|Project by Ray Friddle||posted 08-15-2011 02:49 AM||7861 views||34 times favorited||17 comments|
We upgraded to a King size mattress and wanted a low-profile platform bed so the little ones could lay on it and not be far off the ground. Also, we wanted to have minimal overhang of the wood platform to eliminate the chance of the kids bumping themselves on the edges and corners (as well as our shins).
The entire construction is traditional joints. Mortise and tenon joints hold all the pieces of the platform together and the base is held together with dovetail joints. Which, by the way, this is a great and simple project for practicing your mortise and tenon joints for two reasons: First, I had to make about 30 of them for the platform, which gives a good dose of learning through mistakes. Second, they are all hidden underneath the mattress, so if you mess one or five up – who cares. Four small blocks of wood are glued under two of the cross beams (seen in the last photo), which are situated to prevent the platform from sliding side to side on the base. The whole bed can be disassembled for bringing down the hallway and setting up in the room, or for moving later. The last photo is all the parts in the shop resting over saw horses.
The mattress is pretty heavy, so laying it over the final structure essentially fixes everything in place. Oh, and I almost forgot, the bill for the wood came to only $46. The base is 2×6 fir, the platform borders are 1X4 pine, and the cross beams are 1×2.5 furring strips. I sanded and planed the edges of all the boards to round them off and prevent snagging on the mattress.
It works great so far. When we lie down we zonk out pretty quick!