Platform Bed

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Project by cricket324 posted 717 days ago 6055 views 14 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a queen sized bed I built for a good friend of mine based on a plan I saw in Workbench Magazine. The lower stretchers and bottom portion of the headboard were made with birch plywood. The headboard, headboard slats and bed side rails were done with poplar. I used reclaimed pine for the slats and chose a european type slat system to ensure uniform support across the entire mattress. The finished piece was sanded thru 3 grits up to 150. I preconditioned the wood with Deft Lacquer Sanding sealer which I mixed 1 part to 9 with lacquer thinner, based on the advise of a friend who does alot of finishing. The color was applied with General Finishes Java Gel Stain wiped on and left for 1 minute. Four coats of General Finishes Satin Arm-r-seal completed the project. This is the first large piece of furniture I’ve attempted and was pleased with the results. I hope it makes a nice addition to the home of a very dear friend.

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#1 posted 717 days ago

Looks great!

Can it be taken apart for easy transportation? What is the dimension of lumber you used to make the platform top?

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#2 posted 717 days ago

The bed uses standard bayonet type locking hardware I got from Rockler, it breaks down easily into 4 pieces. The headboard cap measures 3/4×9 1/2×90.

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#3 posted 716 days ago

Great looking bed. Have been looking for one to make. We need a California King bed. How can i get a set of plans for the bed you made and do you think it can be made larger?


-- arnies

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#4 posted 716 days ago

Nice bed I like the design


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#5 posted 716 days ago

The website for the free bed plans is Look for builders plans and then platform bed. The plan is for the queen size bed I did, but can be adopted to different sizes.

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#6 posted 716 days ago

Nice job – I saw the one in Workbench Magazine and think yours looks better.


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#7 posted 462 days ago

Nice design and great job.A platform bed is a great sleeping option.One of the main advantage of platform bed is that is very sturdy and can handle a lot of weight. The flat surface supports the entire mattress rather than using a box spring type system.

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