You can build this simple panel bed frame (or just the headboard) with just a circular saw and a drill for about $120 in materials. This free tutorial includes video, step by step diagrams, shopping list and a cut list for Twin, Full, Queen, King and California king mattress sizes.
Also check out our nightstand plans, browse other bed plans, and read our wood finishing post.
SHOPPING LIST FOR QUEEN - for other sizes, see the downloaded PDFs above
2 - 1x8 @ 10 feet long (can cut in half for transport)
2 - 1x8 @ 8 feet long (use on siderails)
2 - 1x3 @ 6 feet long
11 - 2x4 @ 8 feet long (includes 6 2x4s used for the bed slats)
50 - 1-1/4" brad nails OR 2" self tapping wood screws
40 - 3" self tapping wood screws (can substitute for 2-1/2" or 2-3/4" lengths)
CUT LIST FOR QUEEN - for other sizes, see the downloaded PDFs above
4 - 1x8 @ 57" - panel boards
2 - 2x4 @ 45-1/4" - headboard legs
2 - 1x3 @ 62-1/2" - tops
2 - 2x4 @ 14-1/2" - footboard legs
2 - 1x8 @ 80-3/4" - sidrails
2 - 2x4 @ 80-3/4" - siderail cleats
1 - 2x4 @ ~57" - cut to fit - headboard bed frame
1 - 2x4 @ 78-1/2" - bed frame center
2 - 2x4 @ 12-1/2" - bed frame legs
18 - 2x4 @ 31-1/2" - bed frame slats (can also use 1x4s or 1x3s or other materials if less expensive/have on hand)
This bed plan does not require a brad nailer, but having a brad nailer will make building this project easier. You can substitute screws for nails throughout this plan.
Layout the two headboard legs.
Mark a line all the way down each 2x4 leg, 2-1/4" in from the outsides.
Dryfit the panel boards for the headboard on the legs.
Then attach the top 1x8 to the legs, with glue and screws or nails.
Repeat, working downward, for all the 1x8s - just make sure you apply a bead of glue between the 1x8 boards as you go.
Thu, 06/11/2020 - 12:25
Wood type and stain
Looking at this plan. What wold be a good wood to use and best stain?
Mon, 07/06/2020 - 13:12
What stain and sealer did…
What stain and sealer did you use?
Thu, 07/23/2020 - 07:23
Box spring adjustment
How would you account for a box spring? All the plans seem to only be platform beds. Thanks
Sat, 09/12/2020 - 06:07
Hi! Is there a modified version of this plan that includes a bit higher footboard? I love this look, but need enough of a foot board to cover the end of the mattress.
Wed, 06/09/2021 - 13:23
Are plans available for Twin…
Are plans available for Twin XL bed?