This simple bed can be used alone or with the Cabin Bunk System. Features a paneling look for added character, and an compact design for small spaces.
1 - 1/2 Sheet of 3/4" Particle Board
1 - 3/4" Particle Board @ 39" x 31 3/8" (Headboard Panel)
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!
On the headboard panel (I just build a bed yesterday that is very similar, and used cheapo particle board for the panels because it's really mostly decorative) use 1 1/4" finish nails and glue to attach the 1x6 base trim as shown above.
Now drill pocket holes along the top edge (and the side edges too for step 4) approximately every 8-12 inches and attach the 2x2 to the top as shown above. Drill the pocket holes set for 3/4" stock.
Now just use your 1 1/4" finish nails and glue to attach the 1x2 trim boards as shown above.
And you should already have pocket holes drilled from step 2, so just attach the legs with 1 1/4" pocket hole screws and glue.
Now add the siderails. The easiest method is to drill pocket holes from the insides of the siderails and attach to the headboard and footboard. A stronger means would be to use brackets, available at most hardware stores.
Now add the cleats to the insides of the siderails. If you are not using a box spring, you may wish to put your cleats at the top of the siderails, just don't forget that your slats will take up 3/4". Use glue and 2" screws. Also, for added support, you can attach the headboard and footboard to the cleats with screws too.
Now lay the slats on top of the cleats and screw down with 1 1/4" screws. If you are using a box springs, you will not need the slats. Be aware that some mattresses are firmer than others, and you may need less or more slats.
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.
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