There are so many reasons why people need to build a two step platform in their homes, but it is actually very easy to do. You will simply need a few materials that you can find at any hardware store, some tools to make the construction go faster and your imagination to design it just how you want it. A two step platform is similar to a double decker board, but with a smaller width, so that users must step up and down between the steps.
The two-step platform is a great design for compact spaces because it offers a stepping surface at both ends of the table. This allows you to safely switch between leg positions for different tasks, like standing up and sitting down. The platform can also be used as a seat or stool to create extra work space in tight areas.
This guide will walk you through the steps of building a two step platform for your dog(s).
You will need the following tools to build a two step platform:
- Saw (circular saw or chop saw)
- Tape measure
- Cordless drill/impact driver and bits, with an assortment of drill bits
The circular saw is used for cutting lumber. The impact driver is used to screw wood together, while the cordless drill is used to drive screws into place.
- 2×4 lumber (10)
- 2×6 lumber (11)
- 1×4 lumber (10)
- 1×6 lumber (3)
- 1×8 lumber (1)
- 1×10 lumber (1)
- 1×12 lumber (2)
The first thing you’ll need is a materials list that includes all of your supplies. This is just a simple checklist so you don’t forget anything.
Step 1: Working on the Platform Base
Now, use a tape measure to measure and cut the 2x4s to the length of your platform. Then drill pilot holes in each end of all four pieces with a 3/16th inch drill bit. Attach the 2x4s to the 2x6s using 3 inch screws, then attach the 2x6s back to our original 8 foot long beams using 6 inch screws. Finally, attach your now 14-foot long two piece base together using 4 more 6 inch screws at every joint:
The result will be a sturdy and stable base for our platform that can support up to 500 pounds (250 kg)!
Step 2: Starting the Steps
- Attach the stringers to the platform base. Using a framing square, check that all of your stringers are at an equal angle and level with one another. Then, nail them into place using 16d common nails (about 2-3 inches from the top). You may want to use a nail gun for this part if you have access to one or find it easier than hammering by hand.
- Make sure everything is level again, then attach each stringer individually with two 3 1/4″ wood screws through each end bracket into their respective joist ends (one screw per end).
Step 3: Finishing Up Your Steps
You’re almost there! Here are the steps to finish up your project:
- Attach the stringers to the platform base with screws.
- Attach the stairs to each stringer, then connect them with a handrail between them, again using screws.
- Attach a railing around all three sides of each stair unit and secure it with brackets screwed into studs in your wall or ceiling (if you can’t find any studs, use drywall anchors instead). The railing should be about 4 feet high at its tallest point and no more than 6 inches from that same side’s edge this will prevent people from accidentally stepping off their step onto nothingness. A finished picture frame makes an excellent guard rail here as well if you don’t want something too bulky like metal bars or wooden planks that could impede airflow through windows above them later on down the road when they’re installed. If necessary, finish off any exposed wood surfaces by staining or painting them before mounting them onto walls/ceilings; this will give everything else visible during construction time something pretty enough not just for show but also practical use once complete (as opposed to having unsightly exposed boards everywhere).
Step 4: Attaching The Stringers to the Platform Base
Now you’re ready to attach your stringers to the platform base. The easiest way to do this is by using lag bolts and washers.
- Drill a hole into each stringer, as well as into both sides of the platform base.
- Put a washer around each lag bolt and put one end through its hole in the stringer, then through its matching hole in the platform base. Put another washer on top and tighten with two wrenches one on either side of your plane (or vice versa). Don’t overtighten. You want everything nice and tight so that nothing wobbles or has any chance of coming loose, but you don’t want it so tight that it bends something out of shape or breaks anything off.
Here’s how you build a two step platform.
Here’s how you build a two step platform.
Tools you will need:
- Cordless drill
- Saw (circular or table saw)
- Miter saw or chop saw (if you don’t have one, skip to step 3)
Materials List for Base of Platform:
2x4s – 24′ long, 3″ thick and 4″ wide (choose your desired size)
1x6s – 12′ long, 1.5″ thick and 5-1/2″ wide
3/8″ plywood sheets – 2 @ 36″, 1 @ 26″, 1 @ 22″, all ¾” thick (choose larger if needed) NOTE: The base should be as large as possible but no bigger than 48” square so that it will fit on the workspace. If necessary, leave extra room around each side so that it can be attached later when building the steps.¬†1/8″ sheet metal or galvanized steel sheeting is also needed if making a railing system on the steps.
If you have been looking for a way to build a two step platform then this article may be exactly what you need. The first thing that must be done is to measure the area where it will go and find out what materials are needed. If you have all of these things in place then you can begin building your platform now.