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.

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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.

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.



Sun, 09/11/2011 - 18:15

I've got most of the bed finished... but I'm having a hard time understanding the directions on attaching the siderails. I bout the rail connectors from Rockler that everyone has talked about. Do I attach these connectors to the Siderails or to the cleats? I'm confused.


Tasha Cordel (not verified)

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 17:57

Hey there,

I am just about to finish this bed...but really wondering what the best way to do the siderails is. Any chance you would share with me what you did?


Fri, 09/30/2011 - 16:26

Saw a few posts from military families that are constantly on the move and need beds to break down easily and still be sturdy when you reach the next duty station. Found some bed brackets that help with break down and easy set up for you or the movers:
Surface Mounted Keyhole Bed Rail Brackets

This set got the best ratings and seems to be the easiest to use!!

Thanks Ana for this website. I have a list of projects that I want to get started on and a few friends requesting pieces. As a military wife who constantly moves it is wonderful to have nice things that are easily fixed and doesn't make my heart stop because something really expensive got damaged in the move.


Sun, 01/31/2016 - 05:24

This may be a silly question, but I'm a bit confused! I'm planning to make the headboard and footboard, but then use metal bedrails for ease of disassembling the bed when needed. Question: I've seen discussions re: rockler (or similar brand) bed rail brackets. If you use these, you still have to make the siderails to connect, right? And then if you use these, how do you get a boxspring to set in the frame? Sorry, so many questions for a probably simple thing!

Dexter (not verified)

Wed, 10/05/2011 - 11:13

Would it be possible for you to update the material list? i don't see how the 3 in screws will go through the 4x4's and attach to the panel. In the Queen version you call for 4-1/2 screws but not here. Any idea of how many each? you had posted 20 for the 4-1/2' but indicate you need 6 in each post for the foot board and headboard - that's at least 24. grreat plans by the way, just need an update on list!


Candace (not verified)

Wed, 10/26/2011 - 20:06

I stumbled across your site today while searching for plans to build a bed like the Ashby from Pottery Barn. Like many people on this site, I have Pottery Barn taste on a Walmart Budget. Any chance you'd be willing to check her out and consider posting queen-size plans for it? Its similar to some of the reclaimed and farmhouse styles up on this site, but different in that the headboard is curved. Thanks alot and keep up the good work!



Sat, 11/12/2011 - 09:38

printed out these plans and print sosmall I cant read them.,.most of the plans have a PRINTER FRIENDLY app to click on...didnt see one for these plans..Please help..thanks


Thu, 01/12/2012 - 12:24

I had the same issue with it, and decided to copy & paste it into Word...worked very well for me.

Janis (not verified)

Fri, 12/23/2011 - 13:46

I have been asking "Santa" to bring me tools for Christmas for years and he finally listened. I have always wanted to build furniture and would love to make this the Farmhouse Bed for my grandaughter. Is this bed simple enough for a first project or should I set my sights a little lower to start? It looks simple enough but I know things are not always as they look. BTW, I just love this site!

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