring tape
– Drop cloth or tarp
– Painting or staining supplies


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    First of all, you have to take the measurements of your mattress. It is very important for you to make your bed according to the size of your mattress because the mattresses come in standard sizes. So, just note down the length and width of your mattress carefully.

  • 2

    You must know that the base of your bed must be smaller than the platform so you can easily get up from it without stubbing your toes on the floor. To get to the right measurement of your base, just subtract around 12 inches from the length and width of your mattress.

  • 3

    Make the base of your platform by using the foot boards. You will have to consider the outlets, baseboard heaters and the width of your mattress while making an assessment about the height of your platform.

  • 4

    Take the saw and cut the boards according to the measurements. After that, you have to arrange them on the corners in a form of a rectangle. Put the crosspieces at the respective intervals.

  • 5

    Make holes in the boards to tighten the bolts and join all the pieces with the help of carpenter’s glue. In order to alleviate the base, you will have to put small pieces right between the cross pieces. Then, tighten them with the screw drivers.

  • 6

    You must cover the screw heads with the wood putty in order secure them. After that, you can paint your base from the outside. You can also stain the base.

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    Now, you have to make the platform of your bed according to the measurement. The procedure is almost the same as base, but you have to add 12 inches in the length and width of the platform.

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    In the end, just attach the base with the platform and put all the other pieces in their respective places.

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