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.


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.

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