How To Build A Custom DIY Bed Frame?

People have a variety of shapes, sizes, and weights. Hence, the standard dimensions of the typical beds that are produced by the manufacturers may not always fit them appropriately.

With this reason, we need to find a solution in case of our member of the family has body not match with the bed such like a kid. This is the need that the DIY bed frame aims at fulfilling.

This kind of Bed Frame basically lets the bed maker determine the unique sizes, dimensions, and shapes of the bed frame. For one to carry out this role successfully, that person has to adhere to the step-by-step procedures that are explained below.

Step-by-Step Guide To Build DIY Bed Frame

Step 1: What ought I to do before embarking on making a bed frame?

You first and foremost have to acquire and assemble the relevant tools of this project. Listed below are some of these tools and materials you must use for make the Bed Frame:


  • 7 1/4-inch circular saw
  • Work gloves
  • Vibratory saw
  • 1-inch wood chisel and hammer
  • Paintbrush
  • Tape measure
  • Handheld drill
  • Bit set
  • Caulk gun
  • Framing square
  • Safety glasses
  • 15-gauge finish nailer
  • Small air compressor
  • Earplugs


  • 1/4-inch sheathing sheets
  • Paintable caulk
  • Dust mask
  • 8 by 1 1/4-inch wood screws
  • 8 by 2-inch wood screws
  • 3/4-inch plywood sheet
  • 2 by 4 by 8′
  • 3-inch by 14-inch antique furniture legs
  • Type II wood glue
  • Semi-gloss paint
  • Base mold
  • Similar trim
  • Untreated 4 x 4 x 4′

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Step 2: Mark out the Dimensions

Draw the measurements on the timber. Use a ruler, compasses, and pencil to do this. These measurements should spell out the length, breadth, and thickness of the frame. They also determine where the joints will be made as well as the shape and nature thereof.

Step 3: Cut the Timber into Panels

Using a rip fence or cutting guides and fresh blades, cut the timber into panels. While doing this, follow the marked out dimensions strictly to avoid any errors or inconsistencies. For best results, place the plywood on a table and ask someone to help you hold it in position.

Step 4: What next after cutting the panels?

Once you have cut the panels, assemble the frame. Do this by drilling three pilot holes on each end of the side panels. Assemble the four pieces of timber and screw them together. Be sure that each piece of wood is compatible with the next piece.

Use wood glue to reinforce those joints and make them waterproof. Build the Legs and attach them to the bed frame at this stage. Pair up each of the 6 1/2-inch and 10-inch legs to end up with a total 9 legs.

Step 5: Install the Corners

Cut the 4 by 4 wooden planks into 11-1/2 inch long pieces. Notch the back of the 4 by 4 wooden planks. This will enable it to wrap around the frame corner. Connect the cut-out corner and then drop by use of a small piece of wood. Finish off by gluing the interior faces of the corner and nailing it to the bed frame.

Step 6: After Installing the Corners, what next?

After installing the corners, install the cross slats as well. First, install the two plywood ledger strips consistent with the bottom of the sides of the bed frame. Measure the distance between the frame of the bed sides and cut out seven 2 by 4s to this length.

Using wood glue, install the 1-1/4 inch screws 6 inches on center through to the face of the ledger and into the side panel. Finally, install the cross slats 12 inches on center. Place one screw into the ledger on either end.

Step 7: Make the Final Touches

Finish off the bed frame depending on the aesthetics you want. You may consider sanding, varnishing, or painting. Alternatively, you may also embroider the wooden planks using some decorative patterns of your choice. Once you are through, clear the workstation.

PS: You have to refer to this YouTube video for a graphic illustration of the entire procedures outlined above.

Video by: DIY Pete


Since DIY bed frame is open for anyone, but if who have the woodworking experience or carpentry skills can make them effectively than another person. Due to the time consuming, complicate and highly demanding nature in the market.