Have you ever searched and searched for something and never truly find the exact item you're looking for? This is where I was several years ago when I was in search for a queen size platform bed. I wanted a platform bed that was a little taller than what is currently standard since I've never been a fan of beds that are low to the floor. So my search began and after hours and even days and weeks of searching, nothing was really catching my eye. I began to look for alternatives to create what I wanted. The more I thought about it, the more I wanted to build my own bed.
I headed over to Home Depot and walked around the lumber area to get some inspiration and figure out the kind of wood I wanted to use. I felt that making the body of the bed frame would be fairly simple (how hard can making a rectangle be?!), but I wanted to find something interesting to use as the legs. I found these great legs and thought they would be great for the bed. Now that I had a plan, I needed help with the the actual building and borrowing some tools.
Come in, my dad, who helped make my platform bed dreams a reality. At this point, I knew what I wanted the bed to look like but I didn't know if it could actually support a mattress. So we came up with a plan and created the below materials list. The entire project cost less than $100!
- 2 - 1x8's cut at 81"
- 2 - 1x8's cut at 58.5"
- 4 - 2x4's cut at 55.5"
- 4 - precut legs
- 2 sheets of plywood
- Box of wood screws
- Wood glue
- Wood filler
- Wood stain
Step One: Plan
I decided to use pine because I knew I wanted to stain the bed dark so I didn't need a very expensive wood if it was going to be covered in paint. Once selected, we had all of the wood cut at Home Depot and got to work as soon as we got it all home.
Step Two: Build your Outer Frame
Using the four 1x8's make your rectangle base (Two cute at 81" and two cut at 58.5". Secure with wood glue and follow with screws.
Step Three: Build your Base
We used four 2x4's cut at 55.5" to reinforce the bed to ensure it could hold my weight as well as the weight of the mattress and ran them horizontally every 4 feet and secured them with wood screws and glue. I then added two sheets of plywood to be extra sure the bed would be comfortable without any awkward dips.
Step Four: Add your Legs
I decided to add legs to my bed frame because I didn't want it to sit close to the floor but rather a little higher. I found these legs and knew they would be perfect for the bed. I used glue and wood screws to attach the legs to the bed.
Step Five: Let the Glue Dry and Fill your Holes
Since I used glue on all the joints along with wood screws to make sure the bed was strong. After letting the glue dry for 24 hours, I used wood filler to fill all of the screw holes and let it dry for another 24 hours. Make sure you use a wood filler that is stainable or else your wood won't soak up the stain.
Step Six: Sand, Sand, Sand!
I then used an electric sander and sanded everything down to ensure I had a smooth surface before I began staining. This process takes a long time and you may be tempted to skip it but believe me, it makes a huge difference. Don't skip this step!
Step Seven: Apply Stain
I gave the bed 3 coats of stain, letting each coat dry for 24 hours. I applied the stain with an old t-shirt and then wiped the stain off with another clean t-shirt. It felt like a long process, but I think it definitely makes a difference to take your time on this last step.
I was truly so happy when the project was complete and excited to decorate my bedroom. I've had this bed for over 5 years now and the bed still looks like the day I finished it.