Walnut Queen Platform Bed

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Project by MRue posted 05-12-2014 11:43 PM 2109 views 6 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Walnut bed with some ebony inlay circles incorporated into the design. For my brother and sister in law for a housewarming gift.

This is my 4th bed, and here’s what I’ve learned about making beds.

STOUT LEGS 2.75” I would consider the minimum. Smaller than that and they flex with movement

PLATFORM BED There never seems to be any reason to make a conventional bed that includes a “box spring”. best as I can tell, all box springs are now simply pallets covered with nice fabric. No springs. Build a slat structure at whatever height you prefer, and drop your mattress on it.

SQUEAKS Squeaks can come from attachment hardware that is poorly designed, or poorly installed. (tolerances are much tighter than you think) OR squeaks can come from wood to wood contact between the slats and the side rails.
I glued felt everywhere where there was wood to wood contact. This helped a lot

SIDE RAILS Also need to be stout. They can flex side to side. I made a frame out of 1×2 Maple with my Kreg Jig and covered both sides of the frame with 1/4” walnut plywood. It made a version of a torsion box. Then I capped it with 1×2 walnut. Easy, strong, attractive

HARDWARE Buy good hardware. I bought 3 mail order sets from 3 vendors before I found a nice and stout one from Rockler. The hardware where you inset the the metal into a dado in the side rails are REALLY a pain in the butt. I settled on one where the hardware is simply mounted on the inside of the rails.

SLATS previous versions I used pine 1×4’s from HD. Mistake… warpy, pitchy, and needed a lot more work. Previously I also tried to make “I-Beams” out of the pine to eliminate the need for a center rail. Also a mistake. Thought the I beam supported the weight, they took more work to make, and increased the weight distribution on the sides which contributed to more squeaking. I found some lower grade 3/4” baltic birch which I cut up into 3.25” slats. BB comes in 5’ squares, so the length was perfect for a queen bed.

Let me know what you think


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#1 posted 05-13-2014 12:03 AM

Nice looking bed Mike ,some very good points.


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#2 posted 05-13-2014 02:23 AM

very nice looking.

BTW I think they used to use Southern Yellow Pine for the slats.

Less pitch, much harder to.

-- Jeff NJ

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#3 posted 05-13-2014 01:32 PM

Nice Job! I like the headboard detail.

Felt is a good idea. I’ve made a couple and use big door hinges for rail to post connection. They require a spacer but they’re available anywhere.

-- Groveland, CA.

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