Make this DIY bed with these free plans, including step by step diagrams. Inspired by Maine Cottage Mabel Bed.
1 - 1x10 @ 12 feet long
1 - 1x4 @ 10 feet long
1 - 1x8 @ 10 feet long
2 - 1x2 @ 8 feet long
2 - 2x2 @ 8 feet long (hardwood recommended-use for legs)
2 - 2x8 @ 8 feet long
2 - 2x2 @ 8 feet long (cleats, can be softwood)
4 - curtain rod finials
12 - 1x10 @ 12" (Ovals)
2 - 1x8 @ 60" (Panel Footer)
2 - 1x4 @ 60" (Panel Header)
2 - 1x2 @ 60" (Tops of Panels)
2 - 2x2 @ 34" (Footboard Legs)
2 - 2x2 @ 44" (Headboard Legs)
2 - 2x8 @ 80" (Siderails)
2 - 2x2 @ 81 1/2" (Cleats)
Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!
Carefully draw out your oval pattern on the 1x10 as shown above. Cut the pattern out, marking the centers clearly before you do any cuts on ALL of the 1x10 boards (so you know where to line the ovals up). When you are happy with the pattern, use it to trace the remaining patterns, considering the saw blade and placement when you cut. Sand the edges of the ovals smooth.
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.
Tue, 08/30/2011 - 12:42
You know what's cracking me up about this?
I was just telling my sister that I think this bed is absolutely adorable.. Seriously... days ago. Too funny!
k g (not verified)
Tue, 08/30/2011 - 13:48
This bed is super cute. I
This bed is super cute. I never thought I'd be saying/typing this but...I was actually disappointed in this post because I thought it was going to be about the momplex!!! It's so fun to vicariously live through you building a house!!! Yay for you!!!
(I do love the bed. It is super cute.) :)
Tue, 08/30/2011 - 13:57
This bed is beautiful! My
This bed is beautiful! My only complaint is that you're making it harder and harder for me to make beds for my daughters, because I can't decide which plan to use! :-) Thanks for all your hard work Ana!
Guest (not verified)
Tue, 08/30/2011 - 14:25
I love this bed!
I've been in love with the farmhouse bed for over a year but for some reason have been holding off on building it. Now I know why! I was waiting for the Ovals Bed. There's no holding me back now!
Tue, 08/30/2011 - 14:42
Thank you to Alicia for
Thank you to Alicia for requesting this plan! I'm so glad you all like it! @ ajcajj I totally know what you are going through . . . just ordered some parts to make my daughter yet another bed LOL!
@ kg you totally made Mr Ram's day - he just beamed when I told him about your comment! There's always a need for technical information, but knowing that you care about our building story is very touching! Thank you!
Tue, 08/30/2011 - 20:11
I can not even tell you the
I can not even tell you the joy it brings me to handmake things for my kids! I appreciate all the time and energy you put in to make this blog possible!
Wed, 08/31/2011 - 14:23
I can't wait to see someone build this. I have never heard of Maine Cottage and WOW, are they expensive! You truly make the unattainable attainable.