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:
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Use metal legs
Use metal legs for your DIY bed frame to achieve an urban look.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.