This step by step diy article is about 2×4 bed plans. If you want to build a nice farmhouse bed out of 2×4 lumber, pay attention to these instructions. Although there are many designs you could choose from, in this article we will show you all you have to know about making a classic twin size farmhouse bed out of common materials. If you have worked with lumber before, the carpentry techniques should be familiar to you.
Buy quality lumber, made for building lumber, if you want to get a durable bed. Nevertheless, you could save some money if you purchase lumber with knots, which could even enhance the look of project, giving it a rustic appearance. Select the slats with great attention, checking if they are in a good condition (the lumber has to be straight and without chips, dents or cracks).
Always aligned the components before locking them together with screws. In addition, we recommend you to pre-drill the lumber, otherwise the wood might easily split. Add glue to the joints, if you want to enhance their bond. Smooth the cut edges with fine grit sandpaper and remove the residues using a vacuum cleaner. Make sure you take a look over the related plans to get an idea about what you can build for your home.
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Simple farmhouse bed plans
- A – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 25” long, 2 pieces – 37″ long LEGS
- B – 4 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 39″ long CLEATS
- C – 7 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 6” long, 7 pieces – 18″ long RAILS
- D – 2 piece of 2×4 lumber – 75 1/2” long SLATS
- E – 2 pieces of 1×1 lumber – 75 1/2″ long CLEATS
- F – 17 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 39” long SLATS
- F – 2 piece of 2×4 lumber – 48″ long TRIMS
- Safety gloves, glasses
- Miter saw, jigsaw
- Chalk line, tape measure, spirit level, carpentry pencil
- Drill machinery and drill bits
- Pre-drill holes in the wooden components, before driving in the screws
- Smooth the exposed edges, by using a router with a 1/4” bit
- One day
Building a 2×4 bed
The first step of the woodworking project is to build the footboard for the simple farmhouse bed. As you can easily notice in the diagram, we recommend you to build the components out of 2×4 lumber, after taking accurate measurements. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the cleats, as well as at both ends of the guard rails. Align everything with attention, making sure the edges are flush and insert 2 1/2″ screws and add glue to make sure the structure is rigid.
Next, you have to fit the 2×4 trim on top of the footboard. Drill pocket holes along the top of the top cleat and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the 2×4 trim. Work with attention and add glue to the joints to create a rigid bond between the components.
Next, you have to build the headboard in the same manner described above. The only difference is the size of the components. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the cleats and of the guard rails. Assemble everything tightly with 2 1/2″ screws and add glue to the joints. Place the guard rails equally spaced.
Fit the 2×4 trim on top of the headboard and secure it to the structure by using 2 1/2″ screws, after making several pilot holes. Add glue to the joints and remove the excess with a damp cloth.
After building the footboard and the headboard, you need to lock them together by fitting the side slats to the bed frame. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the slats and secure them to the structure by using 2 1/2″ screws. Add glue to the joints and remove the excess by using a damp cloth. Make sure the slats are perfectly horizontal and the corners square. Leave no gaps between the components.
Next, install the 1×1 cleats to both sides of the bed frame. In order to get a professional result, we recommend you to check if they are horizontal by using a spirit level. Drill pilot holes and secure them into place by using 1 1/4″ screws. Add glue to the joints and remove the excess with a damp cloth.
One of the last steps of the project is to fit the 1×4 support slats to the cleats. Cut the slats at the right size and secure them into place by using 1 1/4″ screws. Place the slats equally spaced to get a professional result.
Use 2×4 lumber for the side rails. Remember that this step is optional and that you should adjust the size of the rails according to the thickness of the mattress and based on your own needs. This is just a starting point, so have this in mind before building the rails.
Last but not least, you need to take care of the final touches. Therefore, you need fill all the holes with a good filler and let the compound to dry out properly, before sanding the wooden surface with 120-grit sandpaper.
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