This step by step diy project is about high cabin bed plans. I have designed this high cabin bed so you can create a cozy cocoon for your kids. This plans for this rustic bed frame with roof are made for a twin size mattress. Everything was thought from the beginning, so this bed is sturdy and cheap to build. The free plans come with full Cut and Shopping lists. The plans are PDF downloadable and Print friendly.
It is essential to choose the right materials before starting the construction and the assembly of the bed. As you will see in the project, you need to choose durable lumber with a nice appearance, such as pine, cedar or redwood. Make sure the components are in a good visual condition and choose professional tools when adjusting their size. Take accurate measurements and join the components with glue and screws. See all my Premium Plans HERE.
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Building a High Cabin Bed
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- A – 4 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 74″ long POSTS
- B – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 46 1/2″ long, 1 piece – 75 1/2″ long BRACES
- C – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 48″ long, 2 pieces – 75 1/2″ long TOP PLATES
- D – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 12 1/2″ long, 1 piece – 82 1/2″ long RIDGE BEAM
- E – 10 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 31″ long RAFTERS
- F – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 13″ long TRIMS
- G – 12 pieces of 1×6 lumber – 82 1/2″ long ROOF
- H – 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 45″x75 1/2″ long, 2 pieces – 39 1/2″x43 1/2″ long, 1 piece – 15 1/2″x75 1/2″ long PANELS
- I – 2 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 75 1/2″ long CLEATS
- J – 13 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 39 1/2″ long SLATS
- K – 2 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 75 1/2″ long, 4 pieces – 39 1/2″ long, 2 pieces of 1×3 lumber – 36 1/2″ long TRIMS
- L – 10 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 23 1/4″ long, 16 pieces – 3 3/4″ long, 14 pieces – 39 1/2″ long4 pieces – 11 3/4″ long, 6 pieces – 75 1/2″ long TRIMS
- M – 6 pieces 1×2 lumber – 15″ long, 6 pieces – 16″ long WINDOWS
- N – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 36″ long, 3 pieces – 21″ long LADDER
- 4 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 8 ft
- 13 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 8 ft
- 2 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 8 ft
- 28 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 8 ft
- 12 pieces of 1×6 lumber – 8 ft
- 3 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 4’x8′
- 3 pieces of 1×2 lumber – 8 ft
- 1 1/4″ pocket screws
- 1 5/8″ screws
- 2 1/2″ screws
- 3 1/2″ screws
- 1 1/4″ nails
- 2″ nails
- wood stain
- wood glue
- wood filler
- 5″ screws
- twin mattress
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The first step of the project is to build the posts for the high cabin bed. Therefore, cut the posts from 4×4 lumber and then make the notches, as shown in the diagram. Make parallel cuts inside the marked areas and then remove the excess with a chisel. Smooth the recess with sandpaper.
Fit the braces to the side posts. Make sure the corners are square, align the edges flush and add glue to the joints. Drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock the braces into place tightly.
Next, attach the brace to the back of the bed frame. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the 2×4 brace and secure it to the posts with 2 1/2″ screws. Make sure the corners are square and align the edges flush.
Next, we need to attach the top plates to the top of the posts. First, you need to assemble the plates together with 2 1/2″ screws and pocket holes. Add glue to the joints and make sure the corners are square. Attach the plates to the top of the posts and check if the front and back overhangs are equal. Drill pilot holes through the plates and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the posts. Plumb the posts before inserting the screws.
Use 3/4″ plywood for the panels. Make the cuts as shown in the free plans. Drill pocket holes along the side edges.
Fit the panels to the frame of the cabin bed. Insert 1 1/4″ screws through the pocket holes into the posts. In addition, lock the panels to the top plates. Drill pilot holes and insert 1 5/8″ screws. Add glue to the joints, as well.
Next, we need to frame the actual toddler bed frame. Use 2×2 lumber for the cleats. Clamp the cleats to the plywood panels and add glue to the joints. Drill pilot holes through the plywood and insert 1 5/8″ screws into the cleats. We will also secure the cleats to the trims that will be placed on the side panels of the bed frame.
Use 1×4 lumber for the slats of the bed frame. Cut a piece of wood at 2 1/2″ and place it between the slats to create even gaps. Drill pilot holes through the slats and insert 1 5/8″ screws into the cleats. It is important to secure the slats with screws, because that will enhance the rigidity of the bed frame and thus support more weight.
Use 2×4 lumber for the ridge beam and for its supports. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the supports and insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock them to the center of the top plates. Use a carpentry square to make sure the corners are right angled. Attach the ridge beam to the top of the supports.
Use 2×4 lumber for the rafters. Mark the cut lines on the 2x4s and then get the job done with a circular saw. Smooth the edges with sandpaper.
Fit the rafters to the top of the cabin bed. Place the rafters equally spaced. Drill pilot holes through the rafters and insert 5″ screws into the frame of the bed frame.
Use 2×4 lumber for the gable end trims. Use a miter saw to make the angle cuts to the trims. Drill pocket holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock them to the frame of the roof.
Fit the 1×6 slats to the top of the cabin bed frame. Place pieces of 1/2″ plywood between the slats to create even gaps. Drill pilot holes and insert 1 5/8″ screws to secure the slats to the rafters.
Use 1×4 slats for the top and bottom trims and 1×3 lumber for the vertical trims. Add glue to the joints and insert 1 1/4″ nails to lock trims into place.
Fit the rest of the trims to the front wall of the high cabin bed. Align the trims and, add glue and insert 1 1/4″ nails to secure them to the plywood panels.
Fit the 1×4 trims to the side of the bed.
Fit the 1×4 trims to the other side of the bed. Use the same techniques described above.
Fit the 1×4 decorative trims to the back of the bed frame.
Fit the 1×4 trim to the back wall. Use glue and 2″ nails to secure the trim into place.
Use 1×2 slats to add decorative trims inside the window openings. Add glue and use 1 1/4″ nails to secure the trims into place.
Last but not least, we need to assemble the ladder for the high cabin toddler bed. Therefore, use 2×4 lumber for the stringers. Mark the cut lines on the boards and get the job done with a circular saw.
Fit the steps between the stringers. Drill pilot holes through the stringers and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the steps. Attach the ladder to the front of the kids bed frame. Drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws to attach the ladder to the post and to the frame of the bed.
Fit the twin size mattress to the bed frame, after taking care of the finishing touches.
One of the last steps of the woodworking project is to take care of the finishing touches. Therefore, fill the pilot holes with wood putty and smooth the surface with 120-grit sandpaper.
Top Tip: In order to protect the lumber from water damage, we recommend you to cover the components with several coats of paint. Place the wooden bed in a proper location and move it whenever necessary.
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