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Build a bed platform, bedside tables and a console

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  • Completion Time : 1 Day

Why not transform your bedroom into an oasis of peace with this unassuming bed platform, these night tables and a console that give the impression of hanging in space thanks to their minimalist style?
This step-by-step approach will help you build this bed platform (96" x 90" x 10 1/4") along with its night tables (10" x 20" x 8") and console (12" x 48" x 10") without the help of a professional. Made of sheets of MDF, this furniture may be uncomplicated but it will give your bedroom a stunning look! Better still, it can be made by anyone with the right tools and a little bit of experience handling them.


Tools and materials required


  • Circular Saw
  • Miter Saw
  • Bench saw
  • Drill - screwdriver
  • 3/8" countersink drill bit for No 8 screws
  • Measuring tape
  • Square
  • Pencil


Bed Platform:

  • 4 sheets of MDF 48" x 96" x 5/8"
  • 2 sheets of MDF 48" x 96" x 3/4"
  • Edge banding, white melamine finish
  • 1" No 8 screws
  • 5/8" No 8 screws
  • Angle brackets 1" x 1" x 1 3/4"
  • Wood glue (carpenter’s glue)
  • Paint, "Pure White" by RONA, No 235-11


  • 2 sheets of MDF 48" x 96" x 5/8"
  • Edge banding
  • 1 3/4" No 8 screws
  • Wood glue (carpenter’s glue)
  • Paint "Pure White" by RONA, No 235-11 and "Turquoise" by RONA, No 043-42

Before Assembly


Plans and elevations of bedroom furniture set


It is preferable to assemble the bed platform in the bedroom once it has been cleared of its content allowing for greater ease of movement. The bedside tables and shelf can be built outside the bedroom. Two 5/8" MDF sheets glued then screwed together ensure the rigidity of the platform.



MDF is a versatile material that makes it easy to build strong, sturdy and affordable furniture. It is advisable to always glue the parts together with wood glue before fastening them with nails or screws. If the nails or screws do not provide enough strength, use clamps to hold the assembly together while the glue dries.

Screw fastening:
Always drill pilot holes using a countersink bit, with the pieces in their final assembled position. This will prevent the MDF from buckling or splitting under the torque of the screws. In one motion, the countersink bit bores a hole for the body of the screw as well as a cavity to conceal the screw head. You can use a driver-drill to do this, but it is advisable to finish tightening the screws with a manual screwdriver to prevent the driver-drill’s speed and force from damaging the MDF and weakening the screw’s grip.

Nail fastening:
For some projects it is best to use finishing nails. In such cases, using a pneumatic nailer will get the job done more quickly and easily, and the nails will hardly show.

Always wear a protective mask when cutting or sanding MDF as the dust can be irritating and is a potential heath hazard. Work outside if you can; if this is not possible, close any air vents and doors leading to other rooms so as to prevent the dust from spreading. Open a window while you work and cover all items in the room with dust sheets. Vacuum once you have finished cutting.



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