Looking to maximize the space of your apartment?
A platform bed is an ideal way to gain storage and create a comfortable space. Create a custom platform bed following the building basics show here for any room! This project can be completed over the weekend using tools and materials that costs less then most bed frames.
Questions & comments are always welcome, Best! Jeff
--here's the link to my first instructable which was the earlier platform bed with a wrap around header
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Step 1: Tools and Materials
Here are the suggested tools and materials for building a platform desk.
- The Basics: Hammer, Screw Drivers, Tape Measure, Extension Cord
- Four Foot Level
- Pry Bar
- Circular Saw & 'Japanese Style' Handsaw
- Corded Drill/Driver & Drill Bits *I recommend corded drills unless you specifically need cordless
- Speed Square
- Paint Brush (not shown, who doesn't like a Wooster brush!)
- Safety: Goggles / Ear Protection
- Lumber: (6) 2x4s, (1) 2x6, (3) 2x2s
- Fasteners: 3" Screws and/or Nails (see note below), 1-1/4" Drywall Screws
- Cedar boards (bought from Habitat Restore)
- Plywood or OSB
- Paint (optional)
- Electrical (optional) - see electrical step
Cost: All materials cost around $60 from HD/Lowes/Habitat. All tools cost under $120 and were purchased refurbished online or used off craigslist. Fasteners: I recommend using all screws for the project.
--- All materials were salvaged from the last project - https://www.instructables.com/id/Cedar-Planked-Plat...
Step 2: Mount to Wall
Start with the height of the final bed and work backwards to determine the height of the mount.
I started with the height of the milk crate supports + 3/8" plywood. That allowed me to match the window sill and get the desired bed height.
Step 3: Frame Platform
I cut each joist to length. Each piece is a hair long and tapped in place. The height of the milk crates made it easier to support in place and fix with screws.
Step 4: Deck Platform
Cut decking to fit.
Drywall screws should be used as needed. If you used scrap or boards you may need to adjust 4" from any connection of the framing or boards. Added from there as needed - approx every 16"
Step 5: Headboard
Simply reused the screw holes from the last project directly in to the drywall over latice. Would typically preferred to frame off the wall but given the 82" span didn't want to sacrifice the inches.
May add a foot board.
Step 6: Storage
Use scrap 2x6s to frame out a storage area.
Fits a clock radio and phone charger at the end of an extension cord.
Step 7: Additional Projects
When zoomed out you can see the wall mounted drafting table and cove shelf. More to follow!
Thank you for viewing!! Jeff
See my first platform bed on instructables. Follow to see the next one when I post in 2018.