Twin Farmhouse Bed

If you are looking for a classic farmhouse style bed for your child's room, this is the project for you. Featuring simple styling, large headboard and footboard tops, substantial legs, sturdy siderails, and the option to go with or without a boxspring, this beautiful bed is definitely worth your sweat!

Special thanks to Kristine for sharing her photos.


Projects built from this plan. Thank you for submitting brag posts, it's appreciated by all!


Shopping List: 

Shopping List for Headboard and Footboard
2 – 4×4 Posts (8′ Length)
4 – 1×4 (8′ Length)
4 - 1×6 (8′ Length)
1 – 2×4 (8′ Length)
1 – 2×6 (8′ Length)
Shopping List for Rails (If you do not have a metal frame already)
3 - 2×4 (Can be stud length or 8′ length)
2 – 1×10 (8′ length)
2x2s if you need slats

3 inch screws
1 1/4 inch finish nails
120 grit sandpaper
wood conditioner
paint brush
measuring tape
safety glasses
hearing protection
General Instructions: 

Please review the plans for the Queen Sized Farmhouse bed with Arch and the plans for the Queen Sized Farmhouse Bed. Because the building process is essentially the same, I will just provide information on how to modify the existing plan for the queen sized farmhouse bed.

Fits twin sized mattress
Cut List: 

A) 2 – 4×4 Posts @ 54″ (Legs)
B) 4 – 1×4 @ 38 1/2″ (Panel Trim)
C) 7 – 1×6 @ 30″ (Planks for Panel)
D) 1 – 2×4 @ 45 1/2″ (Top of Legs and Panel)
E) 1 – 2×6 @ 47 1/2″ (Top of Headboard)
F) 2 – 4×4 Posts @ 21″ (Legs)
G) 4 – 1×4 @ 38 1/2″ (Panel Trim)
H) 7 – 1×6 @ 15″ (Planks for Panel)
I) 1 – 2×4 @ 45 1/2″ (Top of Legs and Panel)

J) 1 – 2×6 @ 47 1/2″ (Top of Footboard)
Side Rails
K) 2- 2×4 @ 80 1/2″ (Side Rail Cleats)
L) 2- 1×10 @ 76 1/2″ (Side Rail Trim)
M) 2 – 2×4 @ 35 1/2″ (Rails Supports on Headboard and Footboard)

Cutting Instructions: 
Because board widths can vary, check to make sure your 1x6 boards measure 5 1/2" wide. If they do not, you may need to adjust the width of your panel trim boards, and the header boards. Best advice is to lay out the panel boards first, take a measurement (consider that twin beds are 39" wide, but there is a little room for play in there) and adjust the remaining cuts accordingly.
Step 1: 

Build the headboard by first lining all the panel boards out and attaching the panel trim boards with 1 1/4" nails and glue. Attach from the back to hide holes. Then attach the panel to the legs, then attach the 2x4 header to the legs (top) and panel (top) followed by the 2x6 header centered on the top of the headboard.

Step 2 Instructions: 

If you already have a metal frame and boxspring, you are done with the building process. If you have a box spring, you can make the side rails as shown below. Also, you can choose the heights of your rails and cleats depending on the thickness of your mattresses and box springs, and whether or not you want underbed storage or trundle.

Step 3 Instructions: 

Top view of the side rails.

Step 4 Instructions: 

If you do not have a box spring, you can place 2×2 every six inches on top of the side rail cleats. Screw in place. Then add mattress to the top.

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i want to adjust the height of the bed. my goal is to be able to use under bed space for storage( maybe a 10" high basket) . I also do not want the mattress( i will be using a box spring) to "sit" above the end of footboard. please Ana , help! i want specific measurements prior to going to buy supplies. I have one week to get the details down . thank you

Ciao a tutti, cerco questo letto ma le cifre qui in Italia sono esorbitanti, poi lo vedo qui proprio come lo vorrei....
Il tutorial però riporta misure che non riesco a tradurre in centimetri qualcuno potrebbe aiutarmi?
Grazie in anticipo!!

any clue where to get them down here in the south that arent pressure treated? anyone know if 84 lumber would have?

Hey Ana & fellow Ana-White Fans!

I have a question I hope someone can help me out with.

This plan calls for the side-rails to be 76.5" long while on other twin bed plans such as the "Simple Bed" & "Kentwood" the side rails are supposed to be 75" long.

Am I missing why this beds side-rails longer than the other beds?

Thank you!! :)

i have a few questions i,m starting to make the farm house bed twin size

1st question is why are the rails that connect the head board n foot board 76.5 inches long  every mattress is diffrent length i found one that is 75 inches long so does that mean i should cut the rails 75 inches long not 76.5?

2nd is how can a 39 inch wide box spring fit inside your opening if there is only 35.5 inches inside to inside please help me out on this thanks

1. The length of the side supports is 76.5" and not 75" because the mattress will/could sit at the same height as the top of the footboard.  This top piece  is a 2x6 so it overhangs a bit when place on the 4x4's.  The extra 1.5" allows for the mattress to still fit.  Check out completed pictures to see where the mattresses end up.

2. The 35.5" width is the width of the 2x4 rail supports for the headboard and foot board.  Notice on the drawings how the supports are placed inside the 2x4 side rail cleats.  Resulting in a width of 38.5" which should fit most twin boxsprings.