Building a Platform Bed for $60

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$60
2 Days
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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.
I began by measuring her bed and removing it from the space.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
The end cube storage is perfect for everything and anything.
And the headboard is simple and perfect.

My niece loves her new bed and all for around $60.
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  • Debbie Parra-Beltran
    on Apr 2, 2018

    can this bed be used with a an adjustable bed

  • Jonathan N Josie
    on Apr 7, 2018

    Iam looking for a cut list for the headboard, did i miss it??

    • Joe Jones
      on Apr 8, 2018

      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.


      you can make it as wide and tall as you want so cut the pieces accordingly

  • Joe Jones
    on Apr 8, 2018

    On the platform you show and mention the 1”x4” and the 1”x6” that you nailed to the edge on top of the plywood. What purpose do those pieces serve around the edge? Is it to keep the mattress from sliding? And why nail 1x4 onto the 1x6?

    • Alicia W
      on Apr 9, 2018

      Hi Joe. Yes, it’s to keep the mattress from sliding and to finish the platform so you don’t see the seam between the two boards.

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