Steps // How to Make a Faux-Leather Platform Bed
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Build the Base

 
Step One // How to Make a Faux-Leather Platform Bed

Build the Base

the base for a platform bed
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To create the full-size platform base, Jamie made a frame out of pine 1x8s; she then fastened a slightly smaller frame of 1x4s, with a 1x6 center support, to the underside to create a ledge for the mattress slats.

 
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Build the Headboard

 
Step Two // How to Make a Faux-Leather Platform Bed

Build the Headboard

faux-leather upholstered headboard construction
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She made the upholstered headboard by wrapping a sheet of plywood with two foam mattress toppers cut to size, stapling faux leather around the assembly.

 
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Add the Legs and Headboard Brace

 
Step Three // How to Make a Faux-Leather Platform Bed

Add the Legs and Headboard Brace

legs and headboard brace added to platform bed frame
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For the legs, Jamie doubled up and glued together 1x4s for a beefier look, then cut them at a 21-degree angle. She attached the headboard to the frame with similarly constructed and angled braces lined up with the legs to look as though they were one continuous piece of wood.

 
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Add the Slats and Support Leg

 
Step Four // How to Make a Faux-Leather Platform Bed

Add the Slats and Support Leg

slats and support leg added to a platform bed frame
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She screwed down 3-inch-wide slats and added a support leg in the middle using pocket screws.

 
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Stain and Finish

 
Step Five // How to Make a Faux-Leather Platform Bed

Stain and Finish

stain and finish added to a platform bed frame
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She stained the wood a warm honey color, then finished it with furniture wax to give it an expensive-looking matte glow. Find the full step-by-step at Southern Revivals.


This project was originally featured in DIY on a Dime in the Jan/Feb 2019 issue of This Old House magazine. See all of our favorite blogger projects from this issue here.

 
 

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