Much More than a Chunky Leg Bed Frame

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Much More than a Chunky Leg Bed Frame

This simple bed frame can be easily upholstered to make a upholstered bed, or just painted to make a beautiful wood frame.


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


If you aren't a fan of modern hip furniture, a fan of West Elm's Chunky Bed, you may be thinking, enough of that bed already!

And I'm not going to ask anyone to be paitent, we will soon be returning to the Early American furniture style that I so greatly favor.  Instead, I'm going to ask you to be innovative, and imagine this bed with a different headboard, perhaps an upholstered headboard  . . .

Because if I was building an upholstered bed, I would simply use this plan for the bed frame and wrap the siderails in batting and fabric and staple to the inside of the side boards.

Like I did here. Even easier than painting!  And I would construct a headboard much like this one, just a little longer.

I even love this bed without a headboard.  And by no means do you have to make your bed chunky.  You can use any style leg you choose, creating many different looks that could compliment any decor.

But for today's purposes, we'll stick with the chunky legs.  Besides, you can build them from scraps, and free is always a good thing!

UPDATE: Big Box Detox took this plan and made a fabulous upholstered bed! It's unbelievable! Check out the feature photo.

Shopping List: 

2 – 1×8 Boards, 8′ Long
1 – 1×8 Board, 12′ Long
2 – 2×2 Boards, 8′ Long
2 – 2×6 Board, 8′ Long or Stud Length
13 – 1×3 Boards
2″ Screws
Wood Glue
Wood Filler
Sand Paper
Finishing Supplies

wood conditioner
measuring tape
safety glasses
hearing protection
Overall Dimensions are shown above. Composition is solid wood boards. This bed is sized for a Queen. You can easily adjust the size of the bed to fit a king, but I recommend add a center leg under the center support for a little extra support. You can omit the center support for a twin mattress.
Cut List: 

2 – 1×8 @ 60″ (End Rails)
2 – 1×8 @ 81 1/2″ (Side Rails)
4 – 2×6 @ 5 1/2″ cut at 45 degree angles (Corner Supports)
1 – 2×6 @ 80″ (Center Support)
2 – 2×2 @ 80″ (Cleats)
4 – 2×6 @ 5 1/2″ (Leg Bases)
16 – 1×3 @ 6 1/4″ (Leg Trim)
13 – 1×3 @ 60″ (Slats)

Step 1: 

Build the box out of the 1x8s as shown above.

Step 2 Instructions: 

Adjust the bed frame for square and fasten the corner supports in the corners as shown above. Keep the top edges flush. This will be the bottom of your bed frame.

Step 3 Instructions: 

Mark the end rails 30″ in and fasten the center support to the end rails using 2″ screws and glue or pocket holes from the inside. Keep top edges flush. This will be the bottom of the bed.

Step 4 Instructions: 

Flip the bed frame over and mark the side rails down 2 inches on both sides. Attach the cleats with 2″ screws and glue, screwing every 6 to 8 inches.

Step 5 Instructions: 

Build your legs by taking the 1×6 blocks, measuring 5 1/2 inches by 5 1/2 inches, and keeping the bottom edges flush, nail with a finish nailer the 1×3 pieces around the block as shown above. If you do not have a finish nailer, you can use screws. Remember to keep top edges flush and try to minimize any gaps or overhangs, you are trying to create the illusion that the leg is a solid piece of wood.

Step 6 Instructions: 

Attaching the legs is easy. Simply line up the legs with the outside corners of the bed frame and screw through the corner supports into the top of the leg blocks. Use at least 2 screws. You could easily attach a different type of foot to the bed in the same manner.

Step 7 Instructions: 

Lay your slats on top of the cleats and screw down. Also screw to the center support. Space slats approximately 4″ apart.

Preparation Instructions: 
Fill all holes with wood filler. Let dry completely and sand with coarse sand paper. Refill holes with filler, and let dry completely. Sand again, this time with medium grit sandpaper. Then sand with fine sandpaper. Vacuum with a soft bristled brush to remove any residue. Then wipe clean with a damp cloth. Let dry. Apply primer and paint for a painted finish, wood conditioner and stain for a stained finish. Finish with a clear coat if necessary. Of course you would have skipped all of these steps if you were using fabric.
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I have a question regarding weight limits on these type of slat board bed frames. Anyone have any idea what they are? Would a 300+ pound person be in trouble of breaking the boards? We love some of these plans but have some larger relatives who would likely be using them.

Also, love the site! I'm also up here in Alaska and it's great to see some great craft ideas for up here where it's hard to get stuff! :)

thank you soo much for posting this bed! while I like your rustic, farmhouse style furniture plans, I love the simple, modern style furniture. I can not wait to make this bed. I showed my husband the plans and he's dubious that I can pull it off on my own.

Question about the modification for a king size. When you say to add a center leg--do you mean one just like the other four chunky ones? Or something else entirely? I need a visual for that one! I love this plan--we have been looking at platform beds for a while now, and this one is almost exactly what we need!

You read my mind! I was about to try to design something simple like this myself because the "captain's bed" was a little involved for us, & lo & behold, look what I found when I opened my Google Reader!

My own alteration on the plan will be to raise it up twice as high, so I can fit some of those long plastic storage boxes underneath. And there might be a linen dust ruffle with inverted knife pleats to cover it all, so I can have another place to indulge my love of fabric!

Thanks, Ana! This is just what I needed. (Plus, I love the mix of modern & farmhouse. Variety is the spice of life!)

This is what I have been dreaming of for a bed and night stands! Thank you so much. There is no way we would be able to afford this suite.

Yahoooo don't stop with the modern furniture. I LOVE this bed and can't wait to make it for myself. I thought I'd go with the farmhouse bed but have held off waiting for time to do it. But now this, this bed!! This is what I've held off for!!! THANK YOU :) Can't wait to post 'done' photos

I LOVE this bed!! Something has been holding me back in making a bed despite loving other styles that have been posted. Hubby and I both love this style.

I'm in love with the modern furniture too, I'm so glad you've shared these ideas too!

Were you ever able to do the plans for that credenza from (I think) last month that you'd shown with the modern desk? If not, I understand- you must be super busy, and I'm definitely willing to wait :)

I need to make a raised dog bed & I'm thinking of using this design.

Currently, my dog's bed sits on top of a large ottoman. He lays on it all day long & stares out the window.

I'm thinking of modifying this design, so it holds a dog bed rather than a mattress.

Do you think there's anything I should specifically consider when modifying this to a dog bed?

I would like to make a full size and a twin size. Does anyone know how to adjust the measurements? I recently purchased a home and have never made any furniture or anything for that matter.

I'm thinking of making this, but king size. Has anyone worked out the changes in dimensions yet? The west elm website lists the queen sizw as 62"wx83"dx9.25"h, and the king size as 78"wx83"dx9.25"h.

Thanks so much for these plans! I was totally stalking West Elms site for the narrow leg bed and bedside table. Thanks to the confidence I got doing the storage cubes, I shall now attempt to make my bedroom FAB-ulous with modern-style furniture! (love your simple modern designs!)

My question is about how to make the legs from the narrow leg collection? Should I use 2X4s? or 2X6s? I'm having a hard visualizing their dimensions - is the top 3 1/2"? What do you think? Would love some professional guidance!

Hey guys!

I noticed that a lot of you were looking for the dimensions for a full sized bed, and I just made this over the weekend. Here is what I made for a full:

End Rails: 2 1x8 @ 55 1/2"
Side Rails: 2 1x8 @ 76"
Center Support: 1 2x6 @ 78 1/2"
Cleats: 2 2x2 @ 78 1/2"
Slats: 13 1x3 @ 55 1/2"

Kept the same:
Corner Supports: 4 2×6 @ 5 1/2″ cut at 45 degree angles

For the legs, we ended up just getting an extra 4x4 and cutting that @ 5" a piece to give it an extra 2" of height than Ana's plan.

Onto the headboard next weekend! Will post pictures when I'm done. Hopefully this helps!

Thanks for the great plans, Ana! You made this easy!

Thank you for putting these measurements on. I was trying to figure them out and I just got frustrated until I found your comment. Making this bed this weekend!! Will put on pics when finished. Not sure about what to do for the headboard but would love to see yours if you finished it!

I am a very beginner does anyone have dimensions for the twin size bed plan for this bed?? i want to start on it but worried i will mess up measurements. Thanks!

Can this bed be torn down for easy moving? I really want to make this design and upholster it but wouldn't know how to make it easy to move. Any ideas?

I like everything that you offer on your site, thanks. This perticular bed is the style that I am looking for. However, I would like to make this into a twin size and raise it off the ground. Is there anything wrong with making the legs longer? My intention is to purchase a trundle, or heck make a trundle, that will roll under. Then when I have guests, I have a king for two adults to sleep comfortably. Your response is appriciated.
Thanks, Christine

Has anyone tried this in a twin size? If so, I would love the modified plans! I really have no idea how to begin to modify them.

Thank you!

Okay, I just looked really closely at the plans and transitioning to king size looks to be REALLY simple.

My mattress measures 76 inches wide, so if I understand correctly, the ONLY measurements I need to change are the end rails and the slats. I ONLY need to change those to 76 inches. I don't need to think about it, they just need to be the width of the mattress, just like the original plans are simply the width of a queen mattress.

Is this correct? It's just too simple and I tend to want to overthink things. I'd like to have some confirmation BEFORE I go buy a ton of wood and commit to having it cut.

Thanks for the plans and the help!

My daughter and I made this bed last weekend and it came out great! It was a great bonding experience for us and very empowering! She loves her new bed! Thanks for the plans and all the encouragement found on your site!

This will be my first project, and I'm incredibly excited to find a bed style I LOVE meant for a beginner. However, I can't seem to download the plans. I've tried a few ways, but an error comes up. Suggestions?

what is the 12' board intended for? it can't be for the side rails as they are 81.5"each and two of them would be 163" and the 12' board is only 144"

I think they are for the end rails , (head and foot) because they are shorter than the side rails I think you can get 2 of them out of a 12 foot section...

My problem is that I can't find 12 foot ones in the right woods at lowes or hd.


My husband made this bed yesterday and it turned out great! It was intended for the second floor of our home, but will not fit up the stairs (with feet detached). Is there any way to modify this plan to get it finished (I would like to upholster it) and bring it up the stairs in a few parts? Or are there plans for a similar style of bed that could be assembled once finished?

My husband made this bed yesterday and it turned out great! It was intended for the second floor of our home, but will not fit up the stairs (with feet detached). Is there any way to modify this plan to get it finished (I would like to upholster it) and bring it up the stairs in a few parts? Or are there plans for a similar style of bed that could be assembled once finished?

Does anyone know the dimensions for turning this into a cal-king? And if I want the frame to come apart at a later date, how should I put it together?

Hello Ana

I'm looking at making a bed very similar to this one and then upholstering it and was curious what type of wood you recommend?

Ana or anyone that can help,

can you please provide the cut measurements for a King size bed? I would love to start this soon and I am not too savy with figuring out how many inches I will need to add this queen size plan.

Thank you so much.

My family and I built this bed last weekend. We adjusted the plans to fix a olympic queen bed. It turned out perfectly. We did add legs to the bottom to increase the height. We used deck post toppers for the legs. Now trying to decide if we will stain the wood or if we will upholster. Thanks so much for the plans. My daughters and I have NEVER built anything nor did we have any idea how to use the power tools. My husband liked the project so much he jumped in and help us to finish. He isn't a hany man either but this was a great family project. we are ready for the next project.