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Platform Bed Plans | Choose The Best Quality

Updated on January 25, 2010

Why Build A Platform Bed?

So you want to build a Platform Bed? Great decision! Before you get started on your building project, lets briefly cover a little history shall we?

A Platform Bed is a simple bed whose foundation is, well, a wooden platform. Or the platform could consist of wooden slats. The platform or slats accommodate just the mattress. No boxspring is necessary. What's great about these beds are the bottom portion can be used for extra storage. If not, the bottom can be enclosed with panels to suit your style. A Platform Bed is low to the ground which makes it cooler while sleeping. And they are easy to get in and out of. But most of all, platform beds are firm which makes sleeping much more comfortable. These beds have been the style in Europe for ages but are now the rage in the US.

Well, why build a platform bed? It's much cheaper than buying a new bed. Plus you save money not having to buy a boxspring and you get better sleep even without one. If you use high quality Platform Bed Plans, even someone who rarely uses a saw can build one in just 1 day. But they key are the plans. Only use woodworking plans that are detailed, provide step by step instructions and come with clear and concise diagrams.

I just finished building my first Platform Bed. Keep reading as I hope to give you some great tips and advice. As well as go into more detail why the right Platform Bed Plans can make you or break you. Keep reading and enjoy!

My Platform Bed Work In Process
My Platform Bed Work In Process

Building A Platform Bed - Do's and Don't

When I decided to build a platform bed, I did not consult with anyone at first. I pretty much guessed at what I was doing. I was using free Platform Bed Plans too the I found searching the Internet. Well, my first attempt was one big disaster. Since you are here seeking advice on building your own platform bed, I would like to share some of my insight on the project. Take it from someone who did it the wrong way before choosing the right way; you will come out a whole lot cheaper and save yourself precious time if you do it the right was from the start.

Here, you will find my list of do’s and don'ts for building your own platform bed. This list is based on my first hand experience so hopefully you will find this practical advice.

First, you should consider the platform bed plans that you are choosing from. After all, this plan will be your Bible throughout the project. If you are a woodworking hobbyist or just new to building things, you will certainly want to choose plans that are very thorough. High quality plans explain everything step by step and in detail. They should also have clear, concise diagrams and even suggest the type of wood you should use. Otherwise, you could become quite confused once you get started and that is not a good thing.

I can't say this enough. Don’t use free Platform Bed plans! Learn from my experience and do not make this same mistake. Free plans will not give you all of the information you need and you could very likely end up with a faulty bed. Make the right decision and buy high quality woodworking plans. They are not expensive and it will be well worth it in the long run.

Also, choose quality materials. You are building a bed for yourself or someone you love. You do not want to use subpar materials just because you were trying to save some money. Just as the plans are important, so are the materials. You do not have to spend a lot of money on expensive wood. Just make sure the materials you choose are of good quality and durable.

Don’t be afraid to ask someone else for advice if you are confused. There is nothing wrong with getting a little help now and then, especially if you know someone with more experience than you. I did not get help when I should have at first. Maybe if I had, then I would not have lived through my fiasco.

This one is very important. Decide on the style of the bed before you ever cut a piece of wood. It is best to choose the style and then get the platform bed plans from the start. If you choose basic plans with the intent on upgrading, you could run into a lot of problems, which will make you very unhappy.

In summary, building your own platform bed can be a rewarding and fun experience. Just remember these do’s and don’ts so that you can make sure your experience is a good one.

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My Platform Bed - In The Beginning

Choosing The Right Platform Bed Plans

By now, you probably have decided to build your own platform bed. Good choice! Since I have had experienced the ups and downs of building a platform bed, maybe I can share some of my experience with you and help you avoid some of the traps I fell into.

Deciding which bed type is the first decision you should think about before considering which Platform Bed Plans would be ideal to use. Once you have chosen the type that you like, you will then be able to seek out the right pattern and instructions so that you can get started building.

The basic Platform Bed is the most popular and the easiest to build. This would be the bed frame and a mattress with no extras. If all you are looking for is functionality, this would be the right choice for you. This type of bed will include simple plans and will only require the very basic in building. If you are new to building things, this one would be an excellent choice.

Maybe you like the traditional look but want the cost efficiency and firmness that a Platform Bed can give you. The traditional look would mean you need to build a head and footboard. While this type of bed will take longer to build and will require more experience, the end result will give you that traditional style bed if you can't live without the headboard, etc.

The really neat thing I found about Platform Beds is that you can always give it a little something extra. There are many add-ons or upgrades that you may want to include. The key to creating these would be to choose and buy the right platform bed plans for the project. You could add a canopy if building a bed for a little girl. Or, if you need more storage space, you can add drawers beneath the platform where a panel typically would be. This would ideal for a teenager or college bound student.

In summary, a platform bed can be what you want it to be. And this is part of the allure of that style. But first, you must ask yourself several questions. Who is this bed for? Do I want to add extras and upgrades? How much time do I have to devote to the project? Once you have answers for those questions, you will be able to choose the platform bed plans to match.

Fastest Platform Bed Every Built

Platform Bed With Headboard

Platform Bed Plans - You Get What You Pay For

I have already covered how my own experiences taught me a lot about what to look for with platform bed plans. A good rule of thumb for these bed plans, and, well, for life, is that you get what you pay for. What do I mean by this? The honest truth is that free things very, very rarely live up to anyone’s expectations.

I know that it is tough in today’s economy. Everyone is trying to find a way to cut skimp and save money. While this may be a very good reason to buy the can of generic green peas instead of the brand name, it is not a good reason to pass up a buck or two when planning something that is meant to sleep on. You would never try to build a home based on free house plans you found on the Internet, would you?

Just because building a platform bed is not as big a project than building a house, that does not mean the same rule doesn't apply. Whoever ends up sleeping on that bed for will not forgive you if the thing falls apart. When you or someone you love goes to bed at night, they need to know that they have a safe place to get their sleep.

Now that I have hopefully made my point, I will move on to some more useful information.

Remember,the very first step in building a quality platform bed is to choose your platform bed plans carefully. As mentioned before free bed plans can be quite faulty. They may not be thorough and they may leave out an important step. Instead, choose a bed plan that gives you step-by-step instructions along with clear diagrams. Really good plans also off woodworking tips and advice. You will want to make sure that the slightest details are not left out of the plan. Or you could end up dealing with a disaster.

The next step would be to decide on the design and the add-ons you want to put on your be. While some platform beds may include some customization, others are fairly basic. This decision should be based upon the style of bed you wish to build and how much work you are willing to put into building it.

To finish up, make sure that you use good quality materials. There is no sense in going through the trouble of getting high quality platform bed plans and then using less that adequate materials to build the bed.

A platform bed can be a great piece of furniture to build as a DIY project. Just keep in mind that you get what you pay for. In order to build a top notch platform bed that is safe and of high quality, make sure you choose to purchase quality plans first.


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      6 years ago

      Have always wanted a platform bed, and I'm ready to try it, and am wondering what specific plans you used...don't want to make any mistakes, and would appreciate knowing what plan to order. Thank you


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