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03-27-2016 02:17 PM

I have to make a platform bed with a 7 inch top around the sides with vertical boards attached to the outside in a 90 degree fashion, im looking for design ideas… any suggestions where to look?

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#1 posted 03-27-2016 02:33 PM

Ethan Allen furniture, IKEA??

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#2 posted 03-27-2016 02:47 PM

Yes, kind of looking for construction ideas for the mattress support without over complicating it.

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#3 posted 03-27-2016 03:32 PM

Most common way the mattress is supported is with slats. Another way to do it is make the surface solid, the outer part is say 3/4 and the opening is the size of the mattress so the mattress is inset. Piece of ply under it holds in place.

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#4 posted 03-27-2016 03:45 PM



Most common way the mattress is supported is with slats. Another way to do it is make the surface solid, the outer part is say 3/4 and the opening is the size of the mattress so the mattress is inset. Piece of ply under it holds in place.

- mrg


Yes, I made several beds with the slats but thought it would be kind of weird to have the slats go under the top lip to attach to the side rails… just kind of fishing for different ideas.. are the platform beds generally made the same as conventional beds with removable siderails or is it more common to build them in place?

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#5 posted 03-27-2016 04:50 PM

My parents is designed exactly like that, the rail ail sits below the inset with slats and the mattress goes right on top.

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#6 posted 03-27-2016 05:18 PM

Sounds logical, my mental image of it just seemed kind of Rube Goldbergish…. just trying to keep it simple, thanks for the help. I’ll probably screw the top on after iis set up in the clients home with pocket screws, I’ll test fit everything in advance in my shop.

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#7 posted 03-28-2016 02:20 AM

panamawayne,

An unconventional way to support the mattress is with a system that is completely independent of the head board, foot board and side rails. The head board, foot board and side rails would be entirely decorative, as pictured in your original post, offering no structural support to the mattress. A completely separate structure could support the mattress. The mattress supporting structure would set inside the cavity created by the head board, foot board and side rails. The mattress would be captured by the side boards, head board and foot board, keeping it positioned within the cavity. The platform could be built slightly smaller than the mattress so there would be no visible means of support of the mattress. Putting the mattress support structure on casters would make it relatively easy to reposition the bed by scooting the entire assembly across the floor if this is a requirement. Being completely unseen, the mattress support structure could be built from any inexpensive material. Just an unconventional idea.

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#8 posted 03-28-2016 02:30 AM

I’ve seen similar plans and thats a great idea except the client wants the bed on legs in order to clean under it…plus that would be too easy! Thanks for your help.

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#9 posted 03-28-2016 02:01 PM

For my money, this asian inspired platform bed by silverhalo is what I’d build:

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/22165

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#10 posted 03-28-2016 02:11 PM

That’s an incredible bed but my client sent me that photo at the top of this thread of what they want.

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#11 posted 03-29-2016 03:58 AM

The picture you have in your original post is similar to Wood Whisperer’s Dogon bed. You might want to check it out. It also closely resembles the Asher Platform bed from Crate and Barrel. And you can find assembly instructions for their products here: http://www.crateandbarrel.com/Customer-Service/Assembly.aspx

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#12 posted 03-30-2016 06:00 AM



The picture you have in your original post is similar to Wood Whisperer s Dogon bed. You might want to check it out. It also closely resembles the Asher Platform bed from Crate and Barrel. And you can find assembly instructions for their products here: http://www.crateandbarrel.com/Customer-Service/Assembly.aspx

- tool_junkie

Lots of stuff listed in that link, but I don’t see an “Asher Platform bed”

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#13 posted 04-12-2016 02:08 AM

Jerry,

Sorry, its been a while since I checked on this thread. Did you see Wood Whisperer’s Dogon bed?

I think Crate and Barrel don’t carry Asher bed anymore. I saw it in their show room about 3 years ago. What do you want to build your bed out of? Solid wood or ply? If I remember correctly, the Crate and Barrel one was made out of ply and I would imagine the bed in your picture is out of ply too.

If you want to make it out of ply, I think you can make the side rails out of four pieces of ply mitered and glued to make a column. For the foot board, you can make another column and then attach the two side feet to it. I wish I knew Sketchup so I could draw it out to make it easy to understand. If you look at Wood Whisperer’s Dogon bed, it will give you some inspiration.

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