I’ve never found a bed frame I was happy with. It started with making bed frames for my kids at all stages of them growing up. I wanted them to have as much play space as possible because every kid needs space to make epic Lego scenes or twirl around to their heart’s content, am I right?! So their beds were built up high so they could play underneath (ie; camping reading nook etc.) and as they got older, desks were built-to-suit to fit nicely under.
I wanted a frame high enough to keep the dogs off of the bed. So this is my build…
3/4″ Plywood: 2 sheets, depending on what size frame you are building.
4×4’s Legs: However long you need, buy accordingly.
2×4’s Sides, top and bottom of frame: However long you need depending on building for twin or queen or king. Also 2×4’s for the underside of the frame for support. (see photos below).
6″ Carriage bolts, 2 per leg = 8
Hex nuts for the carriage bolts = 8, one per bolt.
Washers = 8, one per bolt.
“L” brackets for support on the underside of the frame.
Felt for each feet to prevent scratching of your wood floors as well as a buffer between the 4×4’s and the 2×4’s (see picture below).
Paint or stain
Wrench – Proper size to use on hex bolts.
Drill with proper size drill bit to drill holes. Also, drill for screwing screws into 2×4’s.
Screws or nails
Clamps – trigger clamps
The basic build is to first figure out the height you want the frame to be. Don’t forget to account for the measurement of the plywood on top. In this build I used 3/4″ plywood.
I used 4×4 for the legs. I wanted the chunky look, plus it’s very sturdy. I measured for the height and cut the 4×4 using a chop saw.
Measuring out for a queen size I measured and cut 2×4’s for the frame to go around the entire bed. You can screw or nail the 2×4 together creating a “box”.
To attach the legs onto the 2×4 “frame” you can use trigger clamps to hold the 4×4 into the corner so you can pre-drill for the carriage bolts. I pre-drilled one hole per side corner off setting them so one is closer to the top on one side and one is closer to the bottom. I drilled through the 2×4 into the 4×4 all the way through!
What do you think of the floors? It took me a day and a half to lay the wood and one day to stain and seal. A walk through post about the floors coming: please stay tuned!
At this point you can leave the wood natural, paint it, or stain. I chose to stain it. I had left over stain from doing the floors. I just rubbed the stain in and let dry. I then did one coat of water based poly on it.
If you have trouble finding 4×4’s you can use 2×4’s for the legs using 2-2×4’s in an “L” fashion.
When building a high frame such as a bunk bed style on top and say a desk area under, use 2×4 supports on three sides. And for the ladder you can add more 2×4’s for the rungs.
Buy untreated wood only. You don’t want pressure treated! Some stores don’t carry untreated in the stores, but may be able to order it. ASK!
If you can’t find the right bed frame…build it!
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