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Old 02-10-2014, 04:35 PM   #1
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I need to build a simple full size, platform bed frame. It also needs to have a lip around the perimeter so the mattress doesn't move around.

1) Should I use 2 X 4 or 2 X 6 pine for the frame?

2) How much larger than the mattress size(don't have it yet) should I make the inside dimension of the frame?

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Old 02-10-2014, 04:43 PM   #2
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Just Google platform bed frame plans dozens come up.
Some even tell even have cutting plans and places to buy the hardware.
2 X 4 will not work.

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Thanks Joe. 2 x 4's are not strong enough? Even if the span is the short way, 54" ? It's for 1 adult, 160 pounds.
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Thanks Joe. Is OSB a bad choice for the bed's platform, health wise? What's an inexpensive option? (Will not be seen under mattress).

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Why wouldn't 2x4's work? Just curious.
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http://www.freeww.com/platformbeds.html
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Pine is a poor choice for exposed wood in that it's soft and prone to splinters. You can get clear pine but it will cost as much as most hardwoods.

You 'could' use 2x4's but it would be heavy and ugly.

OSB will outgas and will be rough on any type of cloth. Paint grade plywood would be a better choice.
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A 1" (horiz) x 6" (vertical) is very strong.


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