Platform King Bed

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Project by Joe Anderson posted 08-31-2007 04:02 AM 2669 views 17 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well. My wife came to me again and wanted to show me a picture of bed in the Pottery Barn Catalog. She wanted this bed, so I convinced her I can build it.
This was a big undertaking for me. It is my second large scale woodworking project. I have learned so much. We are pleased with the outcome and have created much needed storage. The two front drawers have dividers for all her shoes and 2 pairs of mine. (thats all I own and need).
The bed is built of three cabinents made of 3/4 MDF, faced with pine face frames. This was my first attempt at frame and panel construction and I had fun. I built bottom red oak runners and guides for drawer slide.
The drawers are 1/2” birch faced plywood.
Obvioulsy primed and painted a soft cream color.

-- JAnderson: Columbus, OH

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#1 posted 08-31-2007 12:50 PM

only 2 pair of shoes?? And how many power tools?

bed is awesome. I, too, love all of the storage!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#2 posted 08-31-2007 01:40 PM

Interesting design. We need a bed and storage. Maybe…...... I know about the shoes!! Thanks for the idea.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#3 posted 08-31-2007 02:02 PM

Really nice work! My wife also saw a bed like that in a she wants one! Nice execution, I like the divided storage draws. Why did you go shallow on the side draws? Also, how does the rest of the bed go together? Did you slap a piece of ply over the whole thing to put the box spring and matress on, or does the whole thing slide under a bed frame? Great job!


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#4 posted 08-31-2007 02:30 PM

Nice work, Joe! Great design.

Congratulations on completing a large project.

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

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Joe Anderson

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#5 posted 09-01-2007 12:46 AM

Brad_Nailor Thanks, by the way your box was awesome. I built it in three pieces with independent tops of mdf. I bolted the three together for no movement. I did not want the sides so deep as to minimize space on sides. The drawers are 8” tall and almost 24” deep

-- JAnderson: Columbus, OH

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#6 posted 09-01-2007 06:21 AM

I think you need to build a larger one, she needs more shoes. LOL.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#7 posted 09-05-2007 05:53 PM

Definitely more shoes! Great bed!

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

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#8 posted 09-06-2007 03:45 AM

That’s my bed! At least it is the one I want. I saw the same catalog and thought the same thing. My problem is I am the woodworker. Did you take any measurements when you were building the bed?

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#9 posted 05-20-2010 11:31 PM

I’ve got a queen bed in the guest bedroom on a roller frame, and a huge storage problem. I am pretty sure this type of setup would go MILES to fixing that…

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#10 posted 05-21-2010 07:33 AM

Looks great nice build

-- Custom furniture

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#11 posted 08-13-2010 12:54 PM

Hey, Joe, there’s nothin’ wrong with that bed – great work. Woodworking can fill so many needs. It’s just a great hobby or profession.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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