If you have teenage girls you know it is not always easy to please them. In their ever-changing lives the one place they love to go and find solace is their bedroom. It might surprise you to know that it is cheaper, easier and quicker than you thought to build a platform bed. This less than one day project will make your daughter feel like a princess. I can’t tell you how many compliments my daughters have received and how many requests I get to build them. Even the most inexperienced diy’er ( is that a word? ) can easily accomplish this project.
* TABLE SAW( you don’t need this as Home Depot will make the cuts for you but for those that want to cut their own )
* ELECTRIC DRILL
SUPPLIES NEEDED FOR A 96″X79″ PLATFORM:
* CONSTRUCTION SCREWS ( click on highlight for link to order ) the screws come with the drill bit you will need.
* Two 2 x 8 x 96″
* Two 2 x 8 x 79″
* Seven 2 x 6 x 79″
* Fourteen 2 x 6 x 93″
* Use as many screws as you feel are needed. I tend to build like I cook…a little of this and a bit of that
* Use Select Pine, you will not need to sand it
* The lumber I used was stamped at some of the ends, we liked the look of this so we made sure some of it was exposed. It will give your platform a more industrial feel * You will need to build the bed as close to the intended spot that you want to place it. I left about 2 feet between the wall, the frame and myself for room to work. It will be VERY HEAVY when you are done so get someone to gently help you slide it into place.
* Finished frame is 96″x 82″. If this is too big for your space ( or too small ) adjust your sizes accordingly.
1.) Take the Two 2 x 8 x 96″ and the Two 2 x 8 x 79″ and create a rectangle frame with the 8″ side perpendicular to the floor. Set the 79″ piece just inside of the 96″ so it sits flush all the way around your rectangle. see picture below Screw all of the corners to secure them to each other.
2.) Take the Two of the Seven 2 x 6 x 79″ and set them inside beside the 79″. see diagram belowThey should slide in and fit perfectly. They should be touching the floor so it leaves a ” ledge”. Screw them into place to secure them. This is the “ledge” and support that your Fourteen boards will laid on top of and screwed into. Now take another of the 2 x 6 x 79″ – place it in the middle width wise ( like the last two ) and screw it into place.
3.) Take your last Four 2 x 6 x 79″ and evenly secure them to the width of your frame, they should be touching the floor like the others, leaving a ledge. They should fit perfectly. Screw them into place.
4.) Take your Fourteen 2 x 6 x 93″s and Lay them in to place. Secure them with screws.
If you decide to leave your wood natural YOU ARE DONE!!
If you decide to white wash it, like we did you’re not done. OOPS! Couldn’t resist!
To white wash you just add some water to some white paint. Paint on the wood in sections and have a rag handy to wipe off as you go. This process is much like staining. We decided to use the white wash for 2 coats. This is where your daughter can make this bed her own. The possibilities are endless! You can paint, stain, white wash with various colors or even stencil the wood work. We did not feel the need to seal our wood but if you have a messy child you might want to take this precaution. I would really like to make another and white wash using a blue or pink paint! Someday….
My daughters both wanted a Mosquito Net to finish it off. They are under 20$ from amazon. click on the link below to order They also added lights around the perimeter of the net. The net was installed to the ceiling and was also very easy to do.
I do not remember the exact cost of the lumber but it was under 100$.
If you decide to build, please come back and leave comments below. I love to hear your experiences and additional tips that you may have!
Next blog will be the desk to match
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