While bed frames aren’t the most expensive thing in the world, nothing beats the quality of doing it yourself and having something solid to be proud of.
It’s an easy project and one which nearly anyone should be able to pull off with a surprising amount of ease so sit back and follow along and we’ll show you how to build a simple but functional frame to keep you from having to sleep on the floor.
3.) Cut the Wood
Depending on what kind of saw you plan on using, you might want to make sure that you have a miter box around. These are indispensable for making sure that you’ve got a straight line if you’re using a hand saw.
If you’re using a power saw, use a square to make a mark to cut things tight. Simply square it off with the side of the lumber, then use a pencil to mark it at the desired length.
- Make sure your cuts are straight.
You’ll also want to make sure that your measurements are precise. If you’re using a circular saw or table saw with a wide kerf, then cut to the outside edge of the line but a hand saw or jig saw will be fine to cut straight.
Keep the off-cuts handy, we’re going to use them to build the legs.
4.) Put the Frame Together
Lay the frame out on the floor and get ready to assemble it. Make sure that all of your edges are straight, and measure it again to make sure it’s the correct length. A bit too big is better than a bit too small, but you’ve got around a ½” room for margin of error either way for most boxsprings.
You can drill pilot holes if you’d like, use something thinner than the shaft of the screws you’re using and make sure the holes are straight. Place them at the ends of the pieces that will be the head and foot of the frame once it’s done. Get as deep as possible, all the way through is a good idea if you can manage it.
To make sure your pilot holes are in the correct place, use a pencil to mark ¾” in from the edge.
- Now, drive two screws into each connection of the lengthwise boards.
Grab the third piece you’ve cut out for the middle and slide it in to the exact center of the frame, which you should have previously marked. Do the same with this board and you’ll now have the rough frame, which is really the “tough” part of this project.
5.) Making the Legs
You kept the offcuts, right?
Go grab them and get back to your saw, wherever it may be. You’re now going to create the legs for your new frame in order to keep it off the ground. Hopefully you wrote down the measurements for where you want the top of the mattress to sit, if you’re not quite sure the average mattress sits between 25” and 30” off the ground.
You’re going to cut four sets of legs here, each comprised of two pieces of 2×4. The desired length is easy to calculate. The shorter one is going to be the height you want to add to the bed, and the longer one is going to be 3 ½” longer in order to account for the width of the 2×4 in the frame.
Screw them together at the four “corners” of the shorter piece, then you’ll want to put them up in the corners as shown and screw them in from the front with four screws apiece:
Now, screw them to the frame and you’re going to be good to go.
- If you want to add a skirt directly to the frame, simply cut fabric to the desired width, run it around the frame, and attach it with a brad nailer or staple gun at intervals of 4-6”.