Fillman Platform Twin Platform Bed

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About Project

How to build a platform bed for $30. Inspired by Pottery Barn Kids Fillmore Platform Bed.


Lunch Check

For the cost of picking up lunch, your kids can be sleeping on real wood beds.  Stylish platform real wood beds at that!

And if Whitney, a stay at home mother of five, yes that's right, 5 - can build TWO OF THESE beds, we can all find the time to get our kids off mattresses on the floor!

Time to Build!

You can find the headboard plans here.  And today's plan is for the bed frame itself, which can be used independent of a headboard.  

More Details and Photos

And make sure you check out Whitney's post here on the bed for lots more photos!  Thanks Whitney!
Dimensions are shown above.


Shopping List

3 – 2x4 @ 8 feet long
1 – 2x3 @ 2 feet long (or use 2x4)
2 – 2x2 @ 8 feet long
3 – 1x3 @ 8 feet long
1x2 or 1x3 slats or box spring
2 1/2" screws or 2 1/2" pocket hole screws

Cut List

2 – 2x4 @ 76 1/2"
2 – 2x4 @ 39”
4 – 2x3 @ 5 1/2" (can use 2x4s here as well)
2 – 2x2 @ 70 1/2"
2 – 1x3 @ 75”
1 – 1x3 @ 44”
1x3 @ 39” for slats (not accounted for in cut list)

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Circular Saw
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

So we just build a 2x4 box. Easy peasy!

Check to make sure the box is square by taking diagonals from opposite corners.

Step 2

Now add the legs. You can use 2x4s here in absence of 2x3s. You can also taper the legs if you want - or even use decorative feet.

Step 3

These are the cleats for supporting the slats. Attach with predrilled holes and 2 1/2" screws.

Step 4

Now we are going to start adding the lip to give the platform bed that platform feel. Make sure you glue and screw down.

Step 5

Step 6

And now just add the slats. Depending on your mattress quality, you may be able to get away with less slats.

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.