Farmhouse Bed - Queen Sized

Submitted by Ana White on Sun, 05/19/2019 - 13:30
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This beautiful farmhouse bed can be made for just a fraction of the cost to buy - all from standard, off the shelf lumber!  You won't need a pocket hole jig or any special tools to build.

This bed has been built thousands of times and is a reader favorite.  You can also find the twin version, king version, and all our farmhouse bed plans here.

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Having a beautiful bed can transform any bedroom.  It's the most important piece in your bedroom, but can also be the most expensive.

ana white farmhouse bed

Over a decade ago, I built my first farmhouse bed (pictured above).  We still use it today, it's still as strong and sturdy and beautiful as ever.  And it only cost about $120 to build then - thousands less than buying!

Farmhouse Bed Plans

We updated the original farmhouse bed plans to use less tools, less materials, but be just as beautiful!  You won't need a pocket hole jig - just a drill, nailer and a saw, to tackle this project.

The plans are below.  Please let us know in the comments or add a brag post on how your farmhouse bed turned out.  Thank you for using our plans.

NOTE: This bed plan has been updated and improved.  If you need the original plans, we have created a printable PDF for your convenience.

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Queen Size Farmhouse Bed

Dimensions
diagram of queen farmhouse bed showing dimensions
Dimensions fit a standard Queen Mattress 60" x 80"

Preparation

Shopping List
  • 12 - 2x4 8 feet long
  • 2 - 2x6 8 feet long
  • 2 - 1x10 8 feet long
  • 2 - 4x4 8 feet long
  • 1 - 2x2 8 feet long
  • 6 - 1x6 8 feet long
  • 4 - 1x4 8 feet long
  • 100 - 1-1/4" long brad nails
  • 75 - 2-1/2" long self tapping wood screws  (#8 star bit recommended)
Cut List

HEADBOARD CUT LIST

  • 2 - 4x4 @ 54"
  • 2 - 2x2 @ 30"
  • 11 - 1x6 @ 30" 
  • 2 - 1x4 @ about 60-1/2" - measure and cut to fit
  • 1 - 2x4@ 67-1/2" - measure and cut to fit
  • 1 - 2x6 @ 69-1/2" - measure and cut to fit

FOOTBOARD CUT LIST

  • 2 - 4x4 @ 21"
  • 2 - 2x2 @ 8"
  • 2 - 2x2 @ 3"
  • 11 - 1x6 @ 15" 
  • 2 - 1x4 @ about 60-1/2" - measure and cut to fit
  • 1 - 2x4@ 67-1/2" - measure and cut to fit
  • 1 - 2x6 @ 69-1/2" - measure and cut to fit

MATTRESS SUPPORT FRAME/SIDERAILS

  • 3 - 2x4 @ 83-1/2"
  • 1 - 2x4 @ 60-1/2"
  • 2 - 2x4 @ 12-1/2"
  • 2 - 1x10 @ 80"
  • 20 - 2x4 @ 32" - can be as short as 30" if you need to burn up scraps
Cutting Instructions

Cut all boards except as noted to measure and cut.  We recommend using a compound miter saw for the straightest cuts, but you can also use a circular saw and a carpenter's square - just make sure your cut ends are nice and straight.

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

Instructions

Step 1

Attach the longest 2x2s to the longest 4x4s, flush to the back edge with 2-1/2" self tapping screws.  

Step 2

Layout the 30" 1x6 boards flat, side by side.  Measure the overall width of all the 1x6 boards.  Cut two 1x4s to this measurement.

Nail the 1x6 boards with glue to the 1x4s.  Apply glue between the 1x6 boards as you go.

Make sure the panel is built square by measuring opposite diagonals (outside top corner of 1x4 to outside bottom corner of opposite 1x4) and adjusting so the opposite diagonals match.

Step 3

Attach the headboard panel to the 2x2s on the legs with 2-1/2" screws.  Only screw to the headboard panel at the top and bottom portion backed by the 1x4s.

Also attach the panel from the front 1x6s to the 2x2s with 1-1/4" brad nails.

Step 4

Measure and cut the 2x4 for the top.  Attach with 2-1/2" screws.

Step 5

Repeat steps for the 2x6 top, leaving a 1" overhang on all four sides.

This completes the headboard build.

Step 6

The footboard is constructed exactly as the headboard, with the exception of the 2x2 cleats and the overall height.

Attach the 2x2 cleats with 2-1/2" screws.  The smaller cleat may split on you since the wood piece is so small.  You can predrill holes to help prevent wood from splitting.

Step 7

Build the panel and attach to the 2x2 cleats.

Step 8

Attach top 2x4 and 2x6 to the footboard with 2-1/2" screws.

Step 9

Attach the 2x4 cleat to the footboard, set in the 2x2 cleats, resting on the bottom cleat.  Use 2-1/2" screws to attach the 2x4 to the 4x4 legs.

Mark the headboard legs as shown in the diagram, and attach 2x4 cleat to the 4x4 legs with 2-1/2" screws.

Step 10

Use 2-1/2" screws to attach the headboard support between the cleats.

Step 11

Center legs add a ton of support and strength to the bed.  

First attach the shorter 2x4 "legs" to the center 2x4.  Then place the center 2x4 in place inside the bed, and attach to the footboard and the headboard 2x4.

Step 12

Measure and cut to fit the 1x10 siderails.  

Attach with 1-1/4" brad nails and glue.

NOTE: If you find your 1x10s need to be attached at the top, you can buy small L brackets and use to attach 

Step 13

Cut the wood slats from remaining 2x4s and set inside the bed with about a 1/2" gap in between each slat.  You only need one screw on the siderail cleat to attach - but you can also add screws to the center support.

 

 

Finishing Instructions
Finish Used
I gave this bed an Antique White finish, but have done natural wood and other colors with the same success. I choose to distress this bed by lightly sanding outside edges. I also ran a flat bladed screwdriver down any groves in the planks to highlight the planking in the panel.

Comments

prescottmonkey

Sun, 04/21/2013 - 11:57

I haven't been able to locate pine or whitewood 4 x 4 posts. I have found a Chinese fir post. What have other people used for this part of the plan?

Simone Ireland

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 11:01

Finally finished the bed today, can not wait to sleep in it tonight...
Thank you Ana, your bed is now complete & in use in Ireland...
You are a star girl, Thanks again

Zoe

Tue, 05/21/2013 - 14:09

I was wondering if there was a plan for this bed but in the full size frame?

Thanks!!

Ante

Wed, 07/10/2013 - 12:56

Hi I just stumbled upon your site and love this bed. I looked everywhere high and low to find what type of material you used for the 2x4 2x6 and 4x4. Dis you use spruce or pine here? or is it doug fur.? whats the best to avoid twisting and bowing down the road. thanks so much, ante

Ante

Wed, 07/10/2013 - 12:56

Hi I just stumbled upon your site and love this bed. I looked everywhere high and low to find what type of material you used for the 2x4 2x6 and 4x4. Dis you use spruce or pine here? or is it doug fur.? whats the best to avoid twisting and bowing down the road. thanks so much, ante

Phil O'Connell…

Wed, 07/10/2013 - 18:14

Great plans - easy to work with and easy to build. Had to adjust the height for our boxspring, and added extra support by the footrest (the 1x6 boards weren't quite strong enough to support the weight given the positioning, so...

We'll be making many more of your plans, for sure! Thanks!

Ashleyanna14

Thu, 08/01/2013 - 18:08

Hi there,

I know that it has been mentioned that people are having trouble finding the full size plans for this Farmhouse Bed but I am as well. I see that Ana posted there is a post about it in Oct 2009 - but I can't find that post. I have looked through the California King Plans, King Plans, & Twin Plans and don't seem to be having any luck. Any help would be so appreciated!

Thanks,

Ashleyanna14

Thu, 08/01/2013 - 18:15

I found the full size plans just in case anyone else was having troubles finding it too.

All I know is in the search box I typed: full
Then I specified by room: Bedroom
Collection: Farmhouse

Scrolled down and it's there! Wooohooo - can't wait to make this!

Best of luck to you all!

1Monkey

Wed, 08/07/2013 - 18:25

Great design, I went with 1x6 for the panels which makes you get 1x3 for the sides. Took the idea of the accent reading lights from the king version. I highly recommend calling about 4x4s, in North Carolina it is almost impossible to find untreated posts. Literally had to drive an hour to find a supplier.

kaitichris

Sat, 05/17/2014 - 15:27

I have a question about the plywood 4'x8' sheet mentioned in the materials list. Where does it fit in the plans? I read through the plans several times, particularly about the joists for the sans box spring bed and don't see how the plywood fits into the frame of the bed. Any pointers...I realize this may be a silly question.

StaceyO

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 18:49

I found the screws, at Home Depot, it only took three trips.  But now I can't figure out where to place them.  Should I screw into the back like the 2x4 bed that I made for my daughter earlier this week?  I just don't want to mess it up.  I looks so cool.  I had the same short board issue.  I ended up using a short board, I think mine was 1 5/8 wide. 

Stacey

Mehnaz

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 14:19

Do you have to use a Brad Nailer in order to do this or can it be done in a different method?

fairyprincess83

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 19:56

How can I modify this for using box springs? I've tried looking in your plans but couldn't seem to find one with a frame where I could use box springs. Also how can I make this to come apart if I need it to? Thank you for your time. Linda

Ashton1984

Sun, 06/21/2015 - 14:58

I needed to add the 1x2 trim to the headboard and footboard as the 1x8 were 7 1/4 wide. How should I attach the 4x4 posts? Screwing 4 1/2 inch screws into some 1x4 trim doesn't seem like it would hold very well.

waikoloasteve

Sat, 07/25/2015 - 01:28

Beautiful bed. Do you have the plans for a king sized version of this bed. I would really like to make this for my wife and I. Thank you

lewinsc

Wed, 09/30/2015 - 12:18

In the instruction you say to lay the 2x6 on top of the 2x4 and screw together. How are you screwing them together? through the top of the board? If that is the case how are you hiding the srews on the 2x6. If there is another method, please explain how that is done. I just dont think you want screw heads showing on the top of the head board or footboard. Thank you and I LOVE this bed. I plan on building one for my daughter.

ehart3000

Thu, 10/29/2015 - 06:30

I've made the queen sized version of this bed myself a year or so ago and it continues to get compliments from everyone who sees it.  I modified Ana's plan a bit for the bedrails and supports so that the bed can be disassembled and moved easily (easily is a relative term since this bed is HEAVY!).  You can see what I did step by step here.  Great project even for beginners!

jnikolow

Tue, 12/29/2015 - 18:09

if you use the brackets to connect the headboard/footboard posts to the rails, how sturdy is it?  Is there any wobbling at all?  It looks like there's only a few screws per bracket so im worried that it won't be a solid, sturdy fit.    I can't handle wobbly furniture.

mnunez58

Tue, 12/29/2015 - 15:42

Hello All,

I'm going to be making this bed for my daughters this weekend and am struggling to figure out how to connct the 4x4 post to the head board. From what I can gather the plans say to pre-drill and use a 4 1/2" screw. I can do that but was thinking of counter-sinking the screws so I can fill them in with wood putty or has anyone used pocket holes. Trying to figure out what would be the best and safest.

Thanks in advance.

jnikolow

Tue, 12/29/2015 - 18:02

Ok so I am trying to make this bed from the King Size version of the plans.

However, the king size version doesn't tell you how to attach the bed rails to the bed posts.

 

So I went to the Queen size version plans ... and my question was only 1/2 answered.  When you attach the bed rail to the HEADBOARD POSTS, there is plenty of room to screw into the post because all of the paneling is higher up.  Remember, the plans call for the rail to go on the insides of the posts.

 

However, when you try to attach the rail to the FOOTBOARD POST, you don't have any room to do it.  So i kept searching all these beds on here and the only thing I found was this, 

 

" Attach the bottom of the bed frame directly into the footboard"

Ok I obviously know i have to do that, but there are not directions telling me how.  If the rails are meant to go on the insides of the posts for the HEADBOARD, then they will have to go on the insides of the posts for the FOOTBOARD.  But there is no room for rail to go on the insides of the FOOTBOARD post because it is right where the paneling is.

 

Can someone please clarify this for me?

 

Thanks

Mikegarrod

Fri, 01/01/2016 - 10:08

Just wanting a bit of clarification as to how the frame attaches to footboard. The illustration shown doesn't make it clear exactly where the two are screwed/joined together. 

dthebate

Mon, 01/18/2016 - 13:08

In step 4, you say "optional." however, from the plan diagram it appears that the image you display is simply a support for the box spring. If I am using a box spring, should I set it down in the framing? or on top?

donly

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 17:19

Would like to  have the pattern for the full size using a box spring

 

thanks in advance

dillion88

Sun, 02/21/2016 - 08:53

i was wondering if anyone has made this bed yet in king size. i am interested in doing so. how would you go about building a frame using the box spring? what are some recommendations for getting straight lumber? thanks

 

KeithFrohn

Mon, 03/21/2016 - 17:41

Hi Ana.  Thank you for the wonderful plans.  I am building the bed but my head boards are not quite 7 1/2" so I am also using the 1x2" trim to frame it.  But how do I attach the legs?  Without the head boards reaching the edge, the 4 1/2" screws have nothing to grab on to.  There is a gap in the sandwich.  Am I missing something?  Please help!  Thanks.

neddinger

Wed, 03/23/2016 - 12:34

Hi Ana,  i am planning on building this but my only question is I have a box spring so how do i modify the plan so i can still use my box spring? Please Help! Thank you.

Aroberts

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 16:41

I have a set of twin rails from a previous twin sized bed. My confusion is this: the box spring is 37 3/4" wide which is obviously smaller than the 38 1/2" panel rails that were cut. With this set up if I attach my bed rails it becomes too wide (40 1/2") therefore, I'll have roughly a 1 1/2" gap on each side. Am I missing something? My fault I should've measured the mattress/box spring before making my cuts and assembled according to those measurements, but now I can't take it apart and trim it down. Any suggestions??

AdkMac

Sat, 09/24/2016 - 15:53

 Is it possible to get a schematic with arrows or icons to show screw placement, direction, angle for attaching the 4x4 side posts to the panels?  I am not a carpenter and am not sure what 'sandwiched' means . Thank you.

jjjbluray

Sun, 10/23/2016 - 06:02

I have looked through a few pages of comments but cannot find how exactly to attach the bedframe to the footboard. Can someone please give a little more detail on this part? 

Thanks!

James

AbbieFisher

Sat, 12/17/2016 - 17:28

Can someone please tell me how and where they attached the 2x10 side rails? I used bed rail hardware and attached lining up the outside edge of the 4x4 post, but now the frame is way too wide and too long. If I go on the inside of the post and use bolts, I think it will be too narrow. Maybe go through the post and into the end of the 2x 10?? Please help, love the bed, but it is too big for my mattress! 

Bigwill1957

Mon, 01/30/2017 - 11:16

My first attempt at ever building a bed, but when you 13 year old daughter asked you to get her a bed just like this one I said I will try to find you one.....and jumped in and started to build her the bed she wanted!!   This is actually a very easy to build and I agree with others to be sure to read comments to help you out on a few questions or concerns that will come up building this bed pattern.

I used Pine to build the bed, only issue I had was finding 4x4 post untreated, so I used treated post and worked fine but remember what finsih you plan on gonig with could effect the outcome if you use treated post.   I was going to use a box springs so I modified the cross rails and used 2x4 instead of 2x6 to lower the box springs lower into the side rails keeping the bed from being so high up.    One thing I used and loved was i used Joist hangers to mount the side rails and cross rails which makes moving this bed a breeze!!  Cheap and very rewarding to say the least....joist hangers are a must as far as i  am concerned.

 

For the finish of the bed I took a oribital sanderand 80 &  120 grit paper and knocked the edges down on the 1x6's just on the face of the board to have that ship lap look but left the back side normal.   I also extended the very top 2x6 board on the head board to have a 1 1/4 overhang to give it a little more defintiion and like to my preference. 

I stained the bed Dark Chesnut Minwax and then painted Valspar vintage White over the top and once dried completly I distressed the bed with the orbital sander using 80 & 120 grit paper.    

One small jester I put into the bed that you Fathers out there that has as daughter that has you wrapped might appreciate and see where I was coming from when you see that I carved in the head board post " I Love Jessie" Dad  with a knife like kids used to do when they  was in love as a kid ........mainly so she will never forget that her dad built it for her....... Cheesy Im sure some will say but....... what we do for our kids.

Great Bed and Very pleased with the outcome

 

 

 

dkramer1995

Sat, 03/11/2017 - 13:48

Love the bed and I am also making for my daughter. I've got the head and footboards made, but cannot figure out how to attach the rails to the footboard.  Do you have a pic you can share or let me know how you did it? I'm considering cutting an inch or so off the footboard so the side rails will hit the middle of the 4x4x and simply screw in from the front.  Thoughts?

 

Srm330

Thu, 03/02/2017 - 05:25

why does this one call for 1 1/4 brad nails and the king call for 1 1/4 finish nails??

Goodaking

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 05:56

we are hoping to buy our king size mattress today.  Should we just get the mattress and build bed frame.  Are there any pros or cons to getting a box spring with the mattress?   Will it affect the look if we get the box spring with mattress ?  Thanks Ian 

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