05-03-2012 03:36 PM - edited 05-03-2012 03:37 PM
Hey there Inked_up_Mama,
Thanks for joining our community!~
You can definitely add some cabinet or storage space to the bottom, just as long as you plan ahead and know how much space you're looking to use. In a recently posted build over on page 3, we looked at a Ligne Roset piece and went into a bit of detail on how to build it. You could easily add some lightweight, decorative wood or paneling to the side to act as a skirt covering and then hinge it to the base so that you can easily lift it to gain access to anything you store underneath.
Another member Paul tackled a Sketch-Up build which diagramed a possible addition of drawers to a platform bed build, over on page 2. Both of which would make for awesome pieces!~
As for the side table, I had a real quick idea that I'll throw out there. Find a simple piece of wood that's the same thickness as the base of the bed, and cut it to the size that you'd need. Anchor it to the base frame with hinges underneath and then add a piece of 2"x2" cut to the appropriate height that measures from the bottom of your newly cut wood and down to the ground. Attach this with hinges in the back and you'll have an easily collapsible end-table much like the one in the picture below...
It's a simple design, but effective too. And I made the colors different to illustrate where one ends and the other begins. Obviously you won't want it to look all mishmash like what I did there XD
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05-20-2012 03:28 PM
05-20-2012 04:53 PM - edited 05-20-2012 05:12 PM
I just did a post the other day about another platform bed. I'm beginning to think we need to have a Platform Bed section under Do It Yourself. The design would easily support having drawers in the base, either DIY or bought. You'd just have to make sure to modify the spacing of the bottom supports to accomodate the width of the drawer.
This is from the post Building a Platform Bed (see the post for more detail). In this particular design, the bottom portion is a 2x6. You can easily change that to a 2x8 or bigger. The horizontal sides are 2x8's. Again, this can be changed to a 2x4 or 2x6 to make accessing your drawers easier. It all depends on the look you're after.
You can visit your local THD's Kitchen Design Center. There are some drawer options available that can be ordered to size to install in existing cabinets. I can't think of the name of them right now. There are also sites like drawerbuilder.com that will build them to order, pricing from about $35 on up, depending on size and specified options.
06-17-2012 12:42 AM
06-17-2012 01:05 PM
Screws and glue
Seriously now, while knowing you want to build a platform bed for a king size mattress, anyone would need more information 1) to give you a design 2) to provide you a shopping list 3) to tell you how to build it.
How tall do you want the base? Do you want the platform to come out from the sides of the bed any distance other than the thickness of a 1x or 2x board?
I'd be happy to help you come up with a design and a way to build it, but you're going to need to provide more detail.
06-17-2012 04:14 PM
06-18-2012 11:27 AM
Paul, your input on this project is pretty gererous and apprecieted. The Roubo bench is awesome do you have any plans on that? It's probably more then I would ever use and I am sure there are some plans someplace on line but I figured I would ask first. Are those 4x4 routed legs or just 1x4s attached in the corner?
06-18-2012 06:51 PM
What tools do you use the most? I can probably point you to a few good choices.
06-18-2012 06:56 PM
What tools do you have? That will play a role in the design.
06-18-2012 10:26 PM
If you're speaking of the legs on the pictured Roubo style bench, the legs are typically solid stock or at the least laminated. The Roubo style benches are heavy, solid works of art. Meant to take the rigors use hand tools... After all, the design is from the 1700's...