We have been wanting to build our 9 year old son a new bed for some time. After a little back and forth we ultimately decided on a queen platform bed with a twin loft bed over it. They are two separate beds so that if he ever gets tired of the loft bed it could be removed leaving only the queen platform bed. This bed is a straightforward build and we were able to complete it for only about $100. If you want the plans for the twin loft bed you can head over here for those plans.
For those of you that are in the same place that I was a few days ago and don’t really know what a platform bed is; all it means is that the bed frame supports the mattress and no boxspring is required.
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These plans will show you how to build a queen platform bed using accessible materials and common tools.
- Cut List
If you don’t have access to a table saw you could always just purchase the 2x2s required for this project.
- Assemble Headboard
- Assemble Footboard
Apply a finish the the pieces individually before final assembly. We used a dark walnut wood stain and polyurethane finish. Then move to the final location and proceed with assembly.
- Install Side Boards
- Install Slat Supports
- Install Slats
This queen platform bed was a really easy build and looks great! If you want to see more of the twin loft head on over here!
As for bedding, we went with a Beddy’s set that is a comforter, blanket, and fitted sheet all-in-one. The coolest part is that it makes “making the bed” a lot easier for the kids (which means they are more likely to actually do it. That being said, it makes “making the loft bed” WAYYY easier, so it was a no brainer.