Do you have an hour and about $30 bucks to burn? Because that’s all it took for my latest project. This build was actually never on the list – it was a last-minute-fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants project because I wanted to get my son’s new mattress off of the floor. Amazing what a little Mom Guilt will do to a girl, right?
We recently transitioned our son from his toddler bed to his big-boy bed and I’m in the process of building him The Most Epic Bed Ever – but it’s not done yet, so until it is, this DIY twin platform bed will have to do for the time-being.
I followed Ana White’s plan for this twin platform bed. This build was super easy, super quick, and super inexpensive – three of my favorite things!
First step was to build a simple box with 2x4s. Easy breezy cover girl. I didn’t even break out my Kreg Jig for this – I just drove some Spax screws in. I love these construction screws because you don’t have to bother with pre-drilling pilot holes.
Then I attached the 2×2 cleats and 1×3 frame around the box.
Next, I flipped the whole thing over, screwed these metal corner brackets on, then screwed the feet on.
This bed cost about $30 to build, but that’s not including the furniture feet and brackets. I had those on-hand from a past project that never came to be, but I think I paid about five or six bucks for the feet and I can’t remember the cost of the brackets… probably a couple bucks or so. You could just as easily use some scrap wood for the feet if you wanted to. I just happened to have these laying around in my shop because I was too lazy to return them. If you were to include the cost of the feet and brackets, I’d guesstimate your cost to be closer to $60.00.
And because I am a giant nerd, I timed myself. It took me 54 minutes and 6 seconds to build this bed from start to finish – except I didn’t actually finish it – I just left the wood unfinished because this is only a temporary fix until I’m done building his real big boy bed.
Then I lugged the thing in, set the mattress slats in place, then dropped the mattress on it.
Stupid simple, right? Yeah. I wasn’t about to spend a whole lot of time and money on something that would end up in the scrap pile in a month or so.
So tell me, do you suffer from Mom Guilt as much as I do? My husband thinks a mattress on the floor is perfectly acceptable. What do you think?
Thanks for reading, friends. I hope your weekend is full of sawdust!
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Cindy Jackson says
How do I get the plan for this diy twin bed frame?
Here’s the link to the plans: https://ana-white.com/woodworking-projects/fillman-platform-twin-platform-bed
Gary Sanborn says
Hi, Can I put on longer legs to raise higher to allow for storage under the bed
Wondering the same. What can be done to make it taller?
Has anyone tried modifying this plan for a full mattress? Would I need additional supports in the middle or would the original “box” concept with only 4 legs still work? I’d appreciate any advice!
Hi Jen! Thanks so much for this post! I’m excited to try and make 2. I think it’s okay for mattresses to be on the floor. It’s not as cute per se, but okay in my opinion. I just want the little ones to know about the love of Jesus Christ above all and have a comfortable place to sleep. 😁