Simple Planked Wood Bed

Submitted by Ana White on Wed, 05/04/2016 - 13:12
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Hi guys!  Got new plans to share with you today!  

I built a new bed for my daughter a while back.  

She'd grown too tall to play in the space under her loft bed -

How did these cuties turn into clothes stealing pre-teens overnight???  Someone make it stop!

So we found a home for the loft bed with a younger child, and made this -

It's simple.  It's very sturdy (as you can probably guess, Mom or Dad usually ends up sleeping here halfway through the night).

And I think it is quite beautiful.

I like staining projects for kids because it tends to look newer longer than a painted project.  

I used Rustoleum Early American Wood Stain for color, protected with a Varathane Rippled Effect Finish.  

The rippled effect blew my mind!  Really added alot of texture to the finish.

Love a beautiful durable finish!

This diy planked wood bed is very easy to make, and cost me about $45 in lumber to make.  

Enjoy the tutorial below!

XO Ana


PS - If you are wondering what this bed might look like painted, Pottery Barn Kids came out with the Emery Bed which is pretty similar in style 

PSS - You've gotta check out AngieintheThickofIt's DIY Barnwood headboard tutorial with barn light too!

The mattress size is designed to fit tight around a twin. If you have a box spring or bunkie board, make sure you measure and adjust to fit.


Shopping List

2 - 1x6 @ 8 feet long (cut planked headboard pieces from these boards)
2 - 1x6 @ 6 feet long (bed siderails)
3 2x4 @ 8 feet long
1 - 2x6 @ 8 feet long
Additional 2x material for bed slats (can use scrap 2x4, 2x6 etc)

Common Materials
Cut List

2 - 2x4 @ 31-3/4"

6 - 1x6 @ 31-3/4"

2 - 2x4 @ 55"

2 - 2x4 @ 13-3/4"

1 - 2x6 @ 31-3/4"

2 - 1x6 @ 72"

2 - 2x4 @ 72"

2x wood slats to mattress specs

Tape Measure
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Miter Saw
Power Sander


Step 1

Build the headboard with Kreg Jig, keeping all pocket holes on back side.  

Step 2

Attach legs to headboard panel.

Step 3

Build end board.

Step 4

Attach siderails to headboard and footboard.  You may wish to finish the bed first and then move into the room, and then attach siderails.

Step 5

Step 6

Place slats in bed and screw down with 2" screws.

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