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How to Build a King Size Platform Bed?!

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How to Build a King Size Platform Bed?!

 

The simplest kind of bed, platform beds are usually built close to the ground, and most often without headboards or footboards. Japanese futon beds are most famously used with platform beds, but many European and Scandinavian countries have been sleeping on platform beds for hundreds of years as well. Buying a king sized platform bed will likely cost you quite a sum of money, so it’s good news that making your own is not only much cheaper than buying one, but it’s not that hard either.

 

Instructions

 

Things You’ll Need

  • 2 wood planks, 76 by 10 by 2 inches
  • Rabbet plane
  • 3 wood planks, 78 by 10 by 2 inches
  • Wood glue
  • Clamps
  • Drill
  • Flat head bolts
  • 7 wood planks, 84 by 10 by 1 inch
  • Sander
  • Stain/varnish

 

1

 

Plane a rabbet, 2 inches wide and 1 inch deep, into the ends of the 10-inch edge of the 76-inch planks, which will become the bed ends. Plane a third rabbet of the same dimension down the center of the 10-inch side of the bed ends. A rabbet (also known as a rebate) is a groove or recess that helps create a strong joint between two pieces of wood.

 

 

2

 

Place the 78-inch planks (the bed sides) at 38-inch intervals, sitting on their 2-inch sides. Position the bed ends over the ends of the 78-inch planks—the rabbets will house the ends of these planks—two on each end, and one on the center.

 

 

3

 

Run a line of glue along the rabbets, reinsert the ends of the planks, making sure they are at right-angles, then clamp and let dry. This is the frame, 76 by 80 inches long, for a standard king size bed.

 

 

4

 

Pre-drill three holes, evenly spaced, through the front of the bed ends, into the rabbets and the ends of the abutting 78-inch side planks. There should be nine holes on each end of the frame, 18 altogether.

 

 

5

 

Bolt the bed frame together through the pre-drilled holes. Remove the clamps.

 

 

6

 

 

Center an 84-inch plank, which will serve as a bed slat, over the bed frame. Make 5 inches of the slat overhang the end of the bed, and 4 inches on either side of the bed. Pre-drill two holes through the slat and each of the three planks of the frame it sits over, then bolt down. Repeat with a second slat on the other end of the bed.

 

 

7

 

Arrange the remaining slats evenly spaced over the frame—there should be around 2 inches between each slat. Make sure each one is flush at the ends and straight, then pre-drill and bolt down as you did the first two.

 

 

8

 

Sand the entire platform bed, then stain or varnish as desired.

 

Looking forward to your comments!

ShawnPenoyer

Atlanta High end interior Designer


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