How to build a platform bed out of 2x lumber
12 - 2x6 @ stud length (may be able to use less lumber if can haul long lengths)
10 - 2x4 @ 10 feet long (slats)
5 - 2x4 @ stud length (remaining slat and headboard piece)
1 - 1x3 or 1x4 @ 8 feet long
6 - 2x6 @ 79" or length of headboard
1 - 2x4 @ 79" or length of headboard
3 - 1x3 or 1x4 @ 31-1/2" - back cleats
1 - 2x6 @ 61"
1 - 2x4 @ 65"
2 - 2x4 @ 79"
2 - 2x6 @ 79"
3- 2x6 @ 79"
11 - 2x4 @ 58" (for 4" gaps in between slats - check with your mattress to make sure this is sufficient)
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!
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.