Simple Bed, Full Size

Submitted by Ana White on Sun, 02/14/2010 - 23:05
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Think you need special tools to build a slatted mission style bed? Think again. This beautiful solid wood bed is made from standard 2x4s and other dimensional lumber and is cleverly put together without any specialized woodworking tools. This rustic design can work in both a girls or boys room, and can also be converted into a bunk and even a twin over full bunk.

66 1/2" x 82" x 32"


Shopping List

2- 4x4 @ (8') 

5- 1x4 @ (8') 
2- 1x3 @ (8') 
1- 1x2 @ (8') 
7- 1x6 @ (8') 
4- 2x4 @ (8') 
15- 2x2 @ (8') Optional could use plywood for these
Common Materials
2 inch screws
3 inch screws
120 grit sandpaper
wood conditioner
paint brush
Cut List

Cut List for the Headboard
2 – 4×4 Posts @ 41″ (Legs)
9 – 1×4 @ 31 1/2″ (Slats)
16 – 1×3 @ 5 1/2″ (Middle Spacers)
4 – 1×2 @ 5 1/2″ (End Spacers)
4 – 1×6 @ 54 1/2″ (Trim, cut to measurements)
1 – 2×4 @ 66 1/2″ (Header)
Cut List for the Footboard
2 – 4×4 Posts @ 31″ (Legs)
9 – 1×4 @ 21 1/2″ (Slats)
16 – 1×3 @ 5 1/2″ (Middle Spacers)
4 – 1×2 @ 5 1/2″ (End Spacers)
4 – 1×6 @ 54 1/2″ (Trim, cut to measurements)
1 – 2×4 @ 66 1/2″ (Header)

Cut List for Siderails and Slats

2 – 1×6 @ 75″ (Side Rails)
2 – 2×4 @ 76 1/4″ (Cleats)
25 – 2×2 @ 54 1/2″ (Bedroll Slats)

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Circular Saw
Power Sander
General Instructions

Because this plan is essentially the same as the twin sized simple bed, I am recommend reviewing the directions for the twin sized simple bed and following those directions. In this plan, I will give you modifided cut list and additional diagrams to help you successfully complete a full sized simple bed.
This bed will fit a mattress measuring 54″ x 75″


Step 1

Headboard and Footboard. Build the headboard and footboard as directed in the twin sized plans, expect you will need to use the cut list and diagram above to change dimensions to the full size.

Step 2

Headers. The headers will be attached in the same manner as the headers for the twin sized.

Step 3

Side Rails and Cleats. Fasten the side rail to the cleat, as directed above. Use 2 1/2″ screws. Center the siderail on the cleat, with a 5/8″ overhang on either end. To attach the cleats to the footboard and headboard, predrill and use 3 1/2″ screws to screw into the legs through the ends of the cleats.

Step 4

Bedroll slats. If you do not have a boxspring, you can lay slats on top of the cleats as directed above. You will need to screw in place. If you do have a box spring, the boxspring will rest on top of the cleats.


Kensey (not verified)

Mon, 02/15/2010 - 13:42

Do you have any suggestions or pointers for staining it after filling in the screw holes with putty? It just seems like they are way noticeable.

Ana White (not verified)

Tue, 02/16/2010 - 06:59

What you will need to do is either buy a good stainable wood filler, or use stain matched wood filler after you stain. Another options is to use wood plugs.

kirstin & jordan (not verified)

Tue, 02/16/2010 - 19:33

This is FABULOUS! We are needing to move our little one from a crib to a big boy bed, and this might be just the ticket.
We have a Friday Fun Find party (on Fridays, of course) and would love it if you'd link to this!

Rachel (not verified)

Sun, 02/21/2010 - 07:13

Wonderful. We have been waiting for this. Thank you so much. We actually want to do your "Simple Bunk Beds", but with the full on the bottom of the twin. I am wondering if the process is the same for build and attach. Wondering if you can suggest how to modify the ladder to work with the full underneith. Just wanted to check before I get started.

Callie (not verified)

Mon, 02/22/2010 - 10:50

Do you have the materials list for this project? I see the cut list--but I would like a list to go into the store with--so I don't forget anything :)! You are awesome, by the way!

Ashley (not verified)

Fri, 05/21/2010 - 05:27

Hi! I'm looking at putting a trundle under this bed, and I'm just wondering if I need to adjust the height to fit a trundle made of 1x8s (your plan Ana) under it or not. From the diagram it looks like the header leaves 10" clearance under the bed, but I'm new to building things so I just wanted to double check before I buy the materials to build it. Thanks!