Hailey Platform Bed Frame

Submitted by Ana White on Mon, 08/19/2019 - 18:21
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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.


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Hailey Platform Bed Frame

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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"


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
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
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!


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.



Sun, 12/13/2015 - 15:17

I really like this, but I move alot. How can I make it easy to take it apart to move it and then put it back together without too much trouble?


Sun, 12/13/2015 - 15:17

I really like this, but I move alot. How can I make it easy to take it apart to move it and then put it back together without too much trouble?


Wed, 02/03/2016 - 03:29

Great looking bed. Thanks for the plans, I plan on building two.... I move alot though, what do I need to do in order to make it be able to break down easily into smaller pieces? Thanks!


Sat, 06/04/2016 - 16:14

I've got a small house and space is at a premium. So my plan is to take this general bed design and elevate it so that i can fit a front loading washer and dryer under it. Do you have any suggestions? Thx!


Sun, 11/27/2016 - 20:54

Can this bed be made without the feet? If so, does it need any extra reinforcement? If not, do you have any designs that the bed sits directly on the floor? My pet peeve is cleaning under beds, and would like to have beds that don't have that requirement.

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