Free Woodworking Plans to Build a Viva Terra Inspired King Sized Vintage Fir Platform Bed

03.16.11 By //

Still stunning, no matter how you size it! This plan is updated to include the use of a Pocket Hole System for increased stability and strength, not to mention ease of fastening without having visible screw holes.

Dimensions for This Project
  • Tape Measure
  • Sander
  • Saw
  • Drill

** Kreg Jig – Optional, but would make this build easier and more stable as well as hide the connections a bit better.

  • 7 – 2×8 at 8′
  • 2 – 2×6 at 8′
  • 11 – 1×3 at 8′
  • 14 – 2×4 at 8′
  • 4″ Screws
  • 2 1/2″ Screws
  • Wood Glue
  • Wood Filler or a Paintable Silicone if you prefer
  • Sandpaper
  • Finishing Supplies
Cut List
  • 2 – 2×8 at 83 3/4″ (Sides of Base Frame)
  • 2 – 2×8 at 79″ (Head and Foot of Base Frame)
  • 2 – 2×6 at 80 3/4″ (Joists)
  • 2 – 2×8 at 80 1/2″ (Sides of Perimeter)
  • 1 – 2×8 at 92″ (Foot Perimeter)
  • 9 – 1×3 at 79″ (Slats)
  • 2 – 1×3 at 80 3/4″ (Cleats)
  • 12 – 2×4 at 92″ (Headboard)
  • 4 – 2×4 at 41″ (Back Brace’s)

Before beginning to build, always check in on my site to make sure you have the most up to date set of plans, I occasionally update and change the plans to make the building process easier or to allow for less expensive purchasing of materials! Read through the entire set of instructions and all comments before beginning this project. If you print out or save plans, be sure to check in on my site to be sure you have the most up to date set of plans, as I occasionally update things for ease of building or buying. If you are new to building, read through the GETTING STARTED section and other articles found under the BUILD tab in the menu on my site, it has valuable information about how to get started, tools and techniques. If you are unfamiliar with the finishing process, visit my Finishing school for some tips and tricks for painting like a pro and for special finishing practices. Use glue to secure your joints and Consider Painting or Staining individual sections prior to assembling. This makes the paint application virtually flawless. Coat with a spray on Poly or Wipe on Poly to protect your finish and your piece and it will last for ages. Adhere to all safety standards and guidelines, and be sure you follow safety protocol throughout your build. If you are unsure about whether you are building safely, run a quick online search for the tool or technique you are using, or contact me via email or post to the forum before you move ahead. My contact info can be found in the menu of my site.

Step 1
Step 1

Build the Base Frame: Use your pocket hole system set for 1 1/2″ stock and your 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws and glue to fasten the Frame together and the Joists to the Frame. If you aren’t using a pocket hole system, use 4″ screws and glue.

Step 2
Step 2

Attach the Cleats 1 3/4″ from the top of the Frame edge and use 2″ Screws and Glue. The Slats should be spaced about 6″ apart, screw down using 1 1/4″ Screws.

Step 3
Step 3

Attach the Bordering Platform: Use 4″ Screws and Wood Glue. Leave a 5″ overhang on the sides and foot of the bed. The Side Platform Boards should be flush with the head of the beds frame, no overhang there.

Step 4
Step 4

Create the Headboard: Use 12 – 2×4’s and attach them using your pocket hole system set for 1 1/2″ stock and your 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws and glue. Attach by placing your pocket holes on every other board and fasten to the 2 adjacent boards in either direction. Use 2 1/2″ Screws and Wood Glue. Attach 4 – 2×4’s on the back side and Use 2 1/2″ Screws and Wood Glue to fasten in place. This will provide extra balance and stability for your headboard.

Step 5
Step 5

Attach the Headboard to the Frame and Platform Boards. **Use 4″ Screws to attach the Headboard to the Frame AT the frame sides, Joists, and at the Perimeter Boards, so that the screws go through the headboard and into the Frame Sides, Joists, and perimeter platform boards. ** Everywhere else you attach the headboard along the top of the frame, use 2 1/2″ Screws and glue. This headboard will be top heavy, so it should sit against a wall for extra support.

Finishing Instructions

Fill any Screw, Nail or Pocket Holes, Sand and Finish as Desired. For Finishing Tips and Tricks visit my Finishing School

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