Floating Bed Frame Designs?

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Forum topic by Pyro posted 07-05-2020 11:58 PM 252 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-05-2020 11:58 PM

Hey guys,

To my complete and utter surprise, a mattress on the floor is not good enough for my wife. I’ve been thinking about something simple as well as something toe and shin friendly because I have a knack for hurting myself (especially early in the morning or late at night). I started looking and I saw this:

What I like about it is that I won’t break my toes on the bed legs. I’m not crazy about how far the “platform” extends beyond the mattress. I’d think it would be more shin friendly if the rails were close to even with the bed all the way around. I’m trying to figure out a simple yet effective way to execute this. I will attempt to explain my plan because I am an awful sketcher.

I would take something like this, use something larger than 2×4’s for the frame, and I would extend the slats out off the frame about a foot(?) on both sides and at the foot of the bed. I’d extend slats at the foot by using lap joints to bring 2x’s down the center of the frame past the end of the frame. Then I would put slats on top of those floating 2x’s. To keep the mattress from sliding on the frame I guess I’d just use some of that anti-slip material you put between rugs and hardwood floors.

Before I ask any questions, do you guys think the basic premise of this design is any good? Please make recommendations if so and please point me in the right direction if not. I am a beginner and you guys have really helped me a lot. Thanks for all your advice and support!


So it seems that most people use a torsion box style design out of 2×4’s with a base underneath.

Something like that and then slats over the top. I’ll probably just do this since it’s a tried and true method.

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#1 posted 07-07-2020 01:12 AM

Once you start thinking tortion box your choice of material can change dramatically. You’ll find that a tortion box out of 6mm MDF (boxed) will stand up to most marital activities. Thereafter the cosmetics like feet/base, headboard, side trims is up to you.

And if you’re not happy with the results, it would make a great workshop bench/assembly table.

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#2 posted 07-07-2020 01:26 AM

The older you get the higher you want the bed. High rise toilets are nice too. :)

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