Minimalist Rustic King Canopy Bed

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A beautiful, minimalist king canopy bed that's easier than it looks!



Shopping List

Shopping List: (4) 4x4 eight-foot posts. We couldn't find untreated pine anywhere, so we ended up buying treated wood, which I was worried about. It actually looks good and it stains almost identical to the other untreated boards. (12) 1x8 eight-foot boards (6 for the actual bed and 6 for supports if you don't have a boxspring, like us) (4) 1x4 eight-foot boards (6) 2x4 eight-foot boards (for bottom supports) 3" screws Kreg Jig pocket hole tool (this is a must have and SO worth the $20) Stain (I used Minwax Special Walnut, my personal favorite) Polyurethane

Common Materials
120 grit sandpaper
Cut List

Cut List: (4) 4x4 @ 80" | posts (4) 1x8 @ 76.5" | headboard and footboard (2) 1x8 @ 80.5" | siderails (2) 1x4 @ 76.5" | headboard and footboard high canopy boards (2) 1x4 @ 80.5" | siderail high canopy boards (2) 2x4 @ 80.5" | siderails supports (2) 2x4 @ 74" | headboard and footboard supports (2) 2x4 @ 73.5" | bottom supports that run width-wise under the bed (3) 2x4 @ 15.5" | supports that run from the ground to the 2x4 width-wise supports underneath the bed (6) 1x8 @82" | to set on top of the 2x4s for support if not using box spring (I suggest not using a boxspring for this bed)

General Instructions

1. Assemble the headboard. Pre-drill holes on 1x8 boards using kreg pocket hole tool, 2 to each side. Attach the first 1x8 to the two posts at 13" high. Attach the next at 20" high and finally the third board at 27" high. 2. Screw directly into the 2x4 (you won't see it) to attach it to your bottom 1x8 board, flush with the bottom of the board. Shane used some little brackets that helped secure the 2x4s to the posts. 3. Assemble the headboard using the same method, but using only one 1x8 board, placed at 13" high on the 4x4 posts. Also attach your matching 2x4 flush to the bottom of the board and screw it in place. 4. Now stop and pre-drill all of your pocket holes into your remaining 1x8 siderails, all of the 1x4's and your remaining 2x4s. 5. Sand and stain the footboard and headboard and all remaining unattached boards. 6. Move them into your room. 7. Now you're ready to attach the siderails. Using your pre-drilled pocket holes, attach the siderails to the headboard and footboard. 8. Find your siderail 2x4's and attach to the siderails from the inside of the bed. We had to shave a little bit off each one, so it might be smart to measure these and cut them after you assemble the siderails. 9. Attach the 2x4 supports width-wise and the short 2x4 supports. 10. Lay your six 1x8 boards cut at 82" lengthwise across your 2x4 supports (we found these rough-cut 1x8s in our log cabin, lucky us. Except they stink). 11. Place mattress on top of boards. 12. Never come in contact with another human when sleeping again.

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth.

It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.
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Sun, 08/16/2015 - 11:06

this is a simple yet an elegant design and I would like to build it for my daughter and son-in-law. As I am an entusiastic beginner, I was wondering if you have detailed plans. I would like to see how the side rails, head and foot rails connected to the posts. What kind of wood did you use?

Thank you in advance,



Tue, 10/27/2015 - 08:37

Can we please see how you build this bed just like all your plans? I only use your plans when i build. I love your projects and the ease of building them. 


Mon, 01/02/2017 - 16:30

I love this plan! But was wondering, we will be moving a lot due to my husband's job and wondered if there is a way to help make this "movable"? Easier to be taken apart and put back together, I mean.