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Old 02-16-2012, 11:45 AM   #1
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Has anyone used the notches in the side of the bed to build a sleeping platform?

It seems that using some wood and the wheel wells it would be quite easy to build a platform that could be used to support a mattress while providing storage underneath the bed. Anyone given it a try?
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You don't need a center support. I used 2-2x6's layed in the notches and 3/4" plywood on top of them to make a flat area. I use mine for cargo separation but the concept is the same. It's very sturdy. I made sure to have a couple panels in the front that lift out separately in case things slide to the front of the bed underneath the platform.


Here's one like mine that's carpeted and finished off:
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Those notches are meant to accept 2x8 cross boards

Use 3/4" plywood for your platform , you should be golden
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You don't need a center support. I used 2-2x6's layed in the notches and 3/4" plywood on top of them to make a flat area. I use mine for cargo separation but the concept is the same. It's very sturdy. I made sure to have a couple panels in the front that lift out separately in case things slide to the front of the bed underneath the platform.
Looks good! i guess if you run the 2x6's you wouldnt need supports! didnt even think of that one!
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I built one and carpeted it and it works great, same idea as Pugga. I'll look for some pics..
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Has anyone used the notches in the side of the bed to build a sleeping platform?

It seems that using some wood and the wheel wells it would be quite easy to build a platform that could be used to support a mattress while providing storage underneath the bed. Anyone given it a try?
This guy did that
http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/2nd...rks-great.html
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Old 02-16-2012, 12:17 PM   #9
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Looks good! i guess if you run the 2x6's you wouldnt need supports! didnt even think of that one!
3/4" plywood doesn't hurt either. It's definitely overbuilt if you just want to sleep on it, but I use it for cargo. I've had over 1,000 lbs sitting on that platform a couple weeks ago an no failures.
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3/4" plywood doesn't hurt either. It's definitely overbuilt if you just want to sleep on it, but I use it for cargo. I've had over 1,000 lbs sitting on that platform a couple weeks ago an no failures.
wow thats crazy you have that much on there! good deal! might be going to pick up some lumber this weekend and some marine grade carpet so it will be nice and clean for camping trips
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No such thing as overbuilding for me, 6"3 and 260lbs. I also wouldn't be sleeping back there alone. lol.

The area beneath the platform will be perfect for storing my gear/guns that I want to keep locked up while camping.

Keep the pics coming!
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I was kicking around the idea of half-a-platform Like a single bed with toats n coolers on the other half....
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No such thing as overbuilding for me, 6"3 and 260lbs. I also wouldn't be sleeping back there alone. lol.

The area beneath the platform will be perfect for storing my gear/guns that I want to keep locked up while camping.

Keep the pics coming!
Build it like mine and you can have a fat chick orgy back there and not break it.
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I was kicking around the idea of half-a-platform Like a single bed with toats n coolers on the other half....
maybe like this..
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Here are pics of mine:


















Room underneath for storage bins











Small holes in the platform to be able to lift up the panel to get to storage bins underneath.





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Build it like mine and you can have a fat chick orgy back there and not break it.
Since you put it that way now I have to have one!

Seriously though. I haven't considered this yet, but think I should. I'm going to get a truck cap (haven't decided between ARE or LEER yet) and this would be a good addition.
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Heres one i made a while back. didn't want to kill all the space in the bed. I have a self inflatable ground pad that fits perfectly on it. I blocked the windows with felt and i sleep like a champ in the back of it. The drawer goes back to the wheel well, and i made a hatch to access behind that for more storage. I recently ditched the drawer slides because they didn't go back far enough. i put some Teflon sliders on the bottom of the drawer to let me pull it out all the way. drawer sliders for 4ft are big bucks!
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Heres one i made a while back. didn't want to kill all the space in the bed. I have a self inflatable ground pad that fits perfectly on it. I blocked the windows with felt and i sleep like a champ in the back of it. The drawer goes back to the wheel well, and i made a hatch to access behind that for more storage. I recently ditched the drawer slides because they didn't go back far enough. i put some Teflon sliders on the bottom of the drawer to let me pull it out all the way. drawer sliders for 4ft are big bucks!
I'm liking that.
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