The flush paneled sides and lack of drawer pull hardware give this bed a sleek modern look. A tremendous amount of useful storage space is obtained by adding the drawers underneath the bed. I built this bed for my teenage daughter. I bought her a new memory foam mattress that requires a solid foundation. I incorporated 6 drawers into the bed for 2 reasons. First, to make use of the space under the bed for storage. Secondly, to prohibit her from stuffing tons of stuff under the bed when she is "cleaning" her room. I did not have any plans , or sketches to work off of. This was a "design as you go"  project, which is typical for me. Sometimes its easier to visualize how a project will be put together once I get started. That being said, Im sure there are better ways to build this project, using less wood. I tend to "over engineer" things, but hey, I've never had something that I've built have a failure due to weak structure....Brawn is sometimes better than brain, or at least equal.

Step 1: Getting Started , Building Base Frame

    Let me first say that the purpose of this Instructable is to show the steps I took in building this bed .It will show the construction methods and tools I used. Im not including exact dimensions of all of the individual components. All of the measurements can be adjusted to meet ones individual needs, ie. bed height, width and number of drawers etc. 

     Bed construction begins with building of the base. I designed this bed to be more of a modern style, with flush surfaces and straight lines. I wanted the main body of the bed to be sitting on a smaller base to allow the side and end edges to overhang.  I built this bed for a Queen size mattress which has dimensions of 60" wide by 80" in length. I choose to have a 5" overhang on the sides and end of bed. To achieve this, I built the frame 75" long by 50" wide. I used 2" x 4" 's laid on edge which resulted in a base that is  3-1/2" tall . Once I had the frame built, I placed it up on my work table. I also had to use my table saw to support one end of the base frame. I leveled and squared the frame on the table using wood shims where needed.  Then I screwed it down to my work surface to keep it in place during construction. No, I didn't screw it down to my tablesaw, I used glue........ok ..clamps.
<p>You did very good work. I have a plan to make this <strong>platform bed with drawers</strong> as my first practice, there are a lot of wood around me here. I really really curious to make it soon. Keep sharing your great ideas...!</p>
<p>This is beautiful. I will be doing something similar to this for my king size bed. Your plans are a great inspiration. Keep up the good work!</p>
<p>This is super awesome! I'm looking for more ways to utilize every space while keeping it my style. I have an awkward question though....how does it hold up when intimacy occurs....if you know what I mean lol </p>
Lol, The bed is very sturdy, it's my daughters bed so there hasn't been , or better not have been, any intimacy happening. There has been multiple kids (11 yr olds) jumping around on the bed with no structural problems.
<p>essa cama muito confortavel adoraria de fazer com voce</p>
<p>lol.. I would say with the materials used in his build when put together should have no problem supporting 2 people &quot;when intimacy occurs&quot;...lol, however any more than two people (you naughty people out there) it may or may not.</p>
<p>How much would I have to pay you to make me one of these with a second layer of drawers?</p>
Hi Emily, thanks for the interest. I'll have to do some calculating to figure out a price..The bigger issue is shipping the bed, unless you live within driving distance(1 hr north of Detroit Michigan)..I also built a nice headboard with storage but have yet to post a picture.
<p>how do you open drawers?</p>
<p>So... thank you so much for the inspiration for this bed! This all started with my girlfriend and I passing by a furniture store telling me how much she loved storage beds. I said: I always wanted to make one! So, this set us off on our adventure... it was at LEAST three-four solid weekends of work, about 7 trips to the lumber yard and hardware store, and a lot of learning.</p><p>Building the inside of the frame was pretty easy. Lots of wood (smile) and lots of measuring, but it came together in about 3-4 weekend days. Little did I know we were less than halfway done.</p><p>Staining, putting on the clear was a LOT of work. The oak strip iron on veneer took a lot of time, and we added a headboard to the mix. The first headboard was solid 3/4 oak, but it had an uneven finish (some finishing process at the manufacturer went wrong), so we started over and had the idea to do six pieces, also spaced 1/8th inch to carry the them of the spacing of the drawers.</p><p>Yes, the drawers were a pain. Yes, some of them don't operate as smooth as the others. I still have some adjustments to make, and minor blemishes to deal with, but we decided we are going to let the bed settle for a month and then start a finish pass.</p><p>Enjoy the pictures. And thank you SO much for the incredible inspiration!</p><p>Andrew &amp; Cristina</p>
Wow! Great job one the bed! I'm glad my build inspired you. I too built a head board/storage cabinet, I just haven't gotten around to taking pictures of it yet,lol
<p>How much did it cost you to make?</p>
<p>Total cost, I think was around $1,200 for materials, stain / varnish, screws / drawer pulls, etc. Unlike the author, I didn't have a lot of spare material lying around, so it was all new wood. </p>
<p>Well, i don't quite think my bed is as pretty as yours. but, for someone who started this with just a battery powered skillsaw.. i think i did daRn good. i had to buy a table saw for the finish work. I didn't frame it out just as Vera did. i wanted to cut down on weight, i did build it in two halves. I used 1/2 inch birch plywood for the finish. instead of doing the 3 1/2 in base, i laid them down to get a 1 1/2 inch floating frame. the drawers are 2 foot, by 2 foot, and 14 inches deep. ( i can put almost all my cloths in one drawer!) i actually added a smaller drawer at the headboard end of the bed for little things, books, etc. its 22 inches off the floor, the mattress makes it closer to 30 inches, which is a great height. for some reason, i couldn't add more than 4 photos.. i'll add more in a different post. Thanks for the idea Vera! I love it. </p>
<p>Wow this one looks great! Good job!!</p>
<p>James, do you have plans for the bed you made? While I love VertDude's design, I like the idea of it being lighter.</p>
<p>i don't have &quot;plans&quot; per say.... but i can pretty much tell you what i did. lengths and whatnot. I've actually done a lot more to it since these pics. I'll get on the pc and type up what i've done. </p>
<p>Vertdude, not Vera, :x</p>
<p>This bed looks every bit as good as the bed I bought from World Market. But based on your material list (for those of you looking for that, it's in the comments section), you accomplished this for far less money than I spent.</p><p>Excellent job! Well done, sir!</p>
<p>Thank you, VertDude.</p><p>This is my version. Made it about 2 years ago and never uploaded any pictures.</p><p>I'm busy with V2.0 for a mate's wedding present. Will add the SketchUp model when it's done.</p><p>I will also electrify V2.0 - add plug points and lights.</p>
<p>V2.0 - I still have to add the power outlets on the sides - I'll first find the outlet I want (specifically want something that will pop-out/hide) and then change the design.</p><p>Note: Timber sizes are relatively standard (in SA), but check/tweak the dimensions to your own standards.</p>
I really liked this design so my dad and I were going to try to make one just like it. We were wondering if you have a material list so we know about how much wood we need to buy. Your help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
Thanks tdolch...Heres a quick list of materials I used, although I had a lot of the wood pieces left over from various projects. Actually a lot of the internal plywood came from the dumpster at Gander Mountain. they were throwing out an old fishing rod display cabinet. I scored quite a bit of Oak plywood. <br> <br>10- 2 x 4 x 8 ft long <br>1-sheet 3/4 inch finish grade plywood (I used Maple) for the exterior of bed and drawers <br>2- sheets 3/4&quot; CDX plywood (exterior sheeting grade is fine) <br>2- sheets 3/8&quot; CDX Plywood ( top layer, under mattress) <br>1- sheet 1/2&quot; finish grade plywood, at least 5-plys ( for drawer boxes) <br>1- sheet 1/4&quot; Luan plywood, also called underlayment (drawer bottoms) <br>6- pairs of 22&quot; long , medium duty drawer slides <br>1 lb of 3-1/2 &quot; deck screws <br>1 lb 1-5/8&quot; drywall screws <br>hand full of 2&quot; drywall/deck screws. (to fasten on exterior panels) <br>Finishing products ie. stain, varnish, paint or what ever...
<p>I don't know if you're still watching posts on here, But i'm fixing to start making this, probably won't be able to use the expensive wood, but i'm saving up for it. the only thing i don't understand what you did was with the base, did you screw this to the bottom? i was thinking about just doing a tongue and groove and let it sit on it. without screwing into it. what do you think? </p>
To avoid confusion, the above list contains the amounts of lumber needed to complete the project. I did not have to purchase all of this because of leftovers I already had :) <br>
<p>That dark stain on the platform s just gorgeous! What shade is it! Now that is a storage bed that I wouldn't mind having in my house.</p>
<p>The picture show's it as Kona. coffee like color.</p>
<p>Thanks for this very inspiring instructable! Just what we needed, considering our slightly cramped living space. I modified the structure a little, installing 4 drawers instead of 6 and running the support planks all across the width of the frame for improved stability (I hope ;). Overally, it really is a chunky build, weights a ton!<br><br>Took me whole month to construct, so my original optimistic estimates of 1,5 weeks were far detached from reality, hehe. There is still the headpiece left, which I will install some day in the future. The lumberyard where I purchsed the timber for the structure had a nice mahogany veneered (at least they said it was mahogany) plywood for sale, so I went for it. The result's not bad, I guess.<br><br>Cheers!</p>
<p>I love would to assemble one of these! thank you</p>
<p>This is great! I need this in my guest room! </p>
<p>Nice work. Its a good looking bed.</p>
<p>Hi VertDude.</p><p>I am in South Africa and would like to attempt this build but the use of inches is throwing me out a bit. Do you have a drawing of this so that I can work out the size in Metric values?</p>
<p>Great design, plan and explanation. Just one question - in step 5 you say you ripped the plywood to 14 1/2&quot; for the finish panels. If the panels are going to project 1.5&quot; above the main frame, and 5/8&quot; below, shouldn't the finish panels be 16 7/8&quot;? Thanks!</p>
<p>Did you put anything on top of the 2x4 beams beneath the mattress? Plywood top or something? Or did you just put the mattress directly over? Looks great! Planning on making a version of this in the upcoming months.</p>
<p>I'm actually working on this as well. We're still in the design phase, but we'll be moving all of the drawers to the sides and adding a short headboard and removable nightstands. Possibly an electrical outlet to compensate for one this will probably be blocking. Haven't decided if we have the time to DIY or pay a carpenter. We'll definitely update with a ton of photos and details when we get it finished.</p>
<p>Built it over the summer for me to use for my senior year of college/post grad. Added a headboard which my father and I messed up on (but it ended up being better that way. Ended up putting all the drawers on the side, with the headboard I was able to fit 4 very large drawers (you can stack 4 stacks of folded clothes in each drawer without messing up the folding). Having the drawers all on the side was nice because the front was one solid piece of wood, really made it look good. Whole thing ended up costing somewhere between $450-$550. The pottery barn equivalent (which doesn't have as much storage) costs almost $2000</p><p>Suggestions for future builders</p><p>- Measure at least 3 times before cutting, EVERYTHING needs to be cut to precision. Once you're using the nicer wood for the paneling, you'll thank me, not just for the sharp look, but if you mess up a cut, there's a good chance you'll have to go get more wood, and that gets expensive.</p><p>- Cut all the drawers at the same time. Even a 16th of an inch difference between each drawer can mess it up</p><p>- Keep track of the outside paneling and keep it in order, Nearly made the drawers not match in grain</p><p>- If you have the know-how/programs, design it in autocad first. It may seem like a waste of time to some, but it was helpful to have somewhere to go for precise measurements and somewhere to alter the design (see 4 drawers on each side and a headboard)</p><p>- Order the slides online, they're cheaper than in the store</p><p>- Precision is even more important when putting in the slides, possibly use a small piece of wood to rest the slider on when marking the holes for drilling, and then measure again. We didn't use the amount of precision we should have (or its just the cheap sliders and dust), but the drawers occasionally get stuck. Just push em back in then pull em out.</p><p>- Make sure the room you're putting the bed in has enough space to pull out the drawer and remove it. I wasn't able to measure the room before building, but the bed BARELY fits with the drawers</p><p>- If you're building it with someone else, which I highly recommend as accidents happen, you will get on each others nerves, take breaks to avoid carelessness</p><p>- Dont put the headboard up to a recessed window, you will manage to have something fall back there and even if you're 6'4&quot; with long arms, you won't be able to get it until you move the bed.</p><p>- And MOST IMPORTANTLY, sand the corners round if you don't wanna hurt your shins/knees when you're stumbling in the dark.</p><p>Now onto the headboard</p><p>We built the headboard to have a 15 degree slope, allowing one to sit upright on it without feeling uncomfortable. There are 2 shelves on each side, 18 inches deep I think. There is a flat part at the top about 5 inches wide or so, a perfect place to put a drink.</p><p>However, on the main part of the backboard, you have to cut at an angle on the tablesaw, and ours didn't measure far enough, so we had to cut it in half to cut the angles. Unfortunately (and I blame my father for this since I recall telling him to measure again because what he was doing just didn't make sense), We didn't cut the headboard short enough, so there is a cusp at the top. However, I would recommend adding this cusp if you use this design as it A) prevents a drink from falling over easily and B) if there are any water stains on the wood, it hides those pretty well. </p>
<p>Good addendum to the Ible. One thing I will note. If you don't have Autocad (unless you are a professional I don't know why you'd dump the thousands of dollars on it or even the ~$140 for the student version) There are plenty of survicable and down right good alternatives for simple 2D cad. Librecad is to Autocad as Libreoffice or oropenoffice is to M$ office. I'd like to tell you that it's really easy to learn or the like but given I've got a degree in using CAD I'm not that much of an every man. </p>
i know this was 9 months ago but i just found this site and this is the first thing i gravitated to. i had a couple of questions though, first when you say sheet ie; &quot;2- sheets 3/4&quot; cdx plywood&quot; is that the 4 foot sheet or the 8 foot sheet? and how long approximately did it take for you to build this? im really excited to get started, this thing is amazing. thanks for sharing.
<p>Sorry for the late reply dgriggs3, when I repfer to sheets of plywood, I am refering to 4' x8' lond sheets. This project took me about 2 1/2 weeks to complete, working in the evenings ..Good luck with your build</p>
<p>Do you deliver :)</p>
Great Use of Materials and who doesn't need more storage space! <br> <br>hint- I built my first platform bed (in the garage) with drawers 15 yrs ago. After it was 75% built I realized that there was no way of moving it into the home-it was too big to move down a narrow hallway and into a room.
Thanks Scotty.... Luckily I thought about moving the bed a head of time, so I built it in 2 pieces. well, 3 pieces counting the base. it was tricky building it in my narrow workshop though... <br>
You were smarter than I was! Good Stuff +VertDude!
Made this over the summer (with some modifications). All 8 drawers are on the side and are the same size, I built a headboard with 2 side shelves on each side, 1 foot deep as a liquor cabinet. The headboard has a 15 degree angle which was supposed to make it easy to sit up in, but all it makes me want to do is sleep. There is also a 4 inch shelf up top for me to put water and beverages on. The headboard goes slightly above this shelf so things don't fall off. Whether that was an accident or not, I'll never tell. I also made the front piece of wood a 4th separate piece, only to be added on when assembling so it looks as if its all 1 piece. One thing i'd recommend when building this is rounding the corners of the bed. I've cut my leg when running into it before.
I finished my storage bed a month ago but I replaced 2 side bar with steel bar for lumber is expensive at my place. I cut 4 plywood to use as drawers' front but they bent and I have to find something else to replace them. I have just finished a stool for my wife's dressing table. Just to share with you. <br>www.instructables.com/id/Upholstered-Pine-stool-for-dressing-table/
This is exactly the design I have been after! I love it - simple and elegant :-) hopefully I can get started making it tomorrow - cant wait! I have only one question, wondering the overall height not including mattress thickness? <br/>Thank you :-)
Thanks errynarb. the overall height of the bed, without the mattress, is 17 1/2 inches, the mattress sits at 16 1/2 inches. The bed sides extend up 1 inch to overlap the mattress. Good luck with your build. I will post pics soon of the connected headboard/ shelving unit I built for this bed..
This is beautiful! And I think much sturdier than Ikea or anything; it will be my summer project-I have to have major back surgery, and my bed is like -well it's a hodge-podge that I threw together during cancer (books hold up part of it)-And thanks for showing how to do the cut-down with-out a dado-cutter, as I, and a bunch of us out here, don't have them. Thanks.
What a nice project you had! I will make one for my wife to save some space in our tiny all-in-one bedroom. Your photos are so clear that I can figure out how to do the job. Thank you very much.

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