Smart move from @lara.sophie. Lining up two 1×3 KALLAX units at the top of the bed allows her to use the KALLAX cubes as nightstands on the left and right. And provides enough width for a full size bed.
A different style but looks so much more complete, with the addition of a king size BRIMNES headboard. She used three 1×4 KALLAX units, double bed slats and 12 DRÖNA storage boxes. The result is a very comfortable sleeping and storage solution.
More ideas on building a versatile platform bed frame
A piece of plywood Two 4x4s and two 2x4s T brackets, screws and nails.
You will also need two EXPEDIT shelving units (which is discontinued. The KALLAX will work just as well.)
My husband began by building the base out of 4×4 posts and 2×4’s to brace between them. The height of the 4×4 posts was just a bit taller than the shelving units that were going to be slid next to them. Cut a piece of plywood just an inch or two smaller than your mattress. Center the plywood on top of your base and attach it with nails to your 4×4 posts.
After the base was complete, I wrapped black felt across the top of the plywood and wrapped it under to cover the bottom of the plywood as well. I used a staple gun to keep it in place. This will protect your mattress and also the shelving unit you will slide under it.
The next step is to simply slide your EXPEDIT shelving units under your plywood. The base plus the shelving units really makes the bed quite sturdy. We used a full size mattress on our platform bed, but I’m sure you could adjust this to fit a queen or twin (with one bookcase) as well.
See the full tutorial of the IKEA EXPEDIT Platform Bed on my blog.
We were inspired by other IKEA bed hacks, specifically this one and decided to make a Queen Platform bed. My daughter moved into an apartment and we needed to have more storage solutions as well as a nice size bed.
We were very excited that we (two females without any experience) could create this bed.
We used 2 1×5 bookcases, 1 1×2, and 2 1×1 bookcases so that we can get as close to a queen size (60×80) as possible.
The first thing was to go to Home Depot. We used a 4x4x12 but got them to cut them into 8 17.6 inches, which we used as support posts.
Next, we added brackets to the top end of the post to secure them to the shelving unit.
We attached a continuous hinge to join the 2 pieces of 60×40 plywood, so that she can have storage under the bed as well.
A black piece of fabric was used to cover the plywood.
We used brackets and 3/4 size screws to attach the posts to the plywood.
Lastly, we added lots of pillows and cushions to create a cozy bed.