Published on June 7th, 2013 | by IH guest


Expedit Queen Platform bed

Materials: Expedit

Description: We were inspired by other Expedit bed hacks, specifically this one and decided to make a Queen Platform bed. My daughter moved into an apartment and we needed to have more storage as well as a nice size bed.

We were very excited that we (two females without any experience) could create this bed. We used 2 1×5 bookcases, 1 1×2, and 2 1×1 bookcases so that we can get as close to a queen size (60×80) as possible. We attached a continuous hinge to the 2 pieces of 60×40 plywood, so that she can have storage under the bed as well. A black piece of fabric was used to cover the plywood. and we used a 4x4x12 but into 8 17.6 inches, which we used support posts. We used brackets and 3/4 size screws to attach the posts to the plywood.

I think that’s it.. enjoy

~ KT, United States

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I am Jules' little helper on IKEAHackers. Helping to upload posts, moderate comments, do minor tweaks here and there.

16 Responses to Expedit Queen Platform bed

  1. Savanna says:

    How much at estimate were the bookcases?

  2. Savanna says:

    What was the total cost of the book selfs

  3. Savanna says:

    How much were the bookcases total for the queen size bed?

  4. An says:

    1.) weirdo ^^^
    2.) this is seriously awesome.

  5. Zabrina says:

    I tried looking up “Expedit” on the Ikea website and only one sort of shelf came up. I could not find the ones used in this project on the site :( .

    Do they not make them anymore?

    If they don’t, any suggestions for a good replacement?

  6. tiffany says:

    IKEA changed their line. The current line that has this unit is called kellex.

  7. LeNai says:

    There is no kellex line on ikeas website. Any other suggestions?

  8. Cha Cha says:

    What are the measurements of the book cases ? chao.

  9. Susie says: From what I understand, Ikea replaced the Expedit shelves with Kallax to save a little bit on the thickness of the shelves. The inside measurements are the same.

  10. Lori says:

    I am a little confused. Did you build your own bookcases or buy them from Ikea? I don’t understand what size bookcase you mean if you bought them at Ikea when you say 1×5 and 1×1

  11. Lori says:

    I looked at the ikea site and don’t find the unit with 5 shelves or the other ones you used. I love how yours turned out and really want to make it, just need a little more instruction. Thanks

  12. kerri steenbeeke says:

    In Australia, they are still called expedit book cases. However, they no longer sell the 1 x 5 cube ones ;( They are approximately 33cm height, depth and width boxes – so 1 x 5 is 1 wide, by 5 high… a 1 x 2 is 1 high by 2 wide etc… In Australia, Bunnings and a few other hardware places are selling similar sized shelving, so it may be worth looking around or even a crafty person could make them if they work out the measurements they need and buy the storage tubs/boxes/baskets before they start…

  13. Vili says:

    Two females? Don’t discredit yourself!!! Women are often times much better and problem solving than men. It’s just how our brains work. Congrats, by the way!! Looks awesome! :)

  14. Alisha says:

    Do you think there is a weight restriction for this?

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