We had been sleeping on the floor for far too long, so we decided to build a bed and headboard. This instructable is just for the bed, the headboard will becoming soon.
I found a remainder lot of strand woven bamboo flooring on Craigslist, so we decided to use that as the cladding. It's pretty striking, and it's one of the hardest woods available. I broke a couple drill bits and more than few screws from not predrilling wide enough.
I was inspired by this instructable.
It has nightstands that were incorporated into the platform bed. We thought they were cool and we could make them retractable. They probably don't support as much weight, but they'll hold a computer, book, glass of water, 20 or 30 pounds I think. The bed is made from 2x4's, 2x6's, and 3/4's plywood, and then covered in oak and bamboo.
I'll make an items list, but it's most of the things that are in an average workshop.
Saws (Table saw, Miter/chop saw, Circular saw, Saber or Rotozip type saw, maybe jigsaw)
Some Type of Square
Respirator if sanding indoors
Hammers, screwdrivers, screws, brads,
2x6's (a few)
2x4's (a few)
Wood flooring( I used bamboo, but you could use anything you liked)
2 pair Drawer slides (16")
Wood flooring glue
Step 1: Building the frame and legs
The first part is to build the basic frame. Theoretically, you'd be done and have a sturdy platform bed after this step if you liked. I cut the plywood to be just smaller than the mattress so you would only see the bamboo siding and not the top, even though we're going to put a nice veneer sheet on. We have a queen size, which are approximately 80x60, so the plywood is 79x59. You'll still see a little at the corners, because the corners of the mattress are rounded off.
The support frame is set in smaller quite a bit, 8 inches in from the edge of the plywood, to add to the floating effect. I thought the bed might tip up if you sat on the end of it, but it turned out so heavy I probably could moved the legs, and therefore the frame, in a lot further.
The legs are two 2x6's glued and screwed together. I made mine 15" high, so that the total bed height is 28" (Legs+plywood+1/8" veneer sheet+mattress) You can decide how high you want your own bed to be, then subtract the mattress and plywood thickness, and that's your leg height.
I used long bolts and nuts because you can really crank them tight to keep the bed from squeaking years from now. I drilled the 3/4 spade hole first about an inch deep, then a 3/8 hole all the way through. This is so you can countersink the bolt head. Use sockets to tighten.