DIY Wood Shim bed plans - Queen. From Ana-White.com
1 - sheet 3/4" plywood
4 - 1x3 @ 8 feet long
2 - 4x4 @ 8 feet long
2 - 1x6 @ 6 feet long
2 - 1x12 @ 8 feet long
2 - 2x4 @ 8 feet long
3 - 2x4 @ 10 feet long
Recommend 1 1/4" pocket hole screws but could use long lag screws (at least 4")
Recommend 2 1/2" pocket hole screws for building frame but could use 3" wood screws
Also need 1 1/4" finish nails, 3" or longer screws for attaching frame to legs, 2" screws for attachin siderails and frame to footboard, small trim screws for attaching headers, and small nails (depending on shim size) for attaching shims to panels.
1 - 3/4" plywood 60" x 32" (headboard panel)
1 - 3/4" plywood 60" x 16" (footboard panel)
4 - 1x3 @ 60" (panel trim)
2 - 4x4 @ 53 1/2" (headboard legs)
2 - 4x4 @ 20" (footboard legs)
2 - 1x6 @ 69" (headers)
2 - 1x12 @ 83" (siderails)
2 - 2x4 @ 88 1/2"
6 - 2x4 @ 57" (CUT FROM 10' 2X4S)
Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!
Take your full sheet of plywood and cut it down to 60" long x 48" wide. Then from this piece, cut into a 32" and 16" wide pieces. These are your panels.
If you have a Kreg Jig, drill 3/4" pocket holes along side and top edges of both panels for later attaching legs and headers.
Attach the 1x3s to the panels at the top and bottom with finish nails on back side and glue.
It may make more sense to you to attach the wood shim art now while you can work on a flat surface - totally up to you.
Next, attach legs.
If you aren't using pocket holes, the other option is predrilling holes through the legs and attaching with long lag screws (how long will depend on how deep you drill the holes. What I do is drill a hole a little larger than my screws size about half way through the legs. Then I take a second drill bit the size of my screw shaft and drill a second hole inside the first larger hole all the way through the legs into the panel. This prevents the wood from splitting while the larger hole hides the screw head.
Another option is to place 2x2 on the back side of the panels, and use them to attach the legs and the panels together. You could also use metal L brackets (small ones) to attach panels to legs.
Attach headers to tops of headboard and footboard. You should definitely screw these as over time they could come up if you don't. I recommend a few trim screws into the 4x4 legs - those will be easy to hide because the trim screw head is so small.
Next, build the frame - either using 1 1/2" pocket holes and 2 1/2" pocket hole screws, or you could use 3" wood screws countersunk.
Check for square.
Attach side rails to the frame and 4x4 legs.
Apply the wood shims to the headboard and finish your bed!
You've made your bed!
It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.