After over a year, our DIY Bedframe continues to be one of my most popular posts, and finally I’m getting around to putting plans and dimensions up to help you build it.
One of my New Year’s resolutions is to be better about providing tutorials and plans when I promise them. I won’t always be able to provide detailed instructions for every project, but when I say I will, I should do so in a timely fashion. I’m finding myself playing catchup from last year’s projects, so please bear with me.
I’ve been pretty intimidated by Google Sketchup in the past but my patient husband is slowly teaching me so I’ll be able to create better and more accurate drawings. It is really an amazing program (and it’s free) that allows you to visualize something you’re building (even draw a 3D model of an entire room to scale).
Anyway, I’m sure you’re all eager to stop hearing me blather on and get to the good stuff.
Step 1: Create inner frame
The structure of the bed was created using an inner frame of 2×6″ and 2×4″ lumber (although in reality lumber measures 1 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ and 1 1/2″ by 3 1/2″, as reflected in the plans). The whole inner portion was put together using framing nails and a nail gun. Most of the nails were shot in from the ends. Some of the middle pieces had to be attached using nails fired in at an angle (toe-nailed).
Step 2: Attach outer frame
The outer frame pieces were attached to the inner frame using screws drilled through from the inner frame (don’t rely on the Kreg drilled screws for this as these screws are holding up the bed). You may need to adjust the measurements of the outer pieces based on how tightly the inner frame fit together, so you may want to hold off on cutting the side pieces until you’ve measured.
Feel free to adjust the height of the legs depending on how thick your mattress is and how high you want to be sleeping.
If you’re using a foam mattress, you’ll want to cut a piece of plywood or MDF to make a solid platform for the bed.
And that’s pretty much it! It’s a pretty simple design, so hopefully I was able to communicate how to do it.
Note: Please double check the measurements against your own mattress and adjust accordingly. We custom made this bed according to our IKEA king-size mattress, which may be slightly different from yours.
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