Q. Which is the best wood for platform beds?
You can use beech, birch, poplar, oak and other wood which can ensure sturdy and strong slats with proper bending strength and stiffness. Maple is also a great choice in platform bed making.
Q. Which plywood is best for making platform beds?
Use a birch plywood core to make your platform bed as it is very sturdy and can ensure that your bed is built to last.
Q. How thick should plywood be for a platform bed?
Never use plywood that is thinner than 3/4th inch, as it won’t be strong enough to hold a thick mattress along with one or two people laying on the mattress.
Q. How much plywood will I need to build a platform bed about 7 x 6 ft.?
7 x 6 foot is a California King size bed. If you opt for an uncomplicated design, you need 2 pieces of plywood measuring about 4 x 8 inches. You will also need four 8-inch long 2 x 8 pieces for the side rails.
For the platform supporting the mattress, you’d need seven 8-inch long 2 x 4s cut down to approximately 6 inches and screwed to the ledger boards. These will support your mattress firmly.
Note that each 4 x 8 sheet of plywood has a total of 4608 square inches.
Q. Does a platform bed need a foundation?
No. With platform beds, you can place any type of mattress over it directly without the need for box springs. In case you’ll be building a traditional bed frame, you’ll need a foundation or a box spring for supporting the mattress.