Bed frames can be expensive. If you are on a budget, or just need a spare bed for occasional guests, build a bed frame using lumber. Regular spruce lumber, available from most lumber yards, is a cost-effective material from which to make a frame. If you have the tools for the project, a sturdy bed frame can cost you less than $100. Borrow friends' tools to keep your bed frame as cheap as possible.
Things You'll Need
- Tape measure
- 4 pieces of 2-by-6 lumber, 8 feet long
- 1 piece of plywood, 9 feet square
- 1 piece of 2-by-2 lumber, 8 feet long
Measure the length and width of your current mattress.
Cut two 2-by-6 pieces of lumber to the length of the mattress and two to the width. The pieces of lumber should be 2 inches longer than the mattress in both length and width to allow for blankets and sheets.
Apply wood glue to the ends of the 2-by-6 board and place the pieces together. Tighten a vise on the pieces while the wood glue dries.
Secure each joint with three screws.
Cut a piece of plywood to the length and width of the frame. Place the plywood over the frame and sink screws approximately every foot to tighten it down.
Cut four 2-by-2 pieces of lumber to the desired height of the bed. Attach the 2-by-2 pieces to the bottom of the plywood using screws. These pieces act as the feet.
Flip the bed over and insert your mattress in its new frame.
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