Mom’s Fancy Farmhouse Bed

Submitted by Ana White on Tue, 02/08/2011 - 21:40
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A fancier touch to the Farmhouse Bed. Features decorative moulding and no footboard. Very sturdy freestanding bed.

My mother has been asking for a bed for at least five years now.  She's even offered to pay me to make her a bed.

And every year, I have intentions of making my mother a bed for her Birthday.

And every year, I don't get around to it in time.

But not this year.

Today is my Mom's Birthday, and here is the bed that we made for her.

If the bed looks familiar, it's because my mom once commented that she liked Pottery Barn's Somerset Bed, but in White.  Really pretty in a stain, eh? (for those of you who checked out the link)

Painting this bed was quite easy in this nifty paint booth made of 2x2s and tarps (the Ram's invention) but making the decision to go through with painting it . . . not easy.

This is what the headboard looked like before any wood filler or sanding.  And yes, those are stud grade 2x4s and 2x6s.  Amazing how beautiful lumber can be.

And here is two coats of Antique White by Valspar, Flat Enamel, over primer.  I'm still playing with the idea of distressing the edges ever so slightly to bring out the moulding in this bed.  What would you do?  We of course will need to add a final top coat.

The bed stands alone well with the frame secured to the headboard.  We choose a 2x4 joist system which will get topped with plywood because we live in a very dry climate, and do not have to worry about mildew buildup in this particular application.  Slats are recommended (or a box spring) for those of you who live in a humid climate, but nothing beats the sturdiness and quick setup of plywood.

If you are thinking this might be a cute Valentine's Day project, go for it.  The Ram and I worked together on this bed, and we finished the headboard in about two hours.  The most time consuming part was the moulding.  Believe it or not, because we are nailgun-less the moulding is simply glued and clamped on - and it's not going anywhere.  Unless the bed goes too, of course.

Dimensions
of course.

Preparation

Shopping List

3 – 1×6 @ 8 feet long
2 – 1×2 @ 8 feet long
2 – 2×6 @ stud or 8 foot length
8 – 2×4 @ stud or 8 foot length
1- 1×3 @ 8 foot length
1 – 1×8 @ 12 feet long
1 – 1×8 @ 8 feet long
1 – 2×2 @ 30″ long
2 1/2″ wood screws
3″ wood screws
1 1/4″ finish nails or wood screws
wood glue, wood filler, sandpaper (medium grit) and other finishing supplies

Cut List

10 – 1×6 @ 24″ (Panel Boards – cut panel boards at 23 7/8″ to account for saw blade if you need to conserve boards)
2 – 1×2 @ 24″ (Side Trim for Panel – cut at 20 7/8″ if you cut your panel boards at 23 7/8″)
2 – 1×2 @ 55″ (Top/Bottom Panel Trim)
1 – 2×6 @ 55″ (Base of Panel)
2 – 2×4 @ 48″ (Legs)
1 – 1×3 @ 64″ (Top of Headboard)
5 – 2×4 @ 57″ (Joists)
2 – 2×4 @ 80″ (Sides of Bed Frame)
2 – 1×8 @ 80″ (Siderails)
1 – 1×8 @ 61 1/2″ (Footrail)
2 – 2×2 @ 14 1/2″ (Legs)
2 – 2×4 @ 14 1/2″ (Legs)
Moulding

1 – 8′ Stick of Chair Rail like this one from Lowes (use this stick on the bottom tier of the headboard)

3 – 8′ Sticks of Base Cap like this from Lowes (use this type of moulding to trim panel and for the top tier on the headboard)

Tools
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Pencil
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Drill
Circular Saw
Power Sander

Instructions

Step 1

Build the Headboard Panel

If you have a finish nailer, it’ll be a two second job to attach the trim to the panel boards. Otherwise, screw from the back with 1 1/4″ screws to hide your screw holes. Use glue and adjust for square, squaring ends up. I used screws.

Step 2

Headboard Base

Now attach the base to the panel. You won’t need a ton of screws, so if you only have a countersink bit, you can carefully predrill holes at an angle. Use 2 1/2″ screws and wood glue. I thought about recommending brackets, but for the cost of the brackets, you could purchase a Kreg Jig™, so I scrapped that idea.

Step 3

Attach the Legs to the Headboard Panel

Same as the base, attach the legs from back of the headboard

Step 4

Headboard Top Panel

Now the top panel. If you are really nervous about trying what would be called “toenailing” if you were using nails (screwing at an angle) a scrap piece of 1/4″ plywood that covers the entire panel and overlaps the legs and top and bottom could do the trick too.

Step 5

Step 6

Moulding

This is the trickiest part, so definitely do some testing before you make your final cuts. All corners are at 45 degree angles. Use a miter box or a miter saw to carefully make your cuts. I did not give measurements here because you should fit your moulding perfectly to your bed rather than my measurements. If you have a finish nailer and 1″ finish nails, glue and nail in place. Otherwise, glue and clamp in place. Avoid letting glue dry on bare wood, as those areas will not accept stain.

Step 7

Bed Frame

There are many many ways to build a bed frame, but this is probably my favorite. We do live in a dry climate, so a plywood frame may make more sense for us than you. Make sure you check out our other bed frames if a plywood platform does not work for you. We simply screwed 2x4s together, just like you would to build a wall. Adjust for square. Use glue and 3″ screws countersunk.

Step 8

Siderails

Now these are your pretty boards. Either screw from the inside with 2″ screws and glue or use finish nails from the outsides.

Step 9

Legs and Assembly

Build your bottom legs as shown above and then attach to the bed frame, flush on top. Then mark the legs on the headboard at 14 1/2″ as shown in the diagram and predrill holes from the back of the headboard into the frame boards. Attach with 3″ screws and NO glue.

Step 10

Finishing

Fill any exposed holes or imperfections with wood filler and let dry. Apply a second coat if necessary. Sand with medium grit sandpaper in the direction of the wood. Vacuum and wipe clean. Prime and paint or stain as desired. For use without a box spring, you will need to add plywood on top of the bed frame or wood slats.

Comments

Astyn (not verified)

Wed, 02/09/2011 - 10:43

I second the previous comments. King please?
Thanks for sharing, your mom will love it.

Leslie (not verified)

Wed, 02/09/2011 - 11:05

THIRD!!! (on the king sized dimensions.) I'm so excited, this bed is beautiful and exactly what I want.

Denise (not verified)

Wed, 02/09/2011 - 11:26

So do you need to put a sheet of plywood over this bed frame, or can you just put a mattress right over it?

By the way, I'm a first time commenter, and I would like to just say that I love your blog, and I plan to build a bed soon, I just need to decide which :-)

Theresa (not verified)

Wed, 02/09/2011 - 14:51

Just Beautiful. I love the white. I wouldnt distress it. Every bed you make gets better and better. I need one but cant decided which one I want. Make our day and post a photo of Moms happy face. She is going to LOVE this.

alison (not verified)

Wed, 02/09/2011 - 17:29

Happy Birthday to your mom! What a beautiful bed.

I confess I read "two coats of Antique Whilte" as "Ana White" and thought they named a paint after you for just a second and was THRILLED.

Long time lurker, first time commenter: I have rubbed my hands together and mouth-breathed at the screen here so many times. We're in the midst of rebuilding after a fire, living in a rental, without ANY tools. I was just getting my courage up to try a simple project before my life got turned upside down.

I love the site and how you have lit the fire (in a good way!) of so many people and helped them to create things they never would have tried. I can't wait to make my first bookcase.

Amanda H. (not verified)

Wed, 02/09/2011 - 18:58

Happy Birthday to your mom!

This is PERFECT for my space. I actually squealed when I saw the it. I would like to be added to the list of "king me please" plan seekers. Thank you for all you do!

Anneke (not verified)

Wed, 02/09/2011 - 19:52

I am SO excited!!! I love PB's Farmhouse Canopy, but for some reason the plans here didn't seem formal enough for our room. This is perfect!!! My plan would be to make this king size with a matching footboard and canopy stained very dark espresso or black. I need to post our girl's beds we FINALLY just finished (SO happy with the end result!) and start thinking about doing this bed before getting into summer projects...raised garden beds and hello chaise lounge! (maybe a play house too.....too many on my to-do list!). Thanks Ana and Happy Birthday to your mom!

Marnie (not verified)

Wed, 02/09/2011 - 21:01

The bed is stunning! Congratulations and Happy Birthday to your Mom. I think we share a birthday, Feb. 9th.