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Cheap, easy, low-waste platform bed plans
I'm glad you're enjoying them, and thanks for the photos.
A few years ago I used this wonderful plan to build a platform for my full-sized solid latex mattress. Recently, my girlfriend got a Casper king-sized mattress and, having admired my platform for a long time, asked me to build one for her new mattress. It measured 76" x 80". I used 2x6s for the frame. That amounts to some overbuilding but they were nicer wood than the available 2x4s. The slats are 1x4s, and there were nice pieces 72" long, so the frame is 70" wide to allow for a 1" overlap on the sides. I realize this results in the mattress exceeding the slats by 2" on either side, but I didn't want to use 96"-long 1x4s as that would have caused me to waste 22" for each piece I cut to 74". It seems to provide adequate support as is. The frame is 76" long, and the slat at either end exceeds the frame by 1", so the mattress in turn exceeds the slats by 1" at either end. Since it was a king I decided to add a third support just off the middle of the frame. That offset was needed so the middle leg at either end could be placed equidistant from the two corresponding corner legs. I thought putting it a few inches off the middle wouldn't make too much difference and the leg spacing looked much better that way. The picture obviously shows just the frame but slat placement was straightforward. At the time, Casper was recommending a maximum 3" spacing between slats but has since found that up to 4" is acceptable. Many thanks to you, Mr. Aeray, for this very useful plan.
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Well I just finished this awesome bed. I bought 1x3s for the slats on and 2 extra 2x4s by mistake, that's what happens when I go to the store tired. Instead of buying more wood I used the extra 2x4s as supports down the middle. I used a little more wood than the plans but I think I need the extra support. Great project plans. My 3 year old liked helping. He made it about 10 minutes before he got bored though. My cost was about $65, $15 was for spax t-star screws which was an awesome buy. This would have been a frustrating project with Phillips head screws. Thanks for writing this instructable, it feels good reolacong my old mattress foundation which was really creaky. My wife really likes the height.
Just make the slats 5" shorter. Everything else is the same.
Can you tell me what measurements you used.
Thanks for the photos, and I'm sure others will appreciate the measurements.
p.s. The measurements I used for the twin and the full are as follows:Twin - short 2x4s 34". Long 2x4s 69". Slats 36". Legs 21".Full - short 2x4s 50". Long 2x4s 69". Slats 52". Legs 21".
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Hi. I built one twin and one full size bed based on your plans this weekend. I used 1x6s rather than 1x4s because I liked the look of the wood better. I got the materials at Home Depot for about $85. Our sons are thrilled with their new beds and my wife really likes them also. We are going to replace our current queen with one as soon as I get a few other projects done around the house.It was a fun project and I am looking forward to building the queen. We are in a new house and really like the kitchen table and the bookshelves as well. We are going to be building them also. Thanks for sharing your designs!
How much weight can this bed hold? I'm kinda full figured.
Ok then. Might be the simplest route I've seen yet. Thanks!!
My wife and I together are over 400lbs.
I want to build a double/full.. The cutting measurements are a for a queen.. do you have the cutting measurements for a double/full?
Hello, I actually took the bed down a while ago. It started creaking when climbing in and out. Just being held together with screws. Might help to throw some glue in there unless you want to be able to take it apart easy.I didn't make a material list of what I used but I made it to fit under a twin which is 38 x 75 mattress. I found some boards from it though. The boards on top are 32 inches long. I only used 9 of them and spaced it out to 72 I think. I ended up cutting the legs down to 14.5 inches long. That's the whole board. so it was 10 or 11 inch floor to frame. Don't hold me to this but the frame I think was 2 - 2x4 at 25 and 2 - 2x4 at 70.
Do you have a supply list/dimensions for this twin? Aspiring woodworker, quick learner moving into a van to go travel/live in and this seems like the simplest and most useful one i have found so far. Thanks!
We changed the measurements for a full size bed. 50" slats, 48" end caps. And we used 16" legs. With an IKEA Morgedal (suggest Med. Firm, not firm) mattress that's 7 1/8" thick, this makes for a bed that sits at conventional height, yet still allows for lots of storage space under. She uses 4 shallow sweater bins under, stacked two high, uses them for extra drawer space. (I don't think that's enough room for one of those deep totes, but we found the shallow bins work better as drawers, and pack well in a car. If you want to use deep bins, just add an inch or two). There's still room for a couple boxes in addition to that. She's moved rooms twice, and disassembled the bed twice and reassembled it (had to because of tiny turns in hallways), it's still very strong. We used an extra coverlet over the thing to protect the mattress and hide the storage boxes underneath. She did have to replace a couple of slats when she stood in the middle of the bed to hang pictures on the wall. It's also a great bed because there's no frame taking up valuable space, she's been in some tiny rooms, every inch counts. Thanks for the instructable, it's been a perfect solution!
Thanks for the photo. I'd highly recommend getting the book(s), lots of other bread recipes. I just made pitas last night with the basic recipe.
During the last month, I've made five loaves using this recipe and method. i just have one word: FANTASTIC. It's soooooo easy to get this beautiful bread loaf that I could devour plain in just a few minutes. Currently have a dough batch in my fridge which I added some rye flour too, this is going to be interesting!
I am bigger than that, and my wife isn't tiny. No problems for years now.
I'm a big guy, 250, my wife is little, no need for a center support or 3rd 2x4 running from head to foot down the middle?
I used your instructable to make a bed for my van. The 1x3"s slats were kind of too flimsy and I ended up decking the whole thing with 1/4" underlayment plywood and adding a little bit of support along the long centerline. I should have stuck with your plans, but I thought I could get away with it since the bed size was a "three quarter" size (48"x72"). I used shorter screws because that was what I had laying around, but it seems fine. The photo is a progress pic. One of the slats is at a bit of an angle (oops), but it didn't seem worth fixing. Good advice on squaring up, on making the dimensions slightly smaller than the mattress, and on leaving the gap so the bed doesn't squeak.
Thanks for the plans! Made this bed today in 4 or 5 hours at a very relaxed pace. I made a few small modifications.Lumber list: 1x4x10' x62x4x10' x4 Cut list: 1x4x56" x12 (used 12 slats, cut a little longer)2x4x48" x22x4x72" x3 (cut a little longer, added a center beam)2x4x30" x4 (for legs, need 8 not 4, will cut shorter)I carried the frame inside before putting all the slats on. I miscalculated and need to get another 2x4 to create stronger legs. The single 2x4 in each corner is not adequate support, at least at this height. It's also a little taller than I would like, so I'll probably cut the legs down to 24" or 26" when I make the sturdier L-legs. I added screws to the center beam to prevent squeaking there, just 1 per slat. Otherwise everything went easy-peasy and super smooth! It was fun to build it myself. Lumber cost ~$50, screws were another $15.
thanks for the photo.
Thank you so much for such a clear and thorough tutorial. These are a bibliophile's dream bookshelves. I'd never built anything before (aside from Ikea furniture) but I can follow instructions so I went for it! I followed the instructions exactly, no mofifications. I'm very pleased, though because I have small children, these will be secured to the wall (hence the boxes in front to prevent tipping). Everyone who has seen them admires them. I'm making an 8x8 set this weekend, to accomodate the rest of our library.
Thanks for the plans. I made a king size using 65" wide 2*4 for the ends and an extra 2*4 down the middle. I also added a 2*4 leg in the middle. I used 6 foot slats so I could just buy them at that length.I especially appreciated your hints about reading the tape measure upside down. It makes it a lot easier.I
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