DIY Bed Platform with IKEA Expedit

by Kelsey Norwood

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Well folks, after 7 years of marriage, we finally have real bedroom furniture.

We FINALLY upgraded from a mattress on box springs on metal frames to this!

My dad, woodworking genius, built us a very simple platform with two supports (made from 2x4s) at the head and in the middle of the bed so we could use an this IKEA Expedit shelf at the foot with a plywood platform.

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He built the supports exactly as tall as the Expedit shelf so the plywood platform would rest evenly on all three supports.

I LOVE how the Expedit looks at the foot of my bed and all the extra storage is so fabulous. Plus, my dad spaced out the supports so that I could fit 12 – 18 gallon tubs under there. Holy tons of storage!!! (Daddy-O also built those beautiful night stands. He really is brilliant with wood!)

Because our room is long and narrow you can’t see the sides at all, but I did make a bed skirt to cover all of that glorious (slightly unsightly) storage.

That headboard is a door. Of course. I ordered it special from Home Depot ($39), primed and painted it, and there she sits.

We also got an IKEA Hemnes Bookcase – it’s my favorite series besides Expedit at IKEA and I want this, this, this, and and this to complete our collection. (I left the bottom shelf empty and am going to add baskets as soon as I can find some the right size.)

I love the Hemnes collection because it looks a little more classic and also because it has lots of great add-ons for the bookcases just like the Expedit series. You can get a basic bookcase or add glass doors or drawers. So many beautiful possibilities, and I need one of them to display all my quilts.

So basically…I feel like a real adult now. A real woman with real bedroom furniture. IKEA to my rescue, once again.

Now Sister IKEA and I have big plans for our closets, linens, and TV/media mess…


1 Jen Duke October 27, 2011 at 7:15 am

I love it all. You’re awesome.

2 Felicity @ Our Little Beehive October 28, 2011 at 12:26 pm

When I moved into my apartment five years ago I planned to do this with ikea bookshelves…then I got engaged, moved half a country away, snuggled into the bed my husband already owned and never built the bed. I’m totally in love with yours and thinking we might need to build this for our room!

3 Nemesis November 2, 2011 at 12:58 pm

I love your bed Kelsey!

4 Michelle November 6, 2011 at 4:23 pm

That’s so fantastic! Wish I had a handy woodworking dad or husband… I’m still not a real adult, I’m afraid…

5 Melissa December 29, 2011 at 8:26 pm

Is this for a king or queen bed? I know the width of the expedit is around 72 inches and queen mattresses are 60 in wide.
I am wanting to do something similar but dont think it would work with a queen bed given the expedit dimensions.

6 Laura December 29, 2011 at 9:04 pm

Did you add some kind of support under the door to make it higher? Or was it the right height for a headboard? It seems that the rest of the bed would be very high given the amount of storage space under it.

7 Kelsey January 3, 2012 at 9:01 pm

My husband nailed a long skinny piece of wood to the wall just below the top of the mattress to rest the door on and then we stuck it to the wall on the top with double sided tape (from Home Depot). If we rested it on the plywood platform you’d only be able to see about half of it, so you definitely have to raise it up somehow.

8 Kelsey January 3, 2012 at 9:02 pm

I don’t know the dimensions of Queen mattresses but maybe it would work to have them on the sides of the bed instead of at the foot? But it would definitely be too wide for the foot of a queen mattress. Darn!

9 Julie April 25, 2012 at 9:36 pm

Beautifully done! What’s the name of the wall color??

10 Kelsey April 25, 2012 at 9:49 pm

Ooh, I don’t know! It was painted that way when we bought our house and we haven’t ever changed it. Sorry!

11 Shawna August 12, 2012 at 6:03 pm

Can you show a diy on how to build the frame with the 2 x 4 and plywood. I see the pics but not sure what else is holding them together and I’m dying to recreate this look with a shelf I have. Thanks!

12 Kelsey September 17, 2012 at 9:37 pm

When we move and I take it all apart, I’ll take pictures. My dad built it and I don’t really know what he did. So much for being a DIYer…

13 Hillary December 19, 2013 at 8:23 pm

Your duvet/comforter is beautiful! Where did you find it?

14 Kelsey Norwood February 6, 2014 at 9:52 am

Bed Bath & Beyond. I LOVE it.

15 todd April 14, 2014 at 9:32 am

Hey love this idea! Any chance on seeing a picture of the support frame under the bed? we are moving into a space that has very little room in it and so we have to be very creative. Thanks!!

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