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.
Once the ovals are cut to your satisfaction and sanded - you won't be able to do much sanding once assembled - mark the 1x4 and 1x8 for oval placement as shown above. Use 1 1/4" pocket hole screws to attach ovals. Make two of these.
You can use a different type of leg here - I recommend for full and queen beds to use hardwood 2x2s at the minimum. For added support you can actually add a fifth leg to the center of the bed if necessary. Attach the legs as shown above.
Then finish the top with the 1x2 as shown above.
The sideboards get attached even with the footboard footer. Use 2 1/2" pocket hole screws, with your jig set for 1 1/2" stock or bed brackets or 3" screws from the outsides.
This bed is designed to be used with a box spring. Attach cleats flush to the bottom of the siderails with 2 1/2" screws and glue. Box spring will sit on top.
Optional curtain rod finials can be drilled into the tops of the legs for a finishing touch.
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.