Queen Size Platform Storage Bed Plans

Build this Queen sized platform storage bed (or a Cal King Bed if that’s your preference) and pair it with your favorite headboard for an attractive AND functional storage piece.    Material is 3/4″ plywood with a 2×4 base.

Build it: Queen Platform Storage Bed


Queen Platform Storage Bed

  • Use 3/4″ plywood or MDF
  • Wood glue
  • 1 3/4″wood screws
  • 3″ construction screws

Phase 1:  Build 6 storage boxes as shown below


Step 1: Attach bottom to sides

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  • Use a scrap of 3/4″ material to ensure correct placement of the bottom.

Step 2: Attach back

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Step 3: Attach top

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Yeah!  You’re done with Phase 1!  If you put all the compartments together this is what you should have.  If your measurements are slightly different, adjust the next steps to fit YOUR compartments.

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Phase 2:  Build the Platform Base


Step 1:  Build the 2×4 base

  • Use 2×4′s and 3″ constructions screws to assemble as shown below.

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Step 2:  Secure Storage Compartments to Base

  • Attach a 2×4 cleat to bottom of each storage compartment

CA King Platform Storage Bed --free plans

  • Each cleat should fit INSIDE the base.

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  • Set the storage compartment inside the base and secure the compartments together by driving 1 1/4″ screws into the sides.

CA King Platform Storage Bed --free plans


Phase 3:  Faceframe and Surround


Step 1:  Add “head” and “foot”

  • 3/4″ MDF or Plywood
  • Attach using 1 1/4″ screws driving through from inside the cabinet compartments.  (You might have to climb inside to get enough screws in there.
  • Each board extends above the platform by 1 3/4″

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Step 2:  Build and attach Faceframes

  • Use 1×2 and 1×3 poplar.
  • Build and attach with 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws.
  • refer to post on building and attaching face frames for basic instructions
  • Faceframes match height of head and foot
  • side face frames go on first
  • Footer faceframe extends to the edge of the side face frames

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Step 3:  Add filler strips

  • Add a 1×2 to the inside of the two sides and then the foot
  • Glue and nail (from the inside)  the 1×2 flush with the TOP of the face frame and “foot”

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Step 4:  Add Top Face

  • Add another 1×2 to the top of the U-shaped bed platform

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Phase 4:  Drawers and Drawer Fronts

  • Build and install drawers and drawer fronts using relevant instructional posts
  1. How to build drawers
  2. How to install drawers
  3. How to build drawer fronts
  4. How to install drawer fronts

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Finish then build an awesome Headboard and enjoy!

  • sand everything and paint or stain


You might find my Cabinet Making 101 and Painting Tips helpful too.

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Queen platform bed plans


  1. I love the idea of this bed, but I have never done anything of this magnitude. Do you have the cutting diagram (I can’t remember what it’s called) available. Thank you very much.

  2. Could this be done with a trundle instead of drawers?

    • Not this particular plan as the drawer boxes are what support the bed. If you took those out to put a trundle in, there wouldn’t be anything supporting the mattress.

  3. Love this. Are you going to shrink it one more time for a full size? My daughter wants one for her room and I would like to make it for her.

  4. This is awesome! I’m studying the plans before attempting this and am wondering if the dimensions for the base in phase 2 step 1 are correct? The boxes built in phase 1 are only 64″ x 81″ and per the pictures, the base is much smaller than the box portion, but the dimensions for phase 2 step 1 show the base as 69.5″ x 85.5″ which would stick out from the bed on all sides! :) Can you let us know what the correct dimensions should be for the 2×4 base?

    Thanks in advance for your help clearing up my confusion on the dimensions and for sharing such great projects on your site! :)

    I’d like to make this but have an idea to do an upholstered version to be similar to a Pottery Barn bed I saw. If I make this, I’ll definitely send you pics!

    • Donna thanks for pointing that out. It looks like I inserted the photo from the Cal King base. Replaced it with the queen. Sorry about that and good job catching it!

      • lol – that would explain it! I’ve never done a big project like this so I’m really going over all the details to make sure I know what I’m doing before I get started. Thanks for responding so quickly & changing the photo. Now it makes sense to me! :) I’m excited to work on this! My poor mattress is sitting on the floor at the moment, so I desperately need to get working! Thanks again!

  5. Has anyone built this queen-sized bed? I’m wondering about approximate cost. Thanks!!

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