How To: Make a Platform Bed on the Cheap

This is an oldie, but a goodie. Back when Berkeley-based ReadyMade was still just a gleam in Meredith Corp's eye, Shoshana Berger made a splash with a preview issue that included instructions on how to make a "meat cart" platform bed. Sound sexy? Well, it actually was. With just casters and a simple ladder frame as supports, its minimalism rivals that of the Ligne Roset Maly bed -- but for a whole lot less green.

We recently came across David Nunez's blog entry on his own version, and went in search of the original article. Alas, it's not online, but we did discover that ReadyMade now sells a $115 queen size "bed in a box" kit.

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Wood for this project will probably cost no more than $200, and you can customize by adding your own fun casters. (Check out this post for caster ideas.) David also added a safety pull bar as a handle, which is a great idea.

Also, apparently the ReadyMade product people will answer emails about adjusting the pattern's measurements, so you can check your specifics with them.

If you build one, let us know!

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(Edited from a post originally published 02.06.07 - CB)

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