How to make a DIY platform bed frame with storage for our guest bedroom.
We’re finally done with our DIY full size platform bed frame with storage that we started a bajillion years ago. The new bed is a perfect fit in this small guest bedroom and offers so much more than sleeping space. It also has tons of storage and wheels, so I can easily move it away from the wall to make it.
I have to give major props to my mister because he did most of the building on this one. I designed the bed and primed and painted it, but he did all the heavy lifting.
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 full size platform bed frame.
The original plan was to build a single sized bed. After some consideration, we realized that a single bed just wouldn’t be practical. Our girls come home to visit a few times a year, with their significant others, and a single bed just wouldn’t cut it.
Because of this we decided to make it full size using our 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.
I went with a simple design, just a platform bed with storage underneath and wheels.
Essentially it’s just 2 big wooden boxes screwed together. Building it in 2 parts also made it easier to take in the house (MDF is a very heavy wood).
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.
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.
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.
The circled wood pieces on the bottom of the one box are the supports to hold up the middle of the bed so it won’t sag.
Done with the assembly and ready for primer and paint, which was my job. I filled all of the screw holes and seams. Then I sanded, primed and painted it with 3 coats of Benjamin Moore White Dove.
The mattress is from our old futon, so all we needed were a few pretty pillows and a fluffy throw.
I found baskets in the perfect size and added a couple of number plaques by simply sticking them on.
To keep the futon mattress from sliding around, I used a rug pad under 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 DIY platform bed frame. We custom made the bed to specifically fit our full-size futon mattress.
Besides building the DIY platform bed frame we also did a few other projects in this room.