I wanted to make a camper bed with pullout drawers for my truck. After getting a truck cap, I gathered up some reclaimed wood from pallets and old shipping crates and went to town breaking them down into usable lumber.
This is a quick and easy way to create a simple camping or working platform that can easily be removed from the truck when the bed is needed for other uses.
My goal was to keep it simple, lightweight, free, and modular.
The camper platform is comprised of three flats with a center supporting platform with the two wings resting on top.
The drawers are completely removable, with the center one on a track, and the outer ones just sliding on the bed.
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Step 1: Making the Center Frame
The center portion is design to hold the large deep middle drawer and the two side wings that will rest on it. It is constructed from scrap 2x4's that are screwed into the sides.
Step 2: Making the Platform
The center portion as shown here has an attached plywood platform on it, while the two wings just consist on plywood floating on the center platform and then just two small 4x4 legs. Check out the video for more details!
Step 3: Making the Drawers
I just used plywood and 18 gauge nails make some simple drawers. No fancy joinery, just cut and nail the sides together, check out the video for more details on the drawer construction.
Step 4: Drawer Fronts and Assembly
I decided to spice up the drawers with some pallet pieces nailed to the front. It gives it a much cleaner look just regular old plywood.
The assembly is simple, there are 6 parts total.
The center platform is dropped into the bed and floats in the middle. It is fairly heavy from all of the 2x4's so it doesn't slide around. Then the two wings are placed on top of the center platform into their grooves. This whole portion fits snug inside the bed frame. Lastly the three drawers are inserted into their slots.
The whole thing takes 1 person and about 2 minutes to assemble or take apart.
Overall it was a great build, FREE, and easy to make in an afternoon, with a great work platform and storage or top sleeping arrangements for a camping trip!
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