Platform Bed

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Project by WoodenTheWorks posted 05-07-2011 01:35 AM 10361 views 14 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a bed i built for a friend. she wanted a japanese platform style bed. She gave me a plethora of types she wanted. i took the basic style and spliced them all together (they were all very similar).

I started a skeleton of the frame and totally scraped it. i wasnt at all satisfied with it. i sat down and redrew my plans and walla! what you see in the pics is the skeleton that came to be the frame and bed.

She wanted two free-floating night stands as well. so i came up with a small box design and in the final product picture you can see her night stands hanging from the wall.

She wanted it finished with a pearl white paint. not my choice of color or finish, but hey its not my bed.
I used pine plywood and solid poplar for various parts and rockler hardware for the rails.

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#1 posted 05-07-2011 11:44 AM

Nice job on the bed and night stands. Necessity is the mother of invention or unique design and you filled the request quite nicely. Very sturdy design. If you over design, it never comes back to haunt you

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 05-07-2011 03:07 PM

Great job!! Nice design and build.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#3 posted 11-17-2011 09:57 PM

Was this built as a single piece? Or can it be broken down? If so what method di you use to attatch the side rails to the footboard and haedboard?

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#4 posted 11-19-2011 04:47 AM

It’s actually 4 pieces. Headboard, footboard, ands 2 rails. I used heavy duty rail fasteners made by rockler. I routed the end of the rails and head/footboards so the rails would sit flush and tight against eachother. I built a small jig as a “compass” to keep them flush against the edge. It was a fun challenge to build. I built it for a friend, and I am now about to start building my own bed using reclaimed cedar I milled. Very rustic, I can’t wait to build it and I’ll post it when finished.

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