Plan Spotting: Platform Bed and Murphy Bed Ideas
Without getting too personal, think about how modern-day beds are used. In the not so distant past, highly ornate and enclosed canopy beds were used just as much as privacy spaces, symbols of social status, and to keep heat in as they were merely for a place to catch some Z’s. I just returned from the 11th annual Colonial Williamsburg conference, Working Wood in the 18th Century. This year, the focus of the program was on bedroom furniture. In addition to practical demonstrations there was a lot of discussion about how bedroom furniture functioned back in the day. It got me thinking and poking around the web for some contemporary designs. Check out these two plans for modern bed designs.
Platform beds seem to be popping up everywhere, and the unadorned design makes this bed adaptable to most modern interiors. The construction of this platform bed is straight forward, and the plan calls for inexpensive materials (poplar and plywood), making it an attractive project where the wallet is concerned.
CLICK HERE for the free woodworking plans for this platform bed.
The second, a Murphy bed, has been around since the early 1900’s, but it is just as appropriate nowadays for small apartment dwellers and for those people whose spare bedrooms double as family rooms or offices. The link below doesn’t actually go to free plans. Just a free cutlist. The plan costs another 10 bucks.
CLICK HERE for the woodworking cut list for this Murphy bed.
The plans for the Murphy bed pictured above can be found here.
The plans for the patform bed pictured above can be found here.