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Simple Sleeping Platform: Cheap Works Great

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by jahooten, Aug 16, 2010.

  1. May 3, 2011 at 4:31 AM
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    DanCorcoran

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    I built mine just like OP's (it's not installed at the moment, though). The lowest point of the platform is the underside of the 2x6s (or 2x8s in my case), which are resting on the cutouts. Just measure from the bottom of the cutout to the bottom of the bed and that's how much space there is. There are no other supports to take up room or block access.

    It's difficult to access the front of the truck bed with the platform in place, so I've seen some people make hinged "trap doors" in the platform. Others use boxes or make drawers that fit under the platform and slide them to the front, using rope or handles to retrieve them.
     
  2. May 3, 2011 at 8:46 AM
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    I just used some of those under-bed plastic storage bins from Walmart.
     
  3. May 3, 2011 at 11:46 AM
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    way cool....gotta do it myself!
     
  4. May 3, 2011 at 3:00 PM
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    I bought the two sheets of 3/4" plywood and the 10' 2x8 at Home Depot. From the plywood they cut two pieces 56"x73" and from the 2x8 they cut two pieces 57" long. The only cutting I had to do was to trim 2/3" from the width at each end of the two 2x8s, so they'd fit down in the 7"wide slots. Home Depot didn't charge for the cuts they made, so the fabrication was really simple.

    I had them cut the plywood to 56" instead of 57" (the bed width) so that there would be room for the carpet (4 thicknesses, one on each side of each sheet, about 1/4" each thick). I had them cut the plywood length short by 1/2" for the same reason: a 1/4" thickness at each end. After gluing and stapling the carpet on, the two pieces of plywood fit in the bed like they were custom fit: perfectly. Of course, they were custom fit!
     
  5. Jun 18, 2011 at 4:30 PM
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    Put my own version of this in today as well. I love this platform idea. So simple and it works great. Its nice to have the entire space below open without any struts. Thanks.

    For what its worth I basically used the same dimensions as Dan. I have a VB (very short bed). Used two pieces of 5/8 plywood (a little lighter than 3/4) each cut to 56'' X 28.25.'' With the 2X10s these still provide plenty of stiffness; no sag with two people on top.

    I trimmed a triangle that measures 2'' by 4.5'' or so off the back corner of each so they would mount flush with the back of the bed where it narrows slightly. With some thin carpet on they fit nice and snug; no slop.

    Barely had to shave any width off the ends of the 2X8s to get them to fit the pockets nice and tight without any play.

    I made it out of Home Depo with all the parts having only spent $52 on this.
     
  6. Jun 18, 2011 at 7:52 PM
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    Any pics of your window covers? Do you have the carpeted inside on your cap? And just attach the velcro to that?
     
  7. Feb 10, 2012 at 12:58 PM
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    I followed this recipe, but opted to cut the plywood to 69.5" lengths and 28.25" widths. I didn't need to length to go all the way to the tailgate on the 6' bed so that a wet tailgate doesn't seep water into the carpet or wood deck. Also, I found outdoor low pile carpet at Home Depot and had them cut it to 34" width, it comes in the 12' roll. This was perfect to glue, wrap, and staple the edges. I also took the suggestion of another member and tapered the corners using the 4.5"x2" triangle for the metal corners nearest the tailgate. Lastly, I didn't find it necessary to cut down the 2/3" from the 2x10" as it seems to fit nice and snug in the factory bed locations. Took a couple hours to cut, wrap and glue down, the total cost of the project was about $80 including the adhesive (1 quart, all used) and the carpet ($17). I can't wait to use this for the fishing season opener next month. Thanks for this smart and easy to build elevated deck. I can keep my wet waders, rods, and fishing gear below deck and safe from being crushed. Also nice that the pocket cuddy is nearby to keep my phone, keys and Glock handy.
     
  8. Feb 15, 2012 at 2:22 PM
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    Thanks OP for the idea!

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  9. Feb 28, 2012 at 10:14 AM
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    There are so many different designs for building bed platforms but this definitely seems to be the most practical. Main reason I'm building is because I've got two yellow labs that go everywhere with me and having the space underneath the platform is going to be perfect. I wish I could get another inch or two of clearance under the platform but I'm pretty much right at the perfect height for the dogs to have enough room to move around.

    I got free 3/4" plywood from work so I cut the cross beams in 7" widths from the the sheets of plywood. This is as far as I've gotten so far, we ran out of daylight, and beer. But I'm going to cut my two sheets when I get off work tonight. I've got the grey outdoor carpet from Home Depot that I'll glue and staple down after that. I'm glad that someone mentioned not building the length out all the way to the tailgate to prevent water getting on the platform. I was definitely about to build out from end to end.

    I'll put up some pictures once I'm through, I'm sure it won't be the prettiest thing in the world but the more pictures the better I think. I'm also considering attaching a flip up door and attaching a lock. So even when it's unlocked I can remove it easily but having it locked would at least slow down anyone trying to get in there. Just a thought.

    Cheers
     
  10. Feb 27, 2013 at 8:46 PM
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    mine is simple and awesome

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  11. Mar 4, 2013 at 9:10 PM
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    Where did you get carpet?
     
  12. Mar 4, 2013 at 10:48 PM
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  13. Mar 5, 2013 at 5:18 AM
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    RickG It seemed like a good idea at the time...

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    ^^ That looks great. Padded too?
     
  14. Mar 5, 2013 at 2:40 PM
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    some more photos. the use of threaded schedule 80 plumbing and flanges made it so it can break down and lay nearly flat in the truck bed if it's necessary. it's also the most simple and sturdy design possible. total cost of two 4x8 sheets of 3/4" birch ply, angle iron, outdoor carpet and plumbing/flanges was $65

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    Looks great! You just put carpet only? I think if I do this, i'm going to put a layer of foam on it first :D
     
  17. Mar 5, 2013 at 10:28 PM
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    I realize this is years old and OP only had 15 posts so he will never read this... but...

    Nice write up!

    lol
     
  18. Mar 5, 2013 at 10:28 PM
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    Thanks!
    Yeah, I had some foam padding lying around that I stuck on there before covering. Made a pretty big difference. I couldn't sleep directly on it, but you can get away with a thinner mattress pad.
     
  19. Feb 18, 2014 at 8:22 PM
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    Just built one of these in my short bed. It was super easy and works great.

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