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Line up the five pieces of 2x6s facedown. Lay the 2x4s perpendicular to the 2x6s – place one in the middle and the other two about 2 feet away from the center on each side. The 2x4s should hang down below the headboard, these will be used to attach the headboard to the frame. Use 2-1/2” deck screws to attach the 2x4s to the 2x6s.
Using 1-1/4" screws, attach the corner brackets to the inner ends of the header and footer of the bed frame. Use a scrap piece of 2x6 to make sure the bracket is even and will line up correctly when the side pieces are fastened on.
Bring all the pieces into the room. Mark and drill holes for mounting the headboard to the head piece of the bed frame. Attach the headboard to the frame using carriage bolts, hex nuts and lock washers.
Attach side pieces of the bed frame to header and footer boards. Use 1-1/4” deck screws to screw through the corner brackets.