Double Farmhouse Beds with Trundle Bed

Submitted by Kirk on Mon, 05/21/2012 - 23:25

These were my first builds. I am so pleased with how it all turned out! My sister in law introduced me to Ana's page and I was off! We have twin, 5 year old girls with their own rooms. They both needed new furniture and I fell in love with the Farmhouse Bed Plans. I used a little of the Mom's Fancy Farmhouse Bed Plans and the Queen Farmhouse Bed Plans. I wanted to use our existing mattresses with box springs, so I put a cleat on the inside edge, running the length of the side rails. Another modification, being that I wanted to use mortised bed locks on the side rails to allow for quick connects to the head and foot boards. I used these from LV:,40842,4126… I routered them in using a guide. I strongly recommend them if you are able. You can paint the bed pieces independently and assemble very easily. No building in the room! The other modification I made was that I made the actual side rails higher in order to fashion a trundle bed underneath. The trundle is a double as well, rolls on stationary castors, and on carpet too. I have a single mattress in it and it can be pulled out on either side. One side is for the bed and the other can be used as storage etc. My girls can easily pull it out and put it back in place. Great for sleep overs and extra company! It is technically unattached from the bed, but there are small stationary castors that run the inside length of the head and foot boards on their sides to act as guides for the trundle. I have attached pictures to show what I mean. I did not want it banging around underneath, and the castors are great little guides. I have more detailed pictures, but am having difficulty including them as their file size is too large. Since making the beds, I have also made the farmhouse side tables, and am in the midst of making the Madison Dressers to match! It is all coming together nicely. It took me about 2 months to complete the beds, but that was a few hours here, and a few hours there. I didn't think that was too bad, as I made two of them and it was my first project! Either way, I am very excited and have the builders itch now! So many things to create. Thanks for a great site, and so many ideas.

Estimated Cost
$250 per double bed and double trundle
Estimated Time Investment
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Type of Wood
Pine, except for the 4X4 posts, I used cedar; the only available, untreated, affordable 4X4 in our area. It was not a concern, as I intended to paint them!
Finish Used
All pieces were primed and painted with an air spray gun, and the colour is Benjamin Moore "Cloud White". If you can do it, I suggest spraying. It makes the paint go a lot further than if you were to brush or roll it on!! Way more affordable.
Recommended Skill Level


Abby K (not verified)

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 17:35

I absolutely LOVE these beds you made! This is *exactly* what I have been thinking about for my spare bedroom...a mix of the farmhouse bed, farmhouse storage bed, and mom's fancy farmhouse bed! I wanted to have the option of a trundle beneath our spare bed as we frequently have overnight guests that have children, but I thought the storage would be awesome, too! Your modifications are perfect!! I would love to know more and see more pictures...and pick your brain about all you changed/did with yours! Thank you so much fro sharing!


Wed, 07/18/2012 - 12:22

Thank you for commenting. I am very proud of these, I still go and look at them! Haha! I do have more pictures, they were just too big to put in this post. There is a MB size limit. If you'd like me to send them, just leave me an email addy to send it to. I am afraid I will be of little help as far as the measurements go. It was a learning project, but in the end it went well. I can help, but I went by measurements from their existing mattresses and heights, and what I conjured from other plans from this wonderful site! If you do not have one, I strongly suggest getting a Kregg Jig. I did not have one for the beds, but now have one for the nightstands and Dressers. IT MAKES LIFE WAY BETTER!! It is an investment, but worthwhile! You will also need some clamps, but like I say, worth it! Happy building!

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