DIY Pretty Practical Platform Bed

By October 5, 2009At Home

Sophia’s New Store It Bed

When I realized that Sophia could get out of her crib at 18 months and she had a baby brother coming in a month who would need her sleeping quarters I went looking for a bed.  I wanted to find something that would not kill her if she fell out of it.  I needed to find something that had some storage possibilities since at that time she was in a room that was basically all dormers and very little “room”.   I only hoped I could find a full sized bed that a child could sleep in for a long time!  Turns out it is sometimes better to build it and get everything you want!

I found something I liked at Pottery Barn called the Store-It Bed (no longer shown below *wink*).  I think I did a good job on re-creating the concept and I got the storage I needed – not the storage that only fits the expensive bins they make.  Pottery Barn wants $799 for this bed in a full size.   I made this bed for a little under $200 – including the large plastic storage bins!

I know usually I take a bunch of pictures, but I was really pregnant when I built this.  I used 3 sheets of hardwood double sanded plywood that was luckily on clearance at Home Depot.  Each sheet was $30! Every once a while they have a stack of this clearance stuff and I almost always pick some up to build stuff.  I had a friend help me make the big cuts because using a circular saw for ling rips when you are that pregnant is not smart or safe.  I used my pneumatic nail gun for all joinery.  Overall the planning took the longest at about 5 hours and I will post a link to my plans in case anyone is interested.  It was not easy to “fit” all the pieces into only 3 sheets.  The bed is in 3 large pieces.

Three Piece Full Size Platform Bed

Three Piece Full Size Platform Bed

The overall height of the bed is 16″.  Since there is no box spring and a standard 5 inch thick mattress Sophia sleeps at under 2 feet of height.  The overall size of the bed was planned for a full size with about 3 inches of extra space around the sides and 5 inches at the bottom.  I wanted to make sure there was room for little knees to help get up and down.  In addition, this will fit a queen mattress with no extra room.  Alternatively, I will have space to rest a headboard on if I chose to go that route and build a bookcase headboard and attach it to those extra inches!  I planned the storage box sizes underneath to fit these bright pink plastic bins I found at Target and some of Sophia’s larger toys.  You can see one of the bins and the doll crib in the picture.  Neither of these would have fit in the smaller spaces in the Pottery Barn bed and with the custom bins this $800 bed would have cost almost $1000 at PB – way over my budget!  Altogether there are 9 large storage cubes!  Thinking ahead and taking the time to plan wil give you the best results when building anything!

I also designed the length of the two top pieces so that if I ever do not want to use this as a bed they will fit perfectly across the wall in my upstairs foyer to be used as benches with some cute cushions.  This was a very smart idea since if we don’t use it for Miles and the girls need twin beds in the room we will have a huge seating and storage area in the foyer playroom!  Yay!  More PB furniture we won’t need to buy!

I essentially planned and built 3 large boxes, trimmed them out with simple 3/4″ trim and then painted them!

F.Y.I. I used a twin size quilt so Sophia would be able to see the bed and be as safe as possible.  It works great and it doesn’t bother me to see the bins and her stuff…well not too much anyway!  You could easily use a full mattress and a bed skirt and then you would have hidden storage!

Here is one more pic from the bottom of the bed.


Happy Building!

I am participating in Kimba’s DIY Day at A Soft Place to Land.  Check it out!


I am also linking up to Shanty 2 Chic’s I made it without my hubby party!  Yay!


I am linking this to the It’s So Very Cheri Knock Off Knock Out Party!

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Finally, I am participating in Shades of Pink Room a Month Makeover.

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Join the discussion 84 Comments

  • Amanda @ Serenity Now says:

    I am so impressed that you did this yourself!!! 🙂 It looks fabulous…what a great alternative to shelling out the big bucks at PB!!! Stopping by from Kimba’s party tonight. 🙂

  • That is a great project…espeically when you’re very pregnant! You go, girl!
    .-= Miss Mustard Seed´s last blog ..Furniture Stripping Tutorial Table Reveal! =-.

  • Anna See

    Wow! Great job! I love seeing the bins underneath. Everything seems very accessible for her.

  • Holly says:

    Wow! I LOVE THAT! Can we make one in a king-size? Pleease??? Seriously, really really impressive.
    .-= Holly´s last blog ..End of Summer Rant =-.

    • Brittany says:

      You could definitely make it in a king but your storage bins on the sides will be REALLY deep. That’s okay though because you could double up on the bins and do some nice canvas ones for grown ups on the outside where they show and some plastic ones for sweaters and off season stuff and such in the back where no moths can get in! Thanks for the compliment!

  • Mandy says:

    I love “built from scratch” projects like this one! You did an AWESOME job! I love it 🙂

  • Oh my… you simply amaze me! That is such a cool bed! And doing this very pregnant? You’ve earned a double wow! I’d bet your daughter is thrilled to have a big girl bed like this!

    .-= Funky Junk Interiors´s last blog ..How to shop for funky rust in the country =-.

  • cindy says:

    Now that’s what I’m talkin’ about. Way to get your inspiration on girl!
    .-= cindy´s last blog ..Tick Tock, I found me a clock =-.

  • Cheryl says:

    Nice job with the bed.
    I was just thinking the other day that a bed like this would be nice for my sons room. That way we can get all the unecessary furniture out of there and maybe he will keep his room clean more….LOL, I can dream, can’t I. : )
    .-= Cheryl´s last blog ..Just a couple of reminders…. =-.

    • Brittany says:

      Cheryl – Thanks! It is great too because it is wood so it can be painted or stained and changed if need be to move from one spot to another! If we use it as storage benches we are going to repaint a deep navy!

  • This was a Great project! Thank you for stopping by my blog and for the sweet comment! I signed up to follow you and would love it if you did the same!

  • Julie says:

    I’m so gonna show this to my dad! Maybe I can talk him into making 2 of these for my girls. They share a room and have no wall space for bookcases, dressers or shelves. This would be perfect! Great job!

    .-= Alice @ Once Upon A Dresser´s last blog ..My Very First Mistreatment =-.

  • Susan says:

    Wow! Thanks for sharing this! You’ve got my wheels turning lady!! Very impressive!
    .-= Susan´s last blog snatcher =-.

  • Crystal says:

    I LOVE it and would love to make one as well. We have been looking for beds for my daugher, and I have always loved that bed from PB. Would love to see your plans if you are planning on posting.

  • Sara says:

    Wow, it looks amazing. I can’t believe you built that all while pregnant, you are so creative.
    .-= Sara´s last blog ..Sprucing Up a Plain Corkboard on the Cheap =-.

  • Courtney says:

    wow this is adorable! you did great on your PB knockoff, looks great and a steal compared to them

  • EcoMeg says:

    Love what you did here – you rock!
    .-= EcoMeg´s last blog ..One Reason I Love My Mother-in-law =-.

  • Elizabeth says:

    What an adorable bed! And you built it yourself – while pregnant no less! That’s awesome!

    My husband and I want to build a similar bed for our little one and we’d even like to build one for our bedroom. I just love the extra storage space they provide. We’re not the best of carpenters, but at that price, we’re sure as heck gonna try!
    .-= Elizabeth´s last blog ..Yay! Another Award! =-.

  • Nikke says:

    I wish my husband had seen this before he built my daughters bed….. this would be perfect in her room (don’t get me wrong I love the bed he built her, but this would have been better!)
    .-= Nikke´s last blog ..Momma had a meltdown =-.

  • Mom says:

    You Amaze me! Sophia is lucky to have such a handy, talented Mom! You make it sound so easy. Rockin amazin daughter…..xox

  • Theta Mom says:

    I am so impressed with you! You make it look all so easy! Great choice of frame and colors, too! 🙂

  • Momisodes says:

    Goodness! I am incredibly impressed. AND you were pregnant?

    Seriously, I wish we were neighbors 🙂
    .-= Momisodes´s last blog ..Shades of distraction =-.

    • Brittany says:

      I wish we were neighbors too – I have no funny prego friends nearby this time around! If you were here this little bean would have a fnew friend, so would I and you could have new furniture too!

  • Sheri says:

    Looks great! I won’t even discuss what those cubbies would be full of if that bed were in one of my kiddos rooms! LOL
    .-= Sheri´s last blog ..School room =-.

  • That is SO genius! We are about to move, and my daughter’s room is going to be much smaller. She has a daybed with a trundle, but it’s no bueno when my in-laws come to visit. I’ve been trying to figure out something, and this looks perfect. B/c while it’s a bigger bed, it also has storage, which is good.

    Thanks for sharing! Stopping by from Kimba’s.
    .-= Amber Filkins´s last blog ..Extreme Makeover: Me Edition =-.

  • Whitney says:

    Way to go! LOVE this! I am so impressed and I bet she loves it too!! Thanks for linking up!

    • Brittany says:

      Thanks for stopping by! I am almost done with my Dominos. I will post and send LOTS of linky love back to you so you can see the results! Took almost as long to figure out how big the circles and line should be as it did to figure out the measurements for the bed! So far I love them though! Thnking about making other vintage games…

  • Michelle Daniel says:

    Awesome bed!
    I would LOVE to see your plans!!! Following a a plan would sure help those of us who are “mathematically challenged”!

  • I love this and you get more storage and the look for so much less! Great job and thanks so much for linking with us! ~ Ashley

  • ani says:

    this is excellent! great job!

  • Belinda says:

    Plans please! I’ve been coveting that PB bed for so long for my guest room.
    Would love to build this but plans would be soooooo helpful.

  • Michelle says:

    I LOVE THIS! Visiting from Kimba’s…I saw this in the PB catalog and told my husband that it would be perfect for our room…but the price that PB wants is way over budget for us. You did a great job! Can’t wait to see your plans and am hoping that hubby can pull it off in a king size.

  • Allisha says:

    It’s like you read my mind! Totally awesome!
    Would you mind giving me your plans? Please :)!

    Thanks bunches!

  • Shelley says:

    You have a follower for life in me just with the one post I read!! Very impressive work and imagination indeed!
    .-= Shelley´s last blog ..THE STOVE IS FRIED AND SO IS MOMMY =-.

  • Motherhood says:

    I really enjoyed looking around your blog! What great ideas!!
    *Eliza’s blog*

  • Kelly says:

    What a great bed! Wish I’d seen this a few weeks ago, before we did up my tyke’s room with a new bed. Fortunately found a wonderful headboard (thanks goodwill!), but we had really considered making a platform-type bed.

    I’ll be keeping this bookmarked for a future project though. It’d make a great daybed type seating/sleeping space. Much more attractive than a basic futon.

  • The picture of the pottery barn bed is missing but I still think you did a fabulous job on your bed. It looks amazing. Thanks for posting to the party.


  • Brittany says:

    Would you like to use the Platform Bed Post? Or another? Please let me know.

  • Brittany says:

    What post would you like to quote?

  • Alena says:

    I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don’t know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.

    Platform bed

  • Becca says:

    Hello, I ran across this post today and I was wondering how to find the link to your plans. I was looking at this bed in PB Teen for my niece’s room but the price was just way out of my budget. We had to start from scratch with everything including clothes for her, so I had to stretch the money. I like how yours turned out. It would be a great bed in her room because of the size of the room. I used bed lifters but the plastic drawers get pushed around and lost under the bed, plus extra and every time I go to make the bed it falls off the platforms. This would be a much safer choice.

  • Valerie Trevino says:

    Would love to use your plans to make my daughter this bed. Will you be posting them?

  • Krystal says:

    you must post your plans!! I’m looking for beds like this for my 2yr old and 16mo old. I’d love to be able to just make them. – Krystal

  • Nicole says:

    I am going to try to tackle this design times 3. I have three teenage sons to fit in one room and I figure the same concept in twin size with two corner boxes should do the trick leaving them plenty of space int he middle of the room. The storage helps because there isn’t enough space for dressers. Thanks for the encouragement. I was a little worried about doing it myself but you did it and did it pregnant. YOU GO GIRL!!!!

    Are you going to post your design so that I can see how to modify it?

    • Brittany says:

      Nicole go for it! It is really not that hard as long as you plan out what you want! Ana at Knock Off Wood has now posted plans for both twin and full size storage beds as well as a corner unit. You should check those out for size details! I made my beds “full storage” underneath and she chose to go with slats in the middle so you could go wither way. Good luck! Please send pics when you are done!

  • Dawn Walnoha-MacKechnie says:

    Love the full size platform bed. You said you’d link to the plans, but I couldn’t find the link. Did I miss it? Could you send me the link, because that bed would be PERFECT for me.



  • teri says:

    Woohoo! This is where I had seen this post. Now I hope I can remember it from now on to show hubs!


  • Tami says:

    I just found your platform bed and love it. You mention that you posted a link on how to build it but I’m not finding it, could you please direct me to it? Thanks so much and keep posting, we love it.

  • Cindy says:

    I saw in you post that you would include a link to the plans for the storage bed but I was unable to find it. Could you please tell me how I could see the plans for this bed? Thank you.

  • Beth says:

    NICE!!! Just what I am looking for for my son. Are there plans somewhere and I am missing them? Are they posted? GREAT JOB!!!

  • Jennifer says:

    Hi! Love the plans. Inspiring. Love the kitchen too! Could I get the plans? I don’t see a link anywhere. Your site is awesome btw!

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  • Erin says:

    I absolutely love this bed for my 2 year old! I can’t believe you did this pregnant – AWESOME JOB! Did you ever post the plans?

  • Joanna says:

    I love this bed for my 5 year old son. I didn’t see link to plans, would you direct me to the link for the plans if I missed it. Thanks and once again I love this bed..really excited about making this!

  • Penny says:

    I love this bed. I considered spending the money for the pb bed but could not justify it. Is there a link to the plans. I would like to see the one for the twin bed. Can’t wait to get started.

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  • Lily Garcia says:

    Great idea! You’re awesome! I can’t find the link to the plans.

  • Kasha says:

    Hi, I love, love LOVE the bed you made. I think it’s completely awesome. I’ve been looking around for a new bed, but everything I find is either way to expensive ( I’m a broke college student) or looks flimsy. So, I recently decides it would be better to just build it myself. Could you possibly post/ email me the plan you used to make this. Also how would things differ for a king sized bed?

  • Wendy says:

    I love this bed, it is exactly what I was envisioning making for my son. I cannot seem to locate the link to the bed plans you mentioned…could you please send me the plans? Thank you, happy DIYing

  • jennifer C. says:

    I don’t see the link for the plans – is it still up or do you still have them? I would love to build this bed for my daughter! It’s exactly what she wants and definitely more affordable than retail. Thanks!

  • jennifer C. says:

    I don’t see the link for the plans – do you still have them or can i get a copy? I would love to build this for my daughter!

  • steph says:

    Can you tell me where I could find the link to the plans? Or are they not available any longer? Thanks!

  • Brandi says:

    Overall the planning took the longest at about 5 hours and I will post a link to my plans in case anyone is interested. It was not easy to “fit” all the pieces into only 3 sheets. The bed is in 3 large pieces.

    I didn’t know if you could give me the link to your plans or it they are still available. Looking to build a storage bed for my son and I really like yours!!!


  • Carl says:

    that’s where I got the idea for my stepsons bed. I drew plans pretty much exactly like this except I wanted to build 3 boxes. 2 backed to each other and one at the end like yours. I saw one similiar on pbteens website. I wanted about 15″ high and !5″ deep for his shoes.

  • Ashley says:

    Love this idea! I can not find the link. Anyway you can send it to me! This would be great in my daughters room!

  • Jacquelyn says:

    where do I find the instructions to build this bed?

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