One of the things that I have been meaning to get to on my long list of to-do items is to move my son out of his twin sized bed into a queen size. He has really put on a growth spurt over the past few years, and that twin bed makes me think of Snow White trying to get comfortable in one of the dwarfs’ beds. Thank goodness he didn’t want anything too extravagant! He was more than pleased with this easy DIY modern platform bed.
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Actually, it is more of a rustic meets Modern design with the way that I did it. But, the plan can easily take on more of its Modern flare with a slight change in the finish. My son is wanting more of an industrial feel, so this finish is just part of an overall design theme that I have in my head. FYI – this is just the first part of this bedroom makeover. I should point out that I will be repainting the walls, building some storage, and adding some industrial lighting. But, all of that will be coming just a bit later – maybe even after Christmas.
Easy DIY Modern Platform Bed…
But, for now let’s take a look at how I made this platform bed. And by the way, if you like this video, be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel. I just recently started getting it up and running, but I am trying to post new videos weekly.
Easy DIY Modern Platform Bed – Details….
Now, onto the details that weren’t mentioned in the video.
- I used poplar wood to make this bed, but any species can work. It just depends on what finish you are going for. If you plan to paint the bed, you might want to go as cheap as possible and use Pine.
- The brand of gel stain (black) that I used is General Finishes.* I love the way it glides on. You can do the whole bed with just a pint, and still have plenty left over. This stuff goes a long way. So, just rub it on with a lint free cloth or an old sock, and make sure to remove all the excess. You can always reapply if you want a darker shade, but the trick is to not try to over saturate the wood in one coat.
- I also used my Kreg R3 Jig* for the construction. If you don’t have one, or if you have one of the other more expensive versions, you will need this one to make assembly easier. I have a K5* as well, but the R3* is actually a better tool for working with extremely long boards. You will also need 2″ pocket hole screws.
- The mattress that I used is this foam mattress* which I love. I bought this brand several years ago for another bed and it is still in great condition. It is also nicely priced, which is always a plus. I bought it from Amazon and it arrived (through my Prime membership) in just two days and cost me nothing extra for shipping! It was package in a box that I was able to move on my own. I opened it up and left the mattress to acclimate on the plastic that it came wrapped in. Most foam mattresses will off gas for several weeks, as is the nature of the beast, but this one was very mild and completely usable within just a few days.
- This quilt is quite comfortable and is wide enough to hang over the sides of the mattress, but not so long as to prevent you from tucking it under when you need to. You can buy it from Houzz,* which is an amazing place to shop for home goods and decor.
I can’t wait to get started on the rest of this space! My head is actually overloaded with plans. But, I suppose I will first try to finish up some of the other, million, half completed, projects that I have around here. But like I said, this is super easy DIY modern platform bed. Give it a try and let me know how it goes!
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