This Is the Bed That Chris Made


UPDATE! Please click here for the DIY Bed Frame PLANS!

Our local IKEA has some great Saturday Shocker events, and a few weeks ago, we picked up the SULTAN king-size latex mattress for just $300, reduced from $700. I think IKEA may be discontinuing this mattress, but we were pretty happy to snatch up a king size mattress for this price.

Chris and I have found that just because a mattress is expensive, doesn’t mean it is comfortable. We tend to prefer firm foam mattresses for optimal back alignment and minimal movement transfer. Before this one, we had tried two queen memory foam mattresses. We like the memory foam, but they always tended to break down in a year or two, leaving large depressions in the foam. The latex foam mattress isn’t quite as firm at first blush, but it feels denser and you don’t sink in as far. I’m hoping it will last a little longer than the memory foam mattresses, but at $300, it’s not too bad of a risk.

Well, since we had a king-size mattress, we needed a king-size bed frame. Unfortunately, most nicer options were out of our price range, and the cheaper options (IKEA) were too cheap. So being the intrepid DIY-er that he is, Chris decided to build a bed frame for us.

The platform itself was simple — Chris just used a framing nail gun to nail a bunch of 2x4s and 2x6s together, exactly like framing a floor or wall. Then he used 2x8s to make the legs and frame. We decided to keep it simple and modern with two 2x8s butted up against each other for the legs. Chris connected them at right angles by drilling pocket screw holes using this Mini Kreg Jig Kit that we got on Amazon.

Before putting the frame together we sanded, stained and sealed the wood. We used Minwax Classic Gray for the stain, which is a beautiful weathered gray, one of Minwax’s newest colors. After it dried, we brushed polyurethane over top and let the frame off-gas in the garage for a few days. Finally, Chris brought it into the room and screwed all the wood together by using long screws (3″) drilled through the inner frame into the outer frame. He also screwed two pieces of plywood on top of the frame to form a solid base for the mattress.

If you’re planning to DIY this bed frame, remember that the structural integrity comes from the inner frame. This bed frame is probably quite a bit sturdier than it needs to be (basically it’s a floor frame) but it doesn’t creak, wiggle, or flex at all =). It will be a good thing to crouch next to in the event of an earthquake.

If you’re interested in building your own, check out the plans and dimensions!

And here it is, in all its delicious king-sized glory.

It’s not perfect. The gaps at the seams area tiny bit wider at some areas than others. But that just adds to its homemade charm, I think.

I love the weathered gray color. And we used a polyurethane with a satin finish, so it’s not too shiny.

Here’s a better look at that leg. I love how solid and rustic it feels.

It sure feels good to be up off the floor. And the clearance under the bed is just tall enough for me to fit the Dyson underneath…a nice unexpected plus…

Slowly, bit by bit, the master bedroom is starting to come together!

Pssst! If you like this, you might like the DIY Dining Table we built!

UPDATE! We built an upholstered headboard! Check it out!


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26 Comments on This Is the Bed That Chris Made

  1. Malinda
    September 28, 2012 at 1:51 pm (5 years ago)

    We’re eventually going to be making a upholstered nailhead headboard as well. Inspired by one from Pottery Barn! Can’t wait to see how yours turns out and to find out where you get all the materials. Fun!!!

  2. mike
    September 28, 2012 at 3:58 pm (5 years ago)

    way to go chris, looks fantastic. love the color and simplicity too! very modern

  3. Shawn
    July 3, 2013 at 12:40 pm (5 years ago)

    Hello. Great stuff!
    I am going to attempt this. You say that you just screwed all the wood together. What kind of screws? Did you just screw them in from the other side? And the outer Grey layer, was that glued as well as screwed, I see the clamp. I’m a woodworking noob, and this will be my first large project.

    Any help would be great, and much appreciated!

    • Camilla
      July 3, 2013 at 1:06 pm (5 years ago)

      Hi Shawn! Thanks for your comment! Let me ask Chris tonight when he gets home from work and he can provide the nitty-gritty details! Stay tuned and I’ll update this post =). Ah, I seem to remember that he used a framing nail gun for the inner frame (3-inch nails fired an an angle into each joint) so I might not have been entirely accurate by saying we “screwed all the wood together”! I’ll get back to you!

    • Camilla
      July 8, 2013 at 10:15 am (5 years ago)

      Hi Shawn! The post has now been updated with a few more details. The outer grey layer was not glued. The right angles for the legs were made by drilling pocket holes for the screws, and strengthened by attaching them to the inner frame (using screws drilled from the inside of the inner frame). Hope it helps!

  4. Inspire Me Heather
    November 17, 2013 at 4:31 am (4 years ago)

    Woah, I love your bed – thanks for posting it! Hubby and I have been talking about making one just like yours too, I’ll have to show him this! I like how you’ve secured the inner pieces too – we currently have an Ikea bed frame and the slats can move which is a drag if they give out in the middle of the night.

  5. Pam
    January 5, 2014 at 11:08 am (4 years ago)

    We want to make a queen bed like this but how do you know the length of the wood?

    • Camilla
      January 5, 2014 at 12:51 pm (4 years ago)

      Make the inner frame according to the mattress dimensions (leaving an extra inch or two to ensure there’s clearance for the edges, and be sure to account for the thickness of the wood). Then butt the 2x8s up on the corners for the legs and when you have the configuration you want, measure and cut the side pieces to make sure they fit tightly together.

    • Camilla
      February 10, 2014 at 8:53 am (4 years ago)

      Awesome! It looks great! Love the headboard you made too!

    • Greg
      January 4, 2016 at 11:03 am (2 years ago)

      This is pretty close to what I wanted to do with this. Did you add the headboard on to the back legs or did you extend back side of the legs further up to mount the headboard on?

      • Camilla
        January 29, 2016 at 2:59 pm (2 years ago)

        The head board was added later so we didn’t really plan for it. It’s mounted to the wall. But you could certainly extend the legs up to make it easier to attach.

  6. Effie
    May 6, 2014 at 3:47 pm (4 years ago)

    Did you just use the polyurethane to get that color or is there a stain underneath it? I love it!

    • Camilla
      September 19, 2014 at 8:53 pm (3 years ago)

      The stain is Minwax classic gray!

  7. Erin
    May 14, 2014 at 12:32 am (4 years ago)

    This is probably a stupid question, but do you still use the box springs mattress with this? It looks like you don’t, but I thought I would ask!

    I’m really excited to make this with my husband! This is exactly what I wanted! Thanks so much!

    • Camilla
      May 21, 2014 at 1:19 pm (4 years ago)

      No we don’t! We have a foam mattress so we don’t have a box spring anyway. Good luck!

  8. Natalie
    September 10, 2014 at 4:34 pm (3 years ago)

    I am new to all of the DIY stuff and wondered if you knew what the dimensions would be for a queen bed? I’d love to try to make this myself but I have a queen mattress.

  9. tina
    September 19, 2014 at 8:28 pm (3 years ago)

    Hello …..where did you purchase your wood from ????

    • Camilla
      September 19, 2014 at 8:49 pm (3 years ago)

      Just Home Depot!

  10. Kelsi
    October 30, 2014 at 10:22 pm (3 years ago)

    My husband and I used your bed frame plans to build a bed this week! We modified the plans a tiny bit (ours is a little taller, and it has plywood across the slats for more support). We LOVE it. We stained it a dark brown and it’s gorgeous. It is SO sturdy too. I’m purchasing a greenish blue upholstered headboard for it, and it’s going to be gorgeous! So glad I came across this tutorial. 🙂 Thank you!

    • Camilla
      October 31, 2014 at 9:38 am (3 years ago)

      Awesome! I’m so glad it worked out for you!

  11. Ashley
    November 1, 2014 at 11:50 am (3 years ago)

    Just wondered if you might have a total cost estimate for this project. Thanks!

  12. james
    May 6, 2015 at 8:33 pm (3 years ago)

    Curious what type of would you used? Pine on the inner frame I would assume but how about the outter portion that you actually see?

    Thank you

    • Camilla
      June 27, 2015 at 5:35 pm (3 years ago)

      I believe it was Doug Fir.

  13. Rachel
    May 20, 2015 at 9:01 am (3 years ago)

    How much did this bed cost to make?


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