Farmhouse Bed (Twin Size)

Submitted by Ana White on Mon, 07/15/2019 - 12:21
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If you are looking for a classic farmhouse style bed for your child's room, this is the project for you. Featuring simple styling, large headboard and footboard tops, substantial legs, sturdy siderails, and the option to go with or without a boxspring, this beautiful bed is definitely worth your sweat! 

Step by step plans with diagrams and lots of readers submitted photos.  Check out all our Farmhouse Bed plans here.

farmhouse bed twin sized boy room painted blue
farmhouse bed with trundle

Reader submitted photo by KELLI224

This plan has been updated.  If you need the old plans, we have them available here.

farmhouse bed dimensions diagram ana white plans
Fits twin sized mattress


Shopping List

3 - 1x6 @ 8 feet long

1 - 1x6 @ 4 feet long

2 - 1x4 @ 8 feet long

2 - 4x4 @ 8 feet long

1 - 2x2 @ 8 feet long

4 - 2x4 @ 8 feet long

2 - 2x6 @ 8 feet long

2 - 1x10 @ 8 feet long

6 - 1x3 @ 8 feet long

2 - 1-1/2" x 1-1/2" L brackets

2 - 3" long straight mending plate brackets

Common Materials
2 1/2 inch screws
1 1/4 inch finish nails
Cut List


  • 7 - 1x6 @ 30"
  • 2 - 1x4 @ ~38-1/2" - measure and cut to fit
  • 2 - 4x4 @ 54" 
  • 2 - 2x2 @ 30"
  • 2 - 2x4 @ ~45-1/2" - measure and cut to fit
  • 2 - 2x6 @ 47-1/2"


  • 7 - 1x6 @ 15"
  • 2 - 1x4 @ ~38-1/2" - measure and cut to fit
  • 2 - 4x4 @ 21"
  • 4 - 2x2 @ 5-1/2" 
  • 2 - 2x4 @ ~45-1/2" - measure and cut to fit
  • 2 - 2x6 @ 47-1/2"


  • 2 - 2x4 @ 80"
  • 2 - 2x4 @ 8-1/2"
  • 2 - 1x10 @ 75"
  • 12 - 1x3 @ 38-1/2" - measure and cut to fit


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


Step 1

Cut the 1x6 headboard boards with a miter saw (preferred) or circular saw with straight edge.

Lay out as shown in diagram.

Measure the overall width.


POCKET HOLE USERS: You can join the 1x6 boards together edge to edge with 3/4" pocket holes and 1-1/4" pocket hole screws.

Step 2

Attach 1x4 on top and bottom, with all outside edges flush, with 1-1/4" brad nails and glue.

Make sure the panel is square (not a parallelogram) by taking outside corner diagonal measurements and adjusting until the two opposite diagonals measurements match.

POCKET HOLE USERS: Drill two 3/4" pocket holes on each end of the 1x4 boards.  Attach to the 4x4 legs with 1-1/4" pocket hole screws.  Then nail the 1x6 boards to the 1x4s.

Step 3

Use 2-1/2" screws to attach the 2x2 cleats to the inside back edge of the 4x4 legs.

POCKET HOLE USERS: Skip this step.

Step 4

Attach panels to the 2x2 cleats with 2-1/2" screws and 1-1/4" brad nails and glue.

POCKET HOLE USERS: Skip this step.

Step 5

Measure and cut the top 2x4.  Attach with 2-1/2" screws and glue.

Step 6

Place 2x6 on top of 2x4.  Make sure all outside edge overhangs are even.

Screw on with 2-1/2" screws and glue.

Step 7

Repeat the same steps for building the footboard panel.

Step 8

If using the cleats for attaching, leave a space in the cleats as shown for accepting the bed frame in later steps.

Step 9

Attach footboard panel as you did the headboard panel to the legs.

Step 10

Repeat steps to finish top of footboard.

Step 11

Attach 2x4 cleats to the 4x4 legs with 2-1/2" screws.

The spacer blocks are not attached and are just used as guides for setting up the bed.

Step 12

Place sidreails on cleats and attach with glue and 1-1/4" brad nails.

Also recommended is attaching with an L bracket and a straight bracket at tops.  Pocket hole users can use a 3/4" pocket hole and 1-1/4" pocket hole screws.

Step 13

Lay slats in bed frame, space evenly.  Screw down with 2" screws or 1-1/4" brad nails.


lady m (not verified)

Fri, 04/30/2010 - 13:47

I am looking at building the Twin version of your bed. I would like to be able to take the bed apart later, for ease of moving it.

I'm sorry if you have answered this question already, I didn't see an answer when I looked in the comments.

How would you make this bed disassemble, at least down to three pieces (head board, foot board, and mattress support frame)?

In addition, we don't have a box spring and will be shortening the headboard to accommodate the design :)

Thanks again for the great plans!

siggriff (not verified)

Mon, 05/10/2010 - 16:57

This plan is really good, although I am wondering if you have any suggestions on how to raise the height of the footboard above the mattress?

Laurie Bridges (not verified)

Mon, 05/10/2010 - 19:44

I've been looking for a bed for my almost-2-year-old son and stumbled upon your site. LOVE IT. My husband and I have never done carpentry work, although we have done extensive renovations on our house. We're going to give making a bed using your plans a try! One question, we like both the farmhouse bed and the simple bed, so we'll do the one that is the easiest. In your opinion, which one would that be? Thanks!! Laurie

Anneke (not verified)

Thu, 06/24/2010 - 20:06

I found your blog and have been oogling the past two days on everything I want to do....and it's been years since I built anything! I'm going to build two of these with canopies for my daugthers who share a room. I'm nervous, but SOOO excited!!!

Erin Gross (not verified)

Sat, 07/31/2010 - 11:20

Hi Ana and all! We have a metal bed frame, but only one end is able to be bolted/screwed to the headboard...anyone come across this issue, and how did you modify to be able to attach your foot board to the frame? We thought about getting a second frame, flipping it around where what would be the head of the bed would be at the end to be able to attach foot board...another thought is getting some side rails that have the "hooks" on them that would go into the head and foot boards...but we aren't sure how to make the "slit" cut on the 4x4s so it will slide down and be secure...make sense to anyone? Thanks for any input!

Emily (not verified)

Mon, 10/18/2010 - 16:54

Can anyone give me an approximate cost on this project? I know lumber prices will vary so I'm just looking for a ballpark figure. Thanks so much!

Amy Nicholas (not verified)

Tue, 11/16/2010 - 11:00

Could I modify this to make it work with the trundle underneath? Add a few more inches the headboard and footboard? Thoughts?
I was thinking of the daybed, but really like the look of the farm bed better.

Thanks, Amy

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