Building a Platform Bed for $60

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My niece didn’t have a bed frame for her twin bed so I decided to build her a platform bed.
Time: 2 DaysCost: $60Difficulty: Medium
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I began by measuring her bed and removing it from the space.
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I also wanted to give her storage so I purchased a three cube storage unit. It was a breeze putting it together.
This would go at the end of her bed.
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To make the platform:
A-I began by measuring and cutting 6, 2” x 4”s
B-To ensure they would be sturdy, I used a Kreg Jig
C- I added wood glue to the ends of each piece
D - And screwed the legs into the cross piece making a “U”
E-I placed one “U” at the head of the bed, one in the middle, and the cube storage unit at the foot of the bed
F- I screwed a piece of 3/4” plywood on top.
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To finish the platform:
A-I glued and nailed a 1” x 2” around the edge. To finish, I glued and nailed a 1” x 6” in the center of the 1” x 2” edge and the edge of the plywood
B-I added a 1” x 12” pine to each side
C-And nailed them in place
D-All of the pieces were painted white
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The cube storage was placed at the foot of the bed underneath the plywood. The storage was not as wide as the bed so I had to incorporate it into the platform design.
A-I centered the storage in the center of the space by measuring each side until it was even.
B-I also measured the height of each side
C-Using the measurements, I cut two pieces of 1” x 2” wood and screwed one to the bottom of the space
D-I added the second piece at the top of the space.
E-I cut a piece of 1” x 2” and nailed it to cover the edge of the storage
F-Then nailed a piece of 1” x 6” into the pieces of 1” x 2”. These two pieces covered the open space.
G-I added a piece of 1” x 2” along the top of the plywood
H- I then nailed a piece of 1” x 2” along the edge to cover the edges of the plywood and storage unit.
All of the wood was painted white.
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To make the headboard:
A-I began with a piece of 1/2” plywood, 1” x 2”s and 1” x 4”s.
B- I cut the wood to size and began to frame out the plywood with the 1” x 4”s.
C, D, E, F -I used 1 3/4” brad nails and wood glue to attach the pieces
G-I cut the 1” x 2”s to size and attached those to each side of the plywood
H-I cut a piece of 1” x 4”, two inches longer than the plywood and nailed it to the top of the plywood.
I-I painted the entire piece white.
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Once the headboard was dry:
A-I flipped it over
B-and screwed a 1” x 2” to each side of the headboard
C-I then screwed those 1” x 2” to the 2” x 4” at the head of the bed. This will secure the headboard to the platform.
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Once all of the paint was dry on all of the pieces, I placed the mattress onto the platform.
Here is the side of the platform.
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The end cube storage is perfect for everything and anything.
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And the headboard is simple and perfect.

My niece loves her new bed and all for around $60.

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  • Sandra Crosbie
    Sandra Crosbie Ireland
    on Apr 2, 2018

    Wow. I'm absolutely blown away by this. You did a fantastic job. You made all look so easy. You are a brilliant Aunt. I'm sure your niece loves her new bed. It's really beautiful.👏👏👍👍💞

    • Linda Abate
      Linda Abate Nashua, NH
      on Apr 2, 2018

      AWESOME JOB. This is a great idea. Love how you not only have raised the mattress off the floor, but also gained extra storage in the cubbies for adding the cloth baskets. Looks awesome.