I’ve wanted to build a floating Japanese style platform bed for a while now, this is my attempt at doing so. Materials: Dimensional lumber and MDF Cost: ~$200 for Lumber/Hardware/Paint It fits a standard full size mattress that’s sinks a few inches into it. The mattress itself is only about 5 inches off the ground, so it’s very low. The outside frame floats about 4 inches off the ground, so stubbed toes aren’t much of a concern (shins are a different story, but it’s still low enough to not pose major threat). I’m happy with the results, it was very much the aesthetic I was looking for, and I was able to do it for a fraction of what a bed of similar style might cost. Some of the edges don’t line up exactly which bothers me, but the trade-off is that it can be *relatively* easily disassembled for moving, which was a necessity. This was my first major build by myself, everything prior had been built with (and mostly by) my father. He still offered some guidance through the build, but it feels good knowing I actually did learn things through building with him.
Base frame of 2x8s, everything else will attach to the 4 boards in this picture for disassembly.
Support beams that the slats will lay across. The slats will be screwed into the two middle beams, which rest in joist hangers. The middle section (consisting of the slats and two 2x4s in this picture) can just be lifted out.
Screwing in flat 2x8s for support. The MDF sections will eventually be laid on top of this and nailed in with finish nails. I wanted enough rigidity and support so the outside sections could support a persons weight at the edges. Super heavy already…
Added back sections for the eventual side-table wings.
Laying MDF on, 12″ wide.
The edges are strips of MDF that are glued butt joints, with some corner braces glued in. Came out very rigid, and were able to take some beating during the move.
Construction finished, doing some sanding.
Four sections disassembled and primed. Nails and edges of MDF were covered with drywall putty and sanded down before this step. (The section closest to the camera is a part of a desk, not the bed)
Finished and assembled in the new apartment! The black color really brings out the inconsistencies in dimensional lumber…it’s tolerable in person.
Bonus shot of the desk I build at the same time. $10 surface at Ikea in the scrap pile, couldn’t pass it up.