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.