Published on October 17th, 2011 | by Jules Yap


Cali-King "Lackable" Headboard and Platform Bed Frame

Materials: 8 Lack tables (white & birch), 3 50-packages of wood screws, 2 pieces of plywood 81 in. x 35 3/4 in., metal plates, T-like brace, felt

Description: This design inspired our design as well as this one.

I was having a hard time finding a platform bed for our California King bed frame. It was becoming frustrating. I was searching on Craigslist hoping to find a treasure when someone mentioned on their post. I took a look and was totally inspired.

We headed off to Ikea to buy the Lack tables. I chose white and birch effect. The white tables were $6.99 and the birch effect tables were $9.99. We then bought the screws, plywood, metal plates, T-like braces, and felt at Home Depot. We got to work.

1. We laid out the checkerboard pattern face down. 12 metal plates were attached with screws as pictured.
2. We then reinforced the structure by placing metal plates in a square formation where the four corners meet.
3. We attached the legs to the frame by using the 2-sided screws that come with the Lack tables. Next, we attached the T-like braces to the two outer legs for extra security and metal plates to the two inner legs.
4. My husband attached the extra Lack legs to the bottom of the plywood. He used an extra piece of plywood to connect the two pieces and attached legs around the center. All Lack legs were used as the base of our platform bed and on the headboard.
5. We used felt pieces to cover up the tops of the screws in the four corners so it wouldn’t tear the bottom of the mattress.
6. We moved the headboard in the bedroom behind the bed.
7. The weight of the bed and platform against the headboard gives it a lot of security.

Total spent: $158.98 plus tax
Thank you to all the wonderful inspiration. So glad I discovered this site.

~ Heather, Colorado

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Jules Yap

"I am Jules, the engine behind IKEAHackers and the one who keeps this site up and running. My mission is to capture all the wonderful, inspiring, clever hacks and ideas for our much loved IKEA items".

9 Responses to Cali-King "Lackable" Headboard and Platform Bed Frame

  1. Unknown says:

    So 6 months later, how is the Lack platform working out for you? I want to do the same for a queen sized bed but lower to the floor.

  2. Heather says:

    Hello, We used a one inch screw to join the tables together with the brackets. The Lack tables are 2 inches thick so you have to be careful not to use a screw too long or it will go through the other side. We used the screws that came with the tables to attach the legs to the bottom of the headboard. I hope this helps.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Of what measurement were they the screws that join the tables? To us, on having raised the head, one was turning us backwards.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I giggled at the phrase “felt at Home Depot.”

  5. Heather says:

    You are right they are weak and we didn’t want the bed to collapse. After I posted this we went out and bought 4 2 x 6′s and strategically placed them in the middle of the frame for extra support.
    I got the bedspread at Kohl’s.:)

  6. Justin D says:

    I like the hack, but I love the bedspread! Where can I get one?

  7. Anonymous says:

    The legs of the LACK tables are fairly weak.
    Be careful.

  8. liked the checkered headboard .

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