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
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Reader submitted photo by KELLI224

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

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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.


Melissa (not verified)

Thu, 12/30/2010 - 19:12

A few things to keep in mind if you are building this twin bed for a wiggly sleeper..

First let me say this was my first experience building, and I had a great time. (although it did take me a while to fit this in between work, kids, soccer, etc!) I built this bed for my 3 1/2 year old who falls out of bed regularly. When the headboard and footboard are flush with the wall, the space between the siderail and the wall are great enough that my son can fall between the bed and the wall. My 5 year old outgrew falling out of his bed and I assume my little one will too, so for now I have solved this problem with a very firm pillow stuffed in the space. If you have plans for siderails that can be easily attached I would love them.
Also, I am living in the south and can tell you 4x4's were impossible to find unless I wanted Yellawood. Not comfortable using chemically treated wood for my toddlers bed, so we went with two 2x4's nailed and glued together. They worked fine.

Teresa (not verified)

Sat, 01/01/2011 - 13:23

We would LOVE to make this for our daughters who share a room and this is almost identical to the bunk beds we were planing on purchasing. How would you modify the farmhouse bed to bunk beds? To come apart later for twin beds after we move. I just glanced through the previous posts so I'm sorry if it was mentioned before.

Pottery Barn O… (not verified)

Fri, 01/07/2011 - 06:09

[...] was originally $499 and today it is marked down to $299… but for way less than that you can build your own with Ana White’s Knock-Off Wood plans. I guess if you have no tools and don’t like to build furniture (and it’s not as hard [...]

Lindsey (not verified)

Sat, 01/08/2011 - 12:39

Ana, we can't wait to finish this! We finished cutting and sanding the boards for this bed today and are hoping to get it together tomorrow. Would you suggest painting the boards before assembling or after the bed is together? We are going to be using a crisp white with no distressing (for a little girls room!) Can't wait to share our results! Thanks!

john (not verified)

Thu, 02/10/2011 - 16:14

i have a question... hopefully someone can answer... with this bed ( twin ) when attatching the "legs" to the headboard .. how many 4.5" screws are being used... can someone please give me an idea .. i am done but don't want to do "final" assembly..... i jused 4 --- 2 on each side.

Natalie&Morgan (not verified)

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 08:39

i just used 6 per leg.. 3 at the top of the panel, and 3 at the bottom of the panel.. just in 1 vertical line so it screwed into the sandwiched panel.. i could only find 4" screws (i looked in every single hardware/metal store in town !) so i just sunk the screws about 1/2 an inch into the post.. and it is SOO sturdy !


Mon, 04/04/2011 - 13:02

Hi Ana,

Just curious if it would be possible to modify the farmhouse bed into bunk beds?  I was thinking of something like the Simple Bunk Beds, only using the Farmhouse design instead??  What do you think?

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