DIY Modern Platform Bed

I’m back with the DIY Modern Platform Bed, that I built for my daughter, to match the DIY Planked Headboard! If you missed that how-to video and the free plans, you can find them HERE!

DIY Modern Platform Bed - Shanty 2 Chic

This is a VERY easy build and only requires our top three must-have tools: a drill, a Kreg Jig and a miter saw! Grab your free printable plans HERE and come join us as we build this bed frame! Just click HERE or the image below to join us in our shop!

DIY Modern Platform Bed – Tutorial

That was fun!!! Now for the how-to tutorial!

DIY Modern Platform Bed - free plans

To start, I ripped the round edges off of all of the 2×4 boards to make them 3″ wide. I did this to give the bed a more modern look. This is not a necessary step but it will change the measurements of the long pieces, on the base assemblies. If you choose not to rip the 2×4’s just measure and cut as you go.

DIY Modern Platform Bed - framing

DIY Modern Platform Bed – Pocket Holes

I made my cuts for the base assemblies and drilled 1 1/2″ pocket holes into the ends of the long boards. You can find our favorite Kreg Jig model HERE on Amazon.

I attached the long pieces to the short pieces with 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws and wood glue.

DIY Modern Platform Bed – Base Assembly

Here is one base assembly. I built two of these.

To get the perfect fit on the diagonal pieces, I cut one piece a little bit longer than what the cut list calls for. I marked center on the base assembly, lined up the board under the assembly and marked the angle cuts. Then, I lined the blade, of my miter saw, up to the the lines and made the cuts.

I drilled 1 1/2″ pocket holes into the ends of the diagonal cut boards (we showed how to do this, in detail on the video) and attached the boards to the base assembly with 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws and wood glue.

Next, I cut the side rails to size and drilled 1 1/2″ pocket holes into both ends. I attached them to the top of the base assemblies with 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws. The top of the side rail will be flush with the top of the base assembly. Don’t use glue here because it will make it impossible to take the bed down to move it.

Then, I cut the cleat pieces to size and attached them to the side rails, 1″ down from the top of the side rails. I used 2″ wood screws to attach the cleats. Do not use glue here either.

DIY Modern Platform Bed – Staining

Now is a great time to add a finish to the bed!

I used one coat of Honey Maple Stain by Varathane for the bed frame.

While the stain was drying, I cut the mattress slats to size. Once the stain was dry, I brought the bed inside and attached the slats to the cleats. I used my 18 nailer with 1 1/4″ nails but you can also use 1 1/4″ wood screws (that will make the bed easier to disassemble to move later).

DIY Modern Platform Bed Tutorial

That was it! Tenley loves her new big girl room and I do too 🙂

Want more info on the other items in this room? Just click the links below!

Headboard Plans


White Crochet Pillow

Gray Faux Fur Pillow

For more info on the letters on the wall and the curtains – watch our video!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Happy Building!




  1. Gaurav Patel on November 8, 2021 at 8:39 pm

    I want to build 2 twin beds and put them in L shape. but looking for idea to build end unit. I have put link for what I am trying to achieve. can you please guide me for end unit?

  2. Beth Johnson on March 26, 2020 at 9:53 am

    My boys and I made 2 of these in a queen. With some center supports these beds are rock solid but just in case I added 4 angle brackets under each side rail. These beds should survive well past their college years.

  3. John on March 12, 2020 at 12:05 pm

    Omg!!! Easiest build I’ve done in awhile. Bumped up your plans for a queen sized bed.

    Thanks guys

  4. Sarah Mortensen on September 1, 2019 at 9:02 pm

    Can you make plans for the same style of bed in a full size?

  5. Sahara on July 17, 2019 at 4:01 pm

    where are the actual lengths in number for the frame??

  6. Sahara on July 17, 2019 at 4:01 pm

    where are the actual length in number for the frame??

  7. Charlie on December 18, 2018 at 4:27 pm

    What size bed is this made for a king size?

  8. on July 29, 2018 at 9:21 am

    I built my own using the plans at www. – highly recommended you check those out too. They are detailed and super easy to read and understand unlike several others I found online. The amount of plans there is mind-boggling… there’s like 16,000 plans or something like that for tons of different projects. Definitely enough to keep me busy with projects for many more years to come haha

    Head on over to www. if you want to learn more – click the pink link above for some more plans! Best of luck on your building adventures!

  9. Rachel McClintock on July 22, 2018 at 12:30 am

    How would you recommend making this style for a king? This is a brilliant plan! THANK YOU in advance 🙂

    • Daniel on November 9, 2018 at 8:43 am

      I’m going to put a runner down the middle, connecting the two bases. I’ll put a leg on the runner too, to give it a little extra support. Make sure that everything fits for the dimensions of your mattress, and adjust the cuts for the angled pieces.

      • Alissa Woodall on April 10, 2019 at 11:43 am

        Did you make a king size version? How did it hold up?

  10. C on June 3, 2018 at 6:24 pm

    Like to make this for a narrow twin 30 by 75 what would be the measurements.

  11. Marcus on April 11, 2018 at 3:37 pm

    I would also like to make this for a king bed. The simplest yet still nice looking bed frame. I would think might have to make 2 halves like this and put it together with another support piece in the middle the long side?

  12. Jana on March 21, 2018 at 2:20 pm

    Also looking for king size plans. This bed/headboard combo is perfect!

  13. Patty on March 5, 2018 at 9:24 am

    Hi … I want to make this bed for a king size …. would this frame hold or do you recommend say 2×5 inch boards? Thank you

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