Chestwick Platform Bed - Queen Size

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Free plans to build this bed! It's easy and made of solid wood! Check out the plans!

Well, it's been a little while since we've had an adult bed posted, so I'm delighted to share these plans with you today! I'm thinking awesome wedding gift???

I partnered up with my friend and platform bed builder extraordinaire Whitney from Shanty2Chic on this bed ... 

Whitney who made this bed ... well, actually two of them!

And this bed too!

Now she's built this bed!  

I had so much fun building this bed for my sister.  I love how it's so traditional and modern at the same time.  I had it built and stained in 3 hours! It's definitely one of my favorite builds yet!

The cost for wood was around $150, but I know with furring strips it would save on cost.

Want to build this bed too?  The plans follow!

And make sure you stop over and check out construction photos and tips and more pics of this bed over at Shanty2chic.

Dimensions are shown above.


Shopping List

4 – 4” tall Furniture Feet
8 – 3/4" x 3/4" moulding, 8 feet long (if you can, 4 of the 8 can be 6 feet long)
2 – 2x8 @ 8 feet long
1 – 2x8 @ 12 feet long (cut in half)
3 – 2x4 @ 8 feet long
8 – 1x3 @ 8 feet long
Wood slats or box spring

Cut List

2 – 2x8 @ 63”
2 – 2x8 @ 80”
3 – 2x4 @ 80”
4 – 1x3 @ 80”
4 – 1x3 @ 65”
4 – 3/4" x 3/4" moulding @ 63” (shortest point, both ends mitered at 45 degrees off square)
4 – 3/4" x 3/4" moulding @ 83” (shortest point, both ends mitered at 45 degrees off square)

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Circular Saw
Miter Saw
Brad Nailer
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

Okay! What we do here is just build a big box. But you have to make sure the box is square. So take diagonals and make sure they match. And if they don't, force them to match.

This bed was put together using a Kreg Jig. Use 1 1/2" Pocket Holes and 2 1/2" PH screws for building the frame.

Step 2

These are the supports for the mattresses. With a queen size, you will need a center support as well.

Step 3

Now we just trim the sides.

Step 4

And the front and back.

NOTE: If you are planning on pushing this bed all the way against the headboard wall, you may wish to swap out the 1x3 on the headboard side for 1x2s. This will minimize the gap between the mattress and the wall behind the bed.

Step 5

Step 6

Attach legs as instructed by the leg manufacturer.

Step 7

Step 8

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.


Guest (not verified)

Thu, 03/22/2012 - 11:14

Bed Frame

Dave C (not verified)

Thu, 03/22/2012 - 12:09

Do you have the dimensions/cut list for the king size version of this great bed?

Ana White

Thu, 03/22/2012 - 12:22

Hi Dave, I don't yet. What type of king do you have? You can just increase width as most kings are the same length of queen size. I would consider two supports instead of just the one, with a center leg on each to support center of bed.

stefani (not verified)

Sun, 06/17/2012 - 21:13

i have a king and am wanting to build this badly. i see you had the 2x8's 3 inches longer than what a queen mattress is. should i increase the width by 3" more than what my king mattress is? is that just so the mattress fits inside the fram?

Dave C (not verified)

Thu, 03/22/2012 - 12:42

I can't remember the make/model, but I will just measure the width and adjust accordingly ALSO adding another support beam in the middle w/ a leg in the center of each one.

Ana, I wanted to thank you for this wonderful site. I eagerly check my RSS feeds hoping for a new design on your blog. You designs are great and your instructions are clear enough so that even I can use them. Keep up the fantastic work.

- Dave


Thu, 03/22/2012 - 17:15

I am totally contemplating one more big build before baby comes and I was totally thinking of something just for me for once. This has totally tipped me in that direction. This is the perfect combination of modern platform for my husband, and girly enough for me!

Guest (not verified)

Sun, 03/25/2012 - 00:21

Can you just make it for me actually and I'll just pay you? I love the frame.

Rachelle (not verified)

Sun, 03/25/2012 - 09:43

Hi Ana,
I love your website and I have been so inspired by you! I am in between houses right now, but when I get into my next home, I plan to set up a workshop and make my own furniture! My question is creating this bed for a Cal King Mattress but also adding this feature with hydraulics and a board in the bottom:…
I love the idea of all of that dust free storage as I like a very clean room but I like to keep changing out my bedlinens (and storing off season clothing). Any suggestions? Thank you so much!

Lacey (not verified)

Sun, 03/25/2012 - 19:03

I really like the look of this bed, but am wanting to make it for my daughter's room and she will not be needing a queen size. For the Fillman platform bed, could I use those measurements for length and height for this and then adjust the others accordingly so that I could make this in a twin size? We are closing on our new home very soon and I am rushing like crazy to get my son and daughters bedroom sets made so that they have all the pieces they need in their new rooms when we move in. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.


Tue, 04/03/2012 - 07:52

Hi Ana,

I love this! Been looking for a platform for my son's room. I'll have to cut it down for a full-sized bed, and I'm going to add the hydraulics that Rachelle mentioned. I'll make a frame with the slats attached to fit on the rails. I'll add a 1"x10" to the head of the frame and attach the frame to it with a piano hinge. then add hydraulic trunk openers to the sides about a third of the way down from the hinge. They lift about 50 lbs, which should be plenty for the mattress itself. It will make it a little more expensive, but the added storage will be worth it!!

Guest (not verified)

Tue, 04/03/2012 - 16:36

What kind of wood did you use for is bed? I really like the color.

Kaptain Kirk (not verified)

Wed, 04/04/2012 - 18:53

Please tell us.
What kind of wood did you use for this bed?
I would to start ASAP


Kmeenan (not verified)

Sun, 04/08/2012 - 16:20

I am a beginner and while I am used to power drills, I have never actually built something myself. I am just starting to stretch and do new things (just redid the tile in my bathroom). How difficult would this be for someone who has never built anything from scratch.

Thanks for posting such great plans. I have seen lots of things I would love to tackle. While this is large it seems the most simple of all the things I would like to do.

In reply to by Kmeenan (not verified)


Sun, 04/08/2012 - 18:35

This is probably a pretty good project to start with. It's fairly simple, and even if you make mistakes (everyone makes mistakes, so don't feel bad), I think the project is simple enough that you can easily correct and come up with a good finished product.


Tue, 04/17/2012 - 22:36

First of all, This is really great plan for bed. I'm beginner in furniture making and want to learn wooden bed making at my own. You have described price of wood about $150 but, in India that price may high. I don't mind with it. But, I've confusion about cut list..Can you provide some additional images for cut list? If yes, so it may help me more! BTW: This is my first comment on your website and eager to read more in future!


Wed, 06/06/2012 - 06:07

What would the dimensions/ cuts be for a full size bed??? Headboard too?


Sat, 06/30/2012 - 11:43


I'm trying to build this bed, although mine is a little bit different. But I was wondering what kinda of wood you used and/or recommend?

Also would you happen to have dimensions for creating a "full" size instead of queen size bed?

Thank you for the help!


Sun, 07/01/2012 - 10:07

So I did some math and turned this into a full.

I was thinking the original box would be 57"x75"

So my cut list:
2 – 2x8” @ 75” Side Rails
2 – 2x8” @ 57” foot/head rail

Then for the mattress supports
2 – 2x2” @ 75” Side Supports
1 – 2x6” @ 75” Central support

Then for the trim:
4 – 1x3” @ 75” Side-trim
2 – 1x3” @ 59”
 foot trim
2 – 1x2” @ 59” head trim

The moulding:
2 – 3/4" x 3/4" moulding @ 59”
4 – 3/4" x 3/4" moulding @ 79”

Do you think these dimensions are accurate.. i went with the design for the Hailey platform bed to figure these...

Thank you for the design, this bed is beautiful!!!

Susan S. (not verified)

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 12:29

I would love to make this platform bed, or one with storage underneath, but my bedroom is upstairs in a 95 y/o farmhouse. We had difficulty getting a queen size box spring up the stairs (there's a landing and turn in them). My question is, is there a way to adjust these plans so that we can put it together in the bedroom, and take it apart without demolishing it if/when we have to move it? Or is there another plan for a platform bed I should try? Thanks!

2th Doc

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 08:01

I have the same problem as a few of you, and that is not being able to get the bed frame upstairs. So, I made a few simple changes to the bed. It changes the aesthetics a bit, but it works, and it's simple. I'm sure there are other ways, but this is what I did. Instead of joining the 2x8's with pocket hole screws and glue, I just drilled two holes on the each side of the headboard and foot board and used 4" lag screws into the ends of the side boards. Use a paddle bit to make the screws recessed, and then you can paint some plastic caps to put into the hole and cover the lags. For the top and bottom 1x3 frame/moulding, have the 2x8 frame assembled and then fit the 1x3 but only attach them to each individual 2x8, and not to each other, so when you take apart the 2x8's, the 1x3 & moulding is attached to each side still. Hope this helps; I can clarify if needed.


Sat, 03/09/2013 - 14:30

I would like to build this to go with:

Im just worried that the dimensions are different and I wont be able to match the headboard with the chatwick frame. The dimensions of headboard are 63" ..chadwick is 60" in I looking at this correctly?do I need to make the frame bigger? Would my queen mattress be too small for the frame if I make it bigger?

Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated!


Sun, 04/07/2013 - 04:48

Hi I am going to attempt to build this queen bed in the next couple of weeks my wife and i were looking to buy a queen size bed but they are so expensive and are all made out of compressed wood and i don't think they will hold up my wife says i don't have the patience to build this but am going to attempt it i love the look and style of the bed you have made wish me luck will post pictures after i get it finished. I have one question can this bed be made without the legs on it so the frame sits right on the floor?

Melissa Dussault

Mon, 10/28/2013 - 10:24

I am not going to be using a bedspring, so if I want to make the bed higher, is it just as simple as using taller legs? And how tall would be 'too tall'? This will be my first project, and I am super excited!


Thu, 01/23/2014 - 21:35

I have been looking for something like this for awhile for my king size bed 80" x 76" finally found something I love! This plan is to small for my bed can you send me or tell me what the dimension/cut sizes be?


Sun, 06/05/2016 - 07:51

Love this bed! I have 3 questions:

1) I love a tall bed, if I use the box spring, about how tall can I expect the bed to be?

2) For attaching the headboard, how likely is it that I'd have to attach to the wall too? I really don't want to do that.

3) How hard is it to disassemble/reassemble to get it moved in to place?  Will skipping the wood glue cause issues? 

Thanks so much!!