Yes, I Used Pinterest To Build This Platform Bed
My wife has been hooked to pinterest, and she came across a design for a platform bed. She was excited and told me, “Hey you can build this bed from pinterest!”
Immediately, I replied, “Ugh… Pinterest..” See, to me, pinterest is a social networking things for crafts and knitting and none guy stuff. With hesitation, I checked it out because he have been trying to figure out what to do with a full size mattress we have. In our house, the stairway is to narrow to get even a full size box spring upstairs, and to have a split one custom built isn’t cheap.
After looking at the design from ana-white.com, I was impressed. It gave me the materials I would need, fairly detailed instructions, and step by step instructions.
Now, before I go any further, if you’ve never picked up a drill or hammer before, this may not be a project for you. There’s some implied things they don’t tell you, but if you’ve got a little bit of experience you’ll do just fine. The only thing I changed about the plan, was I made the feet of the bed (made out of tapered 2X4′s) twice as long. We wanted to store things under the bed.
It isn’t completely finished here in this picture. I had to build the bed in the room because it wouldn’t fit upstairs. I need to sand and stain it, but I’m going to wait until it’s a little warmer out and I can open the windows for ventilation.
A couple of tips from my experience:
1. Triple Check that you are using straight boards. Especially the 2X6′s.
2. You really do have to pre drill every screw hole. I tried to skip that step once and immediately split the wood on a 1×3.
3. Clamps make it a lot easier to get the boards square, buy some clamps, they aren’t expensive.
4. For the trim pieces, buy select boards. They’re more expensive but they look way nicer.