Twin Size Bed Frame Plans

This step by step diy woodworking project is about twin size bed frame plans. If you want to learn more about building a twin size bed frame, we recommend you to pay attention to the instructions described in the article. Work with attention and don’t forget to take a look over the rest of the furniture projects, as there are many other bed frame plans featured on our website.

Before starting the actual construction project, we recommend you to plan everything, as to save money and to keep the costs under control. Adjust the size and the design of the bed frame to suit your needs. In addition, we recommend you to invest in high-quality materials, such as pine, redwood or cedar, as they have a nice finish and are highly durable, especially in a humid environment.

If you don’t have a rich expertise in woodworking field, you should ask a friend to give you a hand with the project. There are many things that you could go wrong, so make sure you plan everything and invest in quality materials. Select the lumber with attention, making sure the components are perfectly straight and in a very good condition. Use a carpentry square to check if the corners are right-angled.

 

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Twin Size Bed Frame Plans

Building a twin bed frame

Building a twin bed frame

 

Materials

  • A – 2 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 50″ long, 2 pieces – 17″ long LEGS
  • B – 2 pieces of 1×10 lumber – 75 1/2″ long, 1 piece – 38 1/2″ long RAILS
  • C – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 78 3/4″ long, 2 pieces – 35 1/2″ long FRAME
  • D – 16 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 38 1/2″ long SLATS
  • E – 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 38″x38 1/2″ long HEADBOARD
  • F – 1 piece of 1×4 lumber – 54″ long, 2 pieces – 25 1/4″ long TRIMS
  • G – 1 piece of 2×4 lumber – 45 1/2″ long, 1 piece – 47 1/2″ long TRIMS

 

Tools

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

 

Tips

  • Apply several coats of wood stain to the wooden components
  • Fill the holes with wood filler and smooth the surface

 

Time

  • One Day

 

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Twin Size Bed Frame Plans

Building the frame of the twin bed

Building the frame of the twin bed

 

The first step of the woodworking project, we recommend you to build the frame of the twin bed. First of all, we recommend you to assemble the frame, out of 2×4 lumber. Make sure the corners are right-angled and secure the components together with 2 1/2″ galvanized screws. Next, attach the legs to the frame, making sure they are perfectly plumb.

Drill pocket holes at both ends of the side components and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the legs. Place a spirit level on top of the frame, to make sure the components are perfectly horizontal.

 

Fitting the exterior rails

Fitting the exterior rails

 

Attach the 1×10 rails to the exterior of the bed frame, as shown in the image. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the rails and secure them to the legs with 1 1/4″ screws. Leave no gaps between the components.

 

Building the headboards

Building the headboards

 

Cut a piece of 3/4″ plywood at the right dimensions and drill pocket holes along the edges. Fit the headboard between the legs and secure it into place with 1 1/4″ screws. Add waterproof glue to enhance the rigidity of the joints.

 

Fitting the headboard trims

Fitting the headboard trims

 

If you want to enhance the look of the headboard, you could attach x-shaped trims. Cut the components out of 2×4 lumber and secure them into place with 3/4″ screws, inserted from the back of the bed. Add waterproof glue to enhance the rigidity of the joints.

 

Attaching the top trims

Attaching the top trims

 

One of the last steps of the woodworking project is to attach the 2×4 and 2×6 trims on top of the headboard. Cut the trims at the right size and secure them to the top of the legs with galvanized screws. Center the 2×6 trim over the 2×4 slat, in order to get a professional result.

 

Attaching the slats

Attaching the slats

 

Cut the 1×4 support slats at the right size and fit them over the cleats, making sure they are equally-spaced. Leave 1 1/2″ between the slats, in order to get the job done properly. Secure the slats to the cleats with 1 1/4″ screws.

 

Twin size bed frame plans

Twin size bed frame plans

 

Last but not least, we recommend you to take care of the finishing touches. Fill the holes with wood filler and let it to dry out for several hours. Afterwards, smooth the wooden surface with fine-grit sandpaper and vacuum the residues.

Smart Tip: Apply several coats of stain or paint to the wooden components, if you want to protect them from decay and to enhance the look of the bed frame.

 

 

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