Ever Wanted To Build Your Own Bed?
In that case, you’ve come to the right place, let me show you exactly how to build this lovely bed with storage below step by step for free…
Here’s what you’ll end up with:
One of the thing that has always frustrated me when shopping around for a new bed, is that none of them seem to offer any good or suitable storage solutions within.
Well at least none of the good quality and nice looking “affordable” ones did. So I went through a few plans and as you can see from the above photo, the best way to do it, is to build the bed yourself!
And believe me when I say, its a lot easier to do than you may think, and the satisfaction in doing it yourself, well that’s priceless in my opinion.
So lets get started & see exactly how its done…
Bed Building Plan & Guide
Here's my overall dimensions – Of course you can alter these to suit your own needs. But I’ve left mine in to help anyone who’s unsure.
3 pieces of 1×8 @ 10 feet long
2 pieces of 1×12 @ 6 feet long
6 pieces of 2×4 @ 8 feet long
2 sheets of 1/4″ plywood (for drawer bottoms and bed top)
2 pieces of 1×3 @ 8 feet long
1 pieces of 1×2 @ 8 feet long
3 sets of straight caster wheels
2 1/2″ and 1 1/4″ PH screws for fixings
Here’s My Cutting List (of course you can alter to suit your own requirements)
For the Bed Ends
2 pieces of 2×4 cut at 32”
2 pieces of 1×12 cut at 32”
4 pieces of 2×4 cut at 16 ¾”
2 pieces of 1×2 cut at 9”
2 pieces of 1×3 cut at 32”
For the Bed Frame
2 pieces of 2×4 cut at 72”
2 pieces of 2×4 cut at 69”
2 pieces of 2×4 cut at 36”
For the Storage Drawers
6 pieces of 1×8 cut at 36”
6 pieces of 1×8 cut at 22”
2 pieces of ¼” plywood cut at 23 ½” x 36”
For the Drawer Faces/Fronts
3 pieces of 1×12 cut at 23 ½”
3 pieces of 1×3 cut at 23 ½”
6 pieces of 1×2 cut at 8 ¾”
TIP: Always start by cutting the longer pieces of timber first, and then the next longest and so on. This will ensure that you will have minimum waste.
Bed Plan – Step 1
Start by constructing the bed ends as shown in the above diagram. For this I simply glued and screwed the pieces into place.
But just remember to keep the pieces flush on the insides of the frame. You can see why in step 3 of the bed building plan step…
Step 2 – Add a little trim to the bed ends
The next step is too take the time to add a little trim effect to the bed ends. This greatly increases the look of the bed.
When doing this I simply glued and used some finishing nails to hold in place for a strong and permanent fixing.
Step 3 – Build the bed frame
In this step we will build the actual bed frame and attach it to the recently constructed bed ends we made in step 1 & 2.
Here I simply glued and screwed the previously cut pieces together as in diagram above. And then screw fixed then to the bed ends.
From the above image, you can see why it is important to keep one side of the bed ends flush when building (step 1). Also now we keep it flush at the top when fixing.
Step 4 – Building the bed drawers
The drawers that go under our bed for added storage are fairly simple to build. They are basically a rectangle box, glued and screwed together.
Add the castor wheels to the bottom of the drawer, so you can slide it in and out easily.
Step 5 – Add the drawer faces/fronts
Insert your newly constructed drawers under bed as shown above and start to attach the drawer faces with face frames so that the drawer bottoms are flush with the bed end bottoms (this will give a much more realistic look to the draw).
Note that the drawer faces will be flush to sides of drawer boxes. Also, for all four sides finished, you can add drawer faces to the backs too!
TIP: Check the height on the flooring you are using – for example, thick shag carpet could alter the height of your drawers as the caster wheels will sink into the carpet a little.
Step 6 – Finishing off the bed plan
A friend of mine used 1/4″ plywood on the top of the bed for support, but here’s an alternative way to finish the bed off.
When it comes to applying a finish to your new bed, you of course have many options available to you.
Firstly you start by filling in and sanding any screw or nail holes that you may have, as you don’t want these shown in your finished bed project.
Then a nice stain, paint or varnish will finish it all off nicely for you. Topped with a few cushions and don’t know about you, but I’m ready for bed….