Hailey Platform Bed Frame

Submitted by Ana White on Mon, 08/19/2019 - 18:21
Difficulty
Beginner
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Build your own bed frame!  This platform style bed frame is easy to build with off the shelf lumber and basic construction.  Stain or paint to match your style or decor.  Our free plans include step by step diagrams, shopping lists and cut list.

Related: Pair with our matching headboard plans.

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This bed was designed and built in partnership with my friend Whitney at Shanty2Chic. Please take a second to stop over and visit Whitney at Shanty2Chic for lots more details and photos on this bed.
 
 
Dimensions
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This bed is for full size mattresses. To convert to twin, subtract 15" from width. To convert to queen, add 6" to width AND 5" to length. This assumes bed sizes of TWIN: 39" x 75" FULL: 54" x 75" QUEEN: 60" x 80"

Preparation

Shopping List
  • 4 – 2x6 @ 8 feet long or stud length
  • 2 – 2x2 @ 8 feet long
  • 1 – 2x4 @ 10 feet long
  • 1 – 1x2 @ 8 feet long
  • 3 – 1x3 @ 8 feet long
  • Additional 1x3 boards, bed slat system or box spring
  • 2 ½” pocket hole screws or wood screws
  • 2” finish nails
  • 2” wood screws for screwing down slats if using
Cut List
  • 2 – 2x6 @ 75”
  • 2 – 2x6 @ 57”
  • 2 – 2x2 @ 75”
  • 1 – 2x4 @ 75”
  • 2 – 1x3 @ 79”
  • 1 – 1x2 @ 54”
  • 1 – 1x3 @ 54”
  • 4 – 2x4 @ 7”
  • 28 – 1x3 @ 27" OR Box spring measuring 54” x 75” max overall - slats are cut in half to maximize materials of an 8' long board
Tools
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Pencil
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Drill
Circular Saw
Power Sander
Drill Bit Set
General Instructions

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!

Instructions

Step 1

Build the 2x6 frame as shown above.

Step 2

Attach cleats to inside for supporting slats. Use 2" screws and glue.

Step 3

This middle support is important for full size or larger beds. Attach so top is level with top of cleats.

Step 4

Now we can start trim out. Add trim so it's flush on insides and at head of bed.

NOTE: Kreg Jig users make frame first, and then attach complete frame to bed.

Step 5

Step 6

You can taper the legs, or even use store bought tulip feet for a fancier foot. Attach to base of bed.

Step 7

Now add the slats. Slat placement and number of slats is dependent of your mattress requirements.

Step 8

If you find your bed needs a little extra support in the center, here's the best way to beef it up.

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth.

It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.
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Comments

Guest (not verified)

Wed, 01/18/2012 - 23:48

OMG!! I love the bed!! what a great idea. might have to think about it for my king size bed. love the simplicity of it! thanks for sharing

Guest (not verified)

Thu, 01/19/2012 - 07:44

Question ~ if I have a boxspring, I just omit the additional 1x3's? I can't wait to make this for my son !!

~Melody (not verified)

Thu, 01/19/2012 - 15:54

I love the look and ease of the directions of this bed. However, I was wondering how difficult it would be to raise the bed more. Much more. I'm one of those people who prefer high beds. Any thoughts on how to switch it up?

I was thinking instead of using tapered 2x4's for the feet, to use straight cut 4x4's in the taller measurement that I'm interested in. Thoughts? Suggestions?