Panel Single Bed

Submitted by JaredR on Sun, 01/04/2015 - 12:42

  After looking high and low for a solid wood bed that wouldn't break the bank for my daughter's 3rd birthday I discovered this site and the plans for the Twin Panel Bed.  The plans were easy to follow and I managed to build this entire bed with nothing but a mitre saw, a 4" electric sander, a power drill, and an R3 Kreg Jig. 

  I made a few modifications to the original plan, such as dropping the headboard height to 54", using baseboard moulding instead of  crown on the top of the headboard, and not using moulding around the feet of the footboard.  It was simply finished with 3 coats of a white melamine finish paint I had left over.

Built from Plan(s)
Estimated Cost
$375.00, all wood was bought at a Canadian Lowes. I used cedar 2x4 because of the smoother finish which were about $9 for an 8' length.
Estimated Time Investment
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Type of Wood
cedar 2x4, pine 1x10, pine 1x4, plywood
Finish Used
CIL Realife white melamine paint
Recommended Skill Level



Mon, 01/05/2015 - 05:10

Wow this looks amazing. It's so much better than the original plans. I want to copy cat your build. Are there any additional specifics you can provide to help me or just any tips or tricks. What kind of hardware did you use for the railing?


Mon, 01/05/2015 - 14:22

I pretty much used the original directions but subtracted the additional height from the legs of the headboard. I highly recommend getting 2x4 that are semi-sanded like the cedar ones I used, the time you save is more than worth the extra cost. To attach the rails I just used the Kreg Jig and made 3 pocket holes on the 1x10 and 2 on the 2x4 that supports the slats, so there are 10 screws holding up each rail in total. Looking back i probably should have used metal brackets to make it easier to take apart if necessary, but that's a lesson learned I guess.


Sun, 01/11/2015 - 15:36

ok awesome, so you subtracted from the original 74" length on the headboard feet? so its 20" shorter, did you just subtract those same 20" from the length of the plywood as well?

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