Platform beds have many advantages over conventional beds. Because they have storage space under them, you can put them in smaller rooms that may not have space for a separate bureau, or chest of drawers. This means they are ideal for children rooms, or dorm rooms, where space is limited. They can be made from a variety of different wood materials, with finishes that will match just about any decor. Because they are not as complex a project as a loft bed is, even a beginner with the right plans and instructions can make a beautiful platform bed frame in a short amount of time.
There are many great reasons that woodworking projects always begin with a set of plans and if you are new to this craft that is the best reason of all. You see, a great set of woodworking bed plans would not only give you a guide with step by step instructions on how to successfully navigate your way through creating a sturdy and safe bed with your own hands it would also give you a list of the materials you will need so you can gather all that stuff before you start and it would tell you which tools will be needed to complete the project.
My son and I carefully checked the material list and went to get everything. The total cost of the wood, red oak by the way, and all the hardware cost less than one third of the price of a platform bed already made. We used a sheet of less expensive plywood for the platform and nice wood to go around it and for the head.
You may be thinking a bunk bed is a simple project. You are absolutely right, until you consider the most important factor of the bed, your children. Children are going to climb, jump, shake, wiggle, and abuse the bed. It’s called life, it is just the way children are. Your plans must take into consideration the abuse children are going to dish out on the structure, and be able to handle it.
A beautifully executed platform bed is going to make your bedroom look great. If you’re considering building the rest of your bedroom furniture, you may want to consider buying a group of plans, so you will have the same great experience while building every piece. Planning out the entire room ahead of time will help you have better consistency in your room.
Once you have selected your design and plans, make sure to check them very closely for all of the materials needed. You’ll need the appropriate wood, screws, fasteners, and other hardware for your project. Since you are heading to the hardware store, you need to decide how you are planning to finish your project. Are you planning to paint the entire platform in a single solid color? Maybe your are planning to do some intricate painting to add style. Or are you planning on staining and sealing the wood, for a natural appearance? Again, this is a good time to review your plans for their recommendations.
Choosing the right bunk bed plans is truly serious business. The worst sound you could possibly hear in the middle of the night is the bed collapsing, and your children being injured. Get the right plans and follow them to the letter, and you’re sure to have a secure, solid set of bunk beds.
One good suggestion is to go ahead and pick up the wood finish or paint you need while you are at the hardware store grabbing some nuts, bolts, and wood screws. You could paint the bed in just one color or you could do some elaborate painting to make it more stylish. You could also stain the wood in stead to give the wood a natural appearance.
Small children like the look of a raised bed, but they also need the comfort of a mattress that’s a comfortable height from the floor. You might also want to consider loft bed plans that feature rails on the sides to prevent accident falls from the raised bed. You should also find plans that include a ladder in the design when you are building a loft bed for a smaller child.
In addition to complete and easy to follow instructions, any platform bed plans should also include a complete list of the materials you will need, hardware, as well as a list of the needed tools. Sure, many people have a hammer, drill and saw, but you may need a router to soften the corners, especially if it is going to be used in a child’s room. The materials should be easily purchased from your local home improvement outlet or hardware store.