How to build a storage platform bed

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How to build a storage platform bed
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There are many different designs of platform beds out there, some with storage, some without. Commercially made platform beds are generally quite expensive, and those with inbuilt storage are even more so. Why not save yourself money and make your own? Making a storage platform bed doesn’t have to be a complex project. If you use pre-made storage cubbies in the base—your new storage platform bed just got a whole lot simpler.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • 2 cubby storage units, 75 by 15 by 15 inches
  • 2 cubby storage units, 15 by 15 by 15 inches
  • 16 wood planks, 8 by 1 by 1 inches
  • Wood glue
  • Drill
  • Screws
  • 16 shelf brackets
  • 4 wood slats, 15 by 10 by ½ inch
  • Baskets

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  1. 1

    Position the cubby units into a rectangle, cubby holes facing outwards, with the two 75-inch units positioned on either side of the cubic 15-inch cubbies, to form a rectangular frame, 45 by 75 inches. This makes a twin bed. To alter the size of the bed, use longer or wider cubby units and adjust the length of the slats as necessary.

  2. 2

    Glue the wood planks onto the inside of the cubbies. The planks are screw anchors, so they need to be adjacent to one another on the walls of the cubbies: one each on the top and bottom of the side walls of the cubic cubby, one on the top and bottom of the sides next to the cubic cubby, on the inside of the long cubby units.

  3. 3

    Pre-drill two holes through each of the anchors. These holes will go through the anchor, through the wall of the cubby and into the adjacent screw anchor on the other cubby wall. Screw the cubby storage unit frame together using the pre-drilled holes.

  4. 4

    Position the shelf brackets along the sides of the interior of the frame, ½ inch below the edge. There will be 45 inches on the sides of the interior of the frame, so position the brackets on either side, with ten inches between them, so they will support the wood slats. Screw the brackets into the sides of the frame.

  5. 5

    Place the wood slats on top of the brackets. They should sit flush with the top of the frame, and have around ¾ inch between them. Screw down.

  6. 6

    Place the baskets into the cubby holes, and your platform bed with storage is now complete.

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