Twin Farmhouse Bed

Submitted by Ana White on Sun, 02/20/2011 - 23:08
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If you are looking for a classic farmhouse style bed for your child's room, this is the project for you. Featuring simple styling, large headboard and footboard tops, substantial legs, sturdy siderails, and the option to go with or without a boxspring, this beautiful bed is definitely worth your sweat!

Special thanks to Kristine for sharing her photos.

Fits twin sized mattress


Shopping List

Shopping List for Headboard and Footboard
2 – 4×4 Posts (8′ Length)
4 – 1×4 (8′ Length)
4 - 1×6 (8′ Length)
1 – 2×4 (8′ Length)
1 – 2×6 (8′ Length)
Shopping List for Rails (If you do not have a metal frame already)
3 - 2×4 (Can be stud length or 8′ length)
2 – 1×10 (8′ length)
2x2s if you need slats

Common Materials
3 inch screws
1 1/4 inch finish nails
120 grit sandpaper
wood conditioner
paint brush
Cut List

A) 2 – 4×4 Posts @ 54″ (Legs)
B) 4 – 1×4 @ 38 1/2″ (Panel Trim)
C) 7 – 1×6 @ 30″ (Planks for Panel)
D) 1 – 2×4 @ 45 1/2″ (Top of Legs and Panel)
E) 1 – 2×6 @ 47 1/2″ (Top of Headboard)
F) 2 – 4×4 Posts @ 21″ (Legs)
G) 4 – 1×4 @ 38 1/2″ (Panel Trim)
H) 7 – 1×6 @ 15″ (Planks for Panel)
I) 1 – 2×4 @ 45 1/2″ (Top of Legs and Panel)

J) 1 – 2×6 @ 47 1/2″ (Top of Footboard)
Side Rails
K) 2- 2×4 @ 80 1/2″ (Side Rail Cleats)
L) 2- 1×10 @ 76 1/2″ (Side Rail Trim)
M) 2 – 2×4 @ 35 1/2″ (Rails Supports on Headboard and Footboard)

Cutting Instructions

Because board widths can vary, check to make sure your 1x6 boards measure 5 1/2" wide. If they do not, you may need to adjust the width of your panel trim boards, and the header boards. Best advice is to lay out the panel boards first, take a measurement (consider that twin beds are 39" wide, but there is a little room for play in there) and adjust the remaining cuts accordingly.

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Circular Saw
Brad Nailer
Power Sander
General Instructions

Please review the plans for the Queen Sized Farmhouse bed with Arch and the plans for the Queen Sized Farmhouse Bed. Because the building process is essentially the same, I will just provide information on how to modify the existing plan for the queen sized farmhouse bed.


Step 1

Build the headboard by first lining all the panel boards out and attaching the panel trim boards with 1 1/4" nails and glue. Attach from the back to hide holes. Then attach the panel to the legs, then attach the 2x4 header to the legs (top) and panel (top) followed by the 2x6 header centered on the top of the headboard.

Step 2

If you already have a metal frame and boxspring, you are done with the building process. If you have a box spring, you can make the side rails as shown below. Also, you can choose the heights of your rails and cleats depending on the thickness of your mattresses and box springs, and whether or not you want underbed storage or trundle.

Step 3

Top view of the side rails.

Step 4

If you do not have a box spring, you can place 2×2 every six inches on top of the side rail cleats. Screw in place. Then add mattress to the top.


Samantha2818 (not verified)

Thu, 01/07/2010 - 08:21

Oh my god. I've just found your site and you are amazing! I can never find what I want in the UK so have everything made for me based loosely on things I find on Pottery Barn or Land of Nod (which are not available in the UK). I'm pretty handy with tools and anything I can't do my husband can and will! Part of my downfall though is working out how things should be made so you've solved all my problems and save me some money! I'll be following you so much now you'll think I'm a stalker!!
Thanks a bunch.

The P*dunc's (not verified)

Thu, 01/07/2010 - 09:17

I can not wait to get settled and start building! Thanks for all the amazing plans and inspiration! Girl power!

Rebecca (not verified)

Thu, 01/07/2010 - 11:01

Now I'm not sure which to try first - the 'cameron' bookshelf or this bed! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

eve (not verified)

Thu, 01/07/2010 - 12:27

I just found your site from Be Different, Act Normal and I have to say I LOVE your work! I am hope hope hoping that I will make something from here one day. Thank you SO MUCH for sharing your knowledge with us! I might just have to become a follower...

Tori (not verified)

Thu, 01/07/2010 - 15:19

I am also here from Be Different, Act Normal and I love your blog! I have a lot of time to sit and browse while I nurse my one month old. I already showed this to my husband and told him we're building the Stratton bed for ourselves when we get out of this apartment!

Kati @ Obscure… (not verified)

Thu, 01/07/2010 - 16:06

your projects are incredible! I love that you include plans with it! I'd love to get my hands on some software like that!
Your bed is beautiful!!!

The Faveros (not verified)

Thu, 01/07/2010 - 17:57

Ok I am officially in love with your site!! I have spent almost all day going through all your ideas- my husband just went last night and bought wood to try and make my daughter a bed and then I found your site with all these amazing ideas!! I can't wait to get started on so many of these plans- thanks so much for all the great stuff:)

Kristin (not verified)

Sat, 01/09/2010 - 06:15

Ooh I thought of something else! Is there a way to make this so that you can break it down for transport? We are a military family and move every 3-4 years. I would think this bed would survive moving better if it can be taken apart.