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Build a Platform Bed

Build a Platform Bed

Platform beds have become increasingly more popular over the past ten years and the furniture industry has taken notice. No matter which retailer you browse you're likely to find a lot of various styles of platform beds being offered. You might find exactly what you're looking for, but what if you can't? Maybe you want a bed that fits better with your budget or maybe you just can't find the one that suits you and your personal style. Either way, building the perfect platform bed for yourself isn't as hard as you might think. You just need to know how to get started.

Platform beds incorporate a simple frame with a flat surface where the mattress rests directly. Usually with a solid wood plank or slat support. This reduces or removes the need for a box spring all together which can save you even more money. Platform beds are usually low to the ground and can be made of sturdy woods or metal. If you're thinking of building your own platform bed, you're probably going to have an easier and less expensive DIY experience if you choose wood as your main building material.



A platform bed can be as simple or as complicated as you want. If you're building your own, make sure you know your skill level so you don't bite off more than you can chew. Most platform beds are extremely simple and feature no headboard, footboard, or canopy. However, make sure your platform bed design is what you want and within your skill as a DIY artist. It's about you feeling good at the end of your project and having beautiful, comfortable, and safe results!

Simplistic platform beds feature sturdy slats that allow for a small measure of flexibility. Make sure you choose your wood carefully and your support structure is secured to the frame with utmost care. Building your own platform bed may be a simple and inexpensive solution but if you don't do it right, you may end up with extra costs on your hands. Because platform beds have a fairly equal distribution for support the use of memory foam mattresses is extremely popular. Platform beds tend to be more comfortable if made and used properly.

If you don't know already, a memory foam mattress is made of various materials such as gels and high density foam to remove pressure points by shaping to the form of your body. They tend to provide better over all support for the back and neck and result in a better nights sleep. Since memory foam mattresses are rarely sold with a foundation in mind, they are perfect for platform beds.

If you're a more adventurous DIY artist or if you'd rather a more elaborate style of bed to fit your needs, it's easy to add a headboard, footboard, or other features to a platform bed. Add storage drawers, trundles (if you're brave), canopies, romantic posters, or even a storage area on casters for rolling under the bed and out of the way! You just need the right design (or designer as the case may be)!

Whether your an advanced woodworker or a novice handyman, you can find the right design for your skill level and taste. Search online or order a set of plans from your favorite plan retailer. If you're a designer yourself or if you know one you may have an untapped resource you never even dreamed of! Check your local market for woodworking clubs, furniture enthusiasts, or another organization that may be able to help you in your quest of building the perfect platform bed.

Remember these tips:

  • Know your skill level and don't plan beyond it.
  • Use the right materials so that your bed is sturdy and safe.
  • Have the right design, it's the starting point for your DIY process.
  • Use the resources in your area or online.
  • Enjoy your hand-made platform bed!


Question & Answers

Can you give me the dimensions for the bed? Asked By Anonymous
Hi there. Which bed dimensions were you looking for? The information on this page (as well as the pictures) are not of beds we sell. A standard queen mattress is 80 x 60 inches while a king is 80 x 76. The dimensions of a bed you would want to build would depend on if you'd be building a headboard or footboard. Ginni S. from WFB

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