This step by step diy woodworking project is about platform storage bed plans. This article features detailed plans for building a beautiful bed that has a storage unit attached to it. Work with good judgement and don’t forget to take a look over the rest of the related plans, as there are many designs and woodworking projects to select from.
Work with attention and don’t forget that a good planning will save you from many issues and it will keep the costs withing the total budget. Invest in high quality materials, such as pine, redwood or cedar. Drill pocket holes before inserting the galvanized screws, to prevent the wood from splitting. Add waterproof glue to the joints, in order to enhance the rigidity of the structure.
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Platform Storage Bed Plans
- A – 4 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 6” long LEGS
- B – 2 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 79 1/2″ long, 5 pieces – 80 1/2″ long BED FRAME
- C – 6 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 9 1/2” long LEGS
- D – 2 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 39 3/4”x83 1/2″ long PLATFORM
- E – 2 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 16″x20″ long, 2 pieces – 16″x82″ long FRAME
- F – 1 piece of 1/4″ plywood – 20”x83 1/2″ long BACK
- G – 4 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 16″x18 1/2″ long PARTITIONS
- H – 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 16″x82″ long SHELF
Building a platform bed with storage
The first step of the woodworking project is to build the frame of the platform bed. As you can easily notice in the diagram, we recommend you to build the components out of 2×6 lumber. Cut the components at the right size and drill pocket holes at both ends of the yellow components.
Align the edges with great attention and lock them together using 2 1/2″ screws. Add waterproof glue to the joints and remove the excess with a damp cloth.
Build the corner legs out of 4×4 lumber. Use a circular saw to make the angle cuts to the exposed faces of the component. Smooth the cuts with fine-grit sandpaper and remove the residues with a damp cloth.
Drill pilot holes through the frame and insert 2 1/2″ galvanized screws into the corner legs, after aligning them with great care. In order to add support to the storage platform bed, we recommend you to attach 2×4 legs to the rest of the components, as in the diagram.
The next step of the project is to attach the plywood sheets to the bed frame, in order to create a horizontal surface. Make sure the edges are perfectly flush and secure the sheets to the structure using 1 1/4″ screws. Leave no gaps between the components and make sure the head of the screws are no protruding.
After assembling the platform bed frame, you need to build the storage unit. As you can see in the image, build the components out of 3/4″ hardwood plywood. Smooth the cut edges and drill pocket holes at both ends of the horizontal components.
Top Tip: Align the components, making sure the edges are flush and insert 1 1/4″ screws to create rigid joints. Make sure the corners are right-angled and add glue.
Build the partitions out of 3/4″ plywood. Mark the cut lines on the sheets and get the job done with a circular saw. Remove the excess material with a chisel, in order to create the notches. Smooth the cut edges with fine-grit sandpaper.
Drill pocket holes at both ends of the components and lock them together, as in the diagram. Fit the partitions inside the frame and secure them using 1 1/4″ screws. Make sure the corners are square after fitting each component into place.
Build the back of the storage unit out of 1/4″ plywood. Mark the cut lines on the plywood sheet and get the job done with a circular saw. Align the components with attention, making sure the edges are flush, before inserting the nails. Add glue to enhance the bond of the components.
One of the last steps of the woodworking project is to take care of the finishing touches. Therefore, fill the pilot holes with wood putty and smooth the surface with 120-grit sandpaper.
Top Tip: If you want to enhance the look of the woodworking project and to protect the stand from decay, we recommend you to cover the components with paint or stain. Secure the storage unit to the platform with nails and glue.
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