DIY Modern Upholstered Platform Bed

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I’ve always liked this modern, low profile upholstered bed frame from Blu Dot, especially in the bright chartreuse color. When it came time to order a new bed for our bedroom I was sick of spending money and wanted to see if I could make a simple bed frame for a lot less.

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I first had to find some bright chartreuse linen, but I kept striking out at local fabric stores and I didn’t really have time to order something from a trade source. I even tried buying some chartreuse linen on eBay, but the color was way different than the photos when the yardage arrived.

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I had just dyed the playroom curtains and figured it could be pretty easy to get a chartreuse color by dying white linen with equal parts lemon yellow and green apple liquid dye. The final color was a little more yellow than I probably was shooting for, but I really like it.

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I had the handy man that was over at the house helping us with trim work build me a simple box frame for the headboard and a platform base from mostly scrap wood and a few sheets of plywood.

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It only took him about two hours to build both pieces so the project ended up being incredibly inexpensive, even with all that wood.

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Here’s a photos of the underside so you can see how he structured the very sturdy base.

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I was a little nervous to upholster the platform base with the Parsons style legs, but the headboard was a breeze. I used my cheap pneumatic staple gun and flew through the rows of staples!

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I think the layer of high loft batting really helps soften the edges of the upholstery.

 

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I started on the two long sides of the bed by tacking on the batting which I cut to fit.

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I stapled the fabric on the top of the platform and pulled and stapled around to the underside, but I used fabrictac to glue down the front side edges.

 

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It made for a surprisingly crisp line!

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I also wrapped the inside of the leg with fabric using glue.

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The only tricky part ended up being the front of the platform. I had to use a roll of upholstery tack strip, which I hadn’t used in a while. I had forgotten how awesome this stuff is! It makes for perfectly crisp lines.

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I cut the tack strip to size (the length of the whole side of the platform) and then stapled it in place while it was sort of rolled into the fabric. Then I cut batting to size and tacked that into place before folding the fabric around, right side up.

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Just look at that pretty line!

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I used another pieces of tack strip to make a sharp line on the inside of the leg too and glued that part in place.

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Ta-dah! The upholstery tack strip really saved the day and made it pretty simple to get a Parsons style leg. I love the clean, strait lines of our bed!

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Not bad for about $200 in labor and materials!

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  1. Kelly

    Your courage and creativity know no limits Jenny! I would never have thought this to be a DIY bed nor would I have even thought of trying. You are a constant inspiration – really! Thanks for that!

  2. Rachel

    You are incredible Jenny! I'm so grateful for the ammount of inspiration I get from you. I love the bravery in which you tackle projects that I couldn't even imagine. My design hero!!

  3. I love the lime linen and the final outcome. It's magazine worthy. You are such a great source of ideas!

  4. No joke, I've been waiting with baited breath for this post. I'm obsessed with your bed! The color, the lines, the shape, the proportions, everything. I've also been curious to know how Claire's bed turned out! I loved the shape of it and your inspiration photos.

  5. magpi

    This turned out great! If you need more linen in the future, and have no time to dye it, or want a particular weight, try fabrics-store.com. (I'm not affiliated, just a very happy repeat customer.) Many many colors and weights, and cheap fast sample shipping.

  6. nzle

    Despite the nicks and bruises from working with them, I'm OBSESSED with upholstery paper strip tacks. They're so magical — a clean line every time!

  7. Bananas! you are such a rockstar. I really appreciate that you just jump in and try and in doing so, make gorgeous things for your home. I totally want to make a bed now. ;-)

  8. Julie

    You're fearless! I absolutely love witnessing your courageous design decisions. A true DIY inspiration!

  9. Emily

    You take DYI to a whole new level. You are unstoppable!

  10. Claire

    Jenny-you never cease to amaze! One question: is the headboard attached to the platform in some way, or is it mounted to the wall?

  11. You are amazing! You can do everything. This is spectacular. So cool.

  12. I LOVE this! That color is perfection.
    Just one thing I wanted to mention: When we were building our platform bed (http://www.glitterandgoatcheese.com/2013/11/25/our-hand-built-king-sized-platform-bed/), we were thinking of putting plywood on top, too, but we read online that you need air flow under the mattress to prohibit mold growth. Here's one of the sites that mentioned it: http://www.nestbedding.com/blogs/news/6780958-what-is-the-best-surface-to-put-my-new-mattress
    I know you're in a pretty dry area, so maybe this doesn't apply for you, but wanted to share it just in case!

  13. incredible job, and I love the way the shadows in the photo play with your artwork…so pretty!

  14. I have been wanting to build myself an upholstered platform bed for awhile now. This is perfect. Thank you for all the pictures/instructions.
    Wow – the price is right too!!

  15. You are amazing and maybe a little crazy. I love it :)

  16. Wow! $200 labor !? A steal!!! Here a handyman is almost $75 an hour!! Lucky!! Love it!!

  17. Kelsey

    This post couldn't have come at a better time. I was just getting ready to hack an Ikea bed frame into an upholstered bed. I might just decide to build a frame instead of buying an ikea one! Thanks so much Jenni! You are an inspiration!!! P.s. the bed looks amazing!!

  18. So that's how to get that straight line! I can't tell you how much I've learned from you over the years Jenny! Your bed came out beautiful!

  19. You are so creative and fearless! You made a bed with a "hmm, yeah I'm tired of spending money, I think I'll just whip up a bed." attitude. Like no big deal. Just simple really. Never found the Domino magazine with your house featured. I went to the book store three times and each time, it was the old issue on the stands. I think I'm going to have to break down and order it. Still want to see it!

  20. This is so great! Thanks for the tip on the upholstery tack strip. I feel like that will be life changing for my next upholstery project.

    Lindsey at The O'Donnell Collective

  21. ChrisJnLA

    Very chic mix of colors, textures and shapes in this room. Bravo.

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  24. I have a headboard in mind. It is twin sized as my bed is a twin. It was a mattress frame, something like the first pic with the bookcase headboard. I am really looking forward to getting started on it. Lots of other things to do first but it is out in my garage saying come get me really loud!

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