Portlander Jeremy recently wrote to us: Hey there, just finished building my new platform bed. My objective (other than looking cool) was something easily portable as we're moving across country in 2 months. So, this bed breaks down into individual boards. The side pieces are solid oak bought from Home Depot, and the rest is 2x4" and pine. Bonus is that it cost $180 in materials...
...I still will be making a headboard and matching wall-mounted side shelves.
I'll update you when it's complete... When we emailed Jeremy to say his timing was perfect because we're actually thinking about making a platform bed ourselves (we've asked for instructions), he wrote:
We slept on it last night and it felt like a bed frame should feel = solid.
Assembly is pretty easy, took about 20 mins to assemble once it was all built. My side shelves will look a lot like these from AT, btw--I actually this idea before I saw your post about them. But they will match the bed and the headboard in wood and color. My previous platform bed I made from the directions in ReadyMade Modern. That bed is bulky, heavy (easily 200lbs) and made from plywood. Because we may be moving to a 3rd story apartment in Boston that lacks an elevator, I needed a bed that could be broken down into its individual components, which this one does nicely. I may even make long cloth bags for the side boards so that they don't get damaged/ scratched from the move. Thanks, Jeremy! Related Posts: • How To: Make a Platform Bed on the Cheap • How To: Build a Platform Bed • Look!: DIY Platform Bed with Storage • How To: Lori2's Mom's Platform Bed • Good Questions: Ideas for King Size Platform? • SF Good Questions: Low Platform Bed with Inset Legs? • LA Good Questions: The Standard Hotel Platform Bed?