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Project by Chris Davis posted 2532 days ago 3229 views 6 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Completed Aug. 10 2007.

This is a platform bed that I custom built for a customer. It is based off a design that I usually order in from a supplier, so I don’t normally build this style. The wanted it in a king size, which is not very common in platform beds. They also wanted a special color and for it to hold a soft side waterbed. So this was that I had to build.

Features:
Maple wood construction
King Size
Extra support in center to support a waterbed mattress.
Custom color with glaze coat.

To accomidate the waterbed mattress I added a solid sheet of 3/4” MDF over the slats. I also added a continous leg in the center that ran from the the head to about 12” from the foot. This leg gave the center some support and took a little weight off the post. The customer didn’t want the legs to leave an impression in the carpet, so I made the footprint a little wider by making add a piece of 3/4 plywood to the bottom of the leg about 6” wide and the full length of the leg.

I matched the color to a small box that the customer broght in. It was a red that was very hard to match. I ended up using the technique used on the Federal Style Display Cabinet I built a couple months ago. The color turned out perfect.

Here is the picture of the orginal that the design was inspired from.
Platform bed

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7 comments so far

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MsDebbieP

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#1 posted 2532 days ago

it sounds like you met all of your client’s requirements and achieved a beautiful end result.
Nicely done. Your client must be very pleased

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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TomFran

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#2 posted 2532 days ago

Chris,

Great looking bed!

It’s always great viewing your posts because of the detailed construction analysis, which you always include. This helps us non-professionals greatly.

Thanks a lot for sharing your work and process with us!

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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Greg Mitchell

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#3 posted 2532 days ago

Great looking bed Chirs. I like the color also.

-- Greg Mitchell--Lowell, AR--gdamitchell@sbcglobal.net

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mot

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#4 posted 2532 days ago

I really like the design. Nice job!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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oscorner

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#5 posted 2532 days ago

It looks just like the picture? ;^) Nice job.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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Bill

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#6 posted 2530 days ago

Nice job Chris. I like the color and the design of the bed.

Do platform beds sell well? To me it would make sense, since you only have to buy a mattress and not a box spring as well. But, I wonder if people are more tradition bound and think they need both? My guess is some people still like the regular beds, as they may be easier to get out of in the morning (the extra height making it easier to stand up). But, that is just a thought. Being our resident bed expert, I am sure you know better than I do.

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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Chris Davis

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#7 posted 2526 days ago

The platform bed has become real popular lately. I don’t build a lot of them. Most of the time the customer will order form one of my suppliers. Yes, a lot of people can’t break from thinking they need a box spring. The orginal bed that I designed off of had bentwood slats. The slats were laminated in a from to have a bow. There were two rows, about 30 slats in all. This acted as a spring foundation. Kia actually sells these types of slats.
http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/70072828

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