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01-21-2010 06:01 PM

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I recently built a platform bed, but struggled with how to support it. I essentially just built a “wall”, topped it with MDF and some trim, and then used bun feet in the corners to get it off the ground. Each of the sides were made by gluing and screwing two 1×4’s together. The ends are single 1×4’s, and the three supports are running from side to side. Instead of just laying on a runner like a true slat, I opted to turn them on end and screwed them to the sides (i.e., a wall). I used 4×4 blocks in each corner to join the frame together, and the bun feet are attached to these blocks. I then laid 3/4 MDF on it and added some trim. Now the questions.
1. Do I need to support the middle (full size bed)? I like to make things sturdy, and I feel a middle support is needed.
I have some friends that want me to build them a bed like mine. I’d like to keep them as friends, so..
2. What would you suggest I do different to get the same look, but be more assured that it won’t collapse?
(the pressure treated 4×4’s are kind of cheesy, and have to be replaced with something)

Thanks for any suggestions


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#1 posted 01-21-2010 06:14 PM

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#2 posted 01-22-2010 04:22 PM

I don’t see anything wrong with that. It looks very sturdy. Boards turned on end grain like that are very strong. I don’t know if I would change anything. Great job.

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#3 posted 01-22-2010 05:08 PM

I agree with Chris

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#4 posted 01-23-2010 12:59 PM

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#5 posted 01-24-2010 02:01 AM

Thanks guys.

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#6 posted 01-24-2010 02:11 AM

Well I think is a pretty good build but I think I would have made the sides at least 2×6s and to over kill it I would put a 2×4 foot on the each of the cross supports in the middle for extra support. Just in case there’s some heavy duty activity on the bed ,like good size kids doing there jump up an down thing.

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#7 posted 01-30-2010 07:32 AM

I think you’re right Jim. I forgot about the jumping on the bed part. You helped me make up my mind. Since underbed storage is not a goal on this type bed, no need to keep it all open. I’m going with middle supports.

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#8 posted 01-30-2010 07:58 AM

I think it might be a good idea Dude

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