Platform Bed #1: Inspiration and Requirements

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Blog entry by R.A. Ray posted 09-24-2010 05:40 PM 8088 reads 6 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Soon I’ll be delving into the design of my next project, a queen-size platform bed for my wife and myself to share. These first two images are the best examples of the overall look I’ll be going for. I love the low set of these beds coupled with the overhang of the platform. They have a cleanliness of line that lends a lot of elegance to a simple structure and allows the material to be the star. The built-in side tables are a must for achieving this look.

We don’t use direct light for reading. I greatly prefer more ambient lighting and currently use torch lamps next to the bed. I also like the concept of built-in lighting, especially if the bed is going to be quite low to the ground making reaching up to turn off a lamp very inconvenient.

The main kink in all of this is that I very much want some storage on the bed. Drawers along the edges, under the side tables, and a way to lift the platform so we can store some rarely used items under the bed itself are all on the wish-list.

So here are the requirements in order of importance:

  1. Platform style, queen-size bed with built-in side tables.
  2. All wood. No faux materials (technical terms?), no facings, no screws or nails. Glue is acceptable.
  3. Tung oil finish. Natural character of the material should be prominent.
  4. Should be able to break down into pieces for transport and storage.
  5. Under-platform storage. Must be available without disassembling the bed.
  6. Drawer storage under side tables.
  7. Drawer storage on bed sides.
  8. Built-in, ambient reading lights.

I’m pretty sure I am in over my head here, but that was true about my first two projects as well. I’m hoping to make use of SketchUp for the first time, but I’ll take any suggestions y’all have for design resources. Also, if anyone knows of a good resource for lighting fixtures that could be adapted to this purpose please share!

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#1 posted 09-24-2010 05:58 PM

Check out the book Beds, by Jeff Miller. He’s got some good advice on the basics of bed design.

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#2 posted 01-06-2011 10:38 PM

All wood. No faux materials (technical terms?), no facings, no screws or nails. Glue is acceptable.
Should be able to break down into pieces for transport and storage.

While possible these two requirements will add to the difficulty. I am in the process of building a solid wood wall unit and platform bed. I used screws EVERYWHERE they wouldnt be seen because it made things alot easier(i dont have 1300 clamps)....

if you want to break it down, you are going to not be able to glue key components together and that could affect stability, especially if you are not willing to use screws too.

-- If you can't build it, code it. If you can't code it, build it. But always ALWAYS take a picture.

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