Simple Bed, Full Size

Think you need special tools to build a slatted mission style bed? Think again. This beautiful solid wood bed is made from standard 2x4s and other dimensional lumber and is cleverly put together without any specialized woodworking tools. This rustic design can work in both a girls or boys room, and can also be converted into a bunk and even a twin over full bunk.


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Author Notes: 

Shopping List: 

2- 4x4 @ (8') 

5- 1x4 @ (8') 
2- 1x3 @ (8') 
1- 1x2 @ (8') 
7- 1x6 @ (8') 
4- 2x4 @ (8') 
15- 2x2 @ (8') Optional could use plywood for these
2 inch screws
3 inch screws
120 grit sandpaper
wood conditioner
paint brush
measuring tape
hammer (can be substituted for brad nailer with a nail punch)
safety glasses
hearing protection
General Instructions: 

Because this plan is essentially the same as the twin sized simple bed, I am recommend reviewing the directions for the twin sized simple bed and following those directions. In this plan, I will give you modifided cut list and additional diagrams to help you successfully complete a full sized simple bed.
This bed will fit a mattress measuring 54″ x 75″

66 1/2" x 82" x 32"
Cut List: 

Cut List for the Headboard
2 – 4×4 Posts @ 41″ (Legs)
9 – 1×4 @ 31 1/2″ (Slats)
16 – 1×3 @ 5 1/2″ (Middle Spacers)
4 – 1×2 @ 5 1/2″ (End Spacers)
4 – 1×6 @ 54 1/2″ (Trim, cut to measurements)
1 – 2×4 @ 66 1/2″ (Header)
Cut List for the Footboard
2 – 4×4 Posts @ 31″ (Legs)
9 – 1×4 @ 21 1/2″ (Slats)
16 – 1×3 @ 5 1/2″ (Middle Spacers)
4 – 1×2 @ 5 1/2″ (End Spacers)
4 – 1×6 @ 54 1/2″ (Trim, cut to measurements)
1 – 2×4 @ 66 1/2″ (Header)

Cut List for Siderails and Slats

2 – 1×6 @ 75″ (Side Rails)
2 – 2×4 @ 76 1/4″ (Cleats)
25 – 2×2 @ 54 1/2″ (Bedroll Slats)

Step 1: 

Headboard and Footboard. Build the headboard and footboard as directed in the twin sized plans, expect you will need to use the cut list and diagram above to change dimensions to the full size.

Step 2 Instructions: 

Headers. The headers will be attached in the same manner as the headers for the twin sized.

Step 3 Instructions: 

Side Rails and Cleats. Fasten the side rail to the cleat, as directed above. Use 2 1/2″ screws. Center the siderail on the cleat, with a 5/8″ overhang on either end. To attach the cleats to the footboard and headboard, predrill and use 3 1/2″ screws to screw into the legs through the ends of the cleats.

Step 4 Instructions: 

Bedroll slats. If you do not have a boxspring, you can lay slats on top of the cleats as directed above. You will need to screw in place. If you do have a box spring, the boxspring will rest on top of the cleats.

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Do you have any suggestions or pointers for staining it after filling in the screw holes with putty? It just seems like they are way noticeable.

What you will need to do is either buy a good stainable wood filler, or use stain matched wood filler after you stain. Another options is to use wood plugs.

This is FABULOUS! We are needing to move our little one from a crib to a big boy bed, and this might be just the ticket.
We have a Friday Fun Find party (on Fridays, of course) and would love it if you'd link to this!

Wonderful. We have been waiting for this. Thank you so much. We actually want to do your "Simple Bunk Beds", but with the full on the bottom of the twin. I am wondering if the process is the same for build and attach. Wondering if you can suggest how to modify the ladder to work with the full underneith. Just wanted to check before I get started.

Do you have the materials list for this project? I see the cut list--but I would like a list to go into the store with--so I don't forget anything :)! You are awesome, by the way!

Hi! I'm looking at putting a trundle under this bed, and I'm just wondering if I need to adjust the height to fit a trundle made of 1x8s (your plan Ana) under it or not. From the diagram it looks like the header leaves 10" clearance under the bed, but I'm new to building things so I just wanted to double check before I buy the materials to build it. Thanks!

You could use a 1x10 for the sides of the trundle, but the clearance is going to be very very tight (especially with caster wheels on). I would add just maybe an 1" to the legs on the daybed.

How difficult would it be to modify this to a queen size bed? I'm looking to do my first ever project and a queen bed is what I need. Thanks so much!

I modified this bed to a queen, if I knew how to share pictures on here I would. I just figured out how much wider my queen bed was than a full, I think it was 6" and added that to every board that went that direction. Then for the side rails and cleats I had to add a couple of inches because my bed was also longer. We had to do 10 boards for the headboard and footboard. We left the measurements of the spacers the same in between and cut the ones on the end after it was assembled. Those were the only modifications necessary and it turned out great. This was my first building project. If you click on my name there is a picture of it on my blog. Good luck!

Ann, Can you post the adjustments for the bed legs for a bed that is 6 inches higher at the head? So it would be at an angle. Is that even possible?

Hi Heather, this bed certainly could be built in a king. You may find it doesn't scale as perfectly - I would suggest following the dimension of the king Farmhouse bed, but just using the slats instead of the panel. Good luck on your bed!

I'm thinking of building this as a Full size bunk bed. I might add an extra support to the center of the top bunk for extra support and let the slates lay across it.

ana you are amazing! thanks so much for these plans! now i just need a how to build your own house section:D or maybe a refrence book list:D

im not finding the "what it costs to build it" on most of these plans? am i missing it? or is it just on some?

Hi Ana, I'm half way through building this - I built the doll-sized farmhouse bed first as a test, and that turned out great! I'm worried about joining the cleats to the legs, though. I read all of the comments on the twin sized bed and I think that you mentioned lag bolts there and screwing at an angle through the cleats to the legs (toenailing), but there's only 5/8 ths of an inch to work with on this plan. Will that work? Am I missing something?
Also wanted to thank you for your site and for giving me and so many others the confidence to go out and buy wood and turn it into beautiful and functional things.

I am planning on making this for my son's room. I want to pair it with the trundle plans you have on here but I didn't know if the deminsions for the simple bed were compatable to put the trundle under it. Feedback? Thanks! I love all your designs!

Is there anyway to get a enlarged copy of the pictures for these plans, i cannot read the plans when they are printed out, the writing is too small, if i enlarge it they just get blurry? Thanks!

As I read the directions for the simple full bed, it doesn't tell you where to use the 1 1/4" or 2 1/2" pocket screws. Also further into the directions it calls for 4", 2 1/2",3 1/2" screws not on the shopping list, also 1 1/4" & 2" nails. Where do the 2" & 3" nails go? How do you attach the 2"x 4" tops on the head & foot boards I see no instructions for that.

I was wondering the same thing. I'm doing a twin over full and I'm modifying the twin to be the same set up as the full as far as cleats and the bedroll slats are concerned (that way we are using all the same materials and plans for both beds) We also decided to modify (like another builder) by using all footboards and adding the difference into the top bunk legs. But, in reading BOTH sets of directions, the twin doesn't have a hardware list in the shopping list and the full has stuff in the shopping list that aren't in the instructions. So, I guess what I'm asking is...what is the right shopping list for hardware for both beds???

My husband and I are building this for our 4yo daughter for Christmas and looking for it to last at least through college. We figure when it's time to trek the top bunk to the dorm, we'll still have a bed at home for her during holidays or for guests. We are SO anxious to make it but want to make sure we have all the right parts instead of 50 million trips to Lowes.

Keep up the good work! It's even got my hubby thinking on making more and selling them. More power to him! Lol Being a full-time mom, working PT, and fixing/modifying/repairing or rebuilding all the stuff I already do is good enough for me. I think I might do the Laundry Shelves though or the Storage Bench though! Anything to make my life easier! :-D

Thanks again for the blog and any info on the hardware!!!