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Fancy Arch Bed

May 21, 2010 |
posted by Ana White
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This fancy arched bed will make a glamorous statement in your bedroom! Full bed plans.

Fancy Arch Bed

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Fancy Arch Bed
Fits Queen, 58" to the center

Materials and Tools

Shopping List: 

14 – 1×4 Boards, 8′ Long Furring Strips are the cheapest, but select good straight boards
12 – 1×3 Boards, 8′ Long Furring Strips are cheapest
2 – 1×2 Boards, 8′ Long Furrning Strips are cheapest
2 – 1×10, 8′ Length
1 – 1×10, 6′ Length
1 – 1×8, 6′ Length
2×6, 8′ or Stud Length
1 1/4″ Screws
2″ Screws
Wood Glue
Wood Filler

wood glue
wood filler
120 grit sandpaper
wood conditioner
paint brush
measuring tape
safety glasses
hearing protection

Cut List

Cut List: 

10 – 1×4 @ 57 3/4″ (Panel Pieces)
8 – 1×4 @ 47 34″ (Legs)
2 – 1×2 @ 8″ (Leg Support Pieces)

2 – 1×10 @ 81 1/2″ (Side Rails)
1 – 1×10 @ 60″ (Foot Rail)
1 – 1×8 @ 60″ (Headboard Rail)
2 – 1×4 @ 17 1/2″ (Outer Leg)
2 – 1×2 @ 8″ (Inner support leg)

1 – 2×6 @ 60″ (Center Support)
12 – 1×3 @ 60″ (Slats)

General Instructions

Work on a clean level surface with straight boards (especially important for the headboard panel). Predrill and countersink yours screws. Use glue for every joint, unless the joint is a disassembly point. Be safe, have fun!

Step 1

Fancy Arch Bed

With a Kreg Jig™, join all of the panel board together, starting in the middle and working your way out. Make sure you alternate the grain of the boards (look at the end edges and alternate bark side up, bark side down) so that the panel doesn’t warp to one side. Try to keep the bottoms flush as you create this panel. But when you put the final two boards on (the green boards) check for square by taking a square from the outermost corners of the green boards to the opposite dimensional on the opposite green board.

For those of you who do not have a Kreg Jig™, it is possible to use 1x2s glued and nailed to the back in a perpendicular direction to hold your boards together (use 1 1/4″ nails) but you will run into an issue of not being able to keep the boards connected at the top edges (where the top curves, see below diagram).

Step 2

Fancy Arch Bed

Using the Measurements shown above, mark the points listed from the coordinates shown. Then from each point draw an arch between those points (alternating up and down as shown in the pattern). You can use a variety or round objects, I use lids, buckets, and even take to freehand when necessary.

When you are happy with the pattern, carefully cut one side, SAVING YOUR PIECES. Then take the scraps and use them to draw the pattern on the other side of the headboard. Cut the other side of the headboard to match.

Step 3

Fancy Arch Bed

You can click images for a larger view. Begin by building your box of 1x10s and the 1×8 for the front. Keep top edges flush (simply build the box upside down, with the 1×8 coming up shy 2″ on it’s end). Use 2″ screws and glue. Flip over and add the cleats. If you have a box spring, fasten the cleats flush with the bottom edge of the siderails). If you DO NOT have a box spring, build as shown above, fastening your cleats 1″ from the tops of the siderails, and also the center support (the 2×6 board) 1″ from the top of the top and bottom boards, as shown above. The above view is a TOP VIEW for platform installation. Use 2″ screws and glue for the 2×6, 1 1/4″ screws and glue for the cleats.

Step 4

Fancy Arch Bed

Cut an arch shape out of the legs as shown above. Then fasten with 1 1/4″ screws and glue to the end of the bed, as shown above, keeping outside and top edges flush.

Step 5

Fancy Arch Bed

Fasten leg supports to the legs as shown above. Remember, you can also cut leg supports out of 1x4s @ 8″, matching the pattern of the leg, and laminating to the inside of the leg with 1 1/4″ nails or screws and glue.

Step 6

Fancy Arch Bed

Use 1 1/4″ screws or nails to fasten the headboard leg support sin place as shown above.

Step 7

Fancy Arch Bed

Assembly is super simple. Simply place the bed frame in line with the headboard, lining up the 1×8 frame board with the headboard leg supports. You can use 1 1/4″ screws, but you could also purchase bolts, nuts and washers to make the bed super easy to disassemble.

Step 8

Fancy Arch Bed

If you choose the platform installation, lay the slats on top of the side rails and screw down. Do not use glue in this step.

Finishing Instructions

Preparation Instructions: 
You may wish to disassemble the bed to finish pieces individually. Use wood filler to fill any exposed holes. Let dry completely. Then sand starting with a coarse, then medium, and finally fine, sand paper. For a painted finish, begin by priming. Paint with several coats of paint. You can see this post for step-by-step instructions on getting a multicolor distressed finish.

I'm just going to give you the plans today.  No chatter.
This bed doesn't need any words.  It's simply beautiful.
A bed like this could wear color well
Whether it's a weathered finish in turquoise
Or a weathered finish in green, this bed is a room maker.   This bed was inspired by this bed.  An easy way of getting that distressed finish is to use pallets or other reclaimed wood for your headboard panel.

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LOVE LOVE LOVE this bed!!!

LOVE LOVE LOVE this bed!!! now i just haveto decide which one i want i my room.

posted by Ayana Huff (not verified) | on Fri, 2010-05-21 08:28

How much would it be to build

How much would it be to build this bed? I LOVE IT!

posted by Tiffany Meagan (not verified) | on Fri, 2010-05-21 08:35

I LOVE it too! I saw in a

I LOVE it too! I saw in a blog someone that did a scalloped headboard out of corrugated metal but with a little boy, I dont think that is a good idea!

I wish that we had held off on making on of your other beds. Maybe we will give the other to my mom! I have to have this one!

posted by d&b photos (not verified) | on Fri, 2010-05-21 09:01

Wow! This is such a

Wow! This is such a beautiful bed. I love how fancy the headboard is.

posted by Jenny (not verified) | on Fri, 2010-05-21 09:34

that is really unbelievably

that is really unbelievably cool. way to go Ana!

posted by Heather (not verified) | on Fri, 2010-05-21 09:48

I would love to make this

I would love to make this bed. I too wonder how much it would be to build it! Thanks for sharing your wonderful plans!



posted by Beautifully Inspired (not verified) | on Fri, 2010-05-21 10:34

That is amazing!! I can't

That is amazing!! I can't wait to close on my new house ,so I can start building stuff!! I have a wood workshop that I am going to put to good use!

posted by FlossyMaeRDA (not verified) | on Fri, 2010-05-21 11:01

do you fully comprehend how

do you fully comprehend how amazing you are? I know - you think this is easy once you've learned a few skills, but the confidence you've given so many to try something new is AMAZING! Thank you!!!

posted by chona (not verified) | on Fri, 2010-05-21 11:03

I'm so glad I got to sponsor

I'm so glad I got to sponsor this bed! It is GORGEOUS!!

posted by Tracy D (not verified) | on Fri, 2010-05-21 12:33

Love the headboard shape! I'm

Love the headboard shape! I'm tempted to make this with a striped upholstered headboard to match my handmade quilt. Thanks!

posted by Rachelle (not verified) | on Fri, 2010-05-21 12:45

Ana, I would be your

Ana, I would be your bestestest friend ever and bring you ice cream and paint your toenails if you gave us some pointers on turning this GORGEOUS bed into a canopy version. :D

As always, you rock!

posted by Katie (not verified) | on Fri, 2010-05-21 13:40

Do you know how much I love

Do you know how much I love you? :-) This is the exact bed I have saved in my bedroom ideas file I drool over every time I see it. I love - love - love you! Thank you beautiful. I am grateful. Can you tell?

posted by Andrea (not verified) | on Fri, 2010-05-21 13:48

Ack! I must...no, MUST have

Ack! I must...no, MUST have this bed. Any tips on making it King sized? It is GORGEOUS.

posted by Catherine (not verified) | on Fri, 2010-05-21 13:57

I'd love a king sized

I'd love a king sized version, too. Love you Ana! This is amazing and beautiful. I'm getting a jigsaw next pay cheque. Or renting one.

posted by Tanjia (not verified) | on Fri, 2010-05-21 14:59

This is absolutely stunning.

This is absolutely stunning. I have to save this one for when our horrible IKEA bed finally falls apart!
The amount my son jumps on it i'm expecting it to collapse any day and I now have a reason to let him jump on it, haha!

posted by satakieli (not verified) | on Fri, 2010-05-21 15:03

Thanks for the plans! I

Thanks for the plans! I really love this bed. I'm thinking guest bedroom..

posted by Bethany (not verified) | on Fri, 2010-05-21 15:26

It would be awesome if you

It would be awesome if you have a cutting template for the headboard and cutting measurements for the platform bed in king size. This bed is absolutely beautiful! thank you!

posted by Kristy (not verified) | on Fri, 2010-05-21 22:40

My bed! Any idea how to

My bed! Any idea how to adapt this to king size?

posted by Jennifer Emick (not verified) | on Sat, 2010-05-22 14:59

Thank you Ana!

Thank you Ana!

posted by Karolina (not verified) | on Sat, 2010-05-22 17:51

I could not love this bed

I could not love this bed anymore!! I don't really NEED a bed, but I may have to replace one of the ones I have with this AMAZING bed. Thank you SOO much Ana!

posted by Laura (not verified) | on Sun, 2010-05-23 05:08

Oh my goodness!!

Oh my goodness!! ...absolutely beautiful!! This will MAKE my master bedroom! You just made my day (although these days, you make everyday!) I cannot thank you enough for your time, ideas, and inspiration! It is so greatly appreciated! Wood shopping time!

posted by Waner Family (not verified) | on Sun, 2010-05-23 11:01

Oh. My. God. How are my

Oh. My. God.

How are my husband and I going to choose which bed to build, now?!? Lol, I am sooooo grateful for this site! You have enabled us to make our own affordable furniture that is BEAUTIFUL and make our house look like a home. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!!!

posted by Allie (not verified) | on Tue, 2010-05-25 14:06

This bed is gorgeous! i know

This bed is gorgeous! i know your busy, but is there any way you could tell us how to do this in a king size? I, along with others I'm sure, would LOVE that!

posted by Jess (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-05-27 18:24

I second the request for the

I second the request for the canopy version. I'll start my bed project in the next few weeks. If you don't get to it, then I'll post what we come up with!


posted by ekd (not verified) | on Sat, 2010-05-29 09:09

I would love the measurements

I would love the measurements for a full sized version of this bed. It is fabulous.

posted by MichelleB (not verified) | on Sat, 2010-06-26 07:14

How would I change the

How would I change the headboard panel numbers to make this for a single bed. It's so gothic looking and I was thinking black stain, distressed with silver or old stencilling (slightly distressed of course to look old) would be so cool for his room. But this will be only our second bed we've build and the other was very boxy... not sure how to approach adapting stuff yet.
Help! :o)


posted by The Ratcliffe Gang (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-08-04 14:47

We have no need for a new

We have no need for a new bed, ours is only 2 years old...BUT I'm listing it on craigslist right now so I can have this one instead!!!
Can you help us out on a King version PLEASE! ;)

posted by Jennifer (not verified) | on Mon, 2010-08-16 12:33

I know you're busy, but is

I know you're busy, but is there any easy guide to making this a king-sized? I'm assuming measuring my mattress and altering the plans to fit it would be the way to go... hopefully it doesn't get tricky!

posted by Natalie Schuldt (not verified) | on Mon, 2010-08-30 16:51

Hi Natalie, someone did do

Hi Natalie, someone did do this (look through our facebook photos) but it's not as easy as you would think because the pattern actually changes. My advice until I can get to the plans is to build a rough headboard out of 1x4s (don't worry about strength, a headboard is all about being pretty and offers no support to the bed) like in the queen bed, but use 24 1x4s instead of I believe 18. Then just start in the center and draw out a pattern. Once you are happy with one side, cut it, save your scraps, and cut the other side. Good luck, and hopefully, I will get to a plan soon!

posted by ana (not verified) | on Mon, 2010-08-30 18:10

Thanks Ana!

Thanks Ana!

posted by Natalie Schuldt (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-09-01 10:02

What do you all think of

What do you all think of Robin's Bed?

or the entire room?

posted by Ana White (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-09-22 12:04

I love the room and the

I love the room and the bed...but...think it should have been painted. Would look more feminine, IMO.

posted by Jill (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-12-09 13:17

Shouldn't the center support

Shouldn't the center support beam be 80 inches, not 60 inches?

posted by Kate (not verified) | on Sun, 2010-12-12 18:43

I built this bed in a king

I built this bed in a king size and tried to share all of the modfiications that I made for anyone else who wants to build it!

I am absolutely in love with our bed. Thanks so so much Ana!

Here is the link to building details:


posted by Caroline @ The Feminist Housewife (not verified) | on Thu, 2011-01-06 11:44

You ROCK! Wahooooo!

You ROCK! Wahooooo!

posted by Beth (not verified) | on Thu, 2011-01-13 14:17

Has anyone made this into a

Has anyone made this into a twin size bed? I would love to make it into a twin!! Please share any advice. I've never made anything yet. Im so excited to start!

posted by Julie 12 (not verified) | on Thu, 2011-05-19 15:08

twin size?

I would like the measurements in this for a twin size. I would like to make this for my little one.

posted by hummingbird8705 | on Fri, 2013-08-30 21:08


Hi Ana!
So we've got the materials for the bed, all the wood is cut and we will start building in the a.m.

Question for you: With what tool do we make the scalloped arches? We don't have a saw. Or do we have them do it at Home Depot?

Total novice, so these things need to be spelt out for me.

Thanks so much, I hope to have pictures of a successful project1

posted by clairebear | on Sat, 2011-07-02 19:03

Using a box spring

This may be a silly question, but what support do you use if you plan to use a box spring?

The plans say NOT to use the slats if you're using a box spring. The plans also say to secure the 1x2's to the bottom of the side rails..this I understand. However, is the box spring supposed to rest only on the 1x2's which are screwed into the 1x10 side rails? This doesn't seem like much support...? Help...I can't wait to start building, but I want to be sure it's safe to use.

posted by tinab158 (not verified) | on Sun, 2011-07-03 19:37

Hello Ana, I'm planning

Hello Ana,
I'm planning on starting to build this bed. I wanted to second the question about what tool you use to cut the arches into the headboard. Would a hand saw work? I'm super new and this will be my first project, I'm excited =). If anyone else reading this knows the answer, I'd appreciate a response. Thanks for your help!

posted by Jay (not verified) | on Thu, 2011-08-04 20:02


Where oh where did you get that bedding? Been searching high and low for a nice damask print bed set to no avail. The only one that looked decent was a $300 set for comforter and pillow shams only!

Love the bed frame design toooooo, of course!! :-)

posted by Guest Bernadette (not verified) | on Fri, 2012-04-13 07:17

King Size Headboard

I just finished building a king size headboard using this as inspiration. I did not make a whole bed, just the headboard. I used 1"x8" rough cut pine boards. They actually measure 7.25" instead of 8". I used 11 boards and my headboard is just shy of 80". A perfect fit for my king size bed. Hope this helps anyone wanting to make this beautiful bed in a king.

Thank you so much Ana for the hard work you do that inspires novices like me to build my own beautiful headboard.

posted by Autum (not verified) | on Fri, 2012-07-06 10:22

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