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Old 07-06-2010, 08:35 AM
 
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How do I raise a platform bed with no legs?

My bed looks like this:

http://www.haikudesigns.com/images/a...su-bed-blk.jpg

I'm not sure if there's a better way than putting Bed Risers underneath? Thanks.
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Old 07-06-2010, 09:45 AM
 
Location: Pomona
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There's no $15 solution to one of these. The thing is, the construction on these is often that the load gets spread amongst several points, not just the corners of the bedframe. I know like on an Ikea Malm, the load is spread throughout the length of the head and foot boards; supporting it only at the corners is a recipe for disaster.

The only way I see, and still look reasonable, is to build another platform for it.
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Old 07-06-2010, 10:01 AM
 
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WHY do you want to raise your platform bed?

I agree that raising it will weaken the structure. If you want a higher bed, you should buy a new one.
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Old 07-06-2010, 10:38 AM
 
Location: Pomona
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For some folks, a taller bed is more comfortable getting in and out of.

Raising a bed won't automatically weaken the structure. A standard bedframe with 4 posts is still going to be supported by the same 4 posts if bed risers are placed underneath them.

Raising it improperly, by not supporting it at all points in which it was designed to be supported, will. Since platform beds typically have multiple supporting points around the entire perimeter, one would have to support that entire perimeter if raising its height.
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Old 07-06-2010, 01:46 PM
 
Location: Knoxville
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Most platform beds are not made like regular beds with metal frames. I don't see that its a big deal to raise it, as long as you made the riser so it has the same configuration and load bearing points. It might look a little odd though.
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Old 07-06-2010, 01:52 PM
 
Location: Alaska
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You can try lifting the platform to see if there are any obvious points that carry the load. If so, then you can support the bed on these points. One possibility would be to attach 4x4 posts to these locations.
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Old 07-06-2010, 07:54 PM
 
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WHY do you want to raise your platform bed?

I agree that raising it will weaken the structure. If you want a higher bed, you should buy a new one.
Agreed. That is the point of the platform bed is to sit low to the ground.
The only real options to do are A) get a taller mattress around 11" or bigger if you don't already, or B) get a different frame that is more what you are looking for.
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Old 07-06-2010, 10:36 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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Actually, raising a platform bed is not that difficult. It simply involves building another platform underneath the bed. Any decent carpenter or handyman should be able to do this for you. I wouldn't recommend doing it yourself unless you are pretty savvy around tools.
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Old 07-06-2010, 11:12 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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"How do I raise a platform bed with no legs?"

With lots of love and tiny crutches?

IIRC, the weight is all around the perimeter. If you want a 1.5" rise, have a home store cut some 2" x 4"s to the proper length, paint them black or whatever color using a spray can of paint, and add some double stick carpet tape to the top to hold the wood to the frame. Put 'em under the bed and yer done. 3.5" rise is a couple of 4" x 4"s done the same way. If you want to get fancy, have the outer edge laminated instead of painted, and use dowels as pegs between wood and frame for a more solid base. To do the job really right involves biscuits and gluing the extensions and then laminating the entire sides to cover any joints.
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Old 07-06-2010, 11:20 PM
 
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"How do I raise a platform bed with no legs?"

With lots of love and tiny crutches?

IIRC, the weight is all around the perimeter. If you want a 1.5" rise, have a home store cut some 2" x 4"s to the proper length, paint them black or whatever color using a spray can of paint, and add some double stick carpet tape to the top to hold the wood to the frame. Put 'em under the bed and yer done. 3.5" rise is a couple of 4" x 4"s done the same way. If you want to get fancy, have the outer edge laminated instead of painted, and use dowels as pegs between wood and frame for a more solid base. To do the job really right involves biscuits and gluing the extensions and then laminating the entire sides to cover any joints.
Wow,...
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