A new bed has been on my to-do list for ages. In fact, we have never owned a bed, just a frame which held a box spring and mattress. The trend today is to eliminate the box springs and set a good mattress on platform.
The advantage to our old bed was that it had room underneath for storage. A new platform bed had to include storage, so I designed this king sized bed with six large drawers for storing linens and quilts. It appears to have drawers on all sides, but two of the drawers in the foot are fake to allow space for the larger drawers on the sides. The drawers near the head are also fake, since they would be unusable with the night stands in the way. If you made this bed, you could easily include them.
If you wanted to eliminate the drawers all together, this platform bed project would be uber simple! I started by building four basic frames out of 3.5″ (89mm) wide boards using my Kreg Pocket Screw Jig. I designed this project so that most of the boards could be purchased off the rack and only need cross cutting with a miter saw or circular saw.
The I assembled the four frames together into a box using glue and screws. This is one half of the king sized bed. Alone, it’s a twin or single bed.
And screw in cross-braces:
I offset these boards to create drawer runners.
I glued and screwed this strip all around the sides near the top. This will hold the slats.
The are upper guides for the drawers. They also supply a little more structural support.
I finished the cabinet with Dark Walnut Danish Oil. I like using Danish oil because it’s so easy to apply. Just wipe a couple coats on and your done.
I used 1/2″ (12mm) plywood for the drawers and their bottoms. Simple construction: Just glued and tacked together.
To attach the drawer faces, I cut some boards as spacers. These let me line up the faces exactly where they needed to be.
After bringing the two sections into the bedroom I screwed them together and screwed on the slats.
Metric plans coming soon!