Cut your Head/Foot and Side Boards
With my cut I am cutting one inch bigger to play it safe. I am fine with a platform bed approximately 1 inch bigger than the mattress, if you prefer the platform structureeven out with your mattress, cut exactly as your mattress is. With your 2x6 board cut:Mattress Size: Long Side Board Cut: Short Head/Foot Board Cut:Twin two 75" boards (or 76") two 39" boards (or 40")Full two 75" boards (or 76") two 54" boards (or 55")Queen two 60" boards (or 61") two 80" boards (or 81")King two 76"/78" boards (Kings varies) two 80" boards or (81")-My particular platform bed is Full Size. There's a popular quote in carpentry that goes as "Measure twice, Cut once". Be careful with your measurements. From this pointon, there will be more measurements needed and I recommend a Carpenter's Square for straight and even lines to cut from ($2.99 yellow plastic tool pictured above)
Attach short boards to legs
The entire platform bed will have a 1/2" gap from the top, nothing will obstruct that 1/2" inch gap all around the platform bed. This is done in advance to secure supportbeams/boards (plywood or wood strips) at the end of the project.For your short (head/foot) side boards you want the edge of the legs and board to even out, as shown in picture above. Remember to maintain a 1/2" inch gap. Seeprevious picture #2.