After building all of my kiddos beds for their rooms, it was finally time for mine! We have had a mattress on the floor for the past year because we decided to sell all of our furniture when we moved into our new home. I’ve had this bed design in my head for some time and to say that I’m excited to finally see it come to life is a huge understatement.
It may look like a beast to build, but it is actually very easy, with the right tools, our plans and our step-by-step tutorial!
You can click the image above to print our free plans and follow my steps below for extra help! The printable instructions include a list of materials you’ll need, a cut list, and step-by-step instructions. We’ve also included a supply list below for your reference.
Note: the plans are for a queen-sized bed.
What you’ll need for this DIY project:
2 – 4-ft. x 8-ft. sheets of ¾-in. PureBond plywood (we used birch)
Stain of your choice (I used Early American wood stain by Varathane)
I started by having my plywood ripped down by a nice associate at The Home Depot. PureBond is an excellent choice for a project indoors– unlike most plywood, it has no formaldehyde in it, which means no formaldehyde fumes leaking into your indoor air.
Home Depot associates will usually make the cross cuts too, but I just had them rip them and made the cross cuts at home. An easy way to make cross cuts on wide boards is to clamp a board to the plywood that needs to be cut then use your circular saw as a guide.
Click the plan link above for a detailed cut list.
Next, I used my Kreg jig to drill my 3/4-in. pocket holes.
Once all of my pocket holes were drilled, I attached the 2 x 3 boards around the panels. To get a perfect fit on my miter cuts, I like to make the first miter cut then mark where the second cut needs to be.
Once both sides are attached, I measure for the top piece.
Then, I attached the 4 x 4s to the bottom of the headboard and footboard.
I bought casing for the trim because it was a much cheaper choice for a stain-grade trim. If you are painting, you will have more of a selection and better prices with primed trim. Start with the outside boxes, then measure and cut the middle box to fit!
After the trim on the front of the headboard and footboard, I started attaching the trim to the top. To do this, I used a finishing nailer.
Here is the headboard with the first piece of top trim attached.
Now for the cove molding! I like to do the same here as with my miter cuts. I make one bevel cut, then hold it in place and mark where the cut on the other end should be.
To make the bevel cut, I set the top arm of my miter saw at 45 degrees and made the cut.
I used my brad nailer and wood glue to attach it in place.
If there are any gaps at the corners, wood filler will fix it :)
Here is the footboard, ready for feet!
I used my drill to pre-drill for the feet. Then, I used wood glue and screwed them in place. Let the glue dry.
While the glue dried, I worked on the side panels.
Then, I filled all of my nail holes and cracks with wood filler.
Time for the wood stain finish! I used Early American wood stain by Varathane to finish the bed. I applied one-coat with this awesome Lambswool Stain Applicator – this was my first time using this applicator and I am totally sold. It made staining so quick and easy and the coverage was rich and smooth! With this stain, you only need one coat, and it dries in one hour! After I wiped it on, I let it sit for five minutes then blended the stain in with a clean cloth.
I brought the headboard, footboard and side panels in my room before I assembled them. Do this or you won’t be able to get the bed inside :)
Then, I attached the center supports and the slats with my drill.
And that was it!
Now I can truthfully say that “I made my bed” everyday ;)
I hope you enjoyed this post and are inspired to make your bed too! If you have any questions we would be happy to answer them!