Build your own bed frame! This platform style bed frame is easy to build with off the shelf lumber and basic construction. Stain or paint to match your style or decor. Our free plans include step by step diagrams, shopping lists and cut list.
Related: Pair with our matching headboard plans.
- 4 – 2x6 @ 8 feet long or stud length
- 2 – 2x2 @ 8 feet long
- 1 – 2x4 @ 10 feet long
- 1 – 1x2 @ 8 feet long
- 3 – 1x3 @ 8 feet long
- Additional 1x3 boards, bed slat system or box spring
- 2 ½” pocket hole screws or wood screws
- 2” finish nails
- 2” wood screws for screwing down slats if using
- 2 – 2x6 @ 75”
- 2 – 2x6 @ 57”
- 2 – 2x2 @ 75”
- 1 – 2x4 @ 75”
- 2 – 1x3 @ 79”
- 1 – 1x2 @ 54”
- 1 – 1x3 @ 54”
- 4 – 2x4 @ 7”
- 28 – 1x3 @ 27" OR Box spring measuring 54” x 75” max overall - slats are cut in half to maximize materials of an 8' long board
Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!
Build the 2x6 frame as shown above.
Attach cleats to inside for supporting slats. Use 2" screws and glue.
This middle support is important for full size or larger beds. Attach so top is level with top of cleats.
Now we can start trim out. Add trim so it's flush on insides and at head of bed.
NOTE: Kreg Jig users make frame first, and then attach complete frame to bed.
You can taper the legs, or even use store bought tulip feet for a fancier foot. Attach to base of bed.
Now add the slats. Slat placement and number of slats is dependent of your mattress requirements.
If you find your bed needs a little extra support in the center, here's the best way to beef it up.
It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.