Build your own “Platform Bed & More”.

I am a mother , a wife, an artist as my daughters kindy teacher calls me :), a Photographer, a crafty mom, and a builder of many things I am “MOM”.. I don’t mean to brag, gloat or parade in any form or manner, but Oh My!!  I am proud of ME…lol  I hold my head high and proudly say I made THIS” my Bed, & side tables. yay for me!..  but it came with  bruises to the legs a few on my arms, an aching back and headaches…lol  but all worth it.. of course a skilled experienced carpenter would breeze through it.

I am also a rustic, modern industrial combination kind of girl. so finding anything remotely to my taste was hard, and quite expensive when I did find something I liked, it was always in the thousands!!  OUCH!

I have been literally pondering about making my own bedroom set with my hubby for over a year.  I found this really great DIY site……  to follow and every so often I would pull it out, but I was very scared to dive into it, as I have never really built nothing big like that, except for my Moroccan table but I got help from a good friend of ours so it wasn’t all on me.

We bought our house  18 months ago, and when doing so we went on a DIY renovation frenzy, we painted, built a pony wall, I added crown moulding, base boards, Wood floors,  I made decorative frames for the windows, added back splash glass tiles in the kitchen, revamped my file place with a mosaic tile and added to the mantle, the list goes on and on,  and 18 months later we are still renovating….  but with all that being said I never got a chance to get a new bed 😦    why the heck could I not make a bed right???  We decided to downsize, from Eastern King to Queen, and my  DIY Journey begins. Hubby totally has my back and absolute faith in what I do, more so than I do

I followed the above DIY instructions, and the Idea was to spend under $100.  which I managed successfully for the bed with extra,so  with the addition of two side tables and a bench, with extra tweaks & personalized additions here and there.  I  spent under $160.  it helps if you have materials lying around 🙂  I will give step by step directions & details. I hope to inspire you as much as the lovely family that put up the DIY blog Post  that inspired me 🙂

Materials I used for a Queen size platform standard (I will add remaining materials I used for my tweaks further along)

  • 2 x 4 x 96 – 10 pieces ($2.o5 ea)
  • 2 x 8 x 8 – 6 pieces ($5.23 ea)
  • 5/8 in. x 4ft. x 8ft. Oriented Strand Board Square Edge  ($10.97 each) x2 pieces or you can use MDF (a little more expensive)
  • deck screws ($9.37)
  • wood glue ($3.42)

The tools I used

  • Miter saw
  • power drill/driver
  • drill bits for pilot holes

I did everything and just changed up the base from 10×8 to 8×8 so it wouldn’t be so tall. and I used the strand board opposed to the MDF, to stay within budget, as I was tweaking it anyways

I drilled pilot holes in everything before the screws, to avoid the wood splitting.

My Dimensions are as follows

My Queen Mattress we bought measured   60″ W x 8o” L

I allowed 6″ extra on each side except for the headboard side for the platform overlap

Queen Bed (Platform):- 68″ Wide x 88″ Long for the Oriented Strand Board

The other thing I did differently is a bit of a cheat 🙂 I had “Home Depot” do all my cuts 🙂  totaled an extra ($6.55) for all the cuts inclusive of my side tables and bench

I found the base to be easy, the structure is put together with the same concept of a wall frame.

Place the top and bottom base together….with the larger piece above sitting on top, in this instance I didn’t need to glue or screw anything down, as it was heavy 🙂  below taking a photo break with the kids

Time for the Oriented Strand board 4ft x8ft, I had one cut by home depot to make the 68″ width

Now this is my complete job unfinished of course.  my tweaks begin, with a border around all three sides left right and bottom to prevent the mattress from sliding and for cosmetics ……..I purchased 12, 1x3x8,  ($1.55 each ) 1 Quart of dark walnut stain ($7.95), 1 Quart of Shellac ($12.98), and x2 black stool from Ikea for my side table legs ($5.99 each) ( more info below) I attached the borders with two pieces to each side (left & right) and to the bottom, with an additional two to the bottom front panel, this gives it a clean finish and secures the mattress from future slides 🙂

Now  for the side tables… and bench which is not pictured here, cause I have yet to make its legs, which I have opted to make thick wood legs.  I will update with the picture once it is complete.

Materials I used

2x8x8 ($5.23 each) total of 5

deck screws

wood glue


I screwed in pilot holes for everything, and put them together like a box with no lid pretty straight forward.

Burning for the rustic burnt look I am going for… my Son Malik took this photo of me working with my phone 🙂  I used a regular wood burning tool, and I ran a propane torch over the wood.

My bench top I  used the scraps from the 2×8’s  making it 56″ long x 13″ wide.  I laid them out over  a 2×4,  50″ long,  piece of wood I had in the garage,  glued and drilled together with the deck screws making pilot holes first, I then attached extra support with 1×2 strips on either side.

I did some sanding in between stages, to smooth out the edges and unwanted stains etc.  I then stained the three pieces

and finally Shellac, I placed the legs on both of my side tables with the  black stool from Ikea  I removed the legs and placed them on the bottom of my side tables centred. I plan on using the top of the stool for my head board decoration 🙂 I will include that with my bench update.

My new mattress is 12″ in height which makes it a perfect height in all, totaling, 24″ in height

The Bed Frame took me 2 hours. with the tweaks and finishing touches it took a total of 4 hours.

the side tables & bench took me 3 hours in total from start to finish. (note I am not including time factors for stains and shellac drying time)

thank you for looking, if you have any questions please feel free to ask, I am sure I have not covered everything, I am new to the DIY instructional side of things, but I am happy to answer anything 🙂

14 Responses to “Build your own “Platform Bed & More”.”
  1. Did you make the headboard? I saw your comment about using the stool seats for it but didn’t see a link for it. Am considering making my own bed frame but it will need to be king, just started looking at ideas 🙂

    • Hi there , no I picked up a room divider at a yard sale, this particular one is hand made from Bali, I got it for $50 deal!!
      I placed it as our headboard securing it with screws on the studs

      I think another alternative is wood slats on your wall its looks amazing, I am going to update mine e enthralled with wood

      I made the side stables using the stool legs.

      I didn’t post a how yo on those:(.

  2. Jesse A says:

    Hi, i tried to find the link for the directions but it wouldn’t go through. My idea was to make just the top with no base to make it extremely low. Can you please walk me through or at least pointing me in the right direction for making the top? i think this bed is just beautiful.
    Thank You!!

    • Hello Jess , looks like my inspirational post is no longer available 😦 Extremely low would be nice, i would eliminate the bottom base base and follow instructions starting at the top base

      I would recommend using 6×2 instead of 4×2, for your base. The top layer will only add 1″ bringing it to a total of 7″ in height from the ground with a standard mattress of 12″ high you will be at 17″ off the ground, which is perfect I think.

      Feel free to email me for more help at

      Happy New Year

  3. Cory says:

    Did you use the torch on the bed also to get the dark spots?

  4. ashley says:

    I get the instructions up until you tweeted the frame. how did u add the extra border?

    • Hi Ashley

      I used 12 1×2’s I laid two of them flush on each Side ( except the top where your head board would go if any) a total of 6, I made sure to measure my mattress width before I laid the inner 1×2. Do the same for the bottom. I then applied two more 1×2’s on the sides total of 6 for the framing. I secured them with wood screws., you can also yes wood glue for extra stick if you ….

      I hope I make sense. I’d live to see your finished project. 🙂

  5. ven says:

    I have a full size foam mattress I want to make the platform for, what would be the board measurements, seeing what u have is for the queen size

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