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Platform Bed Construction

Platform Bed Construction

    Platform Bed Construction

        

    Platform Bed Construction Techniques – How we make solid hardwood platform beds that will endure for generations

    At Scott Jordan Furniture, we have produced thousands of platform beds over a period of thirty years and we know from experience that our methods are sound.  We prefer using a through bed bolt method to construct our platform beds.  Through bed bolts are a fail-safe method of insuring a very tight mechanical connection that eliminates bed rattle,  shake, and motion transfer; ensuring generations of service.

    Our platform beds are made of solid hardwood. They are not made of plywood, particle board or any other forest product that might be referred to as “all wood construction”. We use locally sourced hardwoods, primarily cherry, walnut, oak, maple and birch. The lumber comes entirely from the Northeast; mostly Pennsylvania and New York. All of the lumber that we use is harvested sustainably. The forests in which it grows are managed to perpetuate their existence as forests and in a manner that is respectful of the larger environment.

    We use only non-toxic plant oils and beeswax for our platform bed finishes. The plant oil, mostly from flax seed and cotton seed, imparts a soft lustrous yet mellow shine to the surface of the wood. It is non-toxic both to the end-user and to the craftsmen in our workshop.

    We do not use sprayed-on lacquers that require prodigious quantities of organic solvents which, of course, would be released into the atmosphere (after poisoning the very craftsmen who make the furniture).

    Should the reader be more interested in knowing the profoundly toxicity of these organic solvents you might start reading  an article by Dr Michael McCann, PhD – the Health Hazards of Solvents

    Also, we only use standard hardware in our platform bed construction.  All of the components can be found at a good hardware supplier.  This avoids the troubles of specialized furniture hardware that might be difficult to replace if lost, especially years from now.

    The hardwood slats in our platform beds  are supported by a center leg that insures that the slats will not bend and sag over time. This also provides a firm, level, foundation for the mattress.  Furthermore, our bed slats are made from sound hardwood; we use a variety of woods that are suitable to the function: oak, maple, ash, beech, cherry, according to what is currently available from our lumber supplier. In any case we select only locally sourced hardwood.

    Scott Jordan Furniture platform beds are constructed one at a time allowing for a wide selection of size and designs.  By employing computer guided machinery to produce the parts one at a time very precisely, we can offer a very high degree of accurate fit with these fine hardwoods.

    Need a custom leg height for underbed storage or individual size?  No problem, customization possibilities of leg height can be made in our Brooklyn workshop.  Contact our showroom at the number listed below for custom size quotes.

    Please visit our showroom, open 7 days a week, at 137 Varick St in New York City, corner of Spring Street, and work with our expert design staff to find a solid wood platform bed tailored to your desires.

    Platform Bed Construction
    platform bed crafted with hardwood slats to support mattress

     

    Specially woven nylon webbing secures each bed slat.This prevents shifting or separation. A common cause of failure in platform beds occurs when the slats detach from the webbing,, shifting position, causing the mattress to fall. Our custom woven webbing is typical of the design insights that we have gained over our many years making platform beds.

    nylon bed slat webbing

    The method of bolting the rails to the post to construct a bed frame dates to the 18th century. The earliest example of this construction technique that the author (Scott Jordan) has seen is in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. The technique became common to construct British Army officers’ beds. The bed frames were robust and relatively easy to dis-assemble for transport to the next camp.
    As metal hardware became more affordable in the 19th century this construction technique became common in American made bed frames; many of which exist today (albeit in archaic sizes).
    We have been making bed frames for more than thirty years in Brooklyn Over this time we have made quite a few improvement to the way we make a bed frame.
    From the very first beds that we made in the early 1980s we have used the bolted rail to post technique. We have never found a better, more secure, method.

    platform bed hardware
    Bolted corner post to side rail is the most secure, easily serviced, method of building a platform bed frame. We have built thousands of bed frames using this method.

    illustration of bed bolt construction
    sturdy bed bolt construction ensures generations of faithful use
    detail of center leg supposting the bed slats
    center leg supports the bed slats
    Bed Bolt Construction Details
    Steel bolts connect the rails to the posts – Steel bolts are the most secure way we have discovered for building platform beds. If lost, in moving for example, they are easily found at a good hardware store. Many other platform beds are constructed using specialized furniture hardware – very difficult to replace if lost or broken.

    The array of hardwood slats is supported by a center strut and leg that transmits the weight to the floor and prevents the mattress from sagging in the center.

    platform bed slats
    array of center supported hardwood slats promotes beneficial ventilation of the mattress at the same time preventing the mattress from sagging in the center.

     

     

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