Easy DIY Platform Bed

Hey guys!  I’m back to share the platform bed that I made for my son :)

Easy-DIY-Platform-BedIf you missed the Free Plans for the Planked Headboard, you can check them out HERE! I saw a platform bed in a West Elm catalog and loved how chunky the base and platform were, so that was my inspiration and I built it for about $55!!!

And a big thanks to our friend Jay at Jay’s Custom Creations, we also have a FREE Printable Plan for you :)  Just click the image below or HERE to print them!

click-for-free-platform-bed-plansThis is a VERY EASY piece to build so it is perfect if you are a beginner! Here’s how I built it! This plan is for a full size bed but it is very easy to adjust the measurements to accommodate another size :)

make-cutsI started by making all of my cuts for my top and bottom frame.

drill-pocket-holesThen, I drilled all of my pocket holes with my Kreg Jig set for 1 1/2″ thick boards.

top-frameI attached the top frame with 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws

bottom-frameand did the same for the bottom frame.

attach-bottom-frameNext, I flipped the top frame over and attached the bottom frame to it with 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws.

attach-center-supportI flipped it back over and attached the center support with 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws. You may need help flipping the bed back over, at this point, because it is heavy.

attach-cleatsFinally, I attached the 2×3 cleats with 2 1/2″ wood screws (I call for 2×2 in the plans because 2×3’s are not available in every region.  If you do use 2×2’s for the cleats, get furring strips to save money). I like to use the Spax self-tapping screws. I find them at Home Depot and they are pricey but you don’t need to pre-drill with them!  If you use regular wood screws, make sure to pre-drill first to prevent the wood from splitting.

Rustoleum_Dark_WalnutTo finish, I applied one-coat of Rust-Oleum Dark Walnut Stain. If you are buying your supplies at Home Depot, get the Varathane brand in Dark Walnut (it’s the same stain).

add-slatsWhen the bed was dry, the hubs and I took it inside and into our little man’s room!  I used my Ryobi Airstrike Nailer to attach the 1×3 slats.  I just spaced them out evenly and attached them to both cleats and the center support. You can use the cheap furring strips for this part, Just make sure they are smooth so they don’t tear-up your mattress.

slats-addedTo attach the headboard to the bed, I drilled 2 1/2″ spax screws from the backside of the headboard legs into the bottom and top frames of the platform.

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how-to-build-a-platform-bed

Easy-DIY-Platform-BedI just love it so much and I’ve overheard our 11-year-old bragging to his friends (on a few occasions) that his mom built his bed – which is the best part for me ;)

Don’t forget to check out the headboard plans HERE and if you like the wall color in his room (I’m obsessed!) you can read about it HERE! I have received a lot of questions about the quilt on his bed, it is from Pottery Barn Teen but, I bought it a couple of years ago so I’m not sure that it is still available.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

~Ashley

  • Laura Tilus

    lol nvm just saw the “here” linlk :)

  • Laura Tilus

    I’m a little late to the party.

    Is there a separate post on the headboard?

  • Kate

    Hi! Thanks for the plans and the inspiration. My 13 year old son and I are going to try to make this together. We visited our Home Depot this weekend, however, they did not have the white board or pine in these large sizes – only for the slats. We had to purchase framing boards instead (Douglas fir). I’m hoping it will look as great as yours. Unfortunately, my cost to build is already $150 (including the device to make the holes @$39). I will keep you posted with the results in case anyone else has trouble finding the wood like I did. Thanks again for the plans!

    • http://www.shanty-2-chic.com/ Shanty2Chic

      Can’t wait to see it! I did use the fir for the 2x boards. I’m guessing your cost is high because you went with pine slats? I used furring strips for the slats and those are about $2 each.

  • Griff

    How did you build the headboard? I was also thinking about adding some side supports for the mattress to fit in. That way it doesn’t move. Great Job. I will be building one for a King size select comfort.

  • Jordan Wilbur

    As a furniture salesperson, I highly recommend that you add center feet to the center bar of this bed. I realize it is a 2×4, but without those center feet, that board will begin to bow, bend, and sag, resulting in a sagging mattress. Most mattress companies will not warranty mattresses without those center feet, we recommend 3 feet. Weight on a bed adds up quickly. Two adults, weight of mattress and bedding, easily reaches 400-500lbs for 6-9 hours a night. That’s a lot of weight on one center bar. The slats won’t hold that much weight, and also may want to consider adding a “bunkie board”, sold at mattress stores, or lay a piece of plywood over the slats for a flat surface. Over a period of time you will see a wave effect on the bottom of your mattress which will ultimately change the way your mattress feels, especially if you have an all foam or pocketed coil mattress.

    • S. Coates

      Do NOT put plywood over the slats. Mattresses need to breathe and if they can’t they will grow mold that will make you very sick. That is why you have slats or a box spring- so the mattress will still get clean air.

      • Jordan Wilbur

        If you are concerned about air ventilation, then at least buy a “bunkie board”, it’s essientially a 1″ foundation that is built like a regular foundation.. The slat only method with warp your mattress.

  • Jennifer Waltering

    My husband and I saw this and HAD to build it. We had been looking at frames at stores and they are so expensive. Thank you so much for this, it was so easy and with both of us building it, it only took about 2 hours and then we had to let the stain dry. Very easy construction, but soooooo heavy. We wont be moving it for a while now lol.

  • Nadia Torres

    I’m planning on building this but im kind of lost on the plans measurements. When I went to home depot to get the wood they don’t have any 1 * 3 * 10 they have it by 8 can i use that size? and they also said it would be soo big considering the full size bed measures 75 x 54.

    • Nick Womack

      Typically in these plans when blue prints call for a 10 foot board when nothing about the piece is over 8 foot (the typical length of boards most would buy) is because it’s more cost effective. Whatever they are using it for requires 2 boards less than 5 feet each. So they buy 1 10 footer and cut it down, saving money. I couldn’t get a 10 foot board home safely myself, so if I were to build this I’d have to replace any 10 ft boards with 2 8 footers. Or ask the fine people at Lowe’s/Home Depot/other lumber place to cut down the 10 footer for me.

  • Misty McCoy

    My husband built this bed yesterday afternoon and we are super excited about how it turned out. Printable plans were easy to follow. Thanks for sharing!

  • jeka

    Hello in a previous comment you said to add 22″ to the width and 5 to the length. which is which!?! Please help :D

    For example the 2x8x10 is the yellow piece. And it is 52″ in is that in length or width? The directions say add 22″ to the width and 5″ to the length, how would I do that?

    Is it 52+22=74 (is that the width)??

    then where do i add the 5??

    Sorry not good at geometry apparently!

    Jeka

    • Nick Womack

      I know I’m replying way after here but anyone else reading this remember that all you have to do is figure the size difference between a full size bed (size the plans are for) and the size you’re wanting to build. Next the Width is from side to side. Length is from head board to foot board. Think about how a mattress is. Is a king a lot wider or longer than a full size mattress?

  • Hudzonater

    Im sorry but lm really late here. Love the bed. Only question for anyone is what did everyone make it out of 2×6 or 2×8. It looks like to me half and half not sure. If l can get some help that would be great. Thxs

  • Desiree

    I cannot locate any 2x in pine or whitewood in my area what other wood do you recommend

    • Nick Womack

      Douglas Fir/Fur is the typical type of lumber found at many Lowes/Home Depots and I’d believe will work fine. I’ve seen other plans for tables and such that called for whatever white construction grade lumber you can find.

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  • Stephanie

    California King dimensions ?

  • Shenanigans I say!

    Just as a friendly reminder to those of you who are going to try this with the queen or kind sized dimensions. DO NOT forget that you will need to replace the 2x8x10 sized board with a 2x8x12. This is very important, because you will not be able to cut your 2x8x10 piece into 2 61″ lengths and you will end up having to purchase another piece.

  • monee2000

    I might be confused, but are there box springs on the bed? Are they not needed? I’ve never had a bed without them…

    • http://www.shanty-2-chic.com/ Shanty2Chic

      You can use box springs if you want but our platform beds do not use them. The cleats and slats inside the frame take the place of a box spring. Hope this helps :)

      • monee2000

        It does indeed! Thank you for your reply – and your constant inspiration!

  • Lauren Alexandra Wyer

    Dimensions for a California King Size bed? :)

    • Jordan Wilbur

      72″ wide by 84″ long but all mattresses can vary by an inch or two

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  • ashley

    So I’m pretty good at following directions and I think I could put the bed together but not so much for figuring out the plans. My boyfriend and I absolutely LOVE this bed frame and headboard and are going to build it next week! What would be the dimensions for a king size mattress? Thank you! Love your site!!

    • http://www.shanty-2-chic.com/ Shanty2Chic

      Thanks Ashley!
      Add 22″ to the width and 5 inches to the length :)

      • ashley

        Thank you!!! :D

        • Tasha Anderson

          Yes I too would love if you could post the dimensions for the King size, I know nothing about building but if I had the plans to give my husband then he could do it for us, thank you!

          • LIZ

            do you need to use slats or can you just continue across (2’x8′) with the wide boards and make it a solid piece?

          • http://www.shanty-2-chic.com/ Shanty2Chic

            If you are not using a box spring you really need slats to let your mattress breathe.

      • Lauren Alexandra Wyer

        HI there,
        We are looking forward to building this bed as well! Any chance you could post the dimensions for a california king? :)

      • Ashley

        It turned out absolutely AMAZING!!!! We are soo happy with it!! Thanks again for adjusting the measurements for me! I can’t wait to make more project from your site!!! Night stands will be our next one I think ;)

        • jeka

          What where the dimensions you used!? Please help :D

          For example the 2x8x10 is the yellow piece. And it is 52″ in is that in length or width? The directions say add 22″ to the width and 5″ to the length, how would I do that?

          Is it 52+22=74 (is that the width)??

          then where do i add the 5??

          Sorry not good at geometry apparently!

          Jeka

          • Ashley

            Yes, you are correct. So add 22″ to all of the measurements following the direction of the yellow board – that is the width. And then add 5″ to the length which would be the green board. I don’t have the paper where I did all the math to each board but just follow the colors. Green, pink and red are length. Teal, dark blue, yellow and white are the width.

        • Amy

          did you change the height from the original plans for the headboard? what color stain did you use for the platform?

  • Emily Weaver

    How would you adjust these plans for a twin size bed? Trying to make Christmas present for my sister!

    • http://www.shanty-2-chic.com/ Shanty2Chic

      Hi Emily,
      Subtract 15″ from the width!

      • Bri Mikec

        Hi there!

        I was just wondering if you would have plans for a twin sized bed? It looks like I would have a lot of wasted material if I’m subtracting 15″. Is this true? Do you have a rough estimate as to what the total material cost was for this entire platform and headboard?

        Thank you!
        -Brian

  • Julio

    Dimensions for queen size bed???

    • http://www.shanty-2-chic.com/ Shanty2Chic

      Add 6″ to the width and 5″ to the length :)

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  • Melissa D

    How would I go about changing the dimensions to fit a king size mattress?

  • Taylor Skelton

    So excited that I saw this on pinterest! I’ve been wanting a bed like this and trying to convince hubby that we can build it, so I’m so glad that you posted a plan! I’m not quite sure how to convert the measurements to queen size but I’m excited to try!!

  • Tracey

    Could you please share the dimensions to fit a twin size bed?

  • Andrea

    i see you used 52″ for the slats. Is that the width of your son’s full size bed? I’m converting the plans to fit a queen size bed and the standard full size mattress measures out to 54″x 75″ so I wanted to make sure that was what you were working with. Thanks!

  • Megan Christina Drenthe

    How would you convert the plans to a queen sized bed?

    • Shenanigans I say!

      Hey Megan. I may be a little late here, but the “standard” size for most queen size mattresses is 60″ X 80,” which is 6″ wider and 5″ longer than a standard full size. Therefore, you can adjust these plans by adding an additional 6 inches to all of the width cuts and an additional 5 inches to all of the length cuts.

      For example:

      The dimension cuts for the bottom support width piece (yellow in the free plans) is 55 inches. To achieve the desired queen size you are looking for, increase this cut to 61 inches. So-on and so-forth for the rest of the cuts.

      Hope this helps!

    • Carah Counts

      lmao i was looking at this thinking “that looks just like megan’s bed… i bet she used this site”

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  • BourbonGhost

    What kind of wood did you use? Was it treated?

    • Andrea

      It calls for whitewood or pine, but I think she used pine.

  • http://www.foxandfinchantiques.wordpress.com Fox and Finch

    Oh, I love that your son told his friends that you built the bed. My sister is a general contractor and I always get a kick of pride when I tell people. And, here comes the boast, she lives in Florida which has an extremely difficult test to pass for the license. When she took the test, she was the only woman among 700 men. You go, Girl!
    My other sister was the second woman to graduate from the University of Wisconsin, Platteville, with a degree in agronomy.
    I enjoy being proud of them…because….I haven’t done a damn thing.

  • Todd

    Would really like to see the king plans

  • Val Frania

    This plan would be great modified to have a storage space below, either with drawers or maybe even with the bed on hinges to lift it up. Hmmm…

  • Margo Lake

    I was wondering…….do you absolultely have to use a Kreg Jig to build this platform bed?

    • kylara70

      Nope! You sure do not. You could put this together MANY different ways, including screws, brackets, and other corner hardware. You could use corner hardware externally to give it a unique industrial look, or just hide it on the inside.

  • Summer Goins

    Do u have any ideas what it would be for a king size bed?? lol. I always seem to get it wrong when I get to measuring things I am not sure of. :)

    • jeka

      She said to “Add 22″ to the width and 5 inches to the length :)”

  • Ashlee Ault

    Did you attach to the headboard by drilling 2.5″ pocket holes on the underside of the frame on the platform bed or where did you drill in the screws?

    • http://www.shanty-2-chic.com/ Shanty2Chic

      I’m sorry, I wasn’t very clear on that! I drilled from the backside of the headboard legs into the bottom base and top frame of the platform:)

      • Ashlee Ault

        Perfect, thanks! You girls are SO inspiring!