Chestwick Platform Bed - Queen Size

Submitted by Ana White on Wed, 03/21/2012 - 20:33
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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!

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