Making a bed frame from scratch is a fun project to complete. The materials needed are simple and inexpensive.
This project requires no expensive power tools or special skills. All you need is some basic carpentry knowledge and a little patience.
Bed frames are usually made from particle board, plywood, or MDF (medium density fiberboard). These materials are durable and affordable.
They also come in various sizes and shapes. If you want to build a custom bed frame, you can choose from these options.
If you have never built a wooden furniture item before, then this tutorial will be perfect for you.
It is very easy to follow along and only takes a couple of days or less to complete. You may need to apply different types of wood such as oak, pine, etc.
The tutorial includes images of each step so that you do not have to worry about being confused. The last thing we want is you wasting your time with the project.
So, without further ado, let's take a look at how to build a bed frame.
How To Build A Wooden Bed Frame
You will need:
- Measuring tape and a pencil
- Spirit level
- Circular saw or jigsaw
- table saw or miter saw
- Power drill
- Screws and nails
Step 1: Cut The Pieces
First, cut all the pieces of the bed frame. You will use two 2×4s, one 2×6, four 3/8” boards, one 5/16” board, and two 4×4s.
Cut the 2×4s into five equal parts. Use a circular saw or jigsaw to make the cuts. Use a table saw or miter saw to cut the 2×6 into two equal parts.
Use a router or jigsaw to cut the 3/8” and 5/16” boards into two equal parts. Use a jigsaw to cut out the door openings on the sides.
Cut the 4×4s into four equal parts. Use a table saw or jigsaw to cut them.
Step 2: Assemble The Side Panels
Assemble the side panels by gluing the top and bottom edges together using glue and clamps.
Also, attach the front and back panels using glue and clamps or nails. Apply pressure evenly across the entire surface area. Let it dry overnight.
Step 3: Attach The Headboard Panel
Attach the headboard panel to the side panels using screws. Apply pressure evenly across the entire length of the panel.
Attach the headboard panel to both ends of the side panels using screws or nails.
Step 4: Install The Footboard
Attach the footboard to the side panels using glue and claps. Apply even pressure across the entire surface area of the footboard.
Attach the footboard to both ends of the sides using screws or nails.
Step 5: Add The Rails
Add rails to the side panels using clamps or screws. Insert the rails through the holes in the side panels.
Add rails to the headboard panel using clamps or screws and insert the rails through the holes.
Step 6: Finish Touches
Sand the surfaces smooth using sandpaper. Clean the surfaces using alcohol wipes.
Attach the slats to the rails using screws. Position the slats according to your preference.
Attach the slat supports to the rails using screws or nails. Measure and mark where the slats should go. Drill pilot holes first.
Attach the rails to the side panels. Screw the rails into place. Attach the rails and slat supports to the headboard panel.
Step 7: Attach The Mattress Slats
Measure the distance between the mattress slats and add an extra inch to the measurement. Mark the position where the mattress slats should go.
Drill pilot holes and screw the mattress slats to the rails.
Step 8: Attach The Legs
Measure the height of the legs from the floor and subtract an inch. Mark the position where they should be attached.
Attach the legs to the side panels using bolts and nuts. Attach the legs using clamps or screws to the headboard panel and the side panels.
Step 9: Hang Your Bed!
Now that you have built your own wooden bed frame, you can hang it up anywhere you want!
After the sanding step, you can also paint your wooden bed frame too. This gives the bed its own unique look!
Why Build Your Own Bed Frame?
Building your own bed frame is cheaper than buying one at a store. It also gives you more control over how it looks.
If you are looking for a unique design or color, then building your own bed frame is the way to go.
You can get creative with this project and make something really special.
What Are Some Benefits Of Building Your Own Bed Frame? (And What Are The Drawbacks?)
You can build your own bed frame without having to pay any money upfront. This means that you don't have to worry about paying for shipping costs.
This also means that you can customize the size and shape of the bed frame to suit your needs.
If you like DIY projects but aren't very good at them, you can still build your own bed frame.
The only thing you'll need is some basic tools and materials.
The benefits outweigh the drawbacks because you can save money and time by doing it yourself.
So what are you waiting for? Get started on your DIY wooden bed frame today!
Is A Wooden Bed Frame Better Than A Metal One?
Wooden beds tend to last longer than metal ones. The wood will not rust as easily. It’s also easier to clean and maintain.
However, if you live in a humid climate, you may need to seal the wood periodically.
A wooden bed frame is a great choice if you want something different from a traditional metal bed frame.
It is also relatively simple to create by yourself, even if you aren't a whiz at DIY.
But if you prefer the classic look, then a metal bed frame might be better suited for you.
Either way, you can always change the look of your bed frame later on if you wish.