Platform Bed #2: Starting With SketchUp

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Blog entry by R.A. Ray posted 01-06-2011 06:02 PM 8874 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Inspiration and Requirements Part 2 of Platform Bed series Part 3: Continuing in SketchUp »

I may have been hasty when I said I would be starting my bed design “soon” in my last post, but design has finally begun. Due to some of the hardships I encountered when building my bookcase, I decided to get a bit more serious with my design tools and have taken on learning SketchUp to realize the design. What’s shown here is far from done and much will need to be learned before I can complete the design, but this gives a good idea of where I’m headed.

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#1 posted 01-06-2011 06:36 PM

love the headboard.

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#2 posted 01-06-2011 08:32 PM

Thanks Aaron! Figuring out how to stabilize the headboard is going to be one of my biggest challenges I think as all of those segments need to be separate pieces.

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#3 posted 01-06-2011 10:28 PM

since the back of the bed is not going to be seen(i assume) you could make it flat and have the pieces secured under the platform part…

also if you havent thought about it, drawers underneath are a really nice addition to platform beds…

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#4 posted 01-07-2011 12:13 AM

Absolutely! Drawers are a major part of the design. I’m planning on two or three on each side and one under each wing.

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#5 posted 01-07-2011 06:46 AM

If you’re going to use drawers, be cognizant of how the drawers will be used. The more frequently you anticipate them being used, the easier they should be to use. A big factor in the ease of use is the size of the overhang. The further out the overhang projects, the harder it is to get to the drawer, and the less “open” area the drawer will have, unless you use full extension (or even projection) slides.

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#6 posted 01-07-2011 04:53 PM

The point about the overhang is a good one that I hadn’t directly considered. Currently, the overhang is 3”. How does that track for a user from your experience?

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