build your own colonial style poster bed or canopy bed with free plans from ana-white.com
1 - 2x12x16
1 - 2x12x12
4 - 1x4x8
3 - 1x6x8
1 - 1x3x8
4 - 2x3x8
3 - 2x4x8
1 - 1/4" plywood sheet
30' cove moulding (optional)
Pencil post legs, 3-1/2" overall at bottom (custom by Osborne Wood)
8 - 1x4 @ 19"
8 - 1x6 (ripped down to fit) @ 19"
2 - 2x3 @ 63-1/2"
2 - 2x3 @ 81-1/2"
2 - 2x12 @ 79"
2 - 2x12 @ 56"
2 - 2x4 @ 79"
1 - 2x4 @ 81-3/4"
1 - 1x4 @ 58-1/8" (long point measurement, both ends cut at 1/2 degree off square, ends are NOT parallel)
1 - 1x4 @ 57-3/4" (long point measurement, both ends cut at 1/2 degree off square, ends are NOT parallel)
2 - 1x4 @ 24" (long point to short point measurement, both ends cut at 1/2 degree off square, ends ARE parallel)
1 - 1x3 @ 50-7/8" (long point measurement, both ends cut at 1/2 degree off square, ends are NOT parallel)
3 - 1x3 @ 10-3/4"
1 - 1/4" plywood @ 30" x 57"
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!
Take the premade pencil post legs (Jaime got hers from Osborne Wood) and wrap with 1xs. Jaime details how she did this with a beveled top edge here.
Once you have the legs wrapped, add the bottom and top (Jaime choose no top on her bed).
For the headboard, add the main headboard pieces. When you make the cuts at 1/2 degree off square, make sure you note the long point/short point, as it will be hard to differentiate this small of an angle cut without markings on the board.
Next, fill in the side pieces. Attach also to the legs with pocket holes.
Fill in with the vertical pieces. Use 3/4" pocket holes and 1-1/4" pocket hole screws.
BACK VIEW - attach paneling or plywood to back.
Next, build the footboard piece - similar to the headboard.
You'll probably want to finish the pieces separately so you can move this bed into the room without issue. Then assemble the pieces by attaching with 1-1/2" pocket holes and 2-1/2" pocket hole screws.
These cleats will support a box spring. Attach with 2-1/2" screws to the inside of the bed rail.
For additional support add a center post. You can also add a center "leg" for even more support tied into the center support.
For no box spring, you can lay slats on top of the cleats and center support.
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.