Build your own platform bed frame DIY

Feb 20 2017
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I knew this one was going to be a big project for one main reason: A very narrow stairwell. Which meant I knew I would have to take every individual piece of the bed frame upstairs and put it together there. Not to mention I had to haul the old bed frame out of there all while trying real hard not to put holes in every wall on the way down.

A couple months ago when I finally had the plan settled in my head I ran out to the barn and grabbed all of the materials I needed.

I grabbed the last of the 12 foot decking boards I had leftover from my deck build and hauled everything down to my basement workshop. I barely had enough material so you can see, looking at the backside of all three sides of the bed, that I actually ran several of the decking boards short to save on wood.

Looking at the “right” side of the bed you can’t tell as everything is hidden behind the 2x6s I used as supports and for screwing it all together. The entire bed frame is 76×80 – the exact dimensions of my king size mattress.

Tutorial how to build your own platform bed using 2x6s. Easy, Workshop, DIY.Tutorial how to build your own platform bed using 2x6s. Easy, Workshop, DIY.

With the foot of the bed and the two sides done I sanded them down first with medium and then fine grit sand paper with my electric palm sander. Then I stained them with Minwax Dark Walnut stain.

Are the deck boards green treated? Why yes, they are. But they have also been in the barn for a year and a half and the standard time for letting green treated anything sit before staining or finishing is a year – so I was good to go.

And, I figured, you wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between the deck boards and the 2x6s once they were stained and I was right.

Tutorial how to build your own platform bed using 2x6s. Easy, Workshop, DIY.Tutorial how to build your own platform bed using 2x6s. Easy, Workshop, DIY.

From there I did one heavy coat of satin poly acrylic on all three of them just to keep them protected. With the sides and the foot of the bed frame done I took them upstairs.

The rest of the frame that needed to be cut was four 2x6s and the plywood to go on top of them. I ran upstairs and first got my old bed out of the way and cut out the chunk of base board and trim that I knew needed to be out the way before I could install the bed frame.

The rest of the frame that needed to be cut was four 2x6s and the plywood to go on top of them.

I cut the 2x6s at the interior measurement which was 70 1/2 which gave me a full 76 width when the sides were attached to them. (Most homeowners use a Portable Band saw or Circular saw and other woodworking tools. Many of the Best Portable band saw will get the carpentry side done. However, if you have a portable band saw you can cut 2x6s measurement.) I screwed one to the wall across the floor and the other to the wall flush with the top of the sides making sure to hit every stud on the way using 3″ long screws.

(I wasn’t playing around here, I never wanted this bed to move.)

Then I screwed the sides to them and then attached the foot of the bed to the end of both the right and left sides which squared everything up. From there I ran the two supports from one side of the bed to the other and I cut a support to go under the center of each of them.

Tutorial how to build your own platform bed using 2x6s. Easy, Workshop, DIY.Tutorial how to build your own platform bed using 2x6s. Easy, Workshop, DIY.Tutorial how to build your own platform bed using 2x6s. Easy, Workshop, DIY.

From there I moved on to getting the 5/8th plywood cut and in place. It took two pieces of plywood all together and getting that upstairs without destroying my walls took serious effort. I put lots and lots of 2 1/2″ screws in it along all of the edges and across the center supports.

I even stood on it afterward and did a bit of a tap to be sure that this frame would never move. I also put the plywood “shiny side” up, so the bed would have an easier time getting on it without snagging. I hand sanded all of the edges with fine grit sand paper and went around the entire thing with the same Dark walnut stain I used on the rest of the bed frame.

I simply brushed the stain on and then let it sit twenty minutes before wiping it off with an old t-shirt.

Tutorial how to build your own platform bed using 2x6s. Easy, Workshop, DIY.Tutorial how to build your own platform bed using 2x6s. Easy, Workshop, DIY.Tutorial how to build your own platform bed using 2x6s. Easy, Workshop, DIY.Tutorial how to build your own platform bed using 2x6s. Easy, Workshop, DIY.Tutorial how to build your own platform bed using 2x6s. Easy, Workshop, DIY.Tutorial how to build your own platform bed using 2x6s. Easy, Workshop, DIY.Tutorial how to build your own platform bed using 2x6s. Easy, Workshop, DIY.Tutorial how to build your own platform bed using 2x6s. Easy, Workshop, DIY.Tutorial how to build your own platform bed using 2x6s. Easy, Workshop, DIY.Tutorial how to build your own platform bed using 2x6s. Easy, Workshop, DIY.

So how did I do on budget? Well, every single piece of wood I used was wood left over from other projects so my only cost was the screws lol.

So, there you have it guys! All in, if I had purchased all of the materials new this bed would have still only cost around $160 all together and, goodness knows, you could never buy something like this for so little! Besides a little calculation this was actually a very simple wood project.

Tutorial how to build your own platform bed using 2x6s. Easy, Workshop, DIY.

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34 Comments

  1. February 24, 2017 at 4:29 am

    Great job, I love the way it turned out!

    Tania

  2. February 26, 2017 at 2:57 am

    That looks great!

  3. March 1, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    Looks great and the instructions were really well done! Thanks for sharing on the Pleasures of the NW’s DIY party!

  4. March 2, 2017 at 3:46 am

    So happy for you and your backs that you have such great support with your fabulous new frame–you rock!! Thanks for sharing your project with us at Vintage Charm 🙂

    • March 2, 2017 at 4:34 pm

      Thanks Diana, so excited for finally got it all done!!

  5. March 8, 2017 at 2:15 am

    Nice work! It looks beautiful!

    Aloha,
    Charlee

  6. Jann Olson
    March 8, 2017 at 3:09 am

    Great project! Thanks for sharing it with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

    • March 8, 2017 at 3:59 pm

      Thanks Jann! Hope you have a great week!

  7. March 15, 2017 at 9:10 pm

    Most of the beds in our home are long overdue to be replaced. My hubby has lots of back issues and maybe a handmade frame might help him. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • March 15, 2017 at 9:16 pm

      This was so long overdue for us and, yes, it was a pretty big project but the benefits far out weighed the few hours it took to build! I sure wish we had done this sooner for my back!

  8. March 19, 2017 at 4:45 am

    Oh yes please, that’s gorgeous Tarah, no wonder you’ve been so excited to share. I love everything about it, from the stain to the height and you could always build little stairs if your future fur babies struggle to get on

    • March 20, 2017 at 2:58 pm

      Michelle, I was considering that too! Maybe stairs or a little ramp, there is definitely enough room at the end of the bed, thanks so much for coming by!

  9. March 19, 2017 at 9:10 pm

    What a fantastic approach, and in such a difficult space. It turned out fabulous, I commend you; I have joined your email list so I can follow you more closely, I actually came to visit from the Sweet Inspirations bloghop. I hope one day when you need a break from genius, that you will stop by the 4Shoes & let me know you’ve been. (Yes, I know how that sounded, & I’m alright with it.;-)

    • March 20, 2017 at 3:03 pm

      Thank you so much I’ll definitely be visiting!

  10. March 20, 2017 at 12:22 am

    Wow you did an awesome job building the platform bed. Very impressive. I will be featuring this on Tuesday evening at my Swing into Spring link party. Please stop by and pick up an I’ve Been Featured button. Thanks. http://diybydesign.blogspot.com

  11. March 22, 2017 at 12:41 am

    Great job love this bed! Pinned & Sharing on Fb. Thank you for sharing on Merry Monday! Have a great week!
    Kim

  12. March 22, 2017 at 2:42 pm

    Love the dark stain color! and great step by step tutorial, too.

  13. March 23, 2017 at 6:59 pm

    I was following the progress of this new bed frame on your Instagram account. So happy to see the final project in its full glory! Definitely sounds like abbear of a project, though with having to assemble it in place but a beautiful end result! Thanks so much for sharing at the #happynowlinkup!

    • March 23, 2017 at 7:37 pm

      Thank you so much Leslie, we are very relieved to have it complete and we’re sleeping so much better now that we both still comment, “Why didn’t we do this sooner!?”

  14. Sue
    March 27, 2017 at 4:36 am

    Wow, I am going to do this for my little twin bed in the extra room. I have a mattress ordered and will build a frame myself just like you did! (I bet it doesn’t come out as good as yours, but I am going to try it ANYWAY~~~ ). I am SO Excited! Thanks for all your great information and instructions and ideas… I can’t wait to get started.

    • March 27, 2017 at 3:19 pm

      Sue I’m sure it will turn out amazing! Send me pics when you get it done, I would love to see it!

  15. April 16, 2017 at 5:19 pm

    This turned out so beautifully! Great set of instructions, too. I am more a crafter than a DIY-er, but this looks like something I could do! Thanks for the inspiration 🙂

  16. June 4, 2017 at 11:33 am

    Your bed turned out so well. I’m impressed that you used all leftover wood to make it as well!

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