How to build a platform bed frame

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How to build a platform bed frame

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Building a platform bed is an easy way to refurbish your bedroom, getting rid of the annoying squeaks that accompany metal spring beds and allowing you to achieve the perfect night’s rest. Making your own platform bed is not only economical, but it allows you to add a personal touch such as a unique headboard, whether you want a modern look or use an antique door to add a vintage flair. Remember to consider the size of the bed before buying and cutting your materials, since your comfort is your ultimate goal and the size of the frame also determines the size of other bedroom decor items such as area rugs.


Step One

Cut or have the lumber yard cut your lumber to the measurements below. Twin size mattress--one 4x8 foot sheet of particle board cut to 40x76 inches, (4) 1x12s cut to 28 inches, (4) 1x12s cut to 62 1/2 inches, (2) 1x4s cut to 40 inches, and (2) 1x4s cut to 77 ½ inches Full size mattress--two sheets of particle board cut to 38x55 inches, (4) 1x12s cut to 43 inches, (4) 1x12s cut to 62 1/2 inches, (2) 1x4s cut to 55 inches, and (2) 1x4s cut to 77 ½ inches Queen size mattress--two sheets of particle board cut to 40 ½ x 61 inches, (4) 1x12s cut to 49 inches, (4) 1x12s cut to 67 1/2 inches, (2) 1x4s cut to 61 inches, and (2) 1x4s cut to 82 ½ inches King size mattress--two sheets of particle board cut to 40 ½ x 77 inches, (4) 1x12s cut to 65 inches, (4) 1x12s cut to 67 1/2 inches, (2) 1x4s cut to 77 inches, and (2) 1x4s cut to 82 ½ inches.


Step Two

If joining two pieces of particle board together for a full size or larger bed, attach them from the underside with straight metal straps. One half will form the top of the platform and one half the bottom portion. Sand any rough edges on your lumber before building the base frame.


Step Three

Build the base frame for your platform bed. Build a rectangular box from four 1-by-12s, using wood screws and the illustration here as a guide. Sink the screws and cover the holes with wood filler. Attach the remaining long boards at 1/3 intervals inside the frame. Measure the distance between each section and cut the remaining short boards into six pieces to attach at staggered intervals as shown in the drawing. This creates a strong base that will not warp or twist.


Step Four

Lay the particle board platform top-side down and center the base frame on the underside. Attach the base to the platform using the metal L-brackets, two on each side.


Step Five

Flip the bed over and attach the 1-by-4s around the edge of the particle board platform with wood screws, leaving a one-inch lip above the particle board. You may want to use a measuring tape to mark the boards at the one-inch mark.


Step Six

Stain or paint your platform bed frame as desired. If a natural wood finish is desired, simply place a coat of polyurethane over the entire structure.


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