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Queen Platform Bed with Storage.

Hello, I've been trying to figure out/find plans to build my husband and I a platform bed with storage. Our full size doesn't seem to be enough space for both of us because one of us always ends up on the edge of the bed in the morning so I decided to go up to a queen. I have an idea of what it will be like in my head, but being new to a project of this size, I haven't been able to figure out where the drawers will go or how. I want it to sit 21 inches high, the mattress to sit in an inch, and be solid looking, kind of like this:

We don't have tons of money to put into it, but we want to save a decent amount to put towards a mattress. Any help would be great. Thanks!
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Posted 2011-12-02T20:45:54+0000  by NavyWife5810 NavyWife5810

Hey there NavyWife5810,


Welcome to the community and thanks for your question!~


Platform beds seem to be a popular topic on our forum here, and we've actually had an on & off discussion going on about them for a few months now in the topic, how to build a platform bed. We've had a few different members weigh in and drawn up a couple different style plans for different users.


From the looks of the picture that you showed and how you're describing it, I think we may have a mock-up of that style on our forum already. Paul, one of our resident hobbyists and all-round DIY guru's, has actually put together a similar looking bed for another user. Check out his post in the topic, how to build a platform bed, and see if that would be something you would be interested in putting together.


If so, Paul is pretty active on the forums here, so he may weigh in with some specifics on the build and a list of materials you'd need to complete the job. Otherwise, one of my colleagues here would be more than happy to help put together something for you as well. = )


If that plan doesn't work out for you though, then check out some of the other plans we've come up with in that topic, and maybe something will jump out at you there too. If even those don't help, then give us a quick sketch of how your envisioning it in your head, so perhaps we can all get on the same page and come up with the bed of your dreams.


Hope this helps you out and look forward to hearing back from you soon!~

Posted 2011-12-02T21:04:13+0000  by Jay_HD_CHI
That's actually what I envisioned. It'll be stained darker, but the general concept of it is spot on. If Paul could possibly put together the list if supplies I'd need and a brief explanation of how to put it all together (especially the drawers!), I'd be very grateful.

Thank you for answering my post so quickly!!
Posted 2011-12-02T22:07:59+0000  by NavyWife5810

I'd be happy to, BUT...


I'm probably going to have to start from scratch. I've had a system crash due to some bad hardware. Seems even my backups are a bit messed up. Give me a few days and I will probably be able to have something for you. In the mean time, any features or dimension specifications you can give? From your OP, I know it's going to be for a queen size set and overall height of 21". Using just a mattress or keeping a boxspring with it? If it's going to be an existing mattress, give me the height of your mattress/boxspring. What about width and length? As much detail as you can give, the better I can plan it out for you. Headboard? Storage there?


A queen size mattress is typically 80x60, just as a reference point.

Posted 2011-12-03T18:43:08+0000  by Paul

Queen Platform Bed.jpg

Here is what I have so far... It's not quite ready for prime time, but should give you an idea of where I went with your idea. Let me know what you think and any changes or additions you might have.

Posted 2011-12-06T03:19:50+0000  by Paul

The queen size platform bed plan is almost ready. It's going to take me another day or two to write up the post on how to build it. I'm not sure it's going to fall within your budget, but will be cheaper than buying the equivalent quality of materials and design. Just to give you a heads up, you're going to need a few tools. Power tools: drill, circular saw, jig saw, router and you'll probably want a sander. Hand tools and other miscellaneous items: socket set or wrenches, a long straight edge, some clamps, a speed square, a #8 counter sink bit, a 3/32 drill bit, screw driver and some wood glue. You'll also need some sandpaper in various grits: 80, 120, 180.

Posted 2011-12-07T04:53:17+0000  by Paul
Thank you, Paul. I've tried to make some posts in response to the plan you posted, but my phone hasn't let me for some reason. I really like it. As far as the tools go, I'll be able to use most if them in the naval base hobby shop. And since I can accumulate everything else over time, it's no big deal. Thanks for letting me know and for continuing the plans without a response from me.

I do have one question, without adding a headboard now, will it be out of the question to add one later?
Posted 2011-12-09T18:51:13+0000  by NavyWife5810

THD Queen Platform Bed.jpg


I think I have it all covered. Just let me know if you think I missed something. I can provide you with a cutting diagram if you need it. The construction of this is pretty straight-forward, nothing very complicated. It could easily be modified with more mitered corners, dovetailed drawers and the like.


List of materials

(4) 2'x4' lauan 5mm
(5) 4'x8' plywood 3/4"
(9) 1"x8" plank 8'
(5) 1"x4" plank 8'
(4) 1"x3" plank 8'
(5) 1"x2" plank 8'
(16) 1"x1" square hardwood dowel 36"
(12) 1/4"x20 Hex bolt 2-1/2"
(12) 1/4"x20 nut
(24) 1/4" fender washer
(4) bin pulls
1-1/4" wood screws
wood glue - stainable
edge banding
upholstrey vinyl


Individual components


(2)platform outer trim long - 85"
(2)platform outer trim short - 65"


(2)platform inner trim long - 83-1/2"
(2)platform inner trim short - 62"
(4)drawer bottom support - 19-1/2"


1" square dowel
(8)drawer slide - 18"
(8)drawer slide support top - 17-1/2"
(8)drawer slide support bottom - 19-1/2"


(8)drawer front/back - 38-3/8"
(8)drawer side - 18"



(4)drawer face - 41-5/8"
(4)base back - 40-1/4"
(8)base side - 31"
(4)base support - 40-1/4"


(4)drawer bottom - 18-3/8"x37-5/8"


3/4 plywood

(8)base top/bottom - 31"x41-3/4"
(2)mattress platform - 31-3/4"x83-1/2"


We will start with the construction of the drawers. After cutting the side, front and back pieces to length, you will need to route a 1/4" wide dado, 1/4" deep, along the length of each piece. This will hold the floating bottom of the drawer. Next, along each of the sides, on the opposite side of the dado for the drawer bottom, you will need to route a 1" wide dado, 1/8" deep. This will be for the drawer glide and will be 1-1/2" from the bottom of the side. Next screw and glue the two side pieces to the back of the drawer. Now slide the drawer bottom into the dado and add the drawer front. Screw and glue the front into place. Clamps will help hold it all together while the glue sets. When constructing the drawers, ensure you have nice 90 degree corners by using your speed square or other device. You can also measure up one side of your corner and make a mark at 3". Measure up the other side of the corner and make a mark at 4". The distance between the two marks should be 5". This is known as the 3-4-5 rule and is commonly used in building decks to ensure corners are set correctly. You're just doing it on a smaller scale.

3-4-5 rule.jpg


Once you have the basic drawer built, you can attach a 1" square dowel into the dado you cut on the outside of the sides. These will be 18" long. Again, screw and glue these into place. You'll notice I specified to use hardwood dowels. This will help them slide easier. Softwood won't slide very well even if you wax it. Wax can be used to help the drawers slide easier if you find it necessary.


Now you can flip the drawer over and attach the drawer bottom support. This will be a 1x2 that you will route a 1/4" deep by 3/4" long rabbet on each end.

drawer bottom support.jpg


Once this is completed, screw and glue it into the middle of the bottom of the front and back pieces of the drawer. You're going to want that luaun bottom to float freely to avoid expansion and contraction issues, but it will be supported by this piece you just attached. You are going to do this for each of the four drawers. For all four of the drawer faces, the drawer will be mounted 1-1/2" from the bottom of the face. For two of the drawers, the drawer will be mounted 1-11/16" from the left side of the face. For the other two drawers, you will mount the drawer 1-9/16" from the left side of the drawer face. This offset allows the drawer faces to be flush on the outside edge, but not touch on the inside edge. In the center of the drawer face, attach a bin pull or other low profile cabinet pull.

drawer detail 1.jpg


Now you're ready to build the four base sections that the drawers will fit into. Starting with the sides, you're going to route in some more dados for pieces that will make the drawer slide channel. As before these will be 1" wide and 1/8" deep on the "in" sides of the side pieces. These only need to extend back about 20-1/2" from the end. Be sure to check the orientation of your sides since the dados don't go end to end. For the 1" square dowels that will be used for the channels, the top ones will be two inches shorter than the bottom ones. This allows the drawer front to drop down when you pull it all the way out. It also makes it easier to put the drawer back in since you don't have to align it exactly. The top dowel will be 2" in from the front edge and the bottom dowel should be flush with the edge. The back side of the dowels will butt up against the base support piece. The base support is 10" from the back side of the base. Again, screw and glue it all together, checking each corner to ensure 90 degrees.You will now attach the base bottom to your base carcass. Again, screw and glue. A good practice is to clamp everything together before you screw and glue to test fit your drawers. For the base top, you'll need to cut two 6"x23" slots, 4" from their respective three sides. These slots are going to allow you access to bolt the four base sections together. To cut these slots, take a pencil and draw out your two rectangles. Next, using a drill bit larger than your jig saw blade, you're going to drill two holes in opposite corners. Now you'll be able to run your jig saw down the lines to cut out the slots. Once completed, screw and glue the top to the two sides, base support and the back. As for the drawers, you're going to do this four times.

base detail 1.jpg


Next, you can move onto the mattress platform. It is going to be cut out of two sheets of plywood. Each piece will be 31-3/4"x83-1/2". Run a bead of glue down the length of one side and butt the two piece of plywood together. For the built up sides, the inside pieces of 1"x2" are simply mated at the corners using butt joints. The outside 1"x3" have mitered corners. You could miter the corners on the 1"x2" if you wanted. The 1"x2" are screwed and glued to the top of the plywood mattress platform. You will screw and glue the 1"x3" to the 1"x2" from the inside of the plaform. The 1"x3" can also be glued to the edge of the plywood. You can also glue some of the scrap luaun to top side of the mattress platform covering the glued butt joint of the plywood edges. This will help strengthen this weak joint. If desired, you could place a piece of luaun along the underside of the butt joint, as well as, along the perimeter of the underside of the platform. This will help keep the platform level and not stress the butt joint. The only reason for gluing this joint is to make it eaiser to move on and off the base sections should you decide to move the bed. It isn't a necessary step if you want to attach the built up side pieces while the platform is on the base sections.

platform detail 1.jpg


We have covered the edges of the plywood for the mattress platform with the 1"x3" all the way around. If you want to hide the exposed plywood edges on the base sections, you can use iron-on edge banding.

Now you can drill your 1/4" holes to attach the base sections together and to the mattress platform.

bolt detail 1.jpg


bolt detail 2.jpg


Because the hex bolts can snag or rip your mattress fabric, visit a fabric or craft store and find a remnant of some upholstrey vinyl. Cut four squares big enough to staple over the bolt heads that attach the mattress plat form to the base sections. You only need to staple the vinyl on one side to create a flap. Be generous with your flap size.


Stain or paint, place your mattress and make the bed up. Now, kick back and enjoy a good night's sleep after all your hard work.


Now you asked about adding a headboard. This can easily be accomplished without modifying the above constructed bed. Here is an example. The headboard would just slide over the back side of the platform. You would want to bolt it into place as you did with the base sections. About the only modification you may need to make is to trim down the end of the drawer face that would be against the headboard. This would give it some clearance so as not to rub against the headboard when openning or closing the drawer.

Queen Platform Bed with Headboard.jpg


Shown here away from the bed. You'll notice the slot into with the mattress plaform fits.

Queen Platform Bed with Headboard 2.jpg


I've attached the Google Sketchup model used for the above illustrations. It is a free 3D modelling application. You can download the attachment and remove the  " .JPG " extension to use the model. It is also in the 3D Warehouse.

Posted 2011-12-10T15:30:46+0000  by Paul

Was playing around with an alternative headboard design and came up with this. In the recessed area above the photograph, you could easily install some lighting.


Queen Platform Bed with Headboard 2.jpg

Posted 2011-12-11T16:03:41+0000  by Paul

About how much does this project cost?

Posted 2012-07-15T02:26:02+0000  by ljl_wilson
Don't know. But with the materials list in hand, a trip to your neighborhood THD will shed light on your local pricing.
Posted 2012-07-15T03:38:03+0000  by Paul
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