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I've been having this idea for a while now. I want to move from a 1 bedroom to a studio because the only reason I use my current bedroom is for my bed.

Thus, I was thinking about having a platform that holds my desk/office space on top of my bed. Something similar to what you see here I looked on the Internet but I could find very few designs for such furniture nor any company that actually sells such a platform so I guess I have to do it myself.

Before I start, I want to hear your opinion on a few things:

  1. Why aren't there many such designs? Is there something that makes then unattractive/unsafe/unwanted that I am missing?
  2. My mattress is queen size. Do you see any issues with building such a platform for a queen size?
  3. I was thinking about designing the platform as a box from which you remove the bottom part and one of the long sides. Do you think it would be strong enough to hold everything? If not, how can I enforce the structure so it doesn't collapse under the weight of the furniture on top?
  4. Sort of related to #3, how do I calculate how thick should be the wood on top? Less specific, how to I pick the materials?
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A span table will tell you what size lumber you need to span the distance. Span tables can be easily found with a simple Internet search. – Tester101 Jun 21 '14 at 16:47
This may not be insightful for your specific question -- but have you considered the opposite? The bed above the desk? e.g. – Kurtis Jun 30 '14 at 19:26

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