This step by step diy project is about farmhouse bed plans. If you want to build a beautiful and stylish twin bed for your bedroom, but keep all the costs under control you should pay attention to these instructions. This article features detailed instructions about building a basic bed out of 2×4 lumber. Make sure the design of the desk matches the style of the rest of the bedroom furniture.
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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Building a farmhouse bed
- A – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 37″ long, 2 pieces – 25″ long LEGS
- B – 5 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 6″ long, 5 pieces – 18″ long, 4 pieces of 2×3 lumber – 6″ long, 4 pieces – 18″ long PANELS
- C – 4 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 39″ long CLEATS
- D – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 48″ long TRIMS
- E – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 75 2 1/2″ long SIDE RAILS
- F – 2 pieces of 1×1 lumber – 75 1/2″ long CLEATS
- F – 17 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 39″ long SLATS
Farmhouse Bed Plans
The first step of the woodworking project is to build the panel for the footboard. As you ca easly notice in the diagram, we recommend you to use 2×4 lumber for the top and bottom cleats. Use 1×4 and 1×3 lumber for the rails.
Drill pocket holes at both ends of the rails and secure them to the cleats by using 2 1/2″ galvanized screws. Add waterproof glue to the joints and make sure the edges are flush one with another.
Next, you have to attach the 2×4 legs to the footboard. Mark the cut lines on the wooden slats and get the job done by using a circular saw. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the cleats and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the side legs. Check if the corners are square and leave no gaps between the components.
In order to enhance the look of the farmhouse bed, we recommend fit a 2×4 trim to the top of the footboard. Drill pocket holes along the top edge of the cleat and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the trim. Alternatively, you could drill pilot holes through the top trim and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the footboard.
Next, you have to assemble the headboard, using the same techniques used in the previous steps. Cut the components at the right size after taking accurate measurements. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the rails and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the top and bottom cleats.
Place the vertical components equally-spaced and add glue to the joints in order to create a rigid structure. Make sure the edge are flush one with another.
Drill pocket holes at both ends of the cleats and secure the panel to the 2×4 legs by using 2 1/2″ screws. Add glue to the joints and and remove the excess by using a damp cloth. Make sure the corners are right-angled and leave no gaps between the components.
Attach a 2×4 trim to the top of the headboard in order to add character to your diy bed frame. Drill pilot holes through the trims and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the panel, making sure you leave no gaps between the components. Add glue to the joints and center the trim in a professional manner.
Next, you have to lock the headboard to the footboard by installing the side slats. You could use 2×4 or 2×6 lumber. Adjust the size of the slats to fit the mattress. It essential to plan everything with great care, if you want a professional result.
Fit the 1×1 cleats to the bottom of the slats, on the interior faces, as seen in the diagram. Cut the cleats to the right size, drill pilot holes and secure it to the slats by using 1 1/4″ screws. Add waterproof glue to the joints and use a spirit level to make sure the cleats are perfectly horizontal.
In order to get a professional manner, we recommend you to fit the support slats to the side cleats. Cut the slats out of 1×4 lumber and fit them to the cleats, making sure they are equally spaced.
Drill pilot holes through the slats, at both ends, and secure them to the cleats by using 1 1/4″ screws. Make sure the corners are square and all the edges are flush one with another, otherwise the end result might not suit your needs.
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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