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20 DIY Platform Bed Ideas

Why buy a bed frame when you can build it yourself? 

Simply put, a platform bed is designed to hold a mattress without the need of additional support from a box spring or other foundation.

Although many platform beds are designed to sit lower to the ground, that is not the case with all platform beds. And though a platform bed does not require the use of a mattress foundation, you can add one if you want to raise the height of the overall bed. 

This collection of DIY projects will teach you how to build your very own platform bed that will have house guests praising your craftsmanship. 

Whether you’re looking for a rustic pallet bed or a sleek modern frame, you’ll find the materials and instructions you’ll need with these tutorials.

Here are 20 DIY platform bed ideas:

  1. Make your bed float

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to be a magician to make a bed float. You can create the illusion by moving the support of your bed from the corners of the frame to the center.

Not only is this DIY platform bed aesthetically pleasing, it’s also inexpensive to make. You can take it to the next level by adding floating nightstands!

Float away.

  1. Try reclaimed wood

It’s incredibly satisfying to reclaim old wood for a new purpose. Find some boards that need a face lift, and stain them to your desired shade for the perfect reclaimed wood DIY bed.

DIY Reclaimed Wood Platform Bed | Source Mr Kate

Reclaim it.

  1. Make it easy with simple planks

It doesn’t have to take a lot of time or supplies to make the perfect DIY platform bed. You can create a fully functional bed frame with just a few planks. 

Simple DIY Plank Platform Bed | Source: The Sorry Girls

Keep it simple.

  1. Try a farmhouse bed

Country living becomes a lot more affordable with a DIY farmhouse bed. Follow this tutorial to learn how to build a bed frame suited for farmhouse living (without having to empty out your wallet).

DIY Farmhouse Platform Bed with Storage Source: Woodshop Mike

Go country.

  1. Use pallet boards

Find a few good-quality pallet boards and stack them side by side to make a DIY platform bed frame in no time. You can paint them beforehand to match your bedroom theme, or leave them as is for a more natural look. 

It gets even better!

Pallet boards provide storage due to their open slats, giving you with more space to store your stuff.

DIY Easy Wood Pallet Platform Bed The Wonder Forest

Store your stuff.

  1. Create a modern platform

If you’re looking for a modern look, this video will show you how to make a platform bed that has sleek and chic written all over it.

  1. Reach high for added space

Create space under your DIY platform bed by making the legs of your frame taller. If you’re worried about structural integrity, this tutorial will show you how to make a bed that will hold its weight. 

DIY Raised Platform Bed Instructables

Get more space.

  1. Add some drawers

The best part about a DIY bed frame is that it allows you to build the exact bed that you need. If you’re looking for more storage space, you can simply add some drawers to your frame.

Farmhouse Storage Bed with Drawers | Source: Ana White

Add drawers.

  1. Create stairs for an elevated platform bed

Take your DIY bed to the next level—literally—by building a higher frame and adding stairs. This bed is especially great for kids.

DIY Storage Platform Bed with Stairs Oh Yes Blog

Level up here.

  1. Stick to the basics

Making a platform bed doesn’t have to be expensive. This tutorial will teach you how to make a bed frame for only $100.

Inexpensive DIY Platform Bed A Piece of Rainbow

Back to basics.

  1. Get cozy with a rustic look

A bed that you can snuggle into with fuzzy socks and a good book is what you deserve. Learn how to build a platform bed that will tempt you to get cozy with this rustic bed tutorial.

  1. Put it on wheels

Adding some wheels to your DIY platform bed frame will make your life so much easier in the long run. Consider it for easing your future feng shui moves.

DIY Platform Bed with Wheels | Source: Chatfield Court

Feng shui it.

  1. Prop it up with concrete

There is no easier solution to adding some lift to your bed than using cinder blocks. Put them under a pallet bed to add some height.

DIY Concrete Block Platform Bed Rachel Aust

Make it Sturdy.

  1. Get creative with patterns

Once you learn how to build a bed frame, you can play around with patterns and designs. Use this DIY rustic plank King platform bed for inspiration.

DIY Rustic Plank King Platform Bed | Source: Viva Veltoro

  1. Upholster your box spring

Instead of buying wood for your DIY platform bed, you can simplify the process by using what you already have: a box spring! Upholster your box spring with this tutorial.

DIY Upcycled Box Spring Platform Bed | Source: The Clever Bunny

Upholster your box spring.

  1. Use metal legs

Use metal legs for your DIY bed frame to achieve an urban look. 

  1. Play with geometric shapes

This tutorial will show you how to make a unique bed with only three tools! Add some flair to your DIY platform bed with geometry.

Easy Geometric DIY Platform Bed | Source: Homemade Modern

Add some flair.

  1. Go rustic

This rustic DIY platform bed is so stylish and easy to make. Follow the tutorial to learn how to build a platform bed with a low deck and a rustic look.

Easy-Rustic-DIY-Platform-Bed | Source: Shanty 2 Chic

Get that rustic look.

  1. Storage under the mattress

Having extra storage will always come in handy. Store your bedding discreetly underneath your mattress with this DIY storage bed frame.

DIY Storage Platform Bed | Source: Ana White

Store your stuff.

  1. Use pipes

Use pipes for your DIY platform bed frame to achieve an industrial look. Pipes are a versatile material and they’re also cost effective!

Bonus: You can paint them any colour you like.

DIY Pipe Platform Bed | Source: Simplified Building

Get the industrial look.

And if you’ve decided it’s too much work to make your own platform bed—don’t worry—we’ve got you covered. Check out PerfectSense’s affordable bed foundation to go with a new PerfectSense mattress.

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