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How to Build a Wooden Headboard and Bed Frame (page 1 of 2)

Instead of buying a bed, why not build one? This simple design is adjustable to any size bed.

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  • Time

    Day

  • Price Range

    $100 - $250

  • Difficulty

    Easy to Moderate

Step-by-Step Instructions:

Measure and Cut the Bed Frame

Our bed frame was built to fit around a queen-size metal bed frame, adjust the size accordingly for your bed. Our lumber needs included five 2x6s at 8 feet, one 2x4 at 12 feet, and four 2x12s at 8 feet.


The 2x12x8 lumber will be used for the bed frame. Cut two pieces at 77 inches for the head and foot of the bed. Then cut two pieces at 86 inches for the sides.

Measure and Cut the Headboard

From the 2x6x8 lumber, cut five pieces at 77 inches. From the 2x4x12, cut three pieces at 42 inches.

Sand and Stain

Sand all cut edges. Clean off the dust and debris. Using a rag, apply stain with the grain of the wood. Based on desired shade, apply one or more coats. Let dry after each coat.

Distress the Wood

This step is optional. Use chains, rocks or strike the wood with hard objects to create an aged look.

Apply Polyurethane

For a clear gloss look, apply polyurethane with a paintbrush. Let dry completely.

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