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Forum topic by RRGR posted 04-09-2009 09:52 PM 1488 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-09-2009 09:52 PM

Topic tags/keywords: beds 2x4 construction

I need to make several quick but sturdy beds doubles and queens for family. Basically platform beds using 2X4s, 2X6s and plywood.

Don’t want hardware any more complicated than bolts because my supply will be Home Depot or the like. I want them sturdy but able to take down.

This isn’t fine cabinetry but the need is real. Has anyone seen such plans or a site that has this?

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#1 posted 04-09-2009 10:10 PM

I made this bed out of standard dimentional lumber. I added metal brackets in the corners to help hold everything together.

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#2 posted 04-09-2009 10:19 PM

A couple of ideas. Bed rail hardware takes down easily.

The other is a Japanese Tatami bed. The corners use joinery to connect. No hardware.

Here’s an example:

Then again… a metal bedframe in my neck of the woods costs $25. Maybe about the same as what you’re thinking of and it assembles/comes apart easily, and comes in a 6ft narrow box.

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#3 posted 04-09-2009 10:34 PM

I agree with Daniel, if cost is your only concern you should be able to get metal bedframes for less than a sheet of plywood. Check Big Lots or the like, maybe even a furniture consignment place, my wife and I have gotten quite a bit of furniture from furniture consignment places.

If you build with 2×4’s on the other hand, you would probably get enough support from the box without any plywood.

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#4 posted 04-09-2009 10:41 PM

A metal frame and three or four cross slats work well. They will also allow you to attach a headboard on at a later date. Here a metal frame is about $30 for a king or queen. It seems that every town has a matress warehouse and that is where to get the cheapest new frames. Used frames can be found at thrift stores, Goodwill and the Salvation Army cheap.

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#5 posted 04-09-2009 10:44 PM

If there are no box springs for the matresses then slats with plywood on top of them to support the matresses.

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#6 posted 04-15-2009 08:20 AM

Thanks for the advice guys I think I have found what I need with just a few modifications.

I had thought of using metal rails but one of the couples receiving a bed is a substantial pair that has already bent one pair of metal rails. Sturdy is the name of the game.

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