How to Build a DIY Platform Bed with Storage

Our DIY platform bed for the 2nd guest bedroom, that we started a bajillion years ago, is finally done. I have to give major props to my mister because he did almost everything on this one. I designed it and primed and painted it, but he did all the heavy lifting.DIY platform bed, turned day bed, with tons of storage and wheels so you can move it around the room. | chatfieldcourt.com

If you are new here, we have been busy redoing our 2nd guest bedroom the last several months. I’ve installed a planked wall, made a light fixture, added crown molding and painted the ceiling, trim and walls. You can read about these projects here, here and here.

This is a small room, and a walk through from the kitchen to the back of the house, so a traditional full-sized bed wouldn’t work. We had a futon in here that we used in Florida for a similar type room but I’ve always hated the look of it so I begged asked the hubs if he would build me a platform bed. 

DIY platform bed for a guest bedroom | chatfieldcourt.com

My original plan was to build a single sized bed, but after considering what my girls would sleep on if they ever brought their significant others home, a single bed just wouldn’t be practical, so we made it full size using the futon mattress (which is actually a really good and really comfortable mattress).

After looking at all the options for wood, we decided to use MDF (medium density fiberboard) to keep costs down. At around $35 a sheet, we bought 4 sheets, which was a lot less than the price of real wood. Because I’m going to paint it, real wood would have just been a waste of money.

DIY platform bed for a guest bedroom | chatfieldcourt.com

I went with a simple design, just a platform bed with some storage underneath and wheels so I could easily move it. It’s essentially just 2 boxes put together and, since MDF is very heavy, building it this way made it easier to take in the house.

While we were putting our boxes together, I changed the design plan a bit. I decided to frame out the one the end to add a little dimension.

DIY platform bed for a guest bedroom | chatfieldcourt.com

The hubs attached pieces of wood inside the boxes for extra support to keep the wood from warping under pressure of body weight. He used wood glue and screws to secure everything.

DIY platform bed for a guest bedroom | chatfieldcourt.com

The wheels were the last things that we attached. We used 6 wheels total, 3 lock and 3 do not. I won’t be able to lock the ones in the back, against the wall, so there was no point in spending the extra bucks for locking wheels.

DIY platform bed for a guest bedroom | chatfieldcourt.com

The circled wood pieces on the bottom of the one box are the supports to hold it up so it won’t sag.

DIY platform bed | chatfieldcourt.com

DIY platform bed | chatfieldcourt.com

Done with the assembly and ready for primer and paint, which was my job. I filled all of the screw holes and seams, sanded, primed and painted it with 3 coats of BM White Dove.

DIY platform bed with storage and wheels | chatfieldcourt.comDIY bed with storage | chatfieldcourt.com

It took me a while but it’s finished and I’m loving the results. The mattress is from our old futon, so all we needed were a few pretty pillows (affiliate link) and a fluffy throw.

DIY platform bed with tons of storage and wheels so you can move it around the room. | chatfieldcourt.com

I found baskets in the perfect size (similar hereaffiliate link) and added a couple of number plaques by simply sticking them on. 

A DIY platform bed with numbered baskets. | chatfieldcourt.com

To keep the futon mattress from sliding around, I used some rug padding under it and it worked like a charm. Now we’re ready for guests!

Edited: I’ve been getting a ton of comments and emails from people asking for the dimensions of our bed. We custom made the bed to specifically fit our full-size futon mattress.

The length of the bed is 55″ and it is 76″ wide (with each box measuring 38″) and it is 14 1/2″  from the wheels to the top of the bed (height).
 
Hope this helps. If you have any other questions, send me an email or comment on this post.
 

A DIY platform bed with 2 numbered baskets. It has tons of storage and wheels so you can move it around the room. | chatfieldcourt.com

Besides the DIY platform bed, we also did a few other projects in this room.

Check out these easy DIY barn wood shelves.

DIY reclaimed wood shelves, with an industrial feel, for adding much needed storage to a guest bedroom. Chatfield Court

DIY Barn Wood Shelves

I’ve used a lot of things from IKEA in the guest bedroom. Check out 10 of my favorite finds ever from IKEA.

Love IKEA! 10 favorite finds from one of the best stores for inexpensive home furnishings and home decor. Chatfield Court10 Favorite IKEA Finds

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81 Comments

  1. Patty
    Wednesday,October 8, 2014 / 8:15 am

    Happy Birthday!

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,October 8, 2014 / 12:16 pm

      Thank you Patty! πŸ™‚
      K.

    • Angela Dick
      Tuesday,July 19, 2016 / 6:00 pm

      Is there any way you could tell me the dimensions of the bed? Me and my dad are trying to build this, but I am worried we are going to make the basket areas way too large and it will look strange! That’s really the only area I would like dimensions of. Thank you!!

      • Kristi
        Friday,July 22, 2016 / 3:33 am

        Hi Angela. Good for you for building a bed. I will email you the dimensions. Let you know if I can answer any other questions. Good luck with your build!

        • Jenna R
          Monday,August 1, 2016 / 1:05 am

          Hi, I am also curious as to what the dimensions are cause I’m building one these for a futon mattress aswell!

        • Mallory
          Tuesday,August 2, 2016 / 7:59 pm

          Could you email be the dementions as well? I’m just in love with this bed and been trying to find something similar to buy but why not make it lol

          • Kristi
            Friday,August 5, 2016 / 12:18 pm

            Making it sounds like a great idea, Mallory. I will send you the dimensions in an email. Let me know if I can answer any more questions. Have a great weekend.

      • Kailie Meier
        Friday,August 19, 2016 / 10:02 pm

        Hi Kristi, could I have the dimensions as well?

        • Kayla
          Saturday,September 10, 2016 / 11:25 am

          Could I have the dimensions as well this would be perfect for my shared ro with my little.

          • Kristi
            Monday,September 12, 2016 / 4:18 am

            Hi Kayla. I’ve just added the dimensions to the bottom of my post about the bed if you want to check it out. Let me know if I can answer any other questions. πŸ™‚

      • Kristi
        Friday,March 10, 2017 / 12:19 am

        Hi Gail. Thanks for your interest in our DIY platform bed. The dimensions and everything we did are provided in the post. I’m sorry but we don’t have building plans for it.

        Thank you.

  2. MaryJean
    Wednesday,October 8, 2014 / 3:21 pm

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU! I’m trying to sing this, although you probably wouldn’t want to hear my real voice. I’m not a good singer, more like in the car when no one is with me or in the shower, I sound really good!

    Anyway, hope you had a great day! I like the short posts when you have a huge project that will take some time. I like to see how it’s going. If it’s one that won’t take too long or doesn’t really have stages, like reupholstering a chair or painting a room, the finished project is fine.

    BTW, I think the bed is going to look great. Can’t wait to see the finished product!

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,October 8, 2014 / 10:59 pm

      Awww, thanks so much MJ. I think your voice is just fine! πŸ˜‰ I had a great day and ended up eating a lot. Why does everyone want to feed you when it’s your birthday?

      I appreciate your input on the post length. It really helps to get opinions on what readers are looking for. I’m still trying to figure all this blogging stuff out.

      Anyway…thank you, thank you for all of your continued support. I can’t tell you how much it means to me.
      K.

  3. Thursday,October 9, 2014 / 9:55 am

    I agree with Mary Jean about the post. I too am new to blogging and struggle with posting regularly. I lost my Mister in April so have no one to make big projects for me. He wasn’t a very good carpenter but he sure tried. Thanks for the idea about wheels on the bed. I kinda had a duh moment when I read it. I am setting up a quilting/guestroom and was cringing at making the bed up against the wall. Now I know how to solve that problem. One question: Will you close that vent under the bed? I would think it would be a bad idea to leave it open.

    Thanks for blogging, I enjoy your post.
    Debbie

    • Kristi
      Friday,October 10, 2014 / 12:28 am

      I’m so sorry to hear about your loss Debbie. I’m sure it hasn’t been easy to do your blog while going through this difficult time.

      I’m glad that the idea about the wheels helped you out. My concern was that they wouldn’t lock well, that the bed would still a bit with the wheels locked, but they seem to be working well. No movement.

      The question about the vent…are you talking about the openings in the bed or the vent on the wall? the openings on the bed will have baskets in them and the vent on the wall is the heat return and not an issue. I think you were referring to the bed but I wasn’t completely sure. Anyway, hope that helps.

      Thank you so much for your comment and input on my posts Debbie. I truly appreciate you taking the time to read and always enjoy reading your comments. πŸ™‚

      K.

  4. Thursday,October 9, 2014 / 8:50 pm

    Kristin, Happy belated birthday! I hope you had a wonderful day. The bed turned out wonderful and I know it will be beautiful when you get it all dressed for company.
    xx,
    Sherry

    • Kristi
      Thursday,October 9, 2014 / 10:35 pm

      Thanks so much Sherry. Much appreciated. I’m hoping that with paint and fluffing stuff it will turn out like I had hoped. πŸ˜‰

      So glad you stopped by.
      K.

    • Kristi
      Thursday,October 16, 2014 / 7:25 pm

      Much appreciated Kristin. Thanks!
      K.

  5. Sunday,October 19, 2014 / 1:02 am

    G’day! Happy Birthday and thanks for sharing at our #SayGdayParty
    Please make sure to revisit if you haven’t already to Say G’day to the hosts and another person at the party!
    Cheers! Joanne @ What’s On The List Pinned

  6. Kristi
    Sunday,October 19, 2014 / 9:25 pm

    Thanks so much AmieJo. He did do a great job. I appreciate you stopping by and commenting. πŸ™‚
    K.

  7. Kristi
    Thursday,October 23, 2014 / 12:40 am

    That’s great! Thanks so much Denise. I appreciate you ladies hosting your great party every week.
    K.

  8. Friday,November 21, 2014 / 3:54 pm

    This is amazing!! I NEED a bed (my mattress has been sitting on the floor for 9 months…) and this one is awesome. I love all that storage in those boxes. So smart. I found your post on the Shabby Nest’s linky party, and then clicked through to this one. Pinning!

    • Kristi
      Saturday,November 22, 2014 / 2:05 am

      Thanks so much Leia for your kind words. My husband did a great job on the bed (I think it’s my favorite part of the room. Thanks so much for clicking over from Shabby Nest and for pinning. πŸ™‚
      K.

  9. Christine Massey
    Monday,March 16, 2015 / 10:13 am

    Hi. Kristi! I love your platform bed! I just wondered if you have a post somewhere that the sizes of the pieces of wood you used are listed. I don’t have any cutting power tools and usually ask them to cut my wood for me at Home Depot or Lowes. thanks!

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,March 17, 2015 / 1:21 am

      Hi Christine! Unfortunately I don’t have a post with the sizes but we used 3 sheets of MDF and we cut them to make two boxes. The size was slightly larger than the futon mattress measurements (which is not quite full size). So you bed’s size will be dictated by the size of the mattress. I hope some of this helps and makes sense to you. If you have any other questions on sizes, etc., please don’t hesitate to email me.

      Thanks so much for stopping in.
      K.

  10. Hailey
    Wednesday,April 8, 2015 / 11:31 am

    How did you determine the sizes (of the wood)

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,April 8, 2015 / 2:23 pm

      Hi Hailey. The bed size was determined by the size of the mattress that we were using. We took the length and width of the mattress and added about an inch and a half so that the mattress wouldn’t hang over the frame. Since we made the bed in two parts we just took total measurements and halved them to get two equal size boxes. I hope this helps. If you have any other questions please let me know.

      K.

      • Jovani
        Wednesday,December 23, 2015 / 1:17 pm

        Hi Kristi, thank you for posting this. Your platform bed turned out beautifully. I was wondering if there are more detailed instructions, like how you all build the boxes and what not? I’m interested in building a bed like this myself.

        • Kristi
          Monday,January 4, 2016 / 5:00 am

          Hi Jovani. Thanks for stopping in and for your comment about our DIY platform bed. I’m so sorry it took me so long to respond. Unfortunately, I don’t have detailed instructions on building the boxes but I’m sure you can find videos and tutorials online that show the basics. Best of luck building your bed and I would love to see it when you are finished.

    • Kristi
      Saturday,May 23, 2015 / 2:33 am

      Thanks! I have been using a Nikon D3200 for a year and a half and I love it.

  11. Monday,May 25, 2015 / 7:40 pm

    Just saw this on Apartment Therapy and absolutely love it! You and your husband did such a nice finish on this frame and made it so much more flexible than a traditional frame. Gonna steal the idea – thanks!

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,May 26, 2015 / 1:00 am

      Thanks so much Leslie! I appreciate you clicking over from AT and I would love to see your version of our bed. Good luck!

  12. Kathey
    Friday,August 21, 2015 / 6:56 am

    I just signed up to get project ideas from your wonderful page & I was scrolling through the different ones you’re done & found the platform bed. I was so super excited because I’ve been looking for super simple instructions & you’ve done it for me! Your design works so much better because it’s myself & my 12 yr old granddaughter building this bed for her room. Thank you so much.

    • Kristi
      Friday,August 21, 2015 / 10:00 pm

      Hi Kathey and welcome. I’m so glad that you were able to find our platform bed project helpful.

      Thanks for signing up and I hope that you will be able see some other projects that inspire you. πŸ™‚ Best of luck to you and your granddaughter with the build of her bed. I would love to hear all about how it turns out.

  13. Monday,September 14, 2015 / 5:29 pm

    You’ve done it again !
    This is just fabulous – unbelievable !
    XOX

    • Kristi
      Monday,September 14, 2015 / 8:04 pm

      Awwww, thank you Suzan, I appreciate it! πŸ™‚

  14. Wednesday,September 16, 2015 / 1:13 am

    Your platform bed looks awesome. What size it? It looks pretty big.

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,September 16, 2015 / 1:18 am

      Thanks Trish. It’s a tab bigger than full size. We used the futon mattress as our size guide and I think they usually run on the bigger size of a full. Hope that helps. Thanks for visiting! πŸ™‚

  15. Wednesday,September 16, 2015 / 7:25 am

    Belated Happy Birthday! Your platform bed is fabulous and I love how you accessorized the room too.

    Big Texas Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,September 16, 2015 / 8:16 pm

      Awww, thanks Susan, so nice of you to say!

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  17. Denise
    Saturday,January 23, 2016 / 6:36 am

    Thanks for sharing this! !

    • Kristi
      Saturday,January 23, 2016 / 11:08 am

      Thank you Denise! πŸ™‚

  18. Emma Walker
    Friday,January 29, 2016 / 2:34 pm

    I would like to thank you for showing this. My question is the final height of the bed frame. Also how much extension would you put around a mattress .Emma

    • Kristi
      Saturday,January 30, 2016 / 2:45 am

      Hi Emma. The bed frame is 18 inches high, I wanted some height to the bed but not so much that you couldn’t easily get in, and it is 1 inch all around bigger than the mattress. I was afraid that if the bed was much bigger than that, you would scrape your legs when you were trying to get out. Hope that makes sense. If you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to ask. Thanks!

  19. Margaret Robinson
    Friday,February 12, 2016 / 8:12 am

    Hi — I just found your blog and it’s terrific! Happy belated birthday as well.

    You mentioned using a rug pad under the mattress. That’s a fabulous idea and it was one of those “duh” moments. Thinking it might work to keep our bed skirt from slipping around instead of very sharp push pins that can come out. What type of pad did you use and is it the entire size of the mattress?

    Thanks so much and I’ve enjoyed all the things on your site.

    • Kristi
      Sunday,February 14, 2016 / 9:09 am

      Hi Margaret! Welcome and I’m so glad that you found me. I did use a rug pad and it’s just a standard one, mine is cream color with holes in it and a bit sticky, that you can find in any store (I think I got mine at HomeGoods). I just used a leftover piece and tried to keep it as small as possible so that you couldn’t see it. If you are using it under your bedskirt and the bed is used often, I would say go as big as your mattress, you won’t be able to see it anyway. I would love to hear if it worked for you.

      If you have any other questions, please feel free to email me or comment on the blog. Thanks so much for visiting with me and hope you have a great Sunday.

  20. Sunday,May 15, 2016 / 10:20 pm

    Great and easy bed frame! I am sharing this on Pinterest.

    • Kristi
      Thursday,May 19, 2016 / 2:34 pm

      Thanks so much Roberta, I appreciate it!

  21. marai
    Tuesday,May 24, 2016 / 9:29 pm

    How much did this all cost and what bed does it fit

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,May 24, 2016 / 11:28 pm

      The bed cost us about $160 to build, the caulk and paint were things that I already had, and we used a full-size futon mattress. Hope that helps. πŸ™‚

  22. Friday,June 10, 2016 / 4:38 pm

    This is awesome! I love the idea of adding storage and wheels to make it work for your space! It turned out awesome. Thanks for linking up with Merry Monday!

    • Kristi
      Monday,June 13, 2016 / 1:55 am

      Thanks so much Emily!

  23. Friday,June 10, 2016 / 11:49 pm

    This is so awesome! I love that you added casters to it! It looks so great the way you’ve styled it.

    • Kristi
      Monday,June 13, 2016 / 1:56 am

      Thanks, Meg. We are thrilled with the way it turned out.

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  25. Monday,June 13, 2016 / 10:07 am

    i LOVE this so much! you can never have too much storage! Thanks so much for linking up with us at The DIY Collective Link Party! Please come back and party with us again next Thursday! xoxo, Cassie @ Little Red Window

  26. Tuesday,June 14, 2016 / 8:30 pm

    Thanks for sharing on Welcome Home Wednesdays! We hope to see you again soon

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,June 15, 2016 / 1:56 am

      Thanks so much Kailyn!

  27. Clara A.
    Thursday,September 8, 2016 / 11:17 am

    I would also appreciate it if you could send me the dimensions. Thank you.

    • Kristi
      Monday,September 12, 2016 / 4:18 am

      Hi Clara. I’ve just added the dimensions to the bottom of my post about the bed if you want to check it out. Let me know if I can answer any other questions. πŸ™‚

  28. Rosa
    Thursday,September 15, 2016 / 2:11 pm

    I will also love the dimensions this will be perfect

    • Kristi
      Thursday,September 15, 2016 / 3:35 pm

      Thanks for your comment Rosa. I have added the dimensions in the post so they are easily accessible. Hope this helps.

  29. Tuesday,December 20, 2016 / 4:11 pm

    I’m amazed by this! I really want to do something similar except under our couch…probably sounds weird but, I think this type of platform would accomplish what I’m envisioning. I’m guessing it would be shorter but, would love for it to work! Definitely worth a try. Pinning & sharing πŸ˜‰

    • Kristi
      Thursday,December 22, 2016 / 3:19 am

      Thanks Angie! I think you could make it work under your couch. That’s the great thing about this project…you can size it to fit your needs. I’d love to hear about it if you give it a try. Thanks for stopping by. Happy Holidays!

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