Wood Bed: Build It

A couple weeks ago, some friends of ours tore up an old deck in their backyard and offered the old wood to us.  We jumped at the chance and came home with this loot. (Thanks, friends!)

After throwing around a couple ideas of what to do with the wood, we decided to try our hand at building a bed.  It looked like it would be just the right amount of wood and if it didn’t work out…oh well…it was free anyways. So why not??

I’ve been eyeing this beautiful bed for the master bedroom but I wasn’t quite feeling the $2,000 price tag.

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We started by laying out the boards for the headboard side by side.

And drew the outline of the headboard on a large sheet of paper.

…and taped it to the boards.  I traced the outline of the paper on to the boards.

Then cut each of the boards one by one by using our jigsaw.


Then we trimmed the bottom of he boards with our miter saw, leaving the two on the outside longer.

We use scrap pieces as braces for the back of the headboard.



For the frame, we built a simple box with legs.  I didn’t stain in all the way across the slats because it really wasn’t necessary.

We put a 1×2 the length of the bed an inch from the top…

along with a 2×4 down the middle (also an inch from the top).  Then, we placed 10 1x4s  across to make the slats.

For the legs, I drew the shape I wanted on a 1×10 and mitered one edge of each piece so they fit flush on the corners.

We stained it a mixture of Dark walnut (which can be found here) and Provincial (which can be found here). Then, we sealed it with this poly.

And here it is, in all it’s sanded, stained, and sealed glory…




We used the same stain as that we used for the sliding barn door.

As luck would have it, I found some plans AFTER we built ours…oh well.  Here’s the link in case you want to build your own.  It’s pretty similar to the one we built (ours is a bit taller with chunkier legs).

I’d say we’re pretty happy with our free bed…at least we know Wiley gives his approval!

White quilt can be found here.

Oh, and some of you have asked about how sturdy it is.  So, I did the best sturdy test I know…

Consider this sturdy test passed.


Playing along with Creating with the Stars!


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  1. hikergirl says

    I just love this Suzie! It looks amazing with your sliding door. You made building it look so simple. And to think it is all from throw-away wood!

  2. says

    Wow! Just found you via Pinterest, and I’m so impressed!! What a great project! I definitely prefer your version to the inspiration bed. I make lots of pretty throw pillows for my Etsy shop, but don’t have a nice headboard for our bed, so all my pillows look a little sad. This might be just the thing!!

  3. Heather says

    I think I’ve found my new master bed! Great idea. Thanks for sharing with us. I was also curious about your wall color…would you mind sharing?

  4. Aaron says

    This looks great. Does the frame make any noise at all while you’re on the bed? Any creaking or whatnot?

  5. Lori says

    Love it! Love it! Love it!
    I dont have any old boards :(
    How do you think this would look or work with new boards and then painted? I need a pair for my son’s room and these would be perfect!

    • says

      Actually, I think it would look really good with new boards! And it might be a bit easier to build. We had to do a lot of finagling to get the boards to fit well together, since they weren’t perfectly straight due to weather, etc.
      You should definitely go for it!

  6. Ariel says

    gorgeous! just wondering where you got that white quilt? i’ve been looking for one like that for ages!

  7. Cheistine Jimenez says

    I Love your room! You totally inspired me!! I wanted to know what color stain you used? I found tons of wood on Craigslist! Are u from Washington we have tons of Tuesday mornings here!

  8. says

    That last picture totally won me over – that’s 100% something I would do!

    We close on our new house on Thursday and I’m all over the blogs getting ideas for the house. Because of you, I’m DEFINITELY having a barn door in our bedroom and now I just might try my hand at making a bed!

    Love your blog!

      • Connie Rogers says

        My husband is making a bed like this for my guest room. We are ready to put it together and he is concerned weather the legs will hold up with the screws going in from the inside. I don’t want any screws showing. What size screw did you use on the legs and did you use any glue? Your worked is gorgeous and I admired all of it. Waiting to hear from you so I can finally see it put together. Thanks in advance for your help,

  9. Lauren says

    We made this as a headboard last weekend from pallet wood and it turned out great! Used a cleat to hang it from the wall and everyone (including us) is amazed at how well it turned out! Thanks so much for posting, we could not be happier!

  10. says

    Love this DIY project! If you go without a box-spring you should try adding Froli springs to the slats to make it super comfy, we did that to our daughter’s platform bed.

  11. Beth says

    I see that you found your quilt at Marshall’s, but can you tell me what brand it is? There is no Marshall’s anywhere near me (unfortunately) and I’m hoping I could find it online somewhere.

  12. SLopez says


    I absolutely love this bed. My husband has been trying to convince me to go with a more natural look but I couldn’t find anything until now. What stain did you use, I absolutely love the color.


  13. Viktoria says

    Great job! I’m in love with this bed! Can you please tell me where you initially saw this bed for $2,000? I want to show my husband so we can use it for motivation to build it ourselves! Thanks!

  14. abby says

    This turned out great!! I want to make one now, it looks better then most beds that are sold here anyway <3.

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  16. Jessica T. says

    I LOVE the look of your whole bedroom!! My husband and I are totally inspired to make a new bed or head board for our bed, can you tell me where you got your bedside tables? We love them!

  17. Emily Zydiak says


    In total–how tall did you all make the bed from the bottom of the pieces of wood that touch the floor to the top of the middle slats of the bed?


  18. Lori says

    When you say you stained it a mixture of the two stains, did you mix them together then apply to the wood?

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  20. Sydney says

    I absolutely love this bed! We have ton of old wood in our barn and I’m gunna attempt to make this but am very curious on some things! One question is what size bed is yours, I wanna make a full? Another question I have is does the front of the bed have legs? Also I’m curious about how long/wide is your bed total? Also would love any tips or helpful suggestions if you have any! Love your style and your website. Wish you the best of luck!

    P.S. Your dog is precious!

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  23. Cameron says

    I am planning on making this bed but I have a boxspring for my bed. Can i use the boxspring instead of the slats. any suggestions on how to do this instead??

  24. Amy says


    I’ve been looking at this bed awhile and am planning to build one.

    How thick are the boards you used for the headboard? I looked at some recoaimed wood and the 1x’s seemed too thin, like fence boards; and the 2x’s were so huge I’m not sure I can cut the curves out of them.

    Thank you!

  25. Pam says

    Do you have the measurements of your bed? I like the look of yours better. Width? Height of center and end pieces? Great job. My daughter wants a headboard like this to take to college.

  26. Sydney says

    Hi Pam, I had very similar questions and then later on noticed the link to the bed she got her inspiration from. On that website, not only does it give you the measurements for one bed, but all the sizes! Since your daughter will be in college she might need the twin size! Here is the link for the measurements: http://www.vivaterra.com/media/vtbase2/productspecs/GustavianBed_ProdSheet_v8.pdf Since I found this, I thought I might help you out with your question! I now think I’m gunna build two of these beds, one queen and one full! Anyways, good luck!

    P.S. Thanks Suzie for linking your inspiration, I really see how hard y’all worked on this bed and am glad it turned out great!


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