Picture of elevated bed from 3 sheets of plywood

I've experimented with elevated sleeping platforms before and have built 3 other elevated beds, each improving on design and functionality. Here's the latest design, using 3 sheets of plywood and incorporating:

  • Inset base on all sides so there's no stubbed toes
  • Carpeted mattress deck that prevents fitted sheet from being untucked
  • Hidden underbed storage

In addition to the inset base to prevent stubbed toes, the mattress deck was also designed to allow the mattress to sit slightly over the decking, giving your knees and shins a soft surface to touch, not hard frame.

Here's how I made a smart and simple bed frame with only 3 sheets of plywood.

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Step 1: Design

Picture of Design

Using inexpensive 3/4"- 4'x8' (20x1220x2440mm) plywood I was able to make this bed frame from 3 sheets. I used inexpensive plywood as much of this structure is not going to be seen, and the portions that are will be painted and at floor level.

Using CAD software to design the frame, I started by measuring the dimensions of my queen size mattress. I wanted a continuous deck for my mattress to lie on top of, since the mattress was larger than one sheet of plywood I spanned it over 2 sheets.

Next I measured how tall I wanted by bed frame to be and made the side and end pieces to match the mattress deck. To utilize the space under the bed I designed drawers on each side of the bed frame, the drawer cut outs and components were arranged inside the sheets. To secure the bed from any sheer forces I also designed an internal brace to fit inside and provide stability.

All the components were arranged onto the plywood sheets in CAD to make an efficient cut plan. I used a simple notching at the edges to give a solid connection.

CAD drawing included, feel free to use or modify

Step 2: Supplies

To make my bed frame here's what I used:


  • circular saw
  • router
  • screwdriver


  • 3 sheets of 3/4" plywood
  • strong adhesive
  • low-pile carpet
  • casters
  • drawer pulls
  • paint
ooohlaa8 months ago

Wonderful. I use a futon frame now which is quite low to the ground, but can store quilts and seasonal thingies underneath by using those suction storage bags that shrink 8" down to 2". I had two thoughts, 1. could you easily? staple the carpeting over the edges and corners if you don't have or want to use a router? And could it be designed to accommodate roll out plastic boxes instead of built in drawers? The idea of built in drawers is very intimidating to me, not much of a carpenter or that good with butting together precise measurements. Thanx for even providing the schematics.

bogdan-t8 months ago

Tip: One could also round the corners of the wood deck (mattress support) for leg protection. See Step 10 how close the corner is. I can tell you from experience it is never a pleasant experience to bump into a corner like that... ;-)

Otehrwise, simple and efficient design. well done!

Kathy1868 months ago

Love this idea, love the size of the drawers, really really love the quilt :)

PaganRaven8 months ago

I love this! Um, are you for hire? ~.^

bricobart8 months ago

Min guldfisk har precis ätit hunden!