Maple and Oak Platform Bed with bed head

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Project by Craftsman on the lake posted 02-25-2012 06:34 PM 2288 views 5 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This bed is the culmination of a long multipart blog build that started here

This bed is a mostly maple with some oak queensized, platform bed. It has a 50” X 36” drawer, and a long closet in the end. It is a bit high but it was designed to find a marriage of aesthetics and storage space. The design is my own and is pretty straight forward. I’m trying to be a bit creative without getting too weird and still just different enough so that it has a different look. I think I like it. I’m still deciding.

I tried to put a couple of nice decorative drawer handles on the 50” drawer. They looked so tiny on it. I later found, by special order, a 24” cabinet handle that I mounted as a drawer pull. I like this choice. I still have a smaller one on order for the end door. The finish is a natural polyacrylic, four coats sprayed on.

The drawer has some 200 lb. ball bearing rails. It comes out without sagging. The drawer itself is heavy as it’s made with 3/4” plywood. The rails should be fine as we will only use it to store puffs and sheet goods.
There are four high capacity casters. The bed is heavy but it moves with a push. Good because the L shaped bedroom makes it hard to put any furniture away from the wall and still get around it. So being able to move it to make the bed will be nice sometimes.

This bedroom, as is the whole house, is a compete remodeling job; a work in progress. Hence not much decoration yet, some electrical outlets still with no fixtures and in some pictures where my drill is on the windowsill. My poor wife, she puts up with a lot to cater to my whims. This is our first bed that is not a simple metal bed frame. and my first platform bed. I think we’ll keep it.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#1 posted 02-25-2012 06:53 PM

Looks great Dan.

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 02-25-2012 06:55 PM

Good looking and functional, nice job

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#3 posted 02-25-2012 07:17 PM

so where does your wife sleep…lol…im use to a king size bed..but for the situation it looks good, you did a great job, and as i told you , im starting on mine this next week…so are you going to be able to enlarge this room your in or is it staying the same size…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#4 posted 02-25-2012 08:06 PM

Really nice work, Dan. The handles look really good and seem to be about the right size. I love all the storage…

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

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#5 posted 02-25-2012 08:26 PM

Grizz.. the bedroom was the first remodel then the bathroom, this spring the living/kitchen areas. I’m in a fairly small place at the lake. It’s just me and the wife now and we’re trying to expand it some by taking out walls and combining bedrooms but there is a limit to what we can do because of layout of the place.

One of the issues.. actually not an issue at all because we love it, is this fireplace turned pellet stove insert. It’s a huge chunk of stone built by my brother back in the 50’s. It’s beautiful but does take up a decent small percentage of space, so rooms are arranged around it as good as is possible making them not the best shapes for spaciousness.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#6 posted 02-25-2012 09:08 PM

wow..its a beauty for sure, i can understand that, i love stone myself, easy to let things get on the large size…but i can see your situation…nice stove, from what ive seen so far here in the south, they sell the stoves, but getting the pellets is a different question…they even have pellet making plants here in alabama, but they ship them over seas…hows that for made in America..made here…just cant get them here…im still scratching my head on that one…well …small rooms are easy to heat…that is why i have an electric blanket…lol…....keep working away dan…looks great…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#7 posted 02-25-2012 09:11 PM

Great use of space, and nice looking, super build

-- Bob, Lewistown, Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#8 posted 02-26-2012 12:23 AM

Dan: A great job on the bed and the rest of the restorations.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#9 posted 02-26-2012 06:23 AM

Nice platform bed, the maple gives it such a clean strong look.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#10 posted 03-14-2012 05:42 PM

Well Dan it turnerd out great. Bottom drawers is a better way of using space.

Thanks for the dedicated blog

-- Back home. Fernando

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