Treehouse Bed

Submitted by Ana White on Tue, 01/29/2019 - 15:24
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Easy to build Treehouse Bed - just cut and screw boards together!  Free plans by

Does your child dream about a playhouse bed, but you don't want to spend thousands on furniture that they will outgrow?  You can build a dream bed, even if you don't have a ton of tools or a big budget!

We just built this treehouse bed for my 5 year old son's birthday.  

It was a seriously easy build, with just a saw to cut the boards and a drill and some screws to put it all together.  We spent about $200 on materials - a similar bed could be five times as much!

You can watch us build it and see how it turned out in this video

And build for yourself with the free plans following.

If you build, please share, we very much appreciate each and every brag post and it helps us keep doing what we are doing - sharing free plans with the world.  Thank you in advance!




Twin Size, Dimensions shown in diagram


Shopping List

12 - 2x4 @ 8 feet or stud length (whatever is cheaper or better material)

3 - 1x6 @ 8 feet long

12 - 1x8 @ 8 feet long

About 60 - 2-3/4" self tapping screws (SPAX or similar)

About 150 - 1 - 3/4" self tapping screws (SPAX or similar)

Cut List

2 - 2x4 @ 85" - longest point measurement, one end cut at 10 degree bevel - back legs

3 - 2x4 @ 77-7/8" - longest point measurement, one end cut at 10 degree bevel - front legs

2 - 2x4 @ 75" - mattress cleats

2 - 1x6 @ 42-5/8" - long point to short point measurement, both ends cut at 10 degree angle, ends ARE parallel - side roof trim

2 - 1x6 @ 76-1/2" - front/back roof trim

8 - 1x8 @ 42" - side siding

4 - 1x8 @ 47-1/2" - front siding

4 - 1x8 @ 4-1/4" - small front siding - cut last from scraps

1 - 1x8 @ 24-3/4" - front mattress trim

1 - 2x4 @ 31-3/4" - step

11 - 1x8 @ 45-3/4" - roof

9 - 2x4 @ 39" - mattress slats




Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Miter Saw
Power Sander
General Instructions

It may be easier to prefinish all of the boards before assembly


Step 1

Layout the front and back frames carefully and attach the mattress cleats as shown, taking care to keep the roof angles right on the tops of the legs.  Make sure the top of the legs are 75" wide, as is the bottom.

Step 2

Attach the front frame to the back frame with the roof angled trim.

Step 3

Attach remaining roof trim to the fronts of the legs and back. 

For the front, keep the top down enough so the roofing boards attached in later steps will be able to lay flat on the dotted line.

Step 4

Attach the bottom side siding first, adjusting for square and level.

Step 5

Step 6

Repeat siding steps to complete the siding.

Step 7

Add the mattress trim and ladder rung.

Step 8

Attach center roof panel first, carefully screwing into the front 1x6 roofing trim.  This may be a little tricky, so take your time and make sure the screw hits the board.

Step 9

Repeat, working from the center out, for the rest of the roof boards.

Step 10

Lay 2x4 slats inside the bed on the mattress cleats.  Attach with screws.

NOTE: Your mattress may require more slats than shown. Spacing shown is about 5" appart - add mor slats if in doubt.