Easy to build captain beds with flip down storage. Simple 2x4 frames, free step by step plans from Ana-White.com
- 4 - 2x4 @ 8 feet long (pine recommended because it is easier to work with and paint than fir)
- 2 pieces of 3/4" plywood 14-1/2" x 36" or 3 - 1x8 @ 72" long
- 2 - 1x2 @ 8 feet long
- 1 - 1x4 @ 6 feet long
- Additional 1x material or 3/4" plywood for slats
- 2-1/2" to 3" length self tapping star bit wood screws
- 2" self tapping star bit wood screws
- 4 - 2x4 @ 70-1/2" - frame top and bottom
- 6 - 2x4 @ 11-1/2" - frame verticals
- 2 - 3/4" plywood @ 14-1/2" x 36" or 6 - 1x8 @ 36" - headboard/footboard
- 2 - 1x12 @ 32-3/4" (if the bed is exposed on both sides, you will need two more drawer faces) - drawer faces
- 2 - 1x2 @ 72-1/2" - mattress slat trim
- 2 - 1x4 @ 33-1/2" - mattress slats
- 1x3 or 1x4 wood slats (can be scrap wood) 33-1/2" long, spaced about 4" apart (see mattress recommendations)
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!
Use 2-1/2" to 3" length wood screws (try spax brand, no pre-drilling required) or pocket holes (set to 1-1/2" setting using 2-1/2" long pocket hole screws) to build two of the frames. It is important to build these frames square so the drawer faces fit inside. Make good square cuts and attach carefully.
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.