My sweet sister, Megan, was the inspiration for this project. She made a bunk bed for her kids and the bed frame for her queen bed. She is amazing and I love that she just sees something that she wants to do and she does it. So after our bed frame broke (four times) and we gave up fixing it, I thought about making my bed frame too. After many months of having our mattress on the floor, I decided to just do it. Pinterest lead me to the shanty-2-chic blog. They had step by step instructions to a cute DIY Platform bed. I found similar ones on Amazon for $1300.00. I made mine for $280 and love it.
My patient and kind husband helped me pick out the wood that I needed. We decided to use cedar wood. Smells great and it has great pattern in the wood. After measuring the wood and marking it, my husband helped me cut it. Then I sealed it with a clear polyurethane. The next day I drilled all the pocket holes. That was fun! I had never done this, so again, my dear husband showed me how. While he was at work, I carried all the wood upstairs and assembled the bed. I got it all done before he got home. It was so awesome surprising Chris with a finished bed that didn't collapse on him.
This is my super cute Sis-in-law's puppy. He was helping me with my work!!
Measuring all the boards and marking them.
I used this polyurethane clear coat on the wood. It brought out a beautiful color in it!
Here are some of the pocket holes I cut!
The frame is together!
Got all the supports in and now adding the boards.
My bed is all done!! I love the way it turned out and it
even looks like it matches the furniture in my bedroom.
This is a special quilt that my mom gave to me. She sewed a letter inside the quilt with the history of the quilt. "This quilt was given to Laurie Reynolds in 1980. It came from a lady, 90 years old, going into a nursing home. She said it had been made by her mother, and was very old. It was only the top and had never been quilted. I, Laurie, quilted about 1/2 and then the ladies at Heritage Baptist Church in Pennsylvania quilted the remainder. The quilt came from a house in Elmira, New York. The quilt was finished in 2007 and given to Sarah Jeanette Kuhner, Laurie's Daughter. Laurie Reynolds"
The Shanty-2-Chic blog had great instructions on how to make this platform bed. It was for a twin bed and I had to measure every thing for a queen. Here are the measurements if you want to make a queen bed.
Two 2x8's- Cut these 62 1/2 inches long. These are the bottom pieces for the top and the bottom.
Two 2x8's- Cut these 79 1/2 inches long. These are the bottom pieces for the sides.
Two 2x6's- Cut these 86 1/2 inches long. These are the side top pieces.
One 2x6- Cut this 59 1/2 inches long. This is the top end piece.
Two 2x2's- Cut this 79 1/4 inches long. These are the side cleats to support the boards holding up the mattress.
One 2x4-Cut this 79 1/2 inch. This is the middle support under the boards holding up the mattress.
Thirteen 1x6's-Cut them 59 1/2 inches long. These boards hold up the mattress.
I measured this for a 60x80 queen bed. I cut it just slightly smaller and it is perfect with the mattress on it. The rest of the directions on Shanty-2-Chic blog are great and easy to follow.