Simple Bed [Full Size Bed Frame]

Submitted by Ana White on Thu, 07/18/2019 - 15:24
Difficulty
Intermediate
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Build your own full size bed and save up to 90%!

This beautiful full size bed is solid wood, made from standard 2x4s and other dimensional lumber. It is cleverly put together with just basic woodworking tools. This rustic design can work in both a girls or boys room.  Step by step plans include diagrams and shopping and cut list.  Anyone can build it!

We also have this bed plan available in a twin size version.

full size bed in mission style - plans by Ana White

Reader submitted photo by RLSAVARD 

 

Full Size Bed Plans

You can build your own full size bed and save a ton of money!  Our readers are spending under $100 on the bed WITH the bed frame (no box spring required).  We love that this bed is solid wood, so you can paint or stain it any color you choose. 

It's a solid, sturdy design, so it will last as long as you need it too.  This bed is perfect in a kids room or guest room. You don't need a box springs, and it fits a standard full size mattress.

Our free plans include step by step diagrams, shopping list and more!

If you build, please share a photo or two in a brag post.  It is most helpful and very exciting to see brag photos by you.

Dimensions
dimensions diagram for full size bed mission style plans
Simple Bed full size suitable for 75" x 54" mattress

Preparation

Shopping List
  • 1 - 1x6 @ 6 feet long
  • 2 - 1x6 @ 10 feet long
  • 4 - 1x4 @ 8 feet long
  • 8 - 1x3 furring strips @ 8 feet long
  • 1 - 4x4 @ 8 feet long (cut both headboard posts from this board)
  • 1 - 4x4 @ 6 feet long (cut both footboard posts from this board)
  • 4 - 2x6 @ stud length or 8 feet
  • 4 - 2x4 @ stud length or 8 feet
  • 1 - 1/4" long brad nails (a couple hundred)
  • 16 - 5" long self tapping wood screws OR 2-1/2" pocket hole screws if you have a Kreg Jig
  • 50 - 2-1/2" long self tapping wood screws
Cut List

FULL SIZE HEADBOARD CUT LIST

  • 2 - 1x6 @ 54"
  • 7 - 1x4 @ 30"
  • 12 - 1x6 @ 3-1/2"
  • 4 - 1x6 @ 4-1/4" (measure and cut to fit)
  • 2 - 4x4 @ 45"
  • 1 - 2x6 @ 63"

FULL SIZE FOOTBOARD CUT LIST

  • 3 - 1x6 @ 54"
  • 7 - 1x4 @ 22"
  • 12 - 1x6 @ 3-1/2"
  • 4 - 1x6 @ 4-1/4" (measure and cut to fit)
  • 2 - 4x4 @ 30-1/2"
  • 1 - 2x6 @ 63"

FULL SIZE BED FRAME CUT LIST

  • 2 - 2x4 @ 80" - cleats
  • 1 - 2x4 @ 51" - center support, top
  • 1 - 2x4 @ 70-75" - measure and cut to fit - center support, middle
  • 2 - 2x6 @ ~75" - measure and cut to fit for best fit
  • 13 - 1x3 @ 23 - 3/4" - shorter slats 
  • 14 - 1x3 @ 31-3/4" - longer slats
Cutting Instructions

Cut longest boards first.

Preferred method of cutting is a miter saw or chop saw or similar.

You can also substitute a circular saw, but use a straight edge or guide to help you cut square cuts.

DO NOT cut tiny pieces - instead, cut tiny pieces from a larger piece, so you can safely clamp the board while cutting.

The 4x4s will require a larger saw to cut.  If you do not have a larger saw, flip the 4x4 over and cut from the back side to finish the cut.

Tools
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Pencil
Hammer
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Drill
Circular Saw
Power Sander
General Instructions

With many beds, you may wish to prefinish the headboard, footboard and siderails before assembly.  Then you can move into the room for final assembly and not have to paint or stain in the room.

Instructions

Step 1

Layout the pieces for the headboard panel.  Cut the end pieces to fit.

Glue and nail together with 1-1/4" brad nails.

NOTE: If you are using a Kreg Jig to join the panel to the legs in Step 2, carefully place nails so you can drill pocket holes (see next step) on the end 1x6 boards marked 4-1/4" long.

Step 2

Attach panel to the legs with either pocket holes (preferred) or 5" self tapping wood screws and glue.

Step 3

Attach 2x6 header with 2-1/2" screws and glue to the top of the headboard.

Step 4

Repeat steps to build footboard.

Add additional 1x6 trim to the inside of the footboard as this will be exposed in the final product.  Nail on with 1-1/4" brad nails and glue.

Step 5

Cut cleats and attach to footboard, flush to bottom of 1x6 panel.  

Then attach to headboard legs.  Spacer blocks from scrap wood can help elevate the cleats while you work (or use clamps).

Step 6

Since this bed is a full size, center support is recommended.

Attach a 2x4 close to the top with 2-1/2" screws, two per joint.

Step 7

Add siderails to the cleats.

Step 8

Measure and cut the center support.  Place as shown in the bed (this is done offset to conserve wood when cutting the slats)

Step 9

Cut slats and lay in bed.  You can nail down (will be harder to remove later) or screw down (screws take longer to install and are more expensive but will be easier to remove).  Use a 1-1/4" to 2" long fastener.  Do not use glue as it will be impossible to disassemble without damaging the bed. 

To conserve fastners and time, I often will just nail the sides down and leave the center floating on the slats.

Comments

ashlee (not verified)

Fri, 10/08/2010 - 07:30

ana you are amazing! thanks so much for these plans! now i just need a how to build your own house section:D or maybe a refrence book list:D

im not finding the "what it costs to build it" on most of these plans? am i missing it? or is it just on some?

Mahin (not verified)

Mon, 12/13/2010 - 07:56

Hi Ana, I'm half way through building this - I built the doll-sized farmhouse bed first as a test, and that turned out great! I'm worried about joining the cleats to the legs, though. I read all of the comments on the twin sized bed and I think that you mentioned lag bolts there and screwing at an angle through the cleats to the legs (toenailing), but there's only 5/8 ths of an inch to work with on this plan. Will that work? Am I missing something?
Also wanted to thank you for your site and for giving me and so many others the confidence to go out and buy wood and turn it into beautiful and functional things.

Liana (not verified)

Fri, 01/14/2011 - 06:31

I am planning on making this for my son's room. I want to pair it with the trundle plans you have on here but I didn't know if the deminsions for the simple bed were compatable to put the trundle under it. Feedback? Thanks! I love all your designs!

Guest (not verified)

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 05:09

Is there anyway to get a enlarged copy of the pictures for these plans, i cannot read the plans when they are printed out, the writing is too small, if i enlarge it they just get blurry? Thanks!

fk (not verified)

Mon, 10/17/2011 - 10:19

As I read the directions for the simple full bed, it doesn't tell you where to use the 1 1/4" or 2 1/2" pocket screws. Also further into the directions it calls for 4", 2 1/2",3 1/2" screws not on the shopping list, also 1 1/4" & 2" nails. Where do the 2" & 3" nails go? How do you attach the 2"x 4" tops on the head & foot boards I see no instructions for that.

Guest (not verified)

Mon, 10/17/2011 - 20:25

I was wondering the same thing. I'm doing a twin over full and I'm modifying the twin to be the same set up as the full as far as cleats and the bedroll slats are concerned (that way we are using all the same materials and plans for both beds) We also decided to modify (like another builder) by using all footboards and adding the difference into the top bunk legs. But, in reading BOTH sets of directions, the twin doesn't have a hardware list in the shopping list and the full has stuff in the shopping list that aren't in the instructions. So, I guess what I'm asking is...what is the right shopping list for hardware for both beds???

My husband and I are building this for our 4yo daughter for Christmas and looking for it to last at least through college. We figure when it's time to trek the top bunk to the dorm, we'll still have a bed at home for her during holidays or for guests. We are SO anxious to make it but want to make sure we have all the right parts instead of 50 million trips to Lowes.

Keep up the good work! It's even got my hubby thinking on making more and selling them. More power to him! Lol Being a full-time mom, working PT, and fixing/modifying/repairing or rebuilding all the stuff I already do is good enough for me. I think I might do the Laundry Shelves though or the Storage Bench though! Anything to make my life easier! :-D

Thanks again for the blog and any info on the hardware!!!

SabySmooth1

Thu, 10/27/2011 - 16:46

Ana, I LOVE this site! Thank you for all that you do! I am dreaming of having this bed as a King size in our bedroom. How do I do that? I'm a newbie! Thanks!!