Farmhouse Bed King

Submitted by moldah on Wed, 01/11/2012 - 15:15

This was the plan that started my addiction! We had just gotten new mattresses, and we needed a new bed frame. All of the furniture stores have dark stains, and we wanted something natural and bright. I was searching one night found your site, and that was it. A few changes, increased the height of the headboard and footboard, wanted a slight overhang on the top of each as well. Also added an additional 2x4 between the legs of the headboard for support.

Estimated Time Investment
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Finish Used
Recommended Skill Level


Kate (not verified)

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 17:15

That looks great! The natural finish looks really great with your bedding. I love the higher headboard - we're planning to do the same with the farmhouse bed I'm planning so that my husband will be able to sit up in bed without hitting the back.

Did you end up using the boxspring, or is the mattress just in slats? I couldn't tell from your picture.


Wed, 01/11/2012 - 18:23

Hi, thanks for the positive response :) The mattress and box spring both are on here. In fact, I kept the bed itself on the original metal frame below, and added the side rails to hide it. Purchased the hardware for the side rails from Rockler


Fri, 01/13/2012 - 08:42

All I can say is wow. Definitely showing this to my wife today. We had plans to do something like this but yours is up up and away! Excellent job!


Fri, 01/13/2012 - 15:48

I'm glad you like the lights. I go back and forth on them. I hated that I had to drill holes into the wood to run the cord, as it does not give us the option to remove later on. Also, if you go with the lights, you might want to put some double sided tape on the back. Thanks!

RyanJ (not verified)

Tue, 01/17/2012 - 11:15

The bed looks great. The routered edges are a nice touch.

Did you attach the bed to the original metal bed frame at all?


Tue, 01/17/2012 - 14:20

Yes, the 2x4 I put between the headboard legs for support, I did drill a hole on each side, and attached the top of the bed frame to that with bolts.

Szetoklin (not verified)

Tue, 04/03/2012 - 09:41

My husband just forwarded me a link of your bed.
It is SO SO beautiful!!! Love the reading light. Where did you get that by the way?
The bed is so pretty. Love the natural wood look and the knots.
We too have mostly dark wood stain in the house and love this light color look. Did you stain it or coat it with something?


Sat, 04/28/2012 - 15:26

Hi Moldah,

Very impressive and great addition with the lights. Can you tell me how tall your final headboard and footboard are? Thanks.

Elizabeth "Lizzie" (not verified)

Sat, 06/16/2012 - 04:46

LOVE IT! I love doing things like this and I am inspired by seeing your pictures!! I am especially impressed with the Star Wars case noted on your endtable LOL Right there I know you have great taste in films, too!!! I am going to do this project! Great job!


Fri, 08/09/2013 - 20:35

Since there were no plans we are making one similar. Thanks for sharing


Wed, 09/04/2013 - 17:10

Wow, this is so beautiful! Great Job! We are very amateur builders and I had a couple questions. Do you have a blog with more details? How did you achieve the routered edges? And also, do you mind sharing the cost of the project? Thanks!


Sun, 11/03/2013 - 08:44

By how many inches did you increase the height of the headboard and footboard? I am thinking about doing the same when I build this bed and was hoping for some guidance.