Farmhouse Bed - Standard King Size

Submitted by Ana White on Tue, 05/28/2019 - 16:18
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This stunning (and extra sturdy!) Farmhouse King Bed frame costs just a fraction to build vs buy.  It's made of solid wood and you won't need a ton of tools to whip it out.  You'll love the step by step diagrams, shopping list and cut list.

We also have Queen Farmhouse Bed Plans, and check out our full room build with this bed and matching nightstands. 

Reader submitted photo by JHAVINGA

beautiful farmhouse bed in king size

The very first real project that I ever tackled all by myself was this EXACT Farmhouse Bed in King size.

farmhouse bed grey paint

I remember being stunned at how well the project turned out.  And here we are, over a decade later, and it's still just as beautiful, just as sturdy, and I'm just as stunned.

The farmhouse beds have been built thousands of times and is a reader favorite.


What Wood Do You Use

We use standard off the shelf lumber to build - just framing lumber and common boards.  You can of course build with any type of wood, just make sure your material dimensions match dimensional lumber sizes (for example a 2x4 is actually 1-1/2" x 3-1/2").


Matching Nightstands

This bed is quite substantial and deserves matching nightstands.  I have put together nightstand plans that are designed to match - so you can get a full bedroom furniture set!

matching farmhouse nightstands


Updated Farmhouse King Bed Plans

We have updated these plans to be easier to build and not require pocket holes.  You can still access the old plans here.

If you need a different sized farmhouse bed, check out all our farmhouse bed plans here.

Dimensions diagram for king farmhouse bed
Designed to fit STANDARD king approximately 76" x 80


Shopping List

2 - 4x4, 8 feet long

1 - 2x2, 8 feet long

7 - 1x6, 8 feet long

4 - 1x4, 8 feet long

2 - 2x6, 8 feet long OR stud length

2 - 1x10 OR 2x10 @ 8 feet long

18* - 2x4, 8 feet long OR stud length

2 small L brackets (1-1/2" wings)

2 straight brackets (6" overall length)

150 - 1-1/4" brad nails

150 - 2-1/2" self tapping wood screws (try SPAX or similar)

*Includes 11 2x4s for the mattress slats.  You can substitute 1x4s, 1x3s, ripped plywood etc for the slats if you have other materials on hand


Cut List


2 - 4x4 @ 54" - headboard legs

2 - 2x2 @ 30" - headboard cleats

14 - 1x6 @ 30" - headboard panel

2 - 1x4 @ about 77" - measure and cut to fit

1 - 2x4 @ about 84" - measure and cut to fit

1 - 2x6 @ about 86" - measure and cut to fit



2 - 4x4 @ 21" - footboard legs

2 - 2x2 @ 8" - footboard cleats

2 - 2x2 @ 3" - footboard cleats

14 - 1x6 @ 15" - footboard panel

2 - 1x4 @ about 77" - measure and cut to fit

1 - 2x4 @ about 84" - measure and cut to fit

1 - 2x6 @ about 86" - measure and cut to fit



4 - 2x4 @ 83-1/2" - mattress supports

1 - 2x4 @ ~77" - headboard tie in - cut to fit

4 - 2x4 @ 12-1/2" - center legs

2 - 1x10 or 2x10 @ 80"

11 - 2x4 @ ~77" cut to fit - mattress slats


Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Circular Saw
Brad Nailer
Power Sander


Step 1

Attach 2x2 cleats flush to the back of the legs, with 2-1/2" screws


NOTE: Pocket hole users can skip this step

Step 2

Layout the 1x6 headboard panels, and measure the overall width.

Cut 1x4 boards to this measurement.

Attach 1x6 boards to the 1x4s with glue and 1-1/4" brad nails from the back side to hide nail holes.

Make sure you apply glue between the 1x6 boards as you go.

Check to make sure that the panel is constructed square (NOT a parallelogram) 


POCKET HOLE USERS: Attach 1x4s to the 4x4 legs with 3/4" pocket holes and 1-1/4" pocket hole screws.  Then nail the 1x6s to the 1x4s inside the headboard panel.

Step 3

Attach panel to the 2x2 cleats with 2-1/2" screws and glue.  Also attach with a few 1-1/4" nails through front side into the 2x2 cleat where there is no 1x4.


POCKET HOLE USERS can skip this step

Step 4

Measure the top overall width.  Cut a 2x4 to this width.  Attach with glue and screws to top of headboard.

Step 5

Cut a 2x6 2" longer than the 2x4.  

Attach with 1" overhang on all sides with 2-1/2" screws and glue.

This completes the headboard build.

Step 6

The footboard is constructed the same as the headboard, with the exception of the 2x2 cleats on the back so that the siderail cleats can notch in.  

If you have trouble with your smaller 2x2 splitting try predrilling holes.

Step 7

Finish construction of the footboard exactly as you did the headboard.

Step 8

Attach siderail cleats inside the footboard and to the headboard legs.  Use 2-1/2" screws to secure.

This completes the footboard.

Consider painting or staining your footboards and headboards and siderails now - then move all the pieces into the room for final assembly.

Step 9

Attach headboard support piece between the siderail cleats.

Step 10

Build the center legs - space the legs about 1/3 the way down - you don't have to be exact here.

Step 11

Attach the center legs inside the bed, splitting the spacing by about 1/3

Step 12

Attach siderails to the siderail cleats.

We recommend using brackets to attach siderails at the top to the headboard and footboard.

POCKET HOLE USERS: Drill a pocket hole at the top and attach.

Step 13

Cut slats and lay about 4" apart in the bed.
Screw down with 2-1/2" screws.


Hollie (not verified)

Fri, 12/10/2010 - 10:36

I love this!! My husband and I are planning on making this bed in the normal King size. Could you post the measurements for that? Thanks!

Shawna (not verified)

Tue, 01/04/2011 - 17:19

I wish you could do this also. I've never built anything before and am not the greatest when it comes to math and "re-figuring" something out. It seems way too daunting to try to figure out new measurements for this to make it the way the King is supposed to be turned. And I REALLY want to make this bed. The whole "mattress turned sideways" is stopping me!

Sara (not verified)

Fri, 01/07/2011 - 14:38

Hi Ana! My husband and I are making a farmhouse king...we did change some of the measurements so that it's 76 in wide. But I figure that we would have plenty of 1x8s to cut the panels, especially since it's less wide than your plans. But unfortunately we ran out of wood. Four 1x8s gave us all the 30 in panels and only 4 of the 15 in panels. We are going to have to buy a couple more. If you or anyone reading knows, did we measure wrong? Am I crazy?? Hehe. Thanks for any input!

Sharin W (not verified)

Wed, 01/12/2011 - 15:18

We are looking forward to building this when our house is finished, Looking at reusing some of the reclaimed wood off some of the old barns on the property to build, and then adding a canopy. This should look great in our 1904 farmhouse.

Kerrin (not verified)

Sun, 01/23/2011 - 05:37

Hi Ana~
Is there anyway that you could update this plan for a standard King? (Shopping list/cust list) I can't build it with the mattress turned because I don't have the extra 4 inches of space.

If anyone has done this and could offer some assistance, please email me.

Thank you for the beautiful plans Ana.

Jenn (not verified)

Tue, 02/01/2011 - 08:58

I just stumbled across your website last week and have to say I'm in LOVE!

My Dad teaches shop class and I grew up using power tools, now I'm married to a tool-a-holic. I can frame a wall, wire up a house and install faucets...but I have always been stumped when it comes to building furniture! I've spent hours perusing free furniture plans on the internet but found most of them to be out of date, overly complicated or just not my style. Your site has exactly what I've been looking for!

I've already told my hubby that instead of making any plans for Valentine's day this year lets just spend some time together and make this awesome bed!

Thanks so much!

JessicaAndCorey (not verified)

Mon, 05/16/2011 - 09:02

I believe that it is available at Target currently. I was in the store just a couple of days ago & it was still available. In fact, if you search on the Target website under DwellStudio Bedding, it is the Mandala Bedding Collection. HTH!

Sherri R (not verified)

Thu, 02/10/2011 - 05:45

Please give plans for a standard king bed (not tuned sideways)! I really want to make this but I am intimidated by recalculating the sizes!!