Farmhouse King Bed Plans

The bed that started it all. Some cleverly placed stud grade boards and some antique white paint, and I give you a sturdy, simple heirloom quality bed. Special thanks to Marion at The Bumper Crop for sharing her amazing photos.


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


Author Notes: 

Shopping List: 

Shopping List for the Heaboard and Footboard (this does not include the rails or frame)
4 – 1×8 (8′ Length)
2 – 4×4 Posts
1 – 1×3 (8′ Length)
8 – 1×4 (8′ Length)
2 – 2×4 (Stud or 8′ Length)
2 – 2×6 (Stud or 8′ Length)

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

Because the instructions to build this bed are essentially the same as the plans for the Queen sized (including the bed frame), I will just be providing diagrams on how to build the Heaboard and Footboard in the king size.
Please review the plans for the Queen Sized with Arch and the Queen Sized Farmhouse Bed plans before begining this project. Follow the plans for the Queen Size with Arch for building the side rails, if you do not have a metal bed frame. The length of this bed is identical (80″) to a queen size. If you do not have a box spring, you can use slats. Please review the post on the Twin Sized Farmhouse Bed here. There is lots of information here – look at the comments on how to add slats to the frame. The slats will be 80″ long, I would space them closer or use bigger boards, like 2x4s.

Please also take note that King beds vary in size depending on where you live. You should always measure your mattress first and make sure that it fits the bed. There are also California King bed plans available. The measurements given are recommended for a bed 80" wide. If your bed is narrower, simply trim off from the panel and panel trim boards, or substitute 1x6s for the end boards in the panel.

Also note that when you build with standard dimensional lumber, widths can vary greatly depending on where your lumber was milled. Always measure the width of your boards first. This plan assumes that your 1x8s are 7 1/2" wide - the widest possible measurement. Check yours, adjust accordingly.

Designed for mattress measuring 80" wide
Cut List: 

For the Headboard, you will need:
Panel Pieces (center) 10 – 1x8s @ 30″
Panel Pieces (ends) 2 – 1x3s @ 30″
Panel Trim Pieces – 4 – 1×4 @ 80″
Legs – 2 – 4×4 Posts @ 54″
Bottom Header – 1 – 2×4 @ 87″
Top Heaer – 1 – 2×6 @ 89″

For the Footboard, you will need:

Panel Pieces (center) 10 – 1x8s @ 15″ (Green)
Panel Pieces (ends) 2 – 1x3s @ 15″ (Pink)
Panel Trim Pieces – 4 – 1×4 @ 80″ (Blue)
Legs – 2 – 4×4 Posts @ 21″ (Purple)
Bottom Header – 1 – 2×4 @ 87″ (Yellow)
Top Heaer – 1 – 2×6 @ 89″ (Orange)

Cutting Instructions: 
I highly recommend cutting all of your panel boards first and taking a measurement, and then cutting the panel trim boards to fit that measurement.
Step 1: 

Construct your headboard.

Step 2 Instructions: 

Construct your footboard.

Step 3 Instructions: 

When assembling your bed, you may have two seperate boxsprings. What I did was build a "floor" out of 2x4s for a frame (see queen bed) and then put plywood on top, followed by the mattress. We have never had a support issue. If you feel you need to have extra support (king beds are big, I know) you can simply add a fifth "leg" in the center of the bed from scrap 4x4s. This will beef up the support considerably.

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Why would you provide plans for a bed that is 80 inches wide when there are no beds made that are that size? Shouldn't you make the plans for a 76 inch wide king (standard) or for a 72 inch wide bed (California).

My King sized bed is 76 by 80 but we prefer to have it the longer way, so I love these plans.

beautiful! I have sent several people your way since yesterday, and they are all as blown away as I am. Thank you for sharing.

I love, love, love your blog! I stumbled upon you from The Graphics Fairy and love everything.

My husband better get ready because we're about to become carpenters!

I LOVE this bed, Ana! But then I love everything you do. Your style is so classic.

Thanks for being the incredible inspiration that you are. YOU are encouraging women to build. And to me, that is a very good thing.

Thanks for linking up yet again to SNS! Now go back and pick what print you'd like if you won and comment on it. I'd love to qualify you in the giveaway. ;)

FJ Donna


Sorry for the caps, but I just do not want anyone to put toxins in their homes.

Untreated 4x4 Posts should be readily available at Home Depot or Lowes. In our stores, the 4x4 posts are in a weird location. Perhaps ask an associate for their location. They are also cheap, like $6 for an 8' post. The more "distressed" the better!

Ana that's why I asked the question. I wanted to make sure that wasn't the case. Some of the Lowes depending on where you are at don't have the untreated 4x4's, I am going to check out Home Depot to see if they have them. If not then I will stack 2x4's Thanks for the plans I had planned on building a bed similar to this but was going Wainscoting for the center of the head and foot boards but I actually like the way you are doing it much better and it will be a HECK of alot cheaper.

Proud Daddy,

Thank you so much for asking the question in a comment. I have actually had tons of emails with the same question, and I wanted to make sure everyone saw it.

You are much appreciated!

Thank you!


You are welcome. I am a fairly new woodworker about a year now and that was one of the things that I learned early on. I love the fact that you are using sketchup, I have been modeling some of my thoughts in that. It's a great program. Anyway.. Thanks for the plans and for finally getting my wife interested in woodworking she asked me this afternoon if she could build something. I just finished one of the Hyde end tables and we are going to build the coffee table I made a few changes to the table. I used pocket hole joinery and Used dowls to join the top to the base. I will shoot you over a pic after while. I am going to let her attack the coffee table if she is up to it.



Hey there! SO excited to start building this! My dad and I are going to make this our little project. Can you help me convert this to a california king though? I would like to include a frame and sideboards as well. You are so talented and I appreciate all of your hard work!

Love, love, love this bed!

Can you please clear something up for me though?

When looking at the (colored) plans for the king size bedframe, I can't get the measurements to add up. Can you please tell me what I am doing wrong?

(10) 8" Panels = 80"
(2) 3" End Pieces = 6"
(2) 4" Posts = 8"

The total of all these pieces is 94".

I don't understand how the plans show an overall width of 89".

HELP...what am I doing wrong!!!!

Thank you so much! I can't wait to make this bed! I'm obsessed! :)

Ok, by reading some of the other comments I think I saw my question answered!

The "actual" measurements are different that the "nominal" measurement.

That makes sense!

Thanks anyway!

Just built the King this weekend. I wanted to note a few errors in the plans. On the shopping list, it calls for (4)1x8x8ft which is 384 inches. The plan calls for 10 30 inch pieces and 10 15 inch pieces which is 450 inches so you actually need (5) 1x8x8ft.

Also when you stack the 10 30 inch pieces with the 2 3 inch pieces the 80 inch band board is too long. I added a 3rd 3 inch piece an it it fit perfectly. Overall, it came out great. Great site, can wait to build more.

I wish there was a way to move comments like these to the top of the list so people don't miss them. I found the same thing as you. You need an additional 1x8 for a total of (5). I also found that two 1x3's weren't enough, so I went with 1"x4"s to make up the width on mine in place of the 1"x3"s and that worked also. Best thing to do would be to measure what the 1x8's are actually running when you buy your lumber and then determine what size "filler" pieces you need.

Thank you for this comment...wish we would have read it before shopping. We are in the middle of making this bed as well and found that (4) 1x8x8 ft was not enough to cut the pieces required. I would appreciate the plan materials list being updated. We are running into some other snags but I think that is more due to the lumber width (as is noted in the plan) and it should still be fine. Love the plan and the look...hoping to have my own brag photo and full review when it's done :)

I am amazed by your blog. Thanks for going to all this work for us!
I feel like this is the dumbest question--- do you need to sand and prime the wood before you paint it? Can you tell this is my first project?

Hi Laurie, not a dumb question at all. I don't give alot of information on finishing because there is no right or wrong method to finishing - in other words, you get what you want. I would recommend sanding first to remove any hard edges, wood putty, or soften edges. Depending on your desired finish, you can prime first. If you are trying to keep the wood showning through the paint, I would recommend not priming. My best recommendation is to try out a variety of different finishes before painting.

My husband and I just got home from the store with our wood for this project! I'm super excited, but confused on one thing. We bought our wood from the "shopping list" and when we got back, we realized the "cut list" has 1x3s. They were not on the shopping list, so I'm wondering if I'm missing something or if we need to go back to the store tomorrow?

I have been looking over the plans thoroughly since I very much want to make this bed. I believe a standard king size is 76 wide and 80 long, the 80" length is the same as for a queen. Your plans are geared towards 80" wide and 60" long. Also I can't figure out how in the Queen if you have 60" of space you can fit two 2x10s and 57" joists into a 60" space. 57+4 = 61" or maybe I'm confused

Okay, let's see if I can tackle this question. There was a typo, but only in reference, the king should in fact be 80" long. The width of a standard king is 76". I made my bed (shown in the picture) 80" wide because we turned our mattress 90 degrees to get the bed to fit better in the room. This plan calls for a headboard of 80" wide. You can build yours 76" wide by resizing your panel boards.

The "cleats" in reference to the queen size are each only 1 1/2" wide, as a 2x board does not measure 2" in width, but 1 1/2".

I hope this makes sense.

Ana, we are going to make your bed this weekend, but would like to make the rails along with it. Could you put up the measurements for the King size rails and how you did it?

First and foremost, I LOVE what you do. I stumbled upon your site about 2 weeks ago and have already built a bench that I found here last weekend. I have a question on the beds. Is there a way to make them so you can disassemble them easily for when you move or need to take them out of the room without having to unscrew the side boards?

Please, please please keep writing and inspiring your readers. Best. Site. Ever.

Could you post a shopping/cut list for a Kingsize bed NOT turned sideways (the mattress in the standard orientation)? My husband is 6'6" and can't fit on it sideways!


I would lower where you attach the side rails 6-8 inches to accommodate a box spring- you also wouldn't need as many cross pieces underneath to support the mattress.

Just finished my king size farmhouse bed. It looks great! Thanks for the plans Ana. It can be seen in the photos section. (My Farmhouse Bed 1 and My Farmhouse Bed 2). It has the red and white plaid comforter. I used a flat black paint and attempted to distress. Also I found a good altenrative to the 1x8's is using a product called "Barn Siding" that I found at Lowe's. I think this will make the project cheaper and easier. On to night stands.....

Curious about the barn siding. Cannot find pictures of your finished product. Could you post a link?

Please don't call this King Size if it is not the plans for the standard orientation of a king size bed! You suggested to a previous poster that they just need to re-size the head and foot-boards, but having plans, a buy list and a cut list would be much appreciated for REAL king size. Please reformat the plans for standard king size if you have some spare (ha!) time.

I LOVE this bed but do not have the skill to convert these measurements to a normal king size bed 76 w x 80 L. Could you please post these in a buying and cutting list.
Thanks soooo much.. I was just introduced to this site and it is phenomenal!

because mags- cosleeping is amazing, and one of the best things you can do to build and maintain a close family bond! children will move to their own beds when they feel secure enough in them to do so!!

ana..!!!! THANK YOU! loove it.

Hi there!

Your talents are incredible! I visit your blog often hoping that someday I will actually tackle one of the plans. I have a question...are the plans on this page for the 80x60 or 76x80. I have never attempted to build anything myself and I want to make sure I'm doing all the right measurements.

Thank you,

I have noticed that quite a few people have requested plans for a standard King size bed and not plans for one that has been turned side ways. Has anyone figured out the measurements or has it been posted somewhere on the web site. I am another one of the followers that is intimidated and frustrated trying to figure it out myself and I don't want to waste a bunch of money buying wood and messing the bed up. Any comments would be greatly appreciated.

I love this!! My husband and I are planning on making this bed in the normal King size. Could you post the measurements for that? Thanks!

I wish you could do this also. I've never built anything before and am not the greatest when it comes to math and "re-figuring" something out. It seems way too daunting to try to figure out new measurements for this to make it the way the King is supposed to be turned. And I REALLY want to make this bed. The whole "mattress turned sideways" is stopping me!

Hi Ana! My husband and I are making a farmhouse king...we did change some of the measurements so that it's 76 in wide. But I figure that we would have plenty of 1x8s to cut the panels, especially since it's less wide than your plans. But unfortunately we ran out of wood. Four 1x8s gave us all the 30 in panels and only 4 of the 15 in panels. We are going to have to buy a couple more. If you or anyone reading knows, did we measure wrong? Am I crazy?? Hehe. Thanks for any input!

We are looking forward to building this when our house is finished, Looking at reusing some of the reclaimed wood off some of the old barns on the property to build, and then adding a canopy. This should look great in our 1904 farmhouse.

Hi Ana~
Is there anyway that you could update this plan for a standard King? (Shopping list/cust list) I can't build it with the mattress turned because I don't have the extra 4 inches of space.

If anyone has done this and could offer some assistance, please email me.

Thank you for the beautiful plans Ana.

I just stumbled across your website last week and have to say I'm in LOVE!

My Dad teaches shop class and I grew up using power tools, now I'm married to a tool-a-holic. I can frame a wall, wire up a house and install faucets...but I have always been stumped when it comes to building furniture! I've spent hours perusing free furniture plans on the internet but found most of them to be out of date, overly complicated or just not my style. Your site has exactly what I've been looking for!

I've already told my hubby that instead of making any plans for Valentine's day this year lets just spend some time together and make this awesome bed!

Thanks so much!

I believe that it is available at Target currently. I was in the store just a couple of days ago & it was still available. In fact, if you search on the Target website under DwellStudio Bedding, it is the Mandala Bedding Collection. HTH!

Please give plans for a standard king bed (not tuned sideways)! I really want to make this but I am intimidated by recalculating the sizes!!

Hi, My wife and I are really excited to make this bed but we had one point that needed clarifying, you said you turned your bed sideways, what would the measurements be for everything for a standard king arranged normally?


I just want to build the headboard (not the footboard) what would be my "supply list"--would it be?
For the Headboard, you will need:
Panel Pieces (center) 10 – 1x8s @ 30″
Panel Pieces (ends) 2 – 1x3s @ 30″
Panel Trim Pieces – 4 – 1×4 @ 80″
Legs – 2 – 4×4 Posts @ 54″
Bottom Header – 1 – 2×4 @ 87″
Top Heaer – 1 – 2×6 @ 89″

You could replace the 1x3s on the end with 1x2s  This would shrink it from 80 inches to 78 inches.  Standard King width is 76 inches.

Then take 2 inches off of everything else that goes width-wise, as follows:
Trim panels - 78"
2x4 top - 85"
2x6 top - 87"

ANOTHER option is to replace the 1x8 panels with 1x6 panels.  You will need 13 of them instead of 10 - this will equal 71.5" (if your 1x6 is 5.5 inches each).  Then use 2 - 1x3 pieces for the ends (at 2.5" each) to total 76.5".  Then, same as above, you would take 3.5" off of each as follows:
Trim panels - 76.5"
2x4 top - 83.5"
2x6 top - 85.5"

Hope this helps!

Another option (that I am thinking about) is replacing all the paneled pieces with a single sheet of 3/4" furniture-grade plywood to avoid the paneled look and just get a solid piece of wood.  Going to be evaluating cost on that one.


You need (5) 1x8 8' long i'm making this bed and followed the cut  pattern and found out i came up short when it came to the footboard. you need for the headboard 10 1x8@30" Thats 300" that totals 25' .The footboard you need 10 1x8@15" that totals 150" thattotals 12.5' for a total of 37.5' so 4@ 8' only totals 32' so you need a fifth 1x8

I'm so glad I found your site. Thanks to HGTV for sending me your way! There are so many wonderful plans, I don't know where to start!

A bit off topic, but can you tell me what the lovely color on the walls is? Just the shade I'm looking for!

I'm having a REALLY hard time finding untreated 4x4's. Even private lumber companies in my area do not carry them. I don't want to stack 2x4's. Any suggestions? Am I looking in the wrong spots in the store?

Marion B.

We are in the process of making this. We also had a hard time finding 4 x 4's. We glued 2x4's together and then filled the sides with stainable wood filler. I just finish sanding and staining them and they look great. Hope this helps.

I'm getting ready to make this bed soon and I have one question. I'm wanting to use the box springs. However since there are two twin size box-springs for my bed is it best to use slats on the cleats to support them? Is there a better way to support them? I was thinking of using 1 x 3's spaced 1 - 1.5" apart. Any reccomendations? (Also, is it necessary to attach the slats to the cleats? It seems like it would make it a lot harder when it's time to move the bed. I was thinking of maybe just attaching the head-most slat with screws to make sure the slats don't slide off the head-end)

I've been reading some of the different ways to fasten the side rails to the head board and footboard. Would it be possible to use the Kreg Jig to fasten the side rails to the footboard? Just trying to determine the best way before I start my project...... Thanks

I love this idea and hope my husband will make it in the spring. If you read all the posts before you ask a question here, you'd probably find it has already been answered. I can't imagine she has time to re-adjust everyone's shopping list for their unique situations ... All the information I've read will be very helpful!

I am looking at thie pictures of this and understand that the siderails are connected to the 4 x 4 post with a bolt. I am trying to figure out how the footboard is connect. It does not appear to be the same. Any info would be great.. I plan on starting this this weekend

Wow! Now YOU make a woman proud! You GO GIRL! Soooo awesome! You make me feel a little more courageous to getting close to a saw...
Thanks alot and many blessings to you!
Keep all those fingers!

I have drooled over this quilt on so I recognized it immediately.
It is DwellStudio for Target Mandala Quilt.
It seems to be discontinued as I haven't been able to get my hands on one. But I did see on a blog that someone bought theirs at Target on Clearance in King size for $56!!!! I have never seen it in my Target store (Biloxi, MS) but they don't carry stylish stuff it seems.

I love the bed but can you tell me where you purchased the bed spread!?! LOVE!

The way this plan is designed, you attach an inside rail (that will hold up the mattress) to the inside edge of the bedposts. Then, attach the exterior rails to that. If you nail the side rail from the inside using 1 1/4" nails or screws, no hardware will be visible. It is the side rail (cleats) on the inside that do the work, the outer rail is aesthetic.
If you have a Kreg Jig, you can use pocket holes and attach the rails with screws.

It says in the plan that it is based on standard dimensional lumber. Is it based on hardwood or softwood standards? For instance the 1 x 8 in the plan. Is it 3/4 inch by 7.25 inch or is it 7/8 inch thick or is it truly 1 inch thick? Thanks

It says in the plan that it is based on standard dimensional lumber. Is it softwood or hardwood standards? For instance is the 1 x 8 actually 3/4 by 7.25, is it 7/8 inch thick or is it truly 1 inch thick. Also what type of wood do you use in your project?

When you purchase lumber from the store, it is given in nominal (in name only) dimensions. A standard 2x4 is actually 1 1/2 inches thick by 3 1/2 inches wide. Don't ask me why, it's just that way (I think it's because they start out that size before they are actually milled). So, looking at any of Ana's plans, her cut lists are always labeled nominally, but the math for the plans is for the actual numbers of board size/width. Most of Ana's plans call for inexpensive pine (soft), which is what I use because it fits my budget. I can't afford hardwoods like oak. For this bed, I used "Top Choice" pine from Lowes. The 2x6's, 2x4's, and 4x4's were fir, as they don't sell them in pine. What I've found on this site, is that the plans use the softwood dimensions; every board is a half inch narrower in actuality, except for the 1x's, they measure 3/4 inches thick.

For a little bit more I would suggest poplar, you'll find its straighter and easier to
drill into without overdrilling. I would also explore finding a smaller lumber yard/dealer
where the wood quality is far better. I recently did that and the #1 pine at this yard was called "clear" and didn't have a single knot in it. The #1 at the blue or orange stores has knots and isn't very straight.
Those stores will also list the actual dimension vs. nominal on their web site (at least blue does).
To answer the question why the shrinkage ? its do to the drying process after the milling.

Hope this helped.


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Hey guys,

I couldn't agree more. I really don[url=]'[/url]t get why more people just don't get it.

Great post, keep it up.


My husband built this bed this weekend but we would prefer to use our own bed rails instead of building a frame and slats however we love the look of the siderails. any suggestions on how to attach them so we can achieve that look without sacrificing our expensice metal bed rail ?

I am wondering the same thing! Did you attach the headboard and footboard right to the metal frame? Would it be possible the add the siderails as a cosmetic finish?

If you put your rails on the inside of the posts you bring the dimensions down to 77". Leaving only 1/2" clearance on each side.
The fit will depend on your joinery. Bedbolts will give you the 80", installing the rails on the inside of your post will give you the 76" I keep hearing about. How has this not been addressed?

Have fun
-Mike G

Spoke to the folks at the lumber yard and they recommended tongue and groove lumber for the panel. It is 1X6 dimension but has the nice v joint, not flat. I'm looking forward to giving that a try. For those of you struggling to find the 1X lumber - that might work for you. It is a Home Hardware building centre.