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Pioneer Bed, Twin

September 17, 2010 |
posted by Ana White
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A simple classic pioneer style children's bed.

Pioneer Bed, Twin

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Dimensions

Dimensions: 
Pioneer Bed, Twin
Dimensions: 
Dimensions are shown above.

Materials and Tools

Shopping List: 

2 – 1×6, 8′ Long
1 – 1×8, 8′ Long
1 – 1×10, 4′ Long
2 – 1×3 (DOES NOT INCLUDE OPTIONAL SLATS)
3 – 1×2
2″ Finish Nails
1 1/4″ Finish Nails
1 1/4″ Screws
Wood Glue

wood glue
wood filler
120 grit sandpaper
primer
wood conditioner
paint
paint brush
Tools: 
measuring tape
square
pencil
safety glasses
hearing protection
drill
jigsaw
nailer
sander
level
countersink drill bit

Cut List

Cut List: 

2 – 1×8 @ 40 1/2″ (Headboard Rails)
2 – 1×3 @ 33 1/2″ (Headboard Front Legs)
2 – 1×2 @ 33 1/2″ (Headboard Side Legs)
8 – 1×2 @ 2 1/4″ (Headboard and Footboard top trim)
1 – 1×10 @ 40 1/2″ (Footboard Panel)
2 – 1×3 @ 16 3/4″ (Footboard Front Legs)
2 – 1×2 @ 16 3/4″ (Footboard Side Legs)
2 – 1×6 @ 75″ (Siderails)
2 – 1×2 @ 75″ (Cleats)
15 – 1×3 @ 39″ (Optional Slats)

Step 1

Pioneer Bed, Twin

Headboard

From one of the 1x8s, mark out a gentle curved top. Carefully cut the top as shown in the diagram with a jigsaw. Sand the edge smooth, starting with coarse sandpaper, and working to fine sandpaper.

After you have cut out and sanded the top of the headboard, lay the two headboard slats (one is cut and one is not) on top of the 1×3 legs, leaving 3/4″ on the outside of the legs as shown in the diagram. TIP: Use the 1×2 leg board to guide you. Nail on with 1 1/4″ nails and glue. You can also use 1 1/4″ screws and glue.

Step 2

Pioneer Bed, Twin

Headboard Sides

Attach the 1×2 legs to the sides of the headboard as shown in the diagram with 2″ nails and glue.

Step 3

Pioneer Bed, Twin

Headboard Top Trim

Nail on each piece separately, with 2″ finish nails and gl

Step 4

Pioneer Bed, Twin

Footboard

Build the footboard exactly as you built the headboard. Note that the footboard is a 1×10 instead of 2 1x8s.

Step 5

Pioneer Bed, Twin

Footboard Top

Attach the footboard tops to the footboard, as you did the headboard.

Step 6

Pioneer Bed, Twin

Siderails and Cleats

Use 1 1/4″ screws and glue to attach the cleats to the siderails. Position the cleats at the base for boxspring installation, or 1 1/2″ from the top for slat installation. Attach the siderails to the headboard and footboard with 2″ screws. You can also purchase metal brackets to make assembly / disassembly easier.

Step 7

Pioneer Bed, Twin

Slats

If you are NOT using a boxspring, lay 15 1×3 slats, spaced 2″ apart, on top of the cleats. Screw down with 1 1/4″ screws. Do not glue.

The Pioneer Bed was inspired by a trip to a local roadhouse.  Inside the roadhouse, a simple bed, much like this one, was on display.  It made me think back 100 years, when beds were this simple.

What do you think?  Do you love pioneer furniture as much as I do?  Would you like to see plans for dry sinks, cupboards, and more simple furnishings?  And when something is simple, it's often simple to build.

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Love it!

Love it!

posted by ildaura (not verified) | on Fri, 2010-09-17 12:35

We have a winner! I can't

We have a winner! I can't wait to make this for my daughter! I was having a hard time deciding which plan to use for her, but this one is IT. Thank you!!!

posted by Megan in PCB (not verified) | on Fri, 2010-09-17 13:41

I was thinking exactly the

I was thinking exactly the same thing! I've been planning to build a bed for my son when he outgrows his IKEA toddler bed and I was constantly looking at both the simple bed and the farmhouse bed trying to figure out which one is easier to modify.
This one doesn't need a lot of modification to fit our needs.

posted by Silky (not verified) | on Fri, 2010-09-17 15:00

You are making it hard to

You are making it hard to choose which bed to make for our twin boys's new beds!

posted by cjojo43789 (not verified) | on Fri, 2010-09-17 19:07

I'd love to see more plans

I'd love to see more plans like this! This is probably my favorite twin bed plan so far.

posted by ica171 (not verified) | on Fri, 2010-09-17 19:52

I really like the bed, simple

I really like the bed, simple clean and very good looking. My main concern is connection between headboard and bed frame looks a little weak. Of course could be beefed up quite easily. Might even suggest fixing headboard to wall.

My 2 cents

posted by Mr Green (not verified) | on Sat, 2010-09-18 04:04

This is fantastic! I would

This is fantastic! I would love to see more plans that are from this era of furniture!

posted by lwooters (not verified) | on Sat, 2010-09-18 06:27

Hi Mr Green, definitely! If

Hi Mr Green, definitely! If you have a concern about the bedrail/headboard joint, rockler sells amazing bed rail fasteners systems that would do the trick. Thanks for commenting on this, I'm sure others have the same concern. :) Ana

posted by Ana White (not verified) | on Sat, 2010-09-18 20:28

Ana-- We built this bed last

Ana-- We built this bed last week and LOVE IT! We are finishing it now. I'll be sure to post a photo when it's complete. We only had one discrepancy in the plans. In the cut list, it calls for "8 – 1×2 @ 2 1/4″ (Headboard and Footboard top trim)" but it should be 1x3's. We had cut the 1x2's but they were not correct. The 1x3's did the trick. Just wanted to make sure it's corrected for the next person using the plans! Thanks SO much! We are currently trying to decide what to buy with our $50 Lowe's card. So many projects that I want to do but can't decide which to start on! Prioritize, right???

posted by Pam (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-10-21 19:30

I was wondering if you could

I was wondering if you could make a plan where the headboard and the footboard would be the same, therefore you could stack two or three of these together to make bunk beds or triple bunk beds.

posted by Bianca (not verified) | on Mon, 2010-12-20 10:37

READ COMMENTS FIRST :) I

READ COMMENTS FIRST :) I noticed the same thing as Pam...the 2 1/4 cuts should be for the 1x3s. I ended up having to rip out several finishing nails after I noticed the error. Happy building!

posted by Dustin (not verified) | on Sat, 2011-01-29 18:23
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Good project!

I am working as an interior designer and I also have a hand-made furniture company. I was recently contracted by the french quarter hotel manager in order to provide them furniture for the hotel interior's redesign. Your project is very good as this kind of bed is also suitable for a hotel room. The most important desire of a hotel owner is to provide his clients the comfort of their home.

posted by dora.caceres | on Wed, 2011-12-21 10:17

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