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#1 posted 08-27-2016 05:04 PM

Here is a good link for a general introduction to designing shelves.

Often Ikea’s main goal is pretty, affordable, and lightweight. So pound for pound Ikea furniture can have good strength, but they are not designed as bookshelf to actually be filled with books.

Particle board is weaker, harder to make it look decent (paint and such) and it really isn’t that much cheaper than plywood. Solid hardwood on the other hand is even better but much more expensive especially if you are buying from a big box store.

For your platform the most bang for your buck is plywood with a “2×4” support. But the 2×4 will be too deep so that is why I suggested 2×2’s. you could use 2×4’s on the three edges where the trundle bed won’t interfere for added strength. Also don’t be alarmed if the platform is a bit spongy for an adult, domestic flooring is intentionally over strong to prevent spongy, because of aesthetics. This will also be less spongy for the normal kid traffic.

Regarding the 14” maybe you could use two six inch steps to get it down to 12”. One 10” may be too much for kids in the long run.

Hope this all helps, and that you get to see it turn into reality. It is a unique and intriguing design.

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