Platform Bed

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Project by woodspar posted 05-16-2007 06:36 PM 4700 views 9 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this queen sized platform bed over ten years ago. I was cleaning and decided to take a couple of pictures.

I really like the “Contemporary Scandinavian style” so I decided to get a platform bed. I looked at a lot of platform beds in the stores and I thought I can do that… So I studied the construction techniques and drew a plan. I was taking a shop course at the time and had access to great machines. I had very little in the way of woodworking tools at home at that time.

I thought about the plan for quite a while before building this one. It is basically pretty simple, with two boxes made of poplar planks one box on top of the other. The boxes are not “concentric,” the “headboard” of the top box sits above the “headboard” of the bottom box. The box on the bottom is smaller than the box on the top and the other three side “cantilever” over the floor. This forms a nice “kick space” under the bed and a great place to collect dust bunnies. A great place to stash woodworking magazines, I might add…

The bed is built of poplar with fir for the slats. The nice thing about this bed is that each person has a separate set of slats; the slats do not go all the way across. I made the bed such that it can be broken down and moved quickly; there are no fancy joints, just butt joints held together with screws. There is a cleat along the inner side of each side plank and a beam down the middle that supports the other cleat(s).


-- John

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#1 posted 05-16-2007 06:56 PM

ooooooooooh easy to move… brilliant.

It looks very..hmm… simplistic and a nice way to end the day.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#2 posted 05-16-2007 07:08 PM

Nice job on this frame woodspar.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#3 posted 05-16-2007 07:56 PM

Simple and functional. Looks great!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#4 posted 05-17-2007 02:33 AM

Nice looking wood. Welll done.

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#5 posted 05-17-2007 04:06 AM

Sure, woodworking magazines!!!!! Good looking bed though. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#6 posted 05-17-2007 04:19 AM

so the base also doubles as a box spring. After 10 years, how does it sleep?

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#7 posted 05-17-2007 06:26 AM

Debbie, PJ, Mot, thanks for your comments.

Os, I do think that one shot really shows how nice the grain is in the poplar. Thanks.

Mike – I swear they are woodworking magazines!

Scott, I actually had a futon on it for many years. When I looked at the commercial platform beds I noticed that most of them were not that “robust.” I built this bed to last and it is very comfortable. My kids jump on it (when it has the mattress) and it and it does not even move. The separate runs of slats makes it quite comfortable – it is not like you push down on one side and up goes the other because they are separate.

Anyway, thanks for taking the time to view and comment.

-- John

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#8 posted 07-25-2009 08:48 PM

John, This appears to be a nice platform bed with great details. How is the upper box supported on the lower box? It appears you have a center spar and two outer spars on the upper box but it is not clear how the lower box supports them.

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