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Build Your Own Platform Bed with Storage! (Oh Yeah)

Updated on June 10, 2014
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This post is mostly for inspiration for all of those who have ever seen a do it yourself project online and thought to yourself, “It seems pretty simple, but I just know it won’t turn out well for me.” Let me start out by saying I have little to no training in carpentry. I’ve not built anything from scratch in my life. I have assembled some products out of the box like shelves. . .yeah shelves, that’s about it. Sometimes those didn’t come out too well.

I’ve wanted a platform bed for so long, ever since I discovered them a year ago. The things I love most about the platform bed is first and foremost is their ability to also function as storage, the elimination of the head and foot boards which gives more room to a tiny space, and its super simple, yet stylish design. Once again and most of all for the STORAGE. After a year or more longing for my beloved platform bed, asking my father for help (he has a few carpentry skills), and scouring the internet for the perfect ready-made platform bed, I found that they were either not right for me or way out of my price range. It was then that I decided that I would find some plans for the perfect bed. I didn’t find anything the first few searches but you know how the internet and search engines work. It takes a little time, increased popularity, more web traffic, and linked referrals in order to get some really good search results. Well, it was so worth the wait and my recent discovery of Pinterest. Oh yes, pinterest **I think I’m in love**.

The Perfect Plans: Simple, Simple, Simple

I came across my perfect plans at ana-white.com. Just eyeballing the drawn out plans, it looked super, super simple. Needless to say, it was love at first sight. The measurements and dimensions were for a full size mattress about 15 inches high with full shelves at the sides and at the foot.

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Get Your Tools Ready

I needed a platform bed fit of a queen (sized mattress that is). My dad suggested it would be simple to readjust the measurements to accomdate a queen’s bed. With his advice, I took the dimensions of the queen mattress which is 60x80 and added two inches. I then decided how high I wanted it to be (24 inches) and headed to The Home Depot with my new measurements and the printed plans from ana-white. The tools I used were as follows:

  • Circular saw
  • Power drill
  • Hammer
  • Tape measure
  • Anything I could find for a straight edge
  • Screws
  • Nails
  • Safety glasses

Now since this was my first project, despite its seemingly simplicity there was still fear that it might be an epic fail, so I didn’t want to invest too much in fancy finished wood. So, I settled for plywood instead. Mr. Greg at the Home Depot assured me that it would work just fine for what I was trying to do (what do you know, he was right!). Based on my measurements he equipped me with all the pieces I needed to get the job done and told me I could bring it back if I had any unused pieces left over.

I took the main measurements to make the side and foot boxes. The remaining measurements were taken after the main parts were assembled just in case my measurements were too long or too short. I did my absolute best to make the most efficient use of the wood. I did well.

Main Cuts

  • The top and bottom (2) of the foot box shelf were each 62 inches long and 12 inches wide.
  • I subtracted 12 from 82 to get 70 inches for the top and bottom (4) of each of the side box shelves
  • I decided that I wanted it to be 24 inches high so I cut (6) 24x12inch pieces for the sides of all of the boxes.

No, I did not count for the width of the plywood board which did put my measurements off but it really didn’t matter especially because I was mostly taking measurements as I went along. So as that goes, if I would have pre-cut all parts I would have been about an inch short of many of my measurements which is what I discovered during my “measure this as I go along” process.

Is this confusing? It was confusing to me, too. That is why I followed the picture and mainly what just made sense in my mind, which worked out pretty well for me.

The remaining parts were measured and cut only after the main parts were assembled. These parts were the shelf backing and the shelf dividers.

DON'T be stingy with the screws but don't place them too close to the ends/edges of the boards because the wood may split. I used roofer nails to secure the backing.


This is my bed. The storage portion anyway.
This is my bed. The storage portion anyway.

Mine does not look like the one in the photo at the beginning of this article, but that's just aesthetics. I sure it functions just as well, and I love love love the storage. Frees up my entire bedroom. Here is another diy-er awesomely inspired by ana-white (I Made my Bed).


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      Dora Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Congratulations! Now, you're a bed maker. I'm proud of you being female and all; some people would think that it's a man job. Thank you for sharing your skill. Voted Up and more.