DIY podium

Self-made podium Table of contents:

  • 1 The importance of the podium in the interior
  • 2 Where to install
  • 3 Type of construction
  • 4 simple bed
  • 5 pull-out bed
  • 6 videos
  • 7 Photos

Even in ancient Roman architecture in the arrangement of dwellings and public places used podiums. Today with the podium, many designers improve the proportions of space, and also divide the room into zones for greater functionality. The podium resembles a step, which, as a rule, has a height of no more 25 cm. Of course, if necessary, the design can be higher, but in this case it becomes multi-tiered with a wide platform upstairs. The podium can act as a decoration, performing at this and practical functions. This article will talk about how properly organize the space using the podium, from which materials make it, how to properly place this design, In addition, we will talk about the features of manufacturing frame podium beds.

The meaning of the podium in the interior

With the help of the podium, you can adjust, expand useful area, place communications, zoning the room. He can used as a piece of furniture and an additional source lighting. Now let’s talk about each podium value by separately.

Living room on the podiumLiving room on the podium

Zoning space. In accordance with features of human perception, those objects that raised higher, attract attention more than those that are below. The part of the room that is on the podium stands out, making the necessary emphasis in the interior of the room. Any functional the area will be quite appropriate to look on the podium, whether it’s for children or bedroom, study, kitchen or dining room.

Especially relevant is the use of the podium in one-room apartments and studio apartments. After all, they are exactly multifunctional premises.

Correction of the proportions of the room. Visual catwalk changes the perception of space. This result is achieved. only with proper installation. You can expand a narrow room podium, round shape. The angularity of the square room is excellent Stacked by a corner podium.

Corner bed layoutCorner bed layout

Placement of communications. In the podium made using wireframe technology can be easily hidden communication systems, wiring cables and wiring video and audio equipment. If you make a podium in the bathroom, then under it successfully pipes and other elements of engineering communications will hide.

Extension of the usable area of ​​the room. there is the ability to provide for the construction of boxes in which you can will store things. This is a very significant detail in small-sized apartments.

Podium bed with drawersPodium bed with drawers

Podium as an additional source of lighting. At the end of the podium, you can mount decorative lamps or LED strip of the corresponding color. Interior stylistics will be successfully emphasized with the help of lighting fixtures. Will be additional illumination in the recreation area or guest parts of the room.


Podium that serves as furniture. Catwalks often serve as a cozy bed or sofa. For this they are upholstered foam rubber and drape with fabric. Thus an ordinary bed can be replaced by a wonderful multi-level design. The berth can be moved out of a special design niche or be on top of the podium. If you make a bed in a niche, then the upper part of the podium can be additionally used so that as you want. For example, as an office, home theater, living room or nursery.

Where to install correctly

Make a podium is not everywhere. Choosing a place under it, it is important to consider some features of a particular room, Yes, and directly design. Ceiling height in the room, in which the podium will be made must be at least 2.75 m. otherwise, the podium will look ridiculous, visually reducing space.

The central arrangement of the structure is unacceptable. At first, going around such a bulky podium will be very inconvenient. Secondly, it will be more like a tribune for the implementation of theatrical speeches, because of which his original appointment will be lost. The design can not be built in the passage zone.

A cozy cornerCozy corner

Choosing the right place for the podium in many cases determined by the configuration of the room. Its borders may be defined by arches, niches and partitions. In a narrow room A rectangular podium looks great on the width of the wall.

If the construction is done as a berth or for storage of things, then it must be installed in the place where just would fit a cabinet or bed. The podiums give a rounded shape room cosiness and comfort. However, such constructions are more complicated. furnish.

Type of construction

Podiums are made of wooden frame or monolithic concrete. By the way, the frame is sheathed with one of the types of floor material. Each type of design has its own undeniable advantages and disadvantages.

Monolithic podium. Concrete is poured in advance made formwork, which will exactly repeat the form finished podium. Then its surface is leveled with screeds. Then they already lay the floor covering. It could be parquet, tile, carpet, linoleum, laminate, etc. Monolithic The podium is incredibly reliable and durable. It does not rot, does not absorb moisture and is able to withstand heavy loads. Its main drawback – weightiness, because even a not very tall structure creates colossal load on the ceiling. Monolithic podium can be made only in private houses, in apartments it is most likely damage the floor.


Frame wood or metal podium. The design is lightweight, so it does not load overlap. This type of it is ideal for apartments. Wireframe do-it-yourself podium is easy to install, making it possible the manufacture of multi-stage structures without much effort. To to improve the reliability and strength of the frame, it should be ensured proper stiffness. To do this, the design is set intermediate lags.

Frame podiums can be built both in houses and apartments. The main thing is to choose the right source material for the frame and finish finished construction.

Scheme of a wooden frame podiumWood scheme frame podium

If there is high humidity in the room, then the base is made of metal profile and sheathe it with tile or wood-polymer composite. In rooms with a normal level of humidity, the frame made of wooden bars. Sheathed multilayer base plywood or OSB. If glued beam is used as a log, then it must be pre-treated with special antifungal impregnations and fire protection products.

Simple bed

It is important for every resident of the city to have their own corner, where to fully relax and unwind. This is due inexorably. the growing rhythm of life. Comfortable bed is often the main assistant for a healthy stay. If you live in a small apartment, then do not think that you don’t have to sleep in a double bed. Previously, in small apartments, the only way out purchase of a book bed, but today this position is far from the only one. Current technologies and innovations allow to achieve maximum comfort even in small rooms. Now podium beds are replacing book beds more and more.

Types of PodiumsTypes of Podiums

There are two types of podium beds. One of them is the construction of the podium and laying on it a double mattress. So, roomy drawers for under storage of things, for example, bed linen, a spare blanket with pillows, toys for children, etc. The second kind of podium is a platform and a retractable bed. At the site may an office, a game room or even a kitchen is located. So very it’s easy to optimize the space, because during the day the bed will not bother anyone.

Podium scheme with drawersPodium scheme with retractable drawers

So, to build a simple podium in an apartment with retractable drawers should initially develop a sketch, identify the number of boxes to determine the type of finish frame. Then the necessary tools should be assembled:

  1. Roulette, pencil and a long ruler.
  2. Hammer.
  3. Self-tapping screws and dowels.
  4. Drill.
  5. Screwdriver.
  6. Jigsaw.
  7. Screwdriver.
  8. A construction stapler is useful if, as a finish the carpet will be used on the podium.

Materials and accessories are selected depending on the wishes. Now you need to make space for the future the location of the podium bed. The process is very similar to styling wooden floor on logs, with the only difference being on the surface the podium at the final stage will be a mattress.

The most economical option for a catwalk bed is construction consisting of fixed legs installed a rectangular wooden frame with a wound chipboard sheet. IN in the end, a purchase mattress is laid on such a structure. This type of bed is going to be in just a day!

So, chipboard needs to be fixed not easily on the legs, but on the perimeter, made of boards. In accordance with the marking on the screws timber. Such a simple frame will be the basis for the installation of legs.

Ladder with drawersLadder with drawers

The bed-podium with drawers is more expensive, and make it more difficult. The process consists in fixing the beam around the perimeter constructions with the subsequent installation of boards. For the correct calculation the size of the podium, you must consider the size of the room in which it installed. The frame should be 5 cm higher than in the case mounting a simple podium without drawers. Board Thickness should be 22 mm. It will be required for the construction of outdoor the podium panels, as well as the cross bar, which is installed in the center of the structure. By production of internal parts of blocks chipboard having a thickness of 19 mm is used. Support frame under construction from inside the block. Initially, support bars should be installed, 47 × 27 mm in size – they are installed horizontally, and after supporting bars. To distribute the load on the support bars evenly, one of them is installed in the center, and along the edges have two. The fastening of the bars is carried out using wood screws.

Bed and drawersBed and drawers

To make drawers you should purchase the necessary the number of boards having a thickness of 16 mm. Details follows pre-prepare, and then assemble. The bottom is made out at relief plywood having a thickness of 10 mm.

As for the size of the boxes, they must be calculated with given the internal space of the podium.

A special glue is used to connect the parts. With help clamps tighten the structure until the glue completely dries.

Pull-out bed

To make a pull-out bed you must first think out a retractable system, because it must withstand large load. To do this, purchase guides and rollers. The frame is made without special snags, we can say traditionally. The biggest snag in installing a pull-out bed.

Drawer bed layoutDrawer bed layout

The podium, however, like the floor in the whole room, should be flat. This is due to the fact that furniture will be installed on it, and even designs have to walk around. Pre-measured on the walls construction height. Applying a level (perfect laser, but normal will fit) spend along the walls of contact with the podium a straight line that should correspond to the dimensions and height finished construction.

For the manufacture of the frame, as in the cases described above, used timber. The support bars are attached either to the floor or to the wall. It depends on the size of the podium, as well as the availability of niches. Design small in size, usually anchored to the wall vertically.

The structural strength directly depends on the distance between uprights, the standard pitch is 40 cm.

Now you can assemble the upper part of the frame. To do this, on racks stack horizontal bars that connect together under angle of 90 °. Connection points can be fixed with metal corners. This is especially important in the construction of large the catwalk.

The inner surface, in cases where it is not used for niches should be filled with polystyrene or mineral wool. These materials will serve as good soundproofing. It will reduce the booming sound created when walking empty inside space. Examples of these processes can be seen in the photo.

Making a frame podiumFrame manufacturing the catwalk

The casing of the frame must be strong, therefore, for this purpose good quality sheet material is used. It can be gypsum boards, boards, OSB or USB, plywood sheets. Sheets the sheathing material is fixed with nails or self-tapping screws. To prevent surface deformation when surely leave a swelling of the casing expansion joints having a width of 2-3 mm.

In cases where the internal space is used, with the inside should also be sheathed frame. If internal niches will not, then the end of the podium should also be sheathed.

As for the finish, it is carried out with using a variety of floor materials. It could be parquet, carpet, cork, laminate, linoleum, tile, etc. Particularly noteworthy is the process of finishing the front the catwalk. Sheathed in the same way as the top of the podium in those cases when it has an even border. If it is undulating, then flexible sheathing material that is easy to bend. The use of flexible plywood, PVC skirting, metal profiles made of aluminum or brass, MDF panels.

The bed is made in the same way as the drawer, the main thing here to withstand exactly its size and correctly install the guides and rollers. The quality of these moving elements plays a key role, therefore, saving on their acquisition is extremely risky.

After the manufacture of the podium has come to an end, it follows walk him. This is done to evaluate squeaks and deflections. If a If there are defects, they must be eliminated.

In cases where production processes are completed in the correct sequence, you can proceed with the installation furniture.

If you have questions about the topic, then do not hesitate to ask them professionals working on the site. You may have taken advantage some advice? Then share how the material presented to you helped. Anyway, your comments will be beneficial. to readers.


Explore the podium construction process by looking Stock Footage:

A photo

In the nursery

A photo

In the nursery

Sleeping areaSleeping area

In the bedroomIn the bedroom

With drawersWith drawers

With a pull-out bed in the nurseryWith pull-out bed child

With a hidden bed and stepsWith a hidden bed and steps

Laminate bed podiumBed podium, laminate flooring

Arrangement of a nurseryArrangement of a nursery

Multistage podiumMulti-stage podium

Living AreaLiving area

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