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Are you good with your hands?

Love the saw, drills, and quality wood?

Try this for your next home improvement workshop: build a platform bed.

The satisfaction that comes from using something you’ve created with your own two capable hands will find expression in something you use on a continuous basis. People spend a large part of their lives sleeping and seeking better sleep. Now it can be in your hands.

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Why platform beds?

They’re simple to build. Since the mattress lies on slats, the sturdy “spring” or the box spring becomes moot. A large part of the consumers’ love for platform beds is their sleek design.

You can build platform bed frames with or without siding, with or without a headboard, and it will still be straightforward and cheap.

Getting your hands on platform bed plans is just a quick surf on the net. Any plan can be converted into a full, queen, or king size platform bed with a little adjustment to measurements. Adding a headboard is usually an easy maneuver.

Even the cheapest plans provide for storage space beneath the bed; since space isn’t taken by a box spring, you get a bed with sleek, low height and still plenty of room for storage containers underneath.

This should all be clear from any plans you buy, but to give a short rundown:

The full-size platform bed needs to support a mattress of 54” by 75”. The queen size frame supports a 60” by 80” platform bed mattress, and the king platform bed needs to measure 76” by 80” for a regular king size, and 72” by 84” for a California king.

Designs for headboards, footboards, and storage compartments should be modifiable from size to size. Look for plans that minimize waste. The less you saw off into the waste pile, the happier you and the forests will be.

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Designs for headboards, footboards, and storage compartments should be modifiable from size to size. Look for plans that minimize waste. The less you saw off into the waste pile, the happier you and the forests will be.

Any sturdy wood is suitable for. White oak is the least expensive. It’s also easy to stain different shades for the pieces that will be seen. Redwoods are also easy to work with. With enough confidence, you can even invest in the more pricey woods to make it really stylish.

Building a platform bed allows you to decide its design down to the last detail. No need to compromise your style. The simple beauty and satisfaction you’ll be left with are an added bonus to the money you’ll save.

So get yourself over to that lumber yard!

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