Barnwood Bed Project

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mountainmaddie added on 10/9/2015

Using rough cut sawmill 8"x8" and a few 2"x4"s and old reclaimed barn wood.
I created a queen size bed frame.
This is a wonderful project where you can use your imagination and build the bed frame to suit you and your lifestyle perfectly.


Follow the steps below to complete this project.


Cut the 4 corner/support posts

2 - 8"x8"x8" posts/ timbers Cut each 8"x8" into 2 sections; one section 5' long, which will leave the remained of the post 3' long. This will result in two 5' long posts (headboard) and two 3' long posts for the footboard.


Materials - head/footboard/siderail

6 - 2"x4"'s - To build the frame for the headboard and footboard 2 - 2"x6"s - To top the headboard and footboard 2- 2"x8"s - Side rails that will connect the headboard and footboard 2 - 2"x2"s That will attach to the side rails (and the slats to support the mattress will rest on these. 6 -1"x3"s - slats that will support the mattress


Get Creative!

Here is your chance to be creative. Think *form to function*: What size do I want the bed to be? (twin, full/queen/ king) How do I want it to function? (High off the floor for storage underneath/ low for ease) Standard bed size headboard measurements are available online if you look at furniture pieces offered for sale. The bed in the pictures is a queen size: The top and bottom 2"x4"s that frame the wood inserts that will complete the headboard panel are cut to 56" long. The "jacks" or sidepieces are cut to 25.5" for the headboard and 21.5 for the foot board. The 2"x6" "topper for the headboard and footboard are also 56" long.


Connecting the pieces.

Using a pocket hole tool will allow you to connect all the pieces from the backside and hide all construction.


Consider the finish before assembly

Take a minute to think about the colors you ant to use: Do you want the pieces of the bed to all be the same color? Do you want them to contrast? In this project the pieces will contrast. To make the job easy and flawless the pieces were finished pre-assembly so the colors of stain didn't run from one piece of wood to the other. Pictures are the framework pieces for the headboard and footboard. Stained and ready to be made into the frame that will hold the inset panel pieces, which will be a different stain color.


Begin assembly

Old barn board siding was used to fill the panel for the headboard and footboard on this project. Pocket screw assembly hides everything from the back. What will you be using for your panel insert? Maybe it's the wood from your grandpa's old barn? Maybe it's a piece of plywood covered with part of that old quilt of your grandma's that you salvaged? It could be a piece of plywood that you simply painted....... Assemble the frame from the wood you've cut and insert your panel piece(s)


Headboard and footboard assembly

Here is a view from the front. This panel will be joined to the two 5' posts we cut earlier.


Add Siderails and mattress support

This project, due to the size of the timbers used had the potential to be too heavy to carry upstairs. It was assembled in place. Two 2"x*8s were used as the siderails. In the photo you will note that the 2"x2"s have been added along the bottom edge of the siderails. (this will allow the 1"x3" slats to rest on the rail just like in a traditional bed frame.) There are also 4 L-bracket How long you make the side rails is up to you. How long is your bed? At what heigth you attach your siderails to the upright posts is also up to you. How high do you want the bed to sit off the floor? How high/low do you want the head/foot board? This is where you get to make this project completely your own. It will suit you and how you sleep most comfortably


Headboard Complete

From the back long timber screws join the headboard and footboard panels to their posts. Pictured is the headboard.


Putting it all together

Once the headboard and footboard are assembled. The L brackets are used to attach the siderails to the upright posts. The 1x3 slats were attached to the 2x2's that were attached to the bottom edge of the siderails. (just like in a traditional bedframe)


Finishing up

The footboard was turned so that the pocket screw holes face the mattress. Depending on the thick/thin/pillow top of your mattress is will determine how much / little of the pocket screw holes are covered. In the case of this bed you can see that mattress sits an inch or so higher than the all the screw holes are covered and can not be seen by the person in the bed. (sidenote) I also hand-pieced the quilt in this picture as an anniversary gift for my husband)

Tools Used:

Materials Required:

Wood Products:

(2) 8"x8", 8 feet long, Board  
(6) 2x4, 8 feet long, Board  
(2) panels, cut to fit, Board  
(2) 2x6, 8 feet long, Board  
(2) 2x8, 8 feet long, Board  
(2) 2x2, 8 feet long, Board  
(6) 1x3, 8 feet long, Board  


(200) Pocket Hole screws (to construct head/footboard panels)  
(40) 3" timber screws (to attach panels to upright posts)  
(4) L (6 hole) Brackets (to attach side rails to upright posts)  
(25) Wood screws to attach slats  

Parts/Cut List:

(2) posts, 5 feet tall  
(2) posts, 3 feet tall  
(1) headboard panel, cut to fit size of bed  
(1) footboard panel, cut to fit size of bed  
(2) siderails, 2"x8" desire length to fit mattress  
(2) slat support rails, 2"x2" to fit length of mattress  
(6) slats, 1"x3" to support mattress  


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