How Do You Make Twin Bed Frame?

Did you know that you sleep Approximately One-Third of Your Life? Therefore, ideally, your bed must feel special and comfortable. Learning how to make a twin bed frame gives you the opportunity to save some money and improve your skills.

This project, which should take one day if not less, requires several materials and tools. Before delving into the step-by-step guide, let’s first look at what’s needed.

Items Needed:

  • Drill bits and drill machinery.
  • Carpentry pencil, spirit level, tape measure and chalk line.
  • Jigsaw, Miter saw.
  • Safety glasses and gloves.


Note: For you to enjoy top-notch results, you must buy quality lumber. Pine boards and posts, as you might already know boast an exquisite appearance. They’re also highly durable.

The other important thing to note when it comes to materials is the fact that wooden boards must be perfectly straight. Their condition should be good (no dents, cracks, dents, or chips)

twin bed frame

  • 2 pieces of 4 by 4 – 52”, 1 piece of 2 by 4 – 45 1/2”, 1 piece of 2 by 6 – 47 1/2” headboard trims and legs.
  • 7 pieces of 2 by 6 lumber – 29”, 4 pieces of 1 by 4 lumber – 38 1/2” headboard panel.
  • 2 pieces of 4 by 4 – 22”, 1 piece of 2 by 4 – 45 1/2”, 1 piece of 2 by 6 – 47 1/2” footboard trims and legs.
  • 7 pieces of 2 by 6 lumber – 16”, 4 pieces of 1 by 4 lumber – 38 1/2” footboard panel.
  • 2 pieces of 1 by 10 lumber – 76 1/2” side trims.
  • 2 pieces of 2 by 4 lumber – 79 1/4” long, 2 pieces of 2 by 4 lumber – 35 3/4” long cleats.
  • 16 pieces of 1 by 4 lumber – 38 1/2” long slats.

Tips to Employ Before Starting the Project.

Employ these tips and others website Wisebread to have a stress-free DIY project.

  • Before driving in screws, pre-drill holes on the wooden components.
  • Apply a number of wooden stain coats to the wooden components.
  • Adjust the headboard’s size, according to your tastes and needs.
  • Buy a mattress before beginning the project.
  • For your twin bed to be durable, always pay attention to the details. Secondly, take ample time when assembling components. Finally, drive in adequate screws to ensure the parts remain rigid.

Start make the bed frame.

Step 1: Build the Headboard.

Build your bed’s legs out of 4 by 4 lumber. The panel ought to be of 2 by 6 and 1 by 4 boards. Use wood glue and 1 ¼’’ wood screws to build the headboard.

Of great importance to note is that the panel and top header must be centered. For this to happen, check if components are aligned properly and the corners are square.

If you’ve followed the instructions well, the headboard will boast a rustic and neat appearance.

Step 2: Install the Footboard.

Based on the size of your mattress, set the height of the components. That is why I indicated earlier that you must purchase a mattress first. Drill pilot holes through the posts and then insert 4 ½’’ screws into the headboard.

To strengthen the bond of components, add some wood glue.

Step 3: Install the Bed Sides.

The next step entails installing the sides of your bed. As already emphasized, install the 1 by 10 wooden components at a convenient height for your needs. You should consider your preferred design and the size of your mattress.

Step 4: Fit Cleats.

Proceed with the woodworking project by fitting cleat to every side of your bed frame. For you to do the job properly, you can use 2 by 2 lumber or 2 by 4 boards. Doing so will ensure the bed frame remains as light as possible.

Effectively secure the cleats to trims and posts every 10’’. It helps to make your frame rigid. When driving in screws, use a sprit level to ascertain that the cleats are level.

To distribute weight evenly and support your mattress properly, place 1 by 4 slats on the cleats’ top, every 1 ½’’. If you are a perfectionist like myself and want to obtain consistent gaps, you can place wooden blocks between the slats.

Step 5: Final Touches.

Finally yet importantly, you must handle the finishing touches. Do you desire a professional result? I bet you do! Here’s what you need to do! Use wood filler to fill the holes. Allow it several hours to dry out. Use a 120-grit sandpaper to sand the surface.

Before applying a coat of paint or stain, you must vacuum the residues. And that’s it, you’re done with the project.

There you go! I hope Learning How To Make Twin Bed Frame was fun and easy. Did you enjoy the guide? Kindly share with members of your circles.