Lowes.com, Ana-White.com, Shanty-2-Chic.com and Woodworking for Mere Mortals.com all host free plans for platform beds. These plans allow do-it-yourselfers to customize their beds by size, building materials and finish. The advantages of these beds include not requiring a set of box springs and allowing for extra storage underneath the bed.
The Lowes.com plan includes twin, full, queen and king versions. Step-by-step instructions and helpful suggestions, pictures and tool and material lists lead users through the whole process. Lowes.com recommends this project for people at an intermediate skill level.
Ana-White.com features plans for a wood platform bed inspired by Pottery Barn Teen's Hampton planked platform bed. Pictures on the site show results from several people who have built the bed themselves. Instructions, a shopping list and tools are posted.
Shanty-2-Chic details plans for building a platform bed and includes pictures of the process. This particular bed is an inexpensive model, and although the plans translate to a full-sized bed, users can alter them to create different sizes.
Plans for a king-sized platform bed are on WoodWorkingForMereMortals.com. This bed plan contains six large drawers for extra storage, but they are optional and can be eliminated from the project. Plenty of photos accompany the instructions.