Twin size bed plan
Bill of materials
The bill of materials below assumes all the lumber is good. You should buy extra lumber
to be able to leave out pieces with defects in them. In general, its best to buy wider
pieces of lumber and rip them into narrower pieces, such as buying 2x6 and ripping the 2x3's
out of them. You get much better lumber that way. It may be better to buy five 2x10x8' instead
of the parts marked with an asterisk, and cut everything from those.
|2x8 x 8'||3 *||Side rails, also bottom horizontal for headboard and footboard.
|2x3 x 8'||3 *||For making the posts
|2x10 x 8'||1 *||For headboard top horizontal, and footboard top horizontal
|2x2 x 8'||2||Supports for slats on side rails
|1x4 x 8'||6||For slats
|3/4" dowel||6'||For cutting dowels from. Buy enough lengths to get 6'
|2.5" #10 wood screw||24||For mounting side rails
|2.5" #10 wood screw||10||For screwing slat supports onto side rails
|Wood glue||100ml||At least 100 ml of wood glue.
Note how the slats rest on the ledge on the inside of the side rails.
The holes for the dowels are best drilled by clamping the headboard and post together, and drilling
the hole all the way through from the outside, as shown in the diagram below
The foot board is nearly identical to the headboard. If you are one of those people who prefer to stick
their feet off the end of the bed, leave off the top horizontal part, and make the uprights just 18" long.
The bed rail has a series of blocks on the inside corners. The purpose of these is to space out
the slats, and keep them from sliding around.
Its best to glue and screw the 1.5"x1.5" support for the slat onto the main part of the rail, to ensure
that its attached solidly.
Bed frames in general are designed to be disassembled for moving. For this bed frame, unscrewing the
side rails will do the trick.
The slats are placed between the bed rails, and are only held in place by gravity. The
blocks on the bed rails prevent them from sliding around.
You can also download a Sketchup model of this bed plan