Full size bed frame plans

This step by step diy project is about full size bed frame plans. If you want to build a learn more about building a full size bed with a simple design, which is ideas for woodworking beginners, pay attention to this project. Follow the instructions and pay attention to the diagrams and build the wooden bed in just one weekend.

You should always plan everything from the very beginning, in order to prevent costly mistakes and to save time. Taking into account the basic design, this bed frame can match the style of any home. Mark the cut lines on the slats before making the cuts and use a jigsaw to get the job done. If you are looking for other designs or sizes, you should check out the rest of the bed frame plans.

There are a few tips that you should take into account, if you want to get a professional result. Therefore, take accurate measurements and use professional tool when making the cuts or when drilling pilot holes. Align the components at both ends and add waterproof glue to the joints, if you want to create a rigid structure. Round the exposed edges with sandpaper or by using a good router.

 

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Full size bed frame plans

Building a full size bed frame

Building a full size bed frame

 

Materials

  • A – 2 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 25″ long, 2 pieces – 37″ long LEGS
  • B – 2 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 54 1/2″ long, 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 54 1/2″ long SUPPORTS
  • C – 11 pieces of 2×3 lumber – 6″ long, 11 pieces – 18″ long BALUSTERS
  • D – 2 piece of 2×4 lumber – 63 1/2″ long STRETCHER
  • E – 2 piece of 2×6 lumber – 73 1/2″ long RAILS
  • F – 2 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 5 1/2″ long PANELS
  • G – 17 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 54 1/2″ long SUPPORT SLATS

 

Tools

  • Safety gloves, glasses
  • Miter saw, jigsaw
  • Chalk line, tape measure, spirit level, carpentry pencil
  • Drill machinery and drill bits

 

Tips

  • Use a good miter saw to make the angle cuts
  • Drill pilot holes before inserting the screws

 

Time

  • One Week

 

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Building a full size bed frame

Building the footboard panel

Building the footboard panel

 

The first step of the woodworking project is to build the panel for the footboard. Therefore, build the bottom rail out of 2×6 lumber and the top rail out of 2×4 lumber. Drill pocket holes at both ends, so you can secure them easily to the 4×4 legs.

Smart Tip: Build the balusters out of 1×3 lumber. Smooth the cut edges and drill pocket holes at both ends. Place the balusters equally-spaced and secure them to the rails by inserting 2 1/2″ screws. Leave no gaps between the components and fit a piece of wood between the balusters, in order to create even gaps.

 

Assembling the footboard

Assembling the footboard

 

Build the legs out of 4×4 lumber and smooth the cut edges thoroughly, by using fine-grit sandpaper. Center the panels to the legs and secure them into place using 2 1/2″ screws. Make sure the edges are flush and the corners right-angled. Add glue to the joints and remove the excess with a damp cloth.

 

Fitting the trim to the footboard

Fitting the trim to the footboard

 

In order to enhance the look of the full size bed frame, we recommend you to attach a piece of 2×4 lumber to the top of the footboard. Center the trim to the foorboard and secure it into place with 2 1/2″ screws. Drill pilot holes to prevent the wood from splitting and countersink the head of the screws.

 

Building the headboard panel

Building the headboard panel

 

Continue the woodworking project by assembling the headboard. Cut the components at the right size, after taking accurate measurements. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the 1×3 balusters and secure them to the supports, as shown in the diagram. Place the balusters equally-spaced by placing a 2 1/4″ piece of wood between them.

Smart Tip: Align the edges before inserting the screws.  Drill pocket holes at both ends of the horizontal supports.

 

Assembling the headboard

Assembling the headboard

 

Fit the panel between the 4×4 legs and secure it into place by inserting 2 1/2″ screws. Make sure the corners are square and leave no gaps between the components. Center the panel to the legs, in order to get a symmetrical appearance.

 

Attaching the trim to the headboard

Attaching the trim to the headboard

 

Afterwards, fit the top trim to the headboard. Cut the component out of 2×4 lumber and center it to the top of the structure. Drill pilot holes through the trim and insert a few 2 1/2″ screws into the headboard.

Smart Tip: Add glue to enhance the look of the headboard and countersink the head of the screws.

 

Assembling the frame of the bed

Assembling the frame of the bed

 

The next step of the indoor project is to assemble the full size bed frame. Therefore, build the side rails out of 2×6 lumber and drill pocket holes at both ends. Make sure you place the pocket holes inward-oriented, as to build a bed with a neat appearance. Use a spirit level to make sure the side rails are horizontal and check if the corners are square.

 

Fitting the cleats

Fitting the cleats

 

Attach 2×2 cleats to the interior faces of the side rails. Drill pilot holes through the cleats and secure them to the sides using 2 1/2″ screws. Use a spirit level to make sure the cleats are horizontal and leave no gaps between the components.

 

Fitting the support slats

Fitting the support slats

 

Next, you need to lay the 1×4 support slats to the cleats. Place the slats equally spaced by using a 1″ piece of wood between them. Drill pilot holes and secure the slats to the cleats with 1 1/4″ screws. In this manner you will add strength to the bed frame and keep it locked together.

 

Full bed frame

Full bed frame

 

This bed frame with a simple design can match the style of almost any room. Play with the colors and add character to your room on a low budget.

 

Full size bed frame plans

Full size bed frame plans

 

Last but not least, we recommend you to take care of the finishing touches. In order to get a professional result, fill the holes and the gaps with wood filler and let it dry out for a few hours.  Check if there are protruding screws and fix this issue, if necessary.

Smart tip: Apply a few coats of stain or exterior paint to the components, in order to protect them from decay and water damage. Check out the rest of the indoor furniture plans featured on our website.

 

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