Rustic Modern Farmhouse Bed (All Mattress Sizes)

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This gorgeous solid wood bed is all style and structure!  Very sturdy, with an updated rustic modern farmhouse vibe.  Build it yourself for a couple hundred dollars.  Free plans with step by step diagrams and video tutorial from Ana-White.com

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Rustic wood paired with a modern form updates the farmhouse bed into a beautiful and functional focal point to your bedroom.

This plan covers all mattress sizes, the bed I built for reference is a standard king.

Thoughtful Design Features

You might not know it, but we are thinking of you when we design plans - here's a few details that you'll love:

  • Headboard sized so you won't need a ton of decorative pillows, no expensive euro pillows needed!
  • Headboard sized for artwork above
  • Headboard panel is inset, which helps keep pillows on the bed
  • Comfortable finished mattress height even paired with today's extra deep mattresses
  • Footboard is enclosed but siderails are not - so you can stand next to the bedside and not stub your toe
  • Easy to change sheets with mattress slightly embeded on the siderails
  • Panel boards sized to conserve materials and save you money

More Photos and Quick Build Video

Would you like to see more photos and the quick build?  Here's the build video:

Sister Plan - Traditional Farmhouse Bed Plans

This bed is built very similar to our traditional farmhouse bed plan. 

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If you love this but want something a little more classic, check out this free plan.

Matching Nightstand Plans

I loved this bed plan so much, I had to make matching nightstands - free plans are here.

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Plan Notes:

  • Mattress depth - This headboard works well with a 10" or deeper mattress.  For a shorter mattress, an open gap below the headboard panel may be visible.  You can also increase the length of the panel boards to account for this.
  • Twin size - the twin size does not need the center support structure.
  • Modifying to Traditional Farmhouse Bed - Very easy to do, plans coming soon
  • Planking Cuts - note that the planking is right at 12" and 24" - if your 1x8s are exactly 8' or 12' - you may wish to cut boards 1/8" less so all your cuts fit with the saw blade waste accounted for
  • Other materials for planking - yes, you can use just about any material instead of the 1x8 planking

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Dimensions
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Preparation

Shopping List

Twin Size (38" x 75")

  • 1 - 4x4 @ 10 feet long
  • 5 - 2x4 @ 8 feet long
  • 18 linear feet of 1x8 boards
  • 2 - 2x8 @ 8 feet long
  • 5 - 1x4 @ 8 feet long
  • 40 - 2-1/2" pocket hole screws
  • 1-1/4" brad nails
  • 20 - 1-1/2" self tapping wood screws (Spax or similar)
  • wood glue
  • 120 grit sand paper

Full size (54" x 75")

  • 1 - 4x4 @ 10 feet long
  • 4 - 2x4 @ 8 feet long
  • 3 - 2x4 @ 10 feet long
  • 24 linear feet of 1x8 boards
  • 2 - 2x8 @ 8 feet long
  • 5 - 1x4 @ 10 feet long
  • 40 - 2-1/2" pocket hole screws
  • 1-1/4" brad nails
  • 30 - 1-1/2" self tapping wood screws (Spax or similar)
  • wood glue
  • 120 grit sand paper

Queen Size (60" x 80")

  • 1 - 4x4 @ 10 feet long
  • 4 - 2x4 @ 8 feet long
  • 3 - 2x4 @ 12 feet long
  • 27 linear feet of 1x8 boards
  • 2 - 2x8 @ 8 feet long
  • 6 - 1x4 @ 10 feet long
  • 40 - 2-1/2" pocket hole screws
  • 1-1/4" brad nails
  • 33 - 1-1/2" self tapping wood screws (Spax or similar)
  • wood glue
  • 120 grit sand paper

Standard King (76" x 80")

  • 1 - 4x4 @ 10 feet long
  • 10 - 2x4 @ 8 feet long
  • 33 linear feet of 1x8 boards
  • 2 - 2x8 @ 8 feet long
  • 11 - 1x4 @ 8 feet long
  • 40 - 2-1/2" pocket hole screws
  • 1-1/4" brad nails
  • 33 - 1-1/2" self tapping wood screws (Spax or similar)
  • wood glue
  • 120 grit sand paper

California King (72" x 84")

  • 1 - 4x4 @ 10 feet long
  • 10 - 2x4 @ 8 feet long
  • 30 linear feet of 1x8 boards
  • 2 - 2x8 @ 8 feet long
  • 11 - 1x4 @ 6 feet long
  • 40 - 2-1/2" pocket hole screws
  • 1-1/4" brad nails
  • 33 - 1-1/2" self tapping wood screws (Spax or similar)
  • wood glue
  • 120 grit sand paper
Cut List

Twin Size (38" x 75")

  • 2 - 4x4 @ 46-1/2" - headboard legs
  • 2 - 4x4 @ 12" - footboard legs
  • 4 - 2x4 @ 38" - headboard/footboard back supports
  • 2 - 2x4 @ 45" - headboard/footboard tops
  • 6 - 1x8 @ 24" - headboard panel boards
  • 6 - 1x8 @ 12" - footboard panel boards
  • 2 - 2x8 @ 75"- siderails
  • 2 - 2x4 @ 78-1/2" - cleats and inner support
  • 10 - 1x4 @ 38" - slats
  • Twin size does not require inner support system

Full size (54" x 75")

  • 2 - 4x4 @ 46-1/2" - headboard legs
  • 2 - 4x4 @ 12" - footboard legs
  • 4 - 2x4 @ 54" - headboard/footboard back supports
  • 2 - 2x4 @ 61" - headboard/footboard tops
  • 8 - 1x8 @ 24" - headboard panel boards
  • 8 - 1x8 @ 12" - footboard panel boards
  • 2 - 2x8 @ 75" - siderails
  • 4 - 2x4 @ 78-1/2" - cleats and inner support
  • 6 - 2x4 @ 8" - inner support
  • 10 - 1x4 @ 54" - slats

Queen Size (60" x 80")

  • 2 - 4x4 @ 46-1/2" - headboard legs
  • 2 - 4x4 @ 12" - footboard legs
  • 4 - 2x4 @ 60" - headboard/footboard back supports
  • 2 - 2x4 @ 67" - headboard/footboard tops
  • 9 - 1x8 @ 24" - headboard panel boards
  • 9 - 1x8 @ 12" - footboard panel boards
  • 2 - 2x8 @ 80"- siderails
  • 4 - 2x4 @ 83-1/2" - cleats and inner support
  • 6 - 2x4 @ 8" - inner support
  • 11 - 1x4 @ 60" - slats

Standard King (76" x 80")

  • 2 - 4x4 @ 46-1/2" - headboard legs
  • 2 - 4x4 @ 12" - footboard legs
  • 4 - 2x4 @ 76" - headboard/footboard back supports
  • 2 - 2x4 @ 83" - headboard/footboard tops
  • 11 - 1x8 @ 24" - headboard panel boards
  • 11- 1x8 @ 12" - footboard panel boards
  • 2 - 2x8 @ 80"- siderails
  • 4 - 2x4 @ 83-1/2" - cleats and inner support
  • 6 - 2x4 @ 8" - inner support
  • 11 - 1x4 @ 76" - slats

California King (72" x 84")

  • 2 - 4x4 @ 46-1/2" - headboard legs
  • 2 - 4x4 @ 12" - footboard legs
  • 4 - 2x4 @ 72" - headboard/footboard back supports
  • 2 - 2x4 @ 79" - headboard/footboard tops
  • 10 - 1x8 @ 24" - headboard panel boards
  • 10 - 1x8 @ 12" - footboard panel boards
  • 2 - 2x8 @ 84" - siderails
  • 4 - 2x4 @ 87-1/2" - cleats and inner support
  • 6 - 2x4 @ 8" - inner support
  • 11 - 1x4 @ 72" - slats
Tools
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Pencil
Safety Glasses
Kreg Jig
Drill
Miter Saw
Table Saw
Brad Nailer
Power Sander

Instructions

Step 1

For the 4 2x4s that are the width of the mattress, drill two 1-1/2" pocket holes on each end.

Also drill 1-1/2" pocket holes facing upward in the top 2x4, to attach the top in next steps.

Attach to the 4x4 legs with 2-1/2" pocket hole screws.

Make sure the top 2x4 has pocket holes facing upward.

Step 2

Attach the tops to the headboard and footboard through the pocket holes drilled in step 1.

Use 2-1/2" pocket hole screws.

Step 3

Lay the planking pieces out on the headboard and footboard to make sure it all fits.  Make any adjustments as necessary.

Start in the center and work outward.  For an odd number of panel boards, mark the center of the first panel board and match it to the center marks.  For an even number of panel boards, start at the center marks.

Attach planking pieces with 1-1/4" brad nails and glue, working from the center outward.

For the end pieces, rip to fit with a tablesaw. Then attach with glue and brad nails.

The headboard and footboard are ready for finish.  Fill all nail holes with wood filler and sand well.  Apply paint or stain.

Also finish the 2x8 siderail pieces.

Step 4

Drill three 1-1/2" pocket holes on each end of the 2x8s.

Attach with 2-1/2" pocket hole screws.

Step 5

Build the inner support with 2-1/2" screws (you can use pocket hole screws).

Assemble the bed in the room. 

Attach the cleats to the siderails, 1" down form top edge of the siderails.

Attach the center support to the footboard with 2-1/2" screws (you can use pocket hole screws), so the center support is centered on the bed.

Step 6

Lay slats on cleats and center support.

Screw down with 1-1/2" length screws.

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Overfill all nail holes with wood filler and let dry.
Sand in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper.
Vacuum all sanding residue off of the bed.
Finish Used
I used one coat of Varathane Sunbleached stain.
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