Wood Cabin Bed – Free DIY Plans

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This step by step diy project is about wood cabin bed plans. If you want to surprise your kid with a thematic bed frame but don’t want to spend a fortune on it, this free plan will help you achieve than and even more. This bed frame is suitable for a twin size mattress and it features a cute gable roof and windows on all sides. 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.

 

 

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Wood Cabin Bed Plans

Building a cabin bed

Building a cabin bed

 

  • A – 4 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 60 1/2″ long POSTS
  • B – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 48″ long, 2 pieces – 75 1/2″ long TOP PLATES
  • C – 2 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 55 1/2″x37 3/4″ long, 2 pieces – 39 1/2″x55 1/2″ long, 1 piece – 17 1/2″x75 1/2″ long PANELS
  • E – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 12 1/2″ long, 1 piece – 82 1/2″ long RIDGE BEAM
  • F – 10 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 31″ long RAFTERS
  • G – 12 pieces of 1×6 lumber – 82 1/2″ long ROOF
  • E – 2 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 75 1/2″ long CLEATS
  • F – 13 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 39 1/2″ long SLATS
  • H – 8 pieces of 1×2 lumber – 20″ long, 8 pieces – 26″ long TRIMS
  • I – 4 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 13″ long TRIMS

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Wood Cabin Bed – Free DIY Plans

Assembling the frame of the cabin bed

Assembling the frame of the cabin bed

First, we need to attach the top plates to the top of the 4×4 posts. 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.

Panels for cabin bed

Panels for cabin bed

Use 3/4″ plywood for the cabin wall panels. Make the cuts as shown in the free plans. Drill pocket holes along the side edges.

Fitting the panels to the cabin bed

Fitting the panels to the cabin bed

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.

Cleats for bed

Cleats for bed

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.

Fitting the bed slats

Fitting the bed slats

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.

Side wall trims

Side wall trims

Fit the 1×4 trims to the side walls. Add glue to the joints and insert 1 1/4″ nails to lock the trims into place tightly.

Cabin Bed - front wall trims

Cabin Bed – front wall trims

Fit the 1×4 and 1×3 trims to the front of the bed frame. Add glue to the joints ans insert 1 1/4″ nails to secure them to the panels. Align the edges flush before inserting the nails.

Back wall trims

Back wall trims

Fit the 1×4 trims to the back of the cabin bed.

Fitting the ridge beam

Fitting the ridge beam

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.

Rafters - cabin bed

Rafters – cabin bed

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.

Fitting the rafters

Fitting the rafters

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.

Roof trims

Roof trims

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.

Roof slats - cabin bed

Roof slats – cabin bed

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.

Window trims - cabin bed

Window trims – cabin bed

Fit the twin size mattress to the bed frame, after taking care of the finishing touches. Install the 1×2 trims around the window openings. Use glue and 1 1/4″ nails to secure the trims into place.

Cabin Bed Plans - Twin Size - Back view

Cabin Bed Plans – Twin Size – Back view

This cabin bed is simple to build with materials you can find at ant DIY store. Therefore, you can make this kids bed at a fraction of its retail price. You can also add your personal touch to the kids bed frame.

Cabin Bed Plans - Twin Size - MOP

Cabin Bed Plans – Twin Size – MOP

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.

 

 

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