How to Make a Tatami Platform Bed
A platform bed is simply a reinforced box upon which you can place either a mattress or tatami mats. This Asian style version includes a mattress over which the tatami mats can be placed. It is traditionally low to the ground with lots of back support.
Measure your foam mattress. Add a 2-foot lip all around to that size. Have the lumber company cut finished plywood to measure. Have 1-inch by 4-inch lengths of pine, four each, cut to frame the length and width of the mattress. Have 2-inch by 2-inch widths of pine, four to six each, cut to add support under the plywood platform.
Use medium and fine grit sandpaper to smooth all wood. Stain all wood. Give at least two coats and dry thoroughly between coats.
Drill pilot holes into the pine support slats and always drop wood glue into the holes to ensure a better bond. Use woodscrews to fasten the 2-inch by 2-inch pine lengths the width of the plywood. Add the four corner leg posts and turn the frame over.
Mark the center of the platform to determine where your mattress will sit. Mark around the mattress and use the 1-inch by 4-inch lengths to build a frame. Attach it to the platform with wood screws. Drill from beneath the platform so there are no visible screw holes.
Touch up where necessary and finish with two coats of acrylic finish. Dry thoroughly between coats. Insert the mattress. Cover with tatami mats and enjoy a stylish Asian style bed with all of the comfort and support this project provides.
Things You Will Need
- Tape measure
- 4-inch foam mattress
- ¾-inch plywood cut to measure
- 4 lengths of pine, 1-inch by 4-inch
- 4 to 6 widths of pine, 2-inch by 2-inch
- 4-inch leg posts
- Medium and fine grit sandpaper
- Wood screws
- Wood glue
- Acrylic finish
- Disposable foam paintbrushes
- Tatami mat