How to Build A Bed frame for a kid’s twin bed. This easy to build platform bed frame is for a kid’s twin bed but can be modified for a queen or king.
Kids grow up so fast, don’t they? They go from a crib to a toddler bed and then a Full size bed in a matter of only a couple years. My husband’s brother just moved into a new house and it was time for the little man to graduate to a big boy bed.
We wanted this build to be simple, durable, and have storage underneath for toys and such to keep them out of site. We had learned from our own son that drawer handles were out (he often used them to climb in and out of bed, or banged his legs against them). Plus, this idea was simplier to build anyways.
These plans can be easily adapted to accommodate any size mattress. It is made for a standard twin at 38×75 inches, so make sure to measure your mattress before starting the build.
- Miter Saw
- Table saw or circular saw
- Pocket Hole Kit
- Wood Glue
- (3) sheets of four foot by eight foot ¾ inch plywood. Please note that each cut generally takes away ⅛ inch
- (2) 10 foot 2x4s or (3) 8 foot 2x4s
- (1) 1x4x8 foot board for Footboard and Headboard Caps
- Banding to finish any exposed plywood edges
We cut all the plywood pieces using table saw or circular saw and all the rest of the 2x4s were cut with a miter saw.
Since this bed was for a child, we wanted to make sure to get rid of any sharp edges. You can either do that by using a router or sanding the edges a bit by hand.
The platform storage area consists of two shelving units placed back to back. The measurements of the inner boxes are 14.5 x 14.5, so perfect for baskets. For aesthetic purposes, the boxes are glued and tacked in place. Pre-drill prior to nailing to ensure that the plywood doesn’t split. Allow to dry overnight.
Tip: Ensure to clean all excess glue to minimize sanding. We love these large mats that prevent dripping glue from sticking to anything!
Pocket hole screw headboard and foot board frame together. Then pocket screw the plywood panel inserts to the frame. The back of the plywood panel should sit flush with the frame.
For finishing the exposed plywood you can glue on thin hardwood banding for a stained bed or wood fill if your plan is to paint. We filled any knots or dings with wood filler as well.
Give everything a good sanding while still in sections. Paint or stain giving enough time to fully cure.
For building, place the platforms of the bed in desired location leaving the appropriate spacing for the middle support board between two boxes. Place the headboard and footboards in place at either end and lag or screw headboard and footboard in place to the support braces. Placing them in the back of the cubbies will leave them out of sight. Place mattress in place and sleep.
Notes: These plans can be modified for different size mattresses. A standard twin size mattress is 38″ by 75″
You can add a decorative touch by adding a large letter in the middle of the headboard or even spelling out the child’s name.
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As always, if you have any questions don’t hesitate to comment below and especially don’t forget to send us pictures if you do build this project!
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