How to Build a Platform DIY Bed Frame

How to Build a Platform DIY Bed Frame
How to Build a Platform DIY Bed Frame
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From the blogger: "A couple months ago when I finally had the plan settled in my head I ran out to the barn and grabbed all of the materials I needed. (I calculate all of my projects around what we have on hand – that was one of my biggest obstacles in getting this bed frame figured out.) I grabbed the last of the 12 foot decking boards we had leftover from our deck and hauled everything down to my basement workshop. I barely had enough material so you can see, looking at the backside of all three sides of the bed, that I actually ran several of the decking boards short to save on wood. Looking at the “right” side of the bed you can’t tell as everything is hidden behind the 2x6s I used as supports and for screwing it all together. The entire bed frame is 76×80 – the exact dimensions of our king size mattress."

Estimated Cost$31+

Time to CompleteWeekend project

Primary TechniqueFurniture Projects



Materials List

  • 2x6s
  • 1x6s
  • plywood
  • sand paper
  • stain of choice
  • screws

DIY Project Instructions


  1. With the sides and bottom of the bed cut and then screwed together sand them down.

  2. Use the stain of your choice.

  3. To assemble the bed first screw both 2x6s to the wall, one along the floor and one along the top of the frame.

  4. Then attach the two sides to the 2x6s run along the wall.

  5. Then attach the bottom of the bed to the base of the two sides.

  6. Run your last two 2x6s along the center of the bed, screwing them to the sides.

  7. Use a 2x6 cut to the size of the bottom of the 2x6s and the floor and add it in the center for support.

  8. Cut your plywood to size and cover the frame laying the plywood shiny side up.

  9. Sand the edge of the plywood and stain to match the frame once it is dry - you're done!

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I've been seeing these platform beds on Pinterest lately, but I was always too intimidated to try it for myself. Sounds like a fun project for my dad and I!

I love the look of this platform bed. Would look really nice in a farmhouse-style house. It looks a little laborious for me, especially since I don't know how to woodwork, at all. lol. But I can add it to my "dream house" list, right?


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