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By Kathy Price-Robinson of Kathy's Remodeling Blog

platform bedThis platform bed closely resembles the one in Jennifer Aniston's bedroom, as featured in Architectural Digest. Photo: Apartment Therapy Chicago

Most of us are wealthy like Jennifer Aniston. And we may not have her killer figure or her movie star status. But we can sleep in a gorgeous platform bed like Aniston's -- was featured in Architectural Digest -- and for a lot less than she likely paid for hers.

So how can we afford such a luxurious bed? We can make it ourselves.

What makes this bed frame extra special is its generous size. The platform extends past the mattress on all sides, providing ample surface to rest things like books, drinks, and your cell phone. The end tables that flank the bed are actually extensions of the bed frame itself. Extra space at the foot of the bed allows for other luxuries, like a cushion for seating.

Of course, you need a fairly large room to accommodates a bed this size. But if you build such a bed yourself, you can scale down its proportions to suit your room size.

For inspiration on how to build this bed, we turned to carpentry guru Gary Katz, publisher of the popular site This is Carpentry. (He also created these outstanding digital illustrations!)

"This bed design is a great one," says Katz. "The bed seems to float above the floor, and the top of the bed floats above the bed frame. Both details are easy to accomplish," he adds. "And the materials are simple to collect, too." The dimensions shown here focus on a king-size mattress. Here's how Katz breaks it down for us:

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Create the Look: Jen Aniston Platform Bed

This platform bed, featured in the March 2010 issue of Architectural Digest, is built with attached "ears" -- side tables that are big enough to hold oversize lamps.

Create the Look: Jen Aniston Platform Bed

The bed's platform has a groove at its base that makes it appear to float above the floor.

Create the Look: Jen Aniston Platform Bed

Following the instructions below, you'll make the frame of the platform first, using 1-by-8-inch pine boards standing vertically. Then you'll make the top of the platform with 1-by-8-inch pine boards lying flat.

Create the Look: Jen Aniston Platform Bed

As you see above, a strip of thin molding, called an edge banding, is applied around the edge of the platform. This covers up the ends of the boards that have been cut, giving it a cleaner finish. On the facing of the bed frame, 1-by-6-inch pine boards are installed. These details are what create the shadow line (also called a reglet); this recessed line gives the bed a classy edge. It's all in the details.

Create the Look: Jen Aniston Platform Bed

Before staining a soft and porous wood like pine, you should use a conditioner that will help the stain go on smoother and without blotches. Minwax makes a good Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner, which you apply with a cloth or a brush. You may want to stain with a honey oak or dark oak stain. After that, seal with a water-based polyurethane coating, which you apply with a bristle or foam brush.

Build a floor frame exactly the same dimensions as the interior frame; in this case, 106.5 inches by 94.5 inches, using 2-by-4s installed flat on the floor.

Create the Look: Jen Aniston Platform Bed

It should be exactly the same dimensions as the interior frame; in this case, 106.5 inches by 94.5 inches, using 2-by-4s installed flat on the floor.
Then build the interior frame on top using a series of 1-by-8-inch pine boards standing on edge (vertically), spaced 16 inches apart, measured from the center of each board. Use drywall screws to fasten all the boards together.
Then build the interior frame on top using a series of 1-by-8-inch pine boards standing on edge (vertically), spaced 16 inches apart, measured from the center of each board. Use drywall screws to fasten all the boards together.

Create the Look: Jen Aniston Platform Bed

Then install 1-by-6-inch trim boards on the face of the entire frame with small finish nails. Extend those 1-by-6 boards around the entire perimeter of the frame

Create the Look: Jen Aniston Platform Bed

...including the end table extensions, as shown above. Then install the finished platform boards on top of the frame, also shown above. Use a saw and cutting guide to be sure the platform boards are perfectly flush.

Create the Look: Jen Aniston Platform Bed

As you can see in the illustration above, the chamfered edge on this molding is cut at a 45-degree angle. This gives it more of a polished, rounded look, which is better than just a square piece of molding. Apply with finish nails, with tiny little heads, or with trim-head screws, which look nicer than your average screw.

Create the Look: Jen Aniston Platform Bed

Then make up the bed, take photos, and email them to us at DIYLifeMail@aol.com. We'd love to see your results!

Create the Look: Jen Aniston Platform Bed




  • Anne

    As a klutz, I have problems with standard beds - mattress, box spring, and frame. I step on the edge of bedspreads with one foot and catch my other foot under the trapped edge. And frame legs under floor length bedding can really do in a toe or two.This bed would solve problems for me.
    I think one can learn new skills for making this bed and reap lots of related advantages. If one has experienced a wide variety of beds, from built in niche beds to Chinese platform beds, this is a lovely and manageable variation.

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  • kris

    why does the media have such a fascination with Jennifer Annistan ? I mean she is not all that, she is attractive yes but it seems ever since Brad left her for Angelina the media has made her out to be such a sweet heart. It seems every few weeks you get a nice puff piece on Jennifer ! I guess they feel bad for her. Anyone feel the same ?

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  • Heath

    Really, these plans call for a mattress to be plopped down on top of a shiny wood platform?? Did they think that through at all? Clearly Aniston's mattress is set inside the frame at least partially. Otherwise, every time she went to sit on it (or other things), the mattress would slip around on the platform. Guess they don't think readers are smart enough to figure that out, or to build a platform with an inset area for the mattress.

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  • Justine

    What about storage... I'm sure you could add some hinges to the top of the platform so you could open it, or some doors on the side, or small draws... something would be great. and I LOVE the rope lighting idea..!

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  • Colin Horvath

    You forgot the most important part. Where do you pick up another Jennifer Aniston to make this bed so desirable. I'd sleep on a broken glass covered concrete floor with her as my bed mate. She is hot and seems like a nice girl also. Not a normal combo.

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  • brian

    Just to remind you guys that it is her MAID that bruises her knees.

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  • Aaron

    You know what, I was thinking the same exact thing. It looks to me as though there may at least be a 1" drop that the mattress goes into.

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  • JTV

    Great...now if you can post instructions on how to get Jen on it once I have it built!!! I know it'll start out something like: 1. Become Rich 2. Become Famous 3. Treat her badly, ect...

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  • PomDeTerre

    And exactly WHY would I feel the need to copycat Jennifer Aniston's bedroom? Look where it's gotten her.

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  • GRANDMA

    'LOVE IT, IT'S LOOKS GREAT,. BUTT; NOT FOR ME, I'D BREAK MY NECK,FORGETTING ABOUT IT

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  • gubber

    rid'em cowgirl!!!! needs more bed for the push'in...

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  • kachina321

    AS A CARPENTER I THINK THE BED IS A VERY NICE LOOKING BED. NOT A BIG DEAL TO BUILD EITHER. WHAT I WOULD DO IS MAKE IT SMALLER AND MAKE IT A MODULAR PIECE. THIS WAY I WOULD BE ABLE TO TAKE IT APART IF I WAS TO MOVE. MAKING IT SMALLER IN WIDTH WOULD STOP YOU FROM STUBBING YOUR TOES. AS FAR AS THE FOOT AREA TO ME THAT HAS NO USE. UNLESS A T.V POPS OUT OF IT. THAT CAN BE DONE ALSO. IF THE T.V WASEN'T A TALL T.V. I WILL BE KEEPING THIS AS A REFERANCE IF AND WHEN I WANT TO BUILD A PLATFORM BED.

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  • Irishspring64

    Jennifer bed is just another thing on her list of things that people really cant afford.Now why dont you talk about her father who is on a SOAP OPERA..Why doesnt she talk about him and how good a father he is.


    Irishspring64

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  • rockytony

    ...and she hasn't made a movie that has gotten more than "it stinks" rating! ENOUGH!!!!!

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  • Mira

    LOL. I still remember getting out of a platform trap at Ikea. Do you now what else gets pinched on the way out or up? You a-- cheeks :) Imagine that you have to pedal push to the edge of the bed. I am 50 with a bad back. Oh geez, what a sight!

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  • Monica

    It's a beautiful bed period. They make beds to accomodate the needs of those of you who like to find anything to complain about. Quit being so negative.

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  • suzi

    BARB, I agree with you 100% +++.

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  • Diane Culley

    I love modern bedroom suite where can I buy this bedroom suite from where store???

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  • mabel

    re: the plans to make one for yourself....how in the world do you keep the mattress from moving around? I see no trim or anything to hold it in place. I would end up in another room, mattress and all, the way I sleep! haha.

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