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Strong and Tough Platform Bed DIY
How did this idea of placing the mattress 1 inch below the top of 2x6 work overall? Worked in the long run?Was 1 inch good enough or you would rather make it 2-3 inches below? Having the mattress "framed" by the sides looks to me better than just placing the mattress right on the top of the frame.
I will try to make one in the following weeks. I am just thinking of putting the mattress (Brooklyn Bedding, Full XL, 54x80x10) 2-3 inches below the top of the sides 2x12. So the mattress is being framed, so to speak. I guess having the mattress right on the top of the frame makes the mattress susceptible to moving off the frame edges. Whereas having the mattress "framed" makes the entire bed more stable.
Ignore the messy bed; teenage boy. ;)Made this full-size bed in 2 halves so we could move it from garage to bedroom (first picture is left 1/2 completed). Used (3) 4" long bolts with wing nuts through 3 drilled holes to attach left & right halves. Worked great! No wheels. 2 X 12's outside; 2 X 10's inside. 4 X 4's are same height as 2 X 10's. We used 3/4" plywood for the deck/platform. This sucker is STRONG. The corners are just a smidgey bit warped -the big box home improvement store picked & cut the lumber for me, & it was less than ideal & short on a couple of pieces. Also we discovered that our garage floor is warped, haha. Oh well, not picture perfect but very VERY functional & strong. We have made a 2nd one as well for twin 'B', & both guys love their super strong industrial beds. So far, these are the ONLY bed frames our sons (now 18) have not broken. They are average size 18 year olds with profound, non-verbal autism that bounce, hop, and jump on their beds when emotional, so we needed an industrial-strength solution. I have more detailed plans that I drew up; I may try to find those & post them a bit later.
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