Do’s and Don’ts For Building a Platform Bed by Carl Daughtridge

December 25th, 2010

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When I set about building a platform bed, I was pretty much winging it. I did not consult anyone else, and I did not have anyone with past experience giving me advice. Since you are reading this article seeking advice on building your own platform bed, I would like to share some of my insight on the project. Take it from someone who built a bed the wrong way before choosing the right way; it is much easier, cheaper, and less painful to start out right.

Here, you will find my list of do’s and don’ts for building your own platform bed. This list is based on my own experiences so you will find it to be very practical advice.

Do carefully consider the platform bed plans that you are choosing from. After all, this plan will be your guidance through the project. If you are new to building things, then you will definitely want to choose plans that are very thorough and that explain everything step by step and in detail. Otherwise, you could become confused halfway through the project.

Don’t use free plans. I cannot say this enough. Learn from my experience and do not make this mistake. Free plans will not provide all of the information you need and you could very likely end up with a faulty bed. Please believe me on this and make the decision to buy quality plans.

Do choose quality materials. You are building a bed for yourself or a loved one. You do not want to use subpar materials just because you were trying to save a few dollars. Just as the plans are important, so are the materials. You do not have to spend an inordinate amount on extravagant type of wood. Just make sure the materials you choose are quality and durable.

Don’t be afraid to ask someone else if you are confused. There is nothing wrong with getting a little advice, especially if you know someone with more experience than you. I did not get advice when I should have. If I had, then maybe I would not have lived through my fiasco of building the first bed all wrong. Then again, if I had not, I may not be here giving you advice now!

Do decide on the style of the bed before you ever cut a piece of wood. It is best to choose the style and then get the platform bed plans accordingly. If you choose very basic plans with the intent on upgrading as you see fit, you could run into problems, which could make you very unhappy.

Over all, building your own platform bed can be a rewarding and fun experience. Just remember these do’s and don’ts so that you can make sure your experience is a good one. You do not have to make the same mistakes I did and you can build the perfect platform bed on your first try. Just keep in mind above all else that the plans you choose will be the key to building the best bed!

I built a fabulous platform bed for my son using a great set of high quality premium Platform Bed Plans. Feel free to check out my useful tips and advice for choosing woodworking plans at

About The Author

Carl is a retired manager for one of the world’s top trucking companies. These days he is big into his woodworking hobby and gardening outdoors. He has just built a new platform bed using plans from a great woodworking library as seen at

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