No Glue Platform Bed

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Project by PurpLev posted 05-09-2010 02:01 AM 4447 views 12 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After having a too high bed (used with under-bed shelving for storage) which I didn’t like, I disassembled it and recycled the plywood for my router table (still in the words for lack of time), and instead, built this low platform bed.

This bed is made entirely using 3/4” chinese (I assume) cabinet grade birch plywood from HD (some $20+ a sheet), there are about 2 full sheets here including the platform under the mattress. the headboard is a gloat find of top veneer of figured birch. obviously I snagged it quickly, and found a good use for it.

the shelves are connected to the headboard using slots that they slide into, and provide enough support (as you can see, they are supporting hefty speakers, and can support a laptop easily or a bunch of heavy duty books).

the platform is a simple frame with 2 cross bars in the center holding the platform on which the mattress is resting on. the corners are miters for looks although at this height it’s hard to see. very simple, very useful.

Thanks for looking,

Edit: Several people asked me about the design of the bed. it is just something that I came up with to save on labor, time, and materials. I’ve attached a basic render of my design (I actually did the model now, but the bed was made a year ago). the model does not show measurements as this is something that is related to the mattress you’ll be using. the mattress is overhanging the platform by 1/2” all around, the platform is overhanging the base by 5” all around.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#1 posted 05-09-2010 03:02 AM

Nice platform bed.

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Dale J Struhar Sr

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#2 posted 05-09-2010 04:00 AM

Nice job.

-- Dale, Ohio

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#3 posted 05-09-2010 06:53 AM

very nice look.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#4 posted 05-09-2010 11:31 AM

Great looking bed. I have been trying to talk my wife into letting me get rid of the bed we have and build one. It’s a old foam and water bed setup that we no longer have the waterbed, have a sleep number bed on it now. It also has a 8 drawer pedistal under it.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#5 posted 05-09-2010 01:15 PM

Great contemporary piece… simple, yet elegant;
nice work, Sharon

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#6 posted 05-09-2010 01:48 PM

Sure looks comfy Sharon, nice work.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#7 posted 05-09-2010 03:08 PM

Nice job, Sharon.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#8 posted 05-09-2010 03:22 PM

Very nicely done…I really like the way the shelves look. Can you explain a bit more how you got them to be so sturdy?

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#9 posted 05-10-2010 04:26 AM

Thanks everyone. I should have actually taken the speakers out for the picture as they overpower the bed colors, but I was too lazy, and it’s not too bad.

Chelios – I’ve uploaded an additional picture showing the construction of the bed. the shelves are 3/4” plywood, and both the shelves and the headboard have a 3/4” slot 4”-5” long (each) and they interlock with one another. there is some (very) minimal drop to the shelves, but nothing noticeable, and they hold very well.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#10 posted 05-10-2010 10:03 PM

Looks great Sharon. Keep the pics comin’.

-- Less is More.....expensive

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