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Transform Your Bedroom with DIY Platform Beds

  • Bedroom Design
Aug 18, 2022
Platform bed ideas for your bedroom design - Beautiful Homes

Trying to decide if you should choose a platform bed for your bedroom? Here, we’ll give you the lowdown on how to choose and assemble the perfect platform bed to go with your interior design aesthetic

Amongst all the types of beds available today, the platform bed stands out because not only does it provide sleepers with excellent support and flexibility, but also ensures better ventilation for the mattress. Plus, they’re easy to assemble and come in every style you could wish for, making them the ideal choice in any bedroom interior design plan.


Now, if you’re wondering what it takes to assemble a DIY platform bed, what kinds of platform beds are available in the market and how you can make a platform bed look great in your bedroom, we’ve got you covered with various bed designs!


What is a Platform Bed?

The platform bed, sometimes known as a cabin bed, is one of the most affordable and ergonomic styles of bed available today. It generally sits lower to the ground (at between 5 to 12 inches tall), and has a raised frame that supports the mattress. This makes them ideal for smaller bedrooms and apartments, since they’re usually fairly compact – plus, as it is easy to create a platform bed with storage options, this style of bed can be particularly convenient and functional. The frame of a platform bed can be topped with either slats or a solid surface, and can have a headboard and footboard, as well. Plus, when it comes to storage, this can be along a side, at the foot or even accessible from under the mattress – there’s really a wide range of options to choose from!


These days, many platform beds come in flat-pack or kit form, that would require you to take on some DIY assembly. The great thing is that a platform bed is easy to assemble, and (other than a few tools) all you need to build your bed should be inside its shipping box – so it’s not only quick to build, but also simple to dismantle and move. If you’re relatively handy, you could even go on to customise your platform bed to make it a better match for your interior design style.


Types of Platform Beds & DIY Platform Bed Design

Small daybed platform style bed design for your bedroom interiors - Beautiful Homes

3. Small Daybed Style Platform Bed

Easy to assemble and perfect for a quick afternoon nap once it’s built, a platform daybed is also suitable for young kids or in a guest room. While a daybed style platform bed is usually much narrower as compared to other sizes of bed, once dressed up with plenty of comfy cushions, they can be placed against a window to create a perfect reading nook that’s easily convertible at sleep time. With a wood platform bed of this kind, an extra pull-out bed or additional storage below the platform is usually a plus point.

4. King Size Platform Bed

King size beds can appear to dominate a space, which is a great fit for a cosy or classic aesthetic – this is particularly so with a king size platform bed. If you prefer your master bedroom in a more airy, modern style, a DIY floating platform bed is often a great choice. With a platform that rests upon a sturdy middle support, these beds are relatively easy to assemble even in king size, and help reduce the visual influence that the bed has within your space.

King size platform bed style for your bedroom interiors - Beautiful Homes
Twin platform bed style for your bedroom interior design - Beautiful Homes

5. Twin Platform Bed

Twin beds are often the most wallet-friendly, which makes them a popular choice for spare bedrooms, dorms and younger people who are heading out on their own for the first time. What’s more, in a small room, a low platform bed in a twin size helps to make the space appear more ample. But, just because you’re on a budget, doesn’t mean you can’t show off your style! Love the rustic look and are relatively handy? You can easily build your own DIY twin platform bed with stacked, reclaimed and refurbished palettes or find something with a more sturdy feel that’s equally simple to assemble.


6. Full Platform Bed

On the opposite end of the spectrum from the floating platform bed, is the no clearance, solid, full platform bed. Depending on the finish of your frame – reclaimed wood, upholstered, a colourful veneer, etc. – this bed can be a great match for many different design styles. This is often one of the easiest DIY platform bed styles to assemble, as it’s basically a mattress resting upon a large box (either larger, or fitted to the mattress size). This style of bed is very sturdy and often not as low as the average platform bed. Pair it with a boxy nightstand to reflect the shape of your bed and create an appealing through-line of this visual aesthetic.

7. Farmhouse-Inspired Platform Bed

Crafted to fit an aesthetic of cosy comfort blended with contemporary charm, a farmhouse platform bed is usually characterised by having a solid bed frame and a more rustic/country finish. They’re also more likely to have a headboard and footboard, as well as visible legs. If your idea was to set up a DIY platform bed with storage plans as the focus, the farmhouse style might not be for you, as many of them do not come with built-in storage space. But if what you’ve always dreamed of is a bedroom that’s traditional, yet not fussy, and evokes a feeling of warmth as it welcomes you in, this is definitely for you!


8. Built-in Storage DIY Platform Bed

Ideal for bedrooms that are on the smaller size or low in closet space, a bed with built-in storage lets you increase square footage of the room (by reducing the need for additional furniture), but still have the platform bed style. A bed with built-in storage may be a little more fiddly to set up; there are more pieces to assemble then some other styles of platform bed, since they have drawers or storage spaces discreetly designed within the bed frame. If you really wish to maximise the storage, choosing a raised platform bed with storage under it is advisable, since the taller frame increases the amount of space available. Love the style of a farmhouse platform bed that has legs but no built-in storage, never fear, you can easily DIY your own storage by picking up some large boxes on casters.

9. High-Rise Wooden Platform Bed

On the taller end of the platform bed scale, the high-rise platform bed is a good fit for people who prefer beds that are raised higher off the ground. Keep the solid feel with a wooden platform bed; by choosing one with thinner legs, you could replicate the effect of a floating platform bed while leaving yourself the option to add storage boxes at a later date. A raised platform bed with storage (as mentioned before), actually gives you greater storage options and is quite functional as well as attractive.

High-rise platform bed design style for your bedroom interiors - Beautiful Homes

10. DIY Floating Platform Bed

With a floating platform bed, the platform bed frame is supported by a centralised support. Since there are no visible legs it creates the illusion of the bed levitating. One downside to a floating platform bed is that you don’t get any additional storage, but it helps to cut down on the visual clutter and make it easier to clean under the bed. Plus, if you take the time to upgrade your DIY floating platform bed, you could customise it to your style and even get a little creative by adding underlighting to the bottom of your platform, giving your room some (always-necessary) floor level illumination.



Bedroom Interior Design with a Platform Bed

Low platform bed design for your bedroom interior design - Beautiful Homes

1. Going Low Profile with a Platform Bed

Give your bedroom a meditative feel but with a sophisticated twist by minimising the visual impact of the largest piece of furniture within the space. In fact, low-lying beds are more comfortable in many ways – easier and safer for kids to jump up on (both furbabies and the human kind) and less hard on the knees as well. It’s a good thing that being low-profile is a key element of platform bed design. Choosing a low platform bed – and by this we mean the height at which the platform for the mattress sits – can give your room a very zen or austere feel, perfect for that boutique hotel effect!

2. Seclude your Platform Bed with Partitions

A designating sleep zone can help improve the quality of sleep you get, enhancing the advantages offered by your ergonomic platform bed; design the space around it to offer maximum isolation, relaxation and comfort by placing a partition between your bed and other areas of your bedroom. To up both functionality and style quotient, choose a modern platform bed with an extended platform, negating the need for a bedside table and increasing the available space within the exclusive and private, sleep zone.

Using platform bed as focal point in your bedroom design - Beautiful Homes

3. Making your Platform Bed the Focal Point

Since platform beds are generally low-profile, it may seem like there is no real way to make it the focal point of your room, but with just a few little tricks – whether you have a smaller single platform bed or a luxurious king size platform bed – you can make it draw the eye. Don’t clutter up the space with unnecessary furniture, ensure your bed is placed in the area of the bedroom that receives the most light (when curtains are open and lamps are on), and opt for linens that stand out – you don’t need to be gaudy or bright to do this, just a contrast to the bedroom walls and floor will work. 

4. A Platform Bed that Keeps it all Together

Many of us know the challenge of fitting everything you own and need into a smaller apartment or single room. Keep your space looking great, while still being highly functional, by choosing a box-style, rustic platform bed for your bedroom. When you have a minimal amount of space or a smaller budget, it makes sense to choose a platform bed with storage, since it increases the utility of one of the largest pieces of furniture in your home.


5. A Tuck-Away Platform Bed that Bucks Convention

Even more than the normal level of low-profile offered by conventional platform bed design, tuck-away or foldable platform beds are super space savers! With a metal frame or wood platform bed that can be stowed away during the day, you free up floor space, making it possible to use your room for so much more than resting.


6. A Mirrored Platform Bed for Small Spaces

Love a bedroom that’s avant-garde, but don’t have a large area to play around with? Upgrade your aesthetic with a modern platform bed that comes with a mirrored base –  not only does this bring a certain flair to your style, but also helps to increase the reflected light, making your room look more spacious and illuminated. If you want to cut down on budget, then consider getting a little creative! Today, you can find large panels that come with a mirrored surface and a sticker back, with these and a box-bed style frame, you can make your own DIY platform bed with a mirrored base!


7. Your Platform Bed in an Open-Plan Bedroom

With a larger, open-plan bedroom, a great way to segregate the space and delineate sleep zone vs. work/dressing areas is by creating a DIY platform bed that sits within an alcove of its own – the platform bed itself is its own niche. The main point of this is to create a visual separation between the bed and the rest of the room, so while it may seem to be inspired by capsule bedrooms, it won’t have the same cramped feel. With a large wooden platform and plenty of space around your mattress, it can be a luxuriously sized king or queen platform bed, perfect for Sunday sleep-ins.

8. The Platform Bed, Perfect for Minimalist Bedrooms

This is the perfect choice if you want to build your own DIY platform bed with storage plans as the main point, and love a minimalist theme. Consider having a streamlined single piece built-in, with a large platform that segues into shelving and cupboard space, as well as drawers below. Place a queen size mattress on the platform to create your own comfortably-sized queen platform bed, perfectly adopting the clean and clutter-free aesthetic that characterises zen spaces.


9. Using a Twin Platform Bed in the Bedroom

Despite the name, twin beds aren’t always used in sets of two, and while they’re generally more frequently seen in dorms or children’s rooms, they’re actually very useful when space is at a premium. 

Platform bed design perfect for your minimal bedroom interiors - Beautiful Homes

A twin bed style platform bed isn’t as large in size as a single platform bed, and this can be either a plus or minus depending on how tall you are. Assemble your DIY twin platform bed along a wall or under the largest window to maximise floor space and boost the usability of your room.


If you’d like to find the perfect platform bed for your bedroom interior design, we can help you out. After all, at Beautiful Homes Service by Asian Paints, what we’re best at is partnering with you to craft the home of your dreams.


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