Hailey Platform Bed Modified for Recycled Wood and Building in Small Spaces

This was my first building project! The bed is built almost entirely out of found wood. I modified the Hailey Platform Bed plans to suit the dimensions of the wood I had, and my very small work space.

I did most of the building in my living room and my apartment's miniature courtyard, which is much narrower than a bed. Because of this, the bed had to be able to be disassembled until after it was stained. The modified plans use brackets on the corners - even these were found! Most of the wood came from discarded pieces of other beds, found in the yearly big garbage collection. The centre support strut can also be disassembled, and is attached with a joist bracket.

I think the actual assembly and finishing of the bed could be done in a day, even for a beginner like me, but I spent many hours sanding the old finishes off of my found wood so I would have a uniform finish.

Built from Plan(s)
Estimated Cost
Estimated Time Investment
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Finish Used
Cabot's Water-Based Stain and Varnish (all-in-one formula) in Sutherland Teak; 2 coats applied with a foam varnish brush.
Recommended Skill Level
Starter Project



Sun, 06/23/2013 - 06:00

Congratulations on your first build! It looks great! All that sanding you did really paid off -- your finish is so beautiful and smooth! Love the teak color. Great job!


Thu, 07/03/2014 - 12:02

I just found this website and plans. I think I am going to build this for my new bed. I like the modifications you made to take it apart.

As I will be building a king sized bed, I will have to be able to take it apart in order to bring it into my room. Thank you for the ideas.