Farmhouse Canopy Bed Frame (All Sizes)

Submitted by Ana White on Tue, 08/20/2019 - 15:44
Difficulty
Intermediate
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Need an amazing bed on a budget?

Build your own farmhouse bed frame with canopy with off the shelf building lumber! Our free step by step plans include diagrams, shopping and cut lists for all standard mattress sizes.

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Want a statement making bed?

A few years ago I did some episodes for HGTV and needed a show stopper of a bed for a garage turned bedroom makeover.  So of course we looked to our farmhouse bed plans - just made it fancier with a canopy.  Because everything is fancier with a canopy, right?

We love the simplicity of this plan!  It's not much more to build than a standard farmhouse bed.

Do note we did substitute the planking for a plywood panel - but you can still use planking if that is the look you are going for.

 

Farmhouse Canopy Bed Plans

This plan has been updated.  If you need the old plans, you can find them here.

 

 

Dimensions
dimensions for farmhouse bed frame with canopy woodworking plans
Dimensions shown above - 7" longer and 7" wider than standard mattress sizes, 80" tall

Preparation

Shopping List
Board Twin Full Queen King Cali King
1x4 1 @10' 3 @ 6' 3 @ 6' 3 @ 8' 3 @ 6'
2x4 7 @ 8' 5  @ 12' 5 @ 12' 11 @ 8' 11 @ 8'
2x10 2 @ 8' 2 @ 8' 2 @ 8' 2 @ 8' 2 @ 8'
4x4 4 @ 8' 4 @ 8' 4 @ 8' 4 @ 8' 4 @ 8'
3/4" plywood 48" x 48" 48" x 96" 48" x 96" 48" x 96" 48" x 96"
1x4 Slats 5 @ 8' 7 @ 8' 7 @ 8' 10 @ 8' 11 @ 6'
Common Materials
Cut List

Assumes the following mattress sizes:

  • Twin 38" x 75"
  • Full 54" x 75"
  • Queen 60" x 80"
  • King 76" x 80"
  • California King 72" x 84"

 

HEADBOARD Cut List

Board Twin Full Queen King Cali King
2 - 4x4 @ 80" 80" 80" 80" 80"
2 - 2x4 @ 38" 54" 60" 76" 72"
1 - 3/4" plywood @ 30"x38" 30"x54" 30"x60" 30"x76" 30"x72"
1 - 1x4 @ 38" 54" 60" 76" 72"

 

FOOTBOARD Cut List

Board Twin Full Queen King Cali King
2 - 4x4 @ 80" 80" 80" 80" 80"
2 - 2x4 @ 38" 54" 60" 76" 72"
1 - 3/4" plywood @ 15"x38" 15"x54" 15"x60" 15"x76" 15"x72"
2 - 1x4 @ 38" 54" 60" 76" 72"

 

SIDERAILS Cut List

Board Twin Full Queen King Cali King
2 - 2x10 @ 75" 75" 80" 80" 84"
2 - 2x4 @ 75" 75" 80" 80" 84"

 

SLAT SYSTEM Cut List

Board Twin Full Queen King Cali King
2x4 Cleats 2 @ 78" 3 @ 78" 3 @ 83" 4 @ 83" 4 @ 87"
2x4 Center Legs     2 @ 15" 4 @ 15" 4 @ 15"
2x4 Top Tie In 1 @ 38" 1 @ 54" 1 @ 60" 1 @ 76" 1 @ 72"
1x4 Slats 10 @ 38" 21 @ 31" 21 @ 31" 10 @ 76" 11 @ 72"
Cutting Instructions

Cut boards with a compound miter saw.  You can alternately use a circular saw with guide if necessary, but do make sure your cuts are very square.

The plywood panels should be cut with a tablesaw or circular saw.

Tools
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Pencil
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Drill
Circular Saw
Miter Saw
Table Saw
Brad Nailer
Power Sander

Instructions

Step 1

Drill two 1-1/2" pocket holes on each end of the 2x4s and attach to the 4x4s with 2-1/2" pocket hole screws.

Step 2

Drill 3/4" pocket holes on the top and sides about 8" apart (but not the bottom) back side of the headboard panel. 

Attach with a 1" space behind (and 1-1/2" space in front) to the 4x4 legs.  This means the headboard panel is set up from the back edge of your 4x4 legs by 1".

Use 1-1/4" pocket hole screws to attach.

Step 3

Use 1-1/4" brad nails and glue to attach 1x4 trim piece to top of headboard panel.

Step 4

Repeat steps to build the footboard.

 

Step 5

Paint or stain the footboard, headboard and the sideboard pieces shown before moving into the room.

Drill two 1-1/2" pocket holes on each end of the top 2x4s.

Drill three 1-1/2" pocket holes on each end of the 2x10 siderails.

Move pieces into the room.

Assemble the bed with 2-1/2" pocket hole screws.

Step 6

Build the center support framing.

The twin size does NOT need any center support.

The queen and full should have one center support (as shown in the diagram)

The kings can have one or two center supports.  If you are using 3/4" thick bed slats (see next step) I definitely recommend two center supports.

Step 7

Lay slats inside bed and screw down.

The mattress slats can be split to minimize material waste and also to use up scrap wood.  You can use 3/4" plywood strips, any 1x material scraps, etc to fill in the slats.  I don't like to leave more than 4" gap in between the slats.

You should check with your mattress recommendations for the best slat system.

Step 8

Optional 1x2 trim can be added around the top of the headboard and footboard panels to give the bed more dimensions.  I did this with my bed.

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth.

It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.

Comments

yurra-bazain

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 19:45

Lovely bed, Ana. :) So happy for you and all the people you'll reach on national television! We're going to have a hand-built revolution, I think. =D (We don't have cable; will the shows broadcast online?)

mebohn

Sat, 07/12/2014 - 19:29

We also do not have cable and am wondering if it will be online at any point. Congrats on the show!!

mebohn

Sat, 07/12/2014 - 19:29

We also do not have cable and am wondering if it will be online at any point. Congrats on the show!!

spiceylg

Sun, 07/13/2014 - 14:34

Just watched your show and loved it. The bedroom came out amazing. However, there isn't another show at 5:30 :( . Instead Rehab Addict is on.

Chantal V.

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 09:35

Silly question perhaps... Is this for a double or queen?  I would like to make it for a double bed and add curtains on a track or a rod for my son who has sensory issues.  Thanks in advance for your reply!

Chantal V.

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 20:14

Oh! :(. My son really likes it.  I am not that great at altering plans for a double.  Does anyone have all the measurements for a double using 4x4 posts?  Much appreciated for the help!