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10 DIY Platform Beds

With its compact design and sleek look, a platform bed would make a great addition to any bedroom. However, buying a bed from a furniture store can be expensive and it may not even be the design that you want. A DIY platform bed is an affordable alternative that allows you to build the bed of your dreams.

This project can be customized to fit any bedroom space and any price range. For those with a small living space, these beds can easily incorporate cubbies, shelves, or drawers for extra storage space. In a large room, the classic design of a platform bed can be the focal point of any well-decorated room. Materials range from recycled pallets to expensive wood. To find the perfect DIY platform bed for you, check out our list below!

1. Plywood Platform Bed

This luxurious DIY platform bed would take any bedroom to the next level. The instructions offer easy to follow plans and diagrams for any size bed. Don’t forget about the ample storage space in the base of the bed. If you are savvy with tools, this bed will be a piece of cake for you to complete.

Difficulty Level: Intermediate
Duration: 1-2 Weeks
Materials: Plywood, 1-1/4-in flathead wood screws, 2-in flathead wood screws, 4-1/4-in connector nut, 4-1/4-in x 50mm connecting bolt, Polyurethane, Iron-on edging, Wood stain, Circular saw, Straightedge saw, Drill, Allen wrenches, Iron, Clamps, Combination square, Wood glue, Tape Measure, Sander

2. IKEA Bookshelf Bed Frame

Do you love the look of IKEA furniture, but just can’t seem to find the perfect bed? If so, this project is for you! This ingenious DIY-er used IKEA brand packaged bookshelves to build his platform bed. Thanks to the easy assembly, you too can build a functional bed with plenty of storage.

Difficulty Level: Easy
Duration: 6 Hours
Materials: EXPEDIT 5X1 Shelving unit’s, FIXA floor protectors, Sheet MDF, 4X4 post, Wood screws, Power drill

3. Floating Platform Bed

Floating platform beds look like they have been transported right from the future. This hovering bed is actually perched on a hidden, smaller base. This bed would look great in any home and is surprisingly cheap to make. Prepare to fall in love with this sleek and easy to make platform bed.

Difficulty Level: Easy
Duration: 2 Days
Materials: Plywood platform, Plywood boards, 8” legs, Paint, Mitre saw

4. Twin Platform Bed

This DIY platform bed is perfect to place in a child’s room. The bed is stylish, so it will match any decor, and it is close to the floor, so it is safe for any child. Oh, and did I mention you can build it for under $50? You really can not go wrong with this project.

Difficulty Level: Easy
Duration: 8 Hours
Materials: 2×4 @ 8 feet long, 2×3 @ 2 feet long (or use 2×4), 2×2 @ 8 feet long, 1×3 @ 8 feet long, 1×2 or 1×3 slats, 2 1/2″ screws, Drill, Circular saw

5. DIY Pallet Bed

As an eco-friendly option, this DIY platform bed is made entirely from salvaged pallets. The rough pallets give this bed a very rustic and handmade look. You can even customize this bed to fit your needs. You can add legs or simply set it on the floor. You can create a matching headboard using pallets also. The possibilities are endless with pallet beds.

Difficulty Level: Easy
Duration: 4-8 Hours
Materials: Pallets, Hand saw, Electric sander, Drill, Paint

6. Mid-Century Modern Platform Bed

There is nothing better than a DIY project that looks twice as expensive as it cost to make. This mid-century modern style bed looks luxurious and would fit in most bedrooms. With moderate ease and fairly few supplies, you too can build your own timeless classic bed frame.

Difficulty Level: Intermediate
Duration: 1 Week
Materials: Plywood boards, Oak Boards, Hairpin legs, Wooden legs, Steel braces, Wood glue, Saw, Wood stain

7. Cheap Platform Bed

If you are on a strict budget, this is the bed for you. This platform bed can be made for less than $30 and, with basic carpentry skills, can be built in less than an hour. The design is incredibly simple and perfect for those who want something finished quickly, affordably, and with ease.

Difficulty Level: Easy
Duration: 1 Hour
Materials: 14′ 1×4 #3 and better pine, 10′ 1×4 #3&btr pine, 10′ 2×4 Std&btr fir larch, 3″ #10 wood screws, 2″ #10 wood screws, Saw, Square, Pencil, Tape measure, Drill

8. Modern DIY Bed

You may need to be an expert to build this modern platform bed, but all the work will be worth it for this beautiful masterpiece. This chunky and fashionable bed and headboard combination would look amazing in any bedroom. This tutorial offers very detailed and easy to follow instructions and helpful diagrams.

Difficulty Level: Difficult
Duration: 2 Days
Materials: Wooden planks, Screws Wood glue, Wood stain, Saw, Nail gun, Tape measure, Drill, Sander

9. Platform Bed with Drawers

For a bed with closed storage, check out this tutorial. In a small living space, under bed storage can be a real lifesaver. This bed is simple, sleek, and very practical. The design is ideal for people who do not have a lot of space in their homes and for children who need a lot of storage space.

Difficulty Level: Intermediate
Duration: 5 Days
Materials: Plywood, Wood glue, Wood finish, Screws, Drawer slides, Circular saw, Drill, Sander

10. Oversized Platform

This interesting design has tons of space for storage. The oversized platform functions like a nightstand and creates even more space for storage in the bed base. For those who have a large floor space and are looking for a challenge, this DIY platform bed is the best choice.

Difficulty Level: Difficult
Duration: 1 Week
Materials: Chipboard, Plywood, Sheetrock, Wood glue, Saw, Drill, Sander


A DIY platform bed is a stylish and easy way to update any sleeping space. The long and low design makes it perfectly suited for underneath storage. Platform beds are ideal for those with small budgets and small bedrooms. However, there is a project suited for everybody’s skill level, budget, and time constraints. To complete your DIY platform bed, check out how you can make your own DIY shabby chic bedding. Share your own projects, suggestions, and insights in the comments below! Have fun and happy building!

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