Easy Upholstered Bed - Queen, Full and Twin Sizes

Difficulty
Beginner
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About Project

The easiest upholstered bed tutorial - use any fabric you choose!  Step by step plans from ANA-WHITE.com

This upholstered bed is easy to make, and you can customize with fabric and legs of your choice!  Whe choose a fluffy fur for my tween's room - but the options are endless!

Here's how we built it - (there's also step by step plans, just scroll all the way down)

We used 2x4s to make a frame the size of the mattress, just screwing together at the corners.

Then we screwed on store bought hairpin legs. I got mine off Amazon.  They are 8" tall.

Pretty simple so far!  

Then we cut 1x8 boards as shown in the cut list below, and stapled the fabric over it.

Now to attach to the bed frame -

We just held the sideboards covered in fabric on the 2x4 frame and screwed from the inside. Then we repeated steps for the foorboard and headboard.

Finally for the slats - we just set on top of the 2x4s and screwed down.

We also share how we built this bed in a video tutorial for your convenience-

And the plans with diagrams are below.

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Thank you so much for using our plans, we appreciate you!

Ana

 

Plan Notes

  • The fur fabric was easy to work with because it hides all the seams and is thick, so batting was not necessary (although I do recommend it)
  • If you use thinner fabric, you must use batting underneath.
  • We used 3 yards of 60" wide fur but I had to splice the fur together on the siderails.  If I had to do it again, I'd probably buy 5 yards of fabric.
  • Make sure you use self tapping wood screws OR predrill all screw holes
  • Our staples were 3/8" long and this was plenty good

 

Dimensions
Overall height is 48" (with 8" legs)
Width and depth are about 3" larger than the mattress size

Preparation

Shopping List

Queen Shopping List

  • 6 - 2x4 @ 8' or stud length (construction grade lumber ok)
  • 2 - 1x8 @ 8' (I used whitewood boards)
  • 1 - 1x8 @ 6' (I used whitewood boards)
  • 2 - 2x2 @ 8' (furring strips are fine)
  • 7 - 1x3 @ 8' (furring strips are fine)
  • 1 - 48" x 96" plywood panel
  • 4 - 8" hairpin legs
  • 3-5 yards of fabric (depending on width and pattern)
  • 3-5 yards of batting
  • wood staples
  • 30 - 3" wood screws
  • 100 - 2" wood screw
  • 10 - 1-1/4" wood screws or brad nails

 

 

Full Shopping List

  • 6 - 2x4 @ 8' or stud length (construction grade lumber ok)
  • 2 - 1x8 @ 8' (I used whitewood boards)
  • 1 - 1x8 @ 6' (I used whitewood boards)
  • 2 - 2x2 @ 8' (furring strips are fine)
  • 6 - 1x3 @ 8' (furring strips are fine)
  • 1 - 48" x 96" plywood panel 
  • 4 - 8" hairpin legs
  • 3-5 yards of fabric (depending on width and pattern)
  • 3-5 yards of batting
  • wood staples
  • 30 - 3" wood screws
  • 100 - 2" wood screw
  • 10 - 1-1/4" wood screws or brad nails

 

 

 

Twin Shopping List

  • 4 - 2x4 @ 8' or stud length (construction grade lumber ok)
  • 2 - 1x8 @ 8' (I used whitewood boards)
  • 1 - 1x8 @ 4' (I used whitewood boards)
  • 2 - 2x2 @ 8' (furring strips are fine)
  • 5 - 1x3 @ 8' (furring strips are fine)
  • 4 - 8" hairpin legs
  • 1 - 1/4" plywood panel 48" x 48"
  • 3-4 yards of fabric (depending on width and pattern)
  • 3-4 yards of batting (same amount as fabric)
  • wood staples
  • 25 - 3" wood screws
  • 75 - 2" wood screw
  • 10 - 1-1/4" wood screws or brad nails
Cut List

QUEEN - 60" x 80" Mattress

  • 2 - 2x4 @ 80" - mattress frame sides
  • 2 - 2x4 @ 57" - mattress frame top and bottom
  • 1 - 2x4 @ 77" - mattress frame center support
  • 2 - 1x8 @ 80" - siderails
  • 1 - 1x8 @ 61-1/2" - footboard
  • 2 - 2x2 @ 40" - headboard sides 
  • 1 - 2x2 @ 58-1/2" - headboard top
  • 1 - 2x4 @ 58-1/2" - headboard bottom
  • 1 - 1/4" plywood @ 61-1/2" x 40" - headboard panel
  • 21 - 1x3 @ 31-3/4" - slats

 

FULL - 54" x 75" Mattress

  • 2 - 2x4 @ 75" - mattress frame sides
  • 2 - 2x4 @ 51" - mattress frame top and bottom
  • 1 - 2x4 @ 72" - mattress frame center support
  • 2 - 1x8 @ 75" - siderails
  • 1 - 1x8 @ 55-1/2" - footboard
  • 2 - 2x2 @ 40" - headboard sides 
  • 1 - 2x2 @ 52-1/2" - headboard top
  • 1 - 2x4 @ 52-1/2" - headboard bottom
  • 1 - 1/4" plywood @ 55-1/2" x 40" - headboard panel
  • 18 - 1x3 @ 31-3/4" - slats

 

TWIN - 39" x 75" Mattress

  • 2 - 2x4 @ 75" - mattress frame sides
  • 2 - 2x4 @ 36" - mattress frame top and bottom
  • 2 - 1x8 @ 75" - siderails
  • 1 - 1x8 @ 40-1/2" - footboard
  • 2 - 2x2 @ 40" - headboard sides 
  • 1 - 2x2 @ 37-1/2" - headboard top
  • 1 - 2x4 @ 37-1/2" - headboard bottom
  • 1 - 1/4" plywood @ 40-1/2" x 40" - headboard panel
  • 10 - 1x3 @ 39" - slats

 

    Cutting Instructions

    Cut all boards with a circular saw or compound miter.  Cut plywood with a circular saw.  The video tutorial shows how we cut the boards for this plan.

    Tools
    Tape Measure
    Speed Square
    Pencil
    Safety Glasses
    Hearing Protection
    Drill
    Circular Saw
    Staple Gun

    Instructions

    Step 1

    Layout bed frame boards and screw together with 3" screws - two screws per joint.  For the twin, you won't need the center support.

    Step 2

    Attach legs to bottom of bed frame.

    Step 3

    Cut fabric and batting about 4" larger (width and lengthwise) than the siderails.

    Wrap siderails in fabric and staple on.  Attach flush to bottom of the 2x4 frame with 2" screws from inside.

    Step 4

    Repeat steps for bottom rail.

    Step 5

    Step 6

    Step 7