How to Build a Platform Bed in 5 Steps

Follow these simple steps to build a platform bed in no time. With just a few supplies and some basic carpentry skills, you can build this project in a weekend.

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Building a platform bed is a great way to save space in your bedroom, and it can also be a stylish addition to your home. A platform bed is a bed that has a base that consists of a raised, flat surface, often with supports around the edges. Platform beds are very popular because they are easy to build, and they offer a comfortable sleeping surface that is low to the ground.

If you are interested in learning how to build a platform bed, there are a few things you will need to know. First, platforms beds come in all different sizes, so you will need to choose the size that best fits your needs. Second, platform beds can be made from a variety of materials, including wood, metal, and even upholstered fabrics. Third, platform beds can be either single or double-sided (two platforms connected by supports). fourth, when choosing the height of your platform bed, it is important to consider the height of your mattress as well as the overall height of the bed frame.

Once you have considered all of these factors, you are ready to start building your own platform bed! Follow the instructions below for how to build a platform bed in five simple steps.

Step One: Choose Your Wood

Building a platform bed yourself is a relatively easy and inexpensive way to get the perfect bed for your home. You can customize the size and shape of your bed, as well as the type of wood you use, to match your personal style and taste. Follow these five steps to build your own platform bed.

Step One: Choose Your Wood
The first step in building a platform bed is to choose the type of wood you want to use. The most common types of wood used for platform beds are pine and birch, but you can use any type of wood that you like. If you’re not sure which type of wood to use, ask a salesperson at your local hardware store for advice.

Step Two: Cut the Wood
Once you have chosen your wood, the next step is to cut it to size. You will need four pieces of wood for the frame of the bed, two pieces for the headboard, and two pieces for the footboard. If you are using pine or birch, you can have the lumberyard cut the pieces for you. Otherwise, you will need to measure and cut them yourself with a saw.

Step Three: Assemble the Frame
The next step is to assemble the frame of the bed. To do this, attach two of the frame pieces together using screws or nails. Then, attach the headboard and footboard pieces to the frame. Make sure that all of the joints are secure before moving on to the next step.

Step Four: Add Support Slats
The next step is to add support slats to the frame of your bed. These slats will keep your mattress from sagging in between them over time. To add them, simply measure and cut them to size before attaching them with screws or nails. Be sure that they are evenly spaced so that your mattress will sit level on top of them. You should have at least seven slats running perpendicular to the length of your bed frame.

Step Five: Finish It Off The final step in building a platform bed is to finish it off with a piece of trim around all four sides. This trim can be made out of any type of wood that you like or it can be painted or stained to match your existing décor . Once it is attached, your platform bed will be complete!

Step Two: Cut the Pieces

Now that you have all of your materials, it’s time to start cutting the pieces for your platform bed. You will need to cut four 2×12 boards to the following dimensions:

-Two boards cut to 80 inches in length
-Two boards cut to 60 inches in length

You will also need to cut two 2×4 boards to 80 inches in length. These will be used as the side rails of your bed. Once all of your pieces are cut, you can move on to assembly.

Step Three: Assemble the Frame

Now that you have cut all of your pieces to the correct size, it is time to start assembling the frame. To do this, you will need to use a drill and screws. Start by attaching the two shorter side rails to the two headboard legs using screws. Then, attach the two longer side rails to the two footboard legs using screws. Finally, use screws to attach the middle supports to the side rails.

Step Four: Add the Slats

Now it’s time to add the slats. The slats are what the mattress will rest on, so it’s important to make sure they’re level and evenly spaced. Depending on the size of your bed and the width of your slats, you may need to cut them to fit. If so, use a saw to cut them to size.

Once you have all your slats cut (or if they’re already the right size), it’s time to add them to the bed frame. Start by attaching them at the head of the bed using L-brackets or screws and washers. Then, work your way down the bed, attaching each slat until they’re all in place.

If you’re using L-brackets, make sure they’re all facing the same direction so that they’re hidden when you put your mattress on top of the bed. And that’s it! Your platform bed is now complete.

Step Five: Finish It Off

The last step is to finish it off. You can do this by painting or staining the bed frame, or by adding some final touches like attaching headboard brackets or adding caster wheels. Once you’ve completed your platform bed, it’s time to enjoy it!


You’ve made it to the end! Now that you know how to build a platform bed, you can finish up your bedroom furniture set with a matching nightstand and dresser. With a few easy steps and the right tools, you’ll be sleeping in style in no time.


Q: Do I need a box spring?
A: No, you do not need a box spring when using a platform bed. The mattress will sit on top of slats, wood platform, or metal mesh, all of which provide ample support for the mattress.

Q: What type of mattress can I use with a platform bed?
A: You can use any type of mattress with a platform bed, including memory foam, latex, innerspring, and hybrid mattresses. Keep in mind that some mattresses (such as memory foam) may require a box spring or additional support to prevent sagging.

Q: Can I use a platform bed with an adjustable base?
A: Yes, you can use a platform bed with an adjustable base. Just be sure that the slats or other support structure is compatible with the adjustable base before making your purchase.

Q: What are the benefits of using a platform bed?
A: Platform beds offer several benefits, including improved back support, better breathability for those who sleep hot, and easier access for dusting and vacuuming underneath the bed.

Further Reading

If you’re looking for more information on building platform beds, here are a few resources that might be helpful:

– “How to Build a Platform Bed in 5 Steps” on eHow
– “DIY Platform Bed Plans” from HGTV
– “Platform Bed Plans: How to Build a Platform Bed with Storage” from Lowe’s


This project would not have been possible without the help of these awesome people:

– My mom, for her help with the initial planning and design of the project
– My dad, for his advice on woodworking and construction techniques
– My friends at the Home Depot, for their help in choosing materials and supplies
– The people at IKEA, for their help in choosing the perfect bed frame

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