This article is about platform bed frame plans. In the past years, the platform bed frames have gained market share due to their nice appearance and high functionality. Consequently, more and more people crave to freshen up their bedrooms by purchasing a nice platform bed frame. Unfortunately, a king size platform bed frame may come at a prohibitive price for most of us, or you might haven’t found yet the one to fit your needs and tastes. Consequently, in this step by step article we will show how to build a nice platform bed by using our free plans. Moreover, you can adjust the dimensions or the design of the platform frame, as to fulfill your needs and tastes.
A platform bed can take many shapes and designs, so it is up to you the one you choose. In addition, before building the platform bed frame, you have to decide the size of the mattress you are going to use. Our platform bed frame plans are designed for a king size mattress, but you can adjust them as to fit your needs. When building the frame, you have to make pilot holes and then insert the screws (otherwise the wood would split).
Consequently, use a good drill machinery with torque control and sharp wood drill bits to make the holes. Then, insert the screws by using an electric screwdriver. Make sure the size of the drill bits is compatible with the screws you are using. Don’t forget to check out the rest of our furniture projects, if you want to see more step by step tutorials.
If you don’t like the idea of a double platform bed, then you could build just the top bed frame and the headboard. In addition, if you are a skilled diy-er you can add storage drawers and other unique features, as to satisfy your tastes and needs. In order to build the platform bed frame, you can choose to buy finished wood boards (more expensive but better quality), or regular wooden planks and sand them properly (cheaper but time-consuming).
In order to use our platform bed frame plans, you need the following:
- A – 2 pieces of 2×8 – 70″, 4 pieces of 2×8 lumber – 63″, 3 pieces of 2×8 – 21 1/4” BASE
- B – 2 pieces of 2×8 – 84″, 6 pieces of 2×8 lumber – 81″, 10 pieces of 2×8 – 15” FRAME
- C – 2 pieces of 3/4” plywood or MDF – 42 x 84″ SUPPORT
- D – 3 pieces of 1×6 – 48″, 7 pieces of 1×6 lumber – 84″ HEADBOARD
- Safety gloves, glasses
- Circular saw, jigsaw
- Spirit level, carpentry pencil, corner square
- Drill machinery and wood drill bits
- Electric screwdriver
- Make sure you pre-drill holes before inserting the screws
- Use hardware brackets rather than driving in the screws directly
- Use pocket hole screws
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King size platform bed plans
Smart tip: Building a simple platform bed frame is a great opportunity to use your creativity. The plans in this article are detailed and can be used as their are, but you could also adjust the size and the design of the bed frame, as to fit your needs and the style of your bedroom.
Platform bed frame plans
First of all, you have to build the base bed frame, by using 2×8 wooden boards (you can use 2×10 boards if you want a taller bed frame). Consequently, cut 2 wooden boards at 70”, while the other boards must be cut at 63”. In order to make the cuts, you have to use a circular saw or a jig saw.
Make sure you buy quality wooden boards, without scratches or cracks, as to build a durable and nice looking platform bed frames.
In order to make accurate cuts, you have to use an l-square and a carpentry pencil to draw the cut line. Next, you could make a smart set up, as to help you cut the boards perfectly straight. Use another board and 2 C-clamps to secure the board, to ensure the blade of the saw goes exactly over the cut line, at both ends.
You can read more about this technique, by reading our article on how to build a wooden bed frame.
Next, after you have cut the boards at the proper dimensions, you have to build the frame. Consequently, use a corner square to make sure the corners of the platform bed frame are 90º angled. This aspect is essential, so make sure you check this several times for every corner of the frame. Next, you have to drill at least 2 holes at every joint, by using a good drill machinery with torque control. If you decide to insert the screws without making the pilot holes, you risk cracking the wood boards.
We strongly recommend you to use the following setup when connecting the wooden boards. Therefore, use a 4×4 piece and 4 C-clamps to lock the wooden boards into position, before making the pilot holes with the drill machinery.
Use a good wood drill bit and make sure its size is compatible with the screws you are going to insert. Using a smaller or a larger drill bit is a common mistake, so pay attention to the size of the drill bit when making the holes.
Next, after you have assembled the base frame, you need to build the platform frame using the same techniques. Study carefully our platform bed frame plans and build the wooden structure properly.
Smart tip: Cut the 2×4 wooden boards at the proper dimensions and connect them by using the wooden screws (2 1/2 – 3”). Make sure you pre-drill before inserting the screws, as to avoid cracking the wood.
Next, after you have finished assembling the platform bed frame, you should center it on the base structure. As you can see in the image, on both sides you must have the same distance (6”).
Nevertheless, as you can notice, at the head of the bed frame, the two structures should overlap perfectly. The platform bed frame is designed to protect your legs from hitting the base frame and to create a nice storage area for books.
Remember that the two frames must be locked together tightly, by using 3” screws. At each intersection of the the two frames, just drill holes (at angle) and then insert the screws. This techniques is called toenailing and it is very efficient in this case, as it lock together the wooden structures.
If you have built the frames properly (level and square), you should find it a relatively easy job to connect them together.
After you have build the frame, by using our platform bed frame plans, you have to attach the plywood or the MDF. Therefore, you have to go to your local diy store and order the needed surface (in our case 84 x 84”). They will cut the plywood for you (better than you could do it with a saw) as you will need more than one board.
You could buy a thick plywood or a nice looking MDF, it all depends on your budget and tastes.
Next, you have to install the mattress on your brand new platform bed frame. The cost of this project will be around 150-200 dollars, if you use the best quality materials. If you choose average quality material, you could pull it trough even cheaper.
Last but not least, I think this platform bed frame would look fantastic with a nice headboard, so we will show you the plans.
Headboard plans for platform bed frame
We recommend you to use 2×6 wooden boards to make the frame of the headboard. Next, you have to fasten the wooden boards by using 2 screws in each frame. Pay attention to the screws you are going to use and make sure they are smaller than the added thickness of the wood boards + the frame.
Smart tip: We recommend you to use quality wooden boards, as to make your platform bed frame have a neat look.
Last but not least, you have to connect the wooden headboard to the platform bed frame by using wood screws. After you have assembled the bed frame, you can enjoy your brand new bed frame.
Smart tip: You can use the space under the bed frame to deposit books or other little objects. In addition, you can paint the bed frame as to fit with the rest of your house, therefore it is essential to use quality wooden boards.
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