Building Plans for a Twin Bed Frame

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Twin beds are so convenient to use in children's bedrooms, but they can be expensive if you buy them. By the time you buy the bed frame and the mattress, you can have several hundreds of dollars invested. If you have basic carpentry skills, you can easily put together a twin frame. And the chances are good that it may be nicer than a twin bed frame from a furniture store.

Gather Ideas

  • Visit the furniture store to see styles of twin beds. Examine the construction of the bed frame. Once you have an idea of how simple a twin frame really is, you should be able to come up with your own design in no time.

    Determine if you want to build just a platform twin bed or if you want the bed frame to have legs. Headboards are another option to consider. If you are building the twin frame for a younger child, you may want to consider detachable safety rails as part of your twin bed design. Built-in under bed storage is another option to consider as you decide what you want to build.

    Draw your plans to scale. Include drawings of side views and top views.

Purchase Your Lumber

  • Buy the lumber necessary to build the twin frame based on your scale drawing. Allow extra for errors. Look for wood that has no knots or other blemishes. While these can give wood character, they can also be weak spots. Consider buying wider pieces of lumber and cutting it to the width you need. The wider lumber is often a better quality and leaves you with less waste.

    Also purchase the screws, bolts, and braces necessary to assemble the twin bed. Select the finish that you plan to use or the paint.

Construct the Twin Bed

  • Cut the wood pieces according to your plans. Lay them out in the order you plan to use them.

    Build the support frame. Make sure the corners are square. Secure the sides with screws. Add cross pieces to give the support frame extra stability.

    Attach legs to your support frame with bolts. Next, add the side panels. Construct the head board if you are adding one. Attach it to the support frame.

    Sand the wood. Paint or stain the twin bed.

    Cut a piece of plywood to fit the dimensions of the support frame. Set it on the support frame. Add the mattress to complete the twin bed.

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