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How to Build a Modern-Style Platform Bed With Headboard (page 2 of 2)

Follow these instructions to build a wooden platform bed with a slatted headboard. You can make both pieces together or just one of them.

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  • Time

    Two Days

  • Price Range

    $100 - $250

  • Difficulty

    Moderate to Hard

Step-by-Step Instructions:

Cut the Headboard Panels

Cut the narrow headboard panels and wide headboard panels per the cut list.

Position three or more bar clamps open on a level work surface and position the headboard panels as shown in Image 1 on the clamps. Apply glue to the joining edges, butt the parts together with the ends flush and clamp lightly in place.

Position clamping cauls against the headboard panels and butted against the bar clamps, and clamp lightly in place (Image 2).

Continue to tighten the clamps on the top slats and cauls, making any adjustments as needed. Allow the glue to set.

Remove the clamps, scrape and/or sand off the glue from the joints.

Use the layout in Image 1 as a guide for marking the headboard panel assembly using a metal ruler as shown in Image 3.

Use a jigsaw to cut off the excess as shown in Image 4.

Drill three pocket holes on the shortest side of the headboard panel assembly as shown in Image 1.

Assemble the Headboard

Drill three pocket holes on each end of one face of the headboard rails. Use Image 1 as a guide for positioning the rails, and attach using glue and pocket-hole screws as shown in Images 2 and 3.

Paint or stain this assembly as desired, and add a topcoat of polyurethane as desired.

Cut the wide headboard slats and narrow headboard slats to length and paint or stain as desired. Add a topcoat of polyurethane as desired.

Use Image 4 as a guide for marking and positioning the first wide headboard slat as shown in Image 5.

Attach this wide headboard slat to the edge of the headboard panels as shown in Image 6 using 1-1/4-inch wire brads. Use a square to keep the part in line.

Use the excess cut from ripping a 1x10 for the platform side trim as a spacer for positioning the narrow headboard slats and remaining wide headboard slats as shown in Images 7 and 8.

Alternate between the wide and narrow slats. The final assembly will look like Image 9.

Put the Bed Together

Place the platform in the bedroom and position the side and end trim as marked previously, and re-attach using pocket-hole screws.

Position one end rail assembly flush against one end of the platform and 3 inches from the edge (centered) as shown in Image 1, and attach it to the platform using 1-1/4-inch pocket-hole screws driven through the feet and end rail.

Position the side rails as shown in Image 1 (where they were positioned while constructing the assembly previously) and attach to the feet assemblies using pocket-hole screws.

Position the remaining end rail assembly as shown in Image 1, making sure it is flush against the side rails and positioned 3 inches from the edge (centered). Attach the side rails to the feet assemblies using pocket-holes screws. Double check the position of the end rail assembly and attach the side rails to the platform using 1-1/4-inch pocket-hole screws. Attach the feet assemblies and end rail to the platform using 1-1/4-inch pocket-hole screws.

Position the final foot assembly centered on the platform as shown in Image 1 and attach using pocket-hole screws.

Flip the bed over with the assistance of a helper to see the final assembly as shown in Image 2.

Attach the Headboard to the Bed

Position the front edge of the headboard flush with the end of the bed where the end rail assembly (face of the feet) is flush against the back edge of the bed. Attach using 1-1/4-inch pocket-hole screws.

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