DIY King Size Bed Free Plans

Holy guacamole.  This is a big darn bed.  I’m so glad I finally get to reveal it to you!

I have been wanting to build my own bed for years now.  I had a beautiful store bought bed prior to this albatross.  I loved it, but have always had the itch to create one myself.  I ran across my inspiration at a store called Arhaus.  The store is full of inspiration… As well as very hefty price tags.  The original bed before shipping and tax for them was $3699.00.  Nope, that was not a typo.  I am happy to say that I built my version for under $400. (Insert happy dance)  Check it out… My new DIY King Size Bed Free Plans!

Yah.  I love it. A whole lot.

As always, I will walk you through this entire build here (with 42 photos… you have been warned) and you can also download and print the free plans  at the bottom of this post!

Let’s get started!  I imagine writing this tutorial is going to take longer than actually building the bed, so let’s get a move on.

DIY King Size Bed Free Plans

The posts of this bed are 4×4.  These are untreated boards and can be found at both big hardware stores.  You won’t be able to cut through a 4×4 without a 12″ miter saw.  So, if yours is smaller, you can have the hardware store make these few cuts.  You can also use a hand saw with a little elbow grease.  Or, upgrade your saw!  I use Ridgid’s 12″ sliding compound miter saw, but I am so pumped to try out Ryobi’s new 12″ sliding miter that comes out in a few weeks!

Watch our How to Use a Miter Saw video HERE!

Ridgid 12 inch miter saw

I decided to attach all of the planks before building the actual headboard support so I could get an exact measurement.  I used white wood boards to keep the cost down, and I love how rustic they look when stained.  I used my Kreg Jig for this entire build.  I use the K5, but I also own the K4 and the new Foreman. I love every single one of them for different reasons.  If you are looking to invest and get one, I would go for the K5.  It’s a small amount more than the K4, but I find that it’s much more user friendly and has lots of upgrades that make it my fav.  And, it’s easy enough for a beginner.  In fact, I would suggest beginning with a Kreg Jig.  They make building much easier.

Watch our How to Use a Kreg Jig Video HERE!

Let me explain how I did the pocket holes on the headboard.  This uses 1×6 and 2×6.  I didn’t do pocket holes in any of the 2×6.  I did most of the planks with 3/4″ pocket holes down one side like this…

wood board for headbord

When I lined all of my boards up, you can see that on the boards sitting next to the 2×6 boards, I did pocket holes down both sides.  This allowed me to attach into the 2×6 as well as the next plank.

Pocket Holes for headboard

Here it all is laid out and you can see where all of the pocket holes were positioned…

plank the headboard

Once I had that finished I took the measurement to build the frame that sits behind it.  For this I used 2×3 boards and made 1.5″ pocket holes on each end.  I used 2.5″ pocket hole screws to attach them to the 4×4 posts.  You want the face of the support to sit 1.5″ from the front of the posts.  This will allow it to all line up correctly.  Once the frame was made, I laid it on the back side of the planks.  I used wood glue and 1.25″ finish nails with my Ryobi 16G finish nailer to attach through the frame and into the planks.

Back of headboard

Here is the front of it…

Builidng the headboard

Next, you will add trim pieces.  These are simple cuts.  I measured the space exactly on each one rather than going from the plan.  I used wood glue and finish nails through these pieces and into the front of the headboard.

Trim the heaboard

First two lines of planks glued and nailed…

King Headboard Progress

Now for the decorative side pieces.  These were simple to make with my jig saw.  I started by making just the miter cut on the 2×4 using my miter saw.

Miter Cut

I clamped that piece to my workbench and drew out the design per the plan.

Kreg Clamp

Then, I just used my Ryobi 18V jig saw to cut the design out slowly.

decorative side piece

Here it is…

Decorative piece on king bed

Add some glue to the end that will attach to the bed…

wood glue

And I secured it using my finish nailer with 2″ nails.

Nail on side decorative pieces
clamp decorative piece

Next, you will add the 2×6 boards.  These are heavy.  I used a good amount of wood glue and 2″ finish nails to attach it in place.  I also ran a few wood screws through the back of the headboard after that and into the 2×6 just to be extra safe.

clamp decorative piece

I also added the top board at this point.  After glueing and nailing it with 2″ nails, I did add some wood screws through the top and into the headboard just to be extra safe.

Clamping the headboard top

See my new Kreg clamps??  I love them.  I have 4 and I want 36 🙂  They are like having an extra set of hands around and they are so simple to use.

Headboard finished.  Moving onto footboard.

This is basically the exact same build as the headboard with different measurements.  I did do everything the same though.  Here are some photos to show you…

pocket holes front of footboard

I did use 1×4 for the supports on the footboard since it wasn’t as large as the headboard.  I used my right angle clamp to hold it all in place while I attached using 2.5″ pocket hole screws into the leg.

Kreg Right Angle Clamp

Here is the frame ready for the planks…

Footboard supports

I used wood glue and nails through the back of the supports and into the planks.

Finish nailer Ryobi
Back of footboard

Added my trim pieces to the front…

Ryobi Airstrike Finish Nailer
building a king size footboard

Then my decorative side pieces…

Nail on side decorative pieces

Now the 2×6 runners…

Wood glue on footboard
Building a king footboard

I put the top 2×6 on last before moving to the bed’s side rails.

I used PureBond Plywood for the base of the side rails.  I had the guys at Home Depot rip mine to size so I could get it home easy.  I used Birch.  You will start with two pieces that look like this…

Side rails plywood

Next, I used wood glue and 1.25″ finish nails to trim these out starting with the top board.

side rails of bed

Next, I added the smaller boards.

building the bed rails

Once I had this trimmed out I used my Kreg Jig to make 1.5″ pocket holes on each end and running down the top of each side rail.  I used my K3 mounted to a board to make my pocket holes.

Kreg Jig on bed rail
Pocket holes for bed side rails

The ends of each side rail should look like this…

Pocket holes on bed rails

I used 2.5″ pocket hole screws to attach the top 2×3 and the side rails.

Inside of bed rail

And here she is ready for stain!  I stained everything before getting it inside.

Baseboard DIY

I used a new fav stain color on my bed.  It’s called Ash by Varathane and you can find it at Home Depot.  It’s not a very dark brown, but where the grain catches the stain it really goes a black tone which I love.

Varathane Wood Stain Ash

Now putting it together… This was something I did enlist lots of help on.  My hubby and his friend moved the headboard in first.  Then I cut a few 4×4 scraps to help hold the rails in place while I used 2.5″ pocket hole screws through the pocket holes on the rails and into the legs.

Kreg Pocket Holes to attach bed

After that I did the same to the footboard.  Finally, I cut all of the planks to run under the mattress.  These all use a block under them to support the weight of the mattress.   I nailed them in place with 2″ finish nails into the runners on the sides.

supports on king bed
Attaching the king bed

That’s it!  Told you it would take forever 🙂

But… I LOVE IT.  I will say… This is not a super advanced build by any means.  All of the cuts are straight and many are the same.  I would say it is very labor intensive.  I was sore for two days after building it… Which really is more a testament to my physical health, but we’ll blame the bed. 😉

I hope you LOVE it as much as I do!

King Size Bed by Shanty2Chic Free Woodworking Plans
DIY King Size Bed Free Plans by Shanty2Chic
King Bed DIY by Shanty2Chic Free Woodworking Plans

You can download and print the FREE plans by clicking HERE

The bedding was a Valentine’s gift from my hubby.  It’s all from Restoration Hardware.

The large metal ampersand magnet board can be found HERE!

The color on the walls is Valspar Homestead Resort Parlor Taupe.

The mirrors are from Hobby Lobby as well as the hooks I used to hang them.  Wayfair carries one that is very similar and super cute HERE!

The nightstands are a little sneak peek for next week or so… One isn’t totally finished but you guys will love them!


  1. Theresa Chapman on June 29, 2016 at 3:15 pm

    Thanks for the plans, I love my new bed!

  2. Theresa Chapman on June 20, 2016 at 2:07 pm

    Hi! When you did this build did you put a clear coat on it? If so, what brand?

  3. Pam S on May 28, 2016 at 11:36 am

    This is amazing work. I wish I could make this bed. It seems hard and I don’t even know where to start with the tools. Do you have to be a carpenter to make this bed.

  4. Randii Fails Geiger on May 12, 2016 at 9:32 pm

    Love the bed, but what is the paint color in your room?

  5. Bryce Petersen on April 24, 2016 at 8:04 pm

    Just finished up mine. Made some big modifications, but kept the inspiration. Queen Sized

    • Rajah Jackson on April 27, 2016 at 9:17 pm

      What adjustment(s) did you make to complete the queen?

      • Bryce Petersen on April 28, 2016 at 12:06 pm

        Hi Rajah, I did a lot of eye balling it and making adjustments on the fly. Basically, I took about 13 inches off the height of the headboard and 7 inches off the height of the foot board and just made the width smaller. I also made the side runners smaller – only 13inches wide

        • Rajah Jackson on April 28, 2016 at 12:12 pm

          Sounds good. Great job with it!

  6. Ben Serpell on April 14, 2016 at 11:41 am

    Thank you for the plans. Making my wifes dreams come true!

    • Ben Serpell on April 14, 2016 at 11:42 am

      My bed

      • Angela Vanmeter on August 9, 2017 at 10:53 am

        I love the color that you used for your stain… can you tell me the brand / color?

  7. Trent on April 12, 2016 at 7:15 am

    I just finished my version of this. I added two drawers on each side and made it a platform bed since we don’t have a box spring. One thing is the slats are cut at 82″ in the plan but a king size mattress is only 76″ wide so keep that in mind. I would take out the two small 1×2’s on either side of the paneling of the head and foot board to make up for this difference. But I’ll have to figure out how to make up for the gap some other way… I’d post my sketchup file for my Captain’s bed conversion but I don’t know the best place to host it if anyone would be interested. I don’t know if it’s letting me add a photo either.

    • James Lancaster on July 3, 2016 at 11:09 am

      Do you have build plans for adding in the drawers and making it a platform bed? That’s exactly what I want to do!

    • Greg Ferguson on July 17, 2016 at 6:52 pm

      how did you overcome the gaps? i just completed my headboard and trying to troubleshoot the rest

  8. Kerrin on April 8, 2016 at 9:43 am

    Has anyone built this bed and NOT used a box spring? Did you raise the supports on the frame to give it the same look?

    • Nick K on April 8, 2016 at 12:18 pm

      I built a more farmhouse style of this bed, but put drawers under and did not need a box spring.

      You could easily run a 2×4 the length of the sides and run more slats across the bed to hold up just a matress.

      • Kerrin on April 11, 2016 at 9:45 am

        Thanks Nick! That is exactly what I was trying to ask!

        • Jody on February 7, 2017 at 3:38 pm

          So is this plan designed for use with a box spring?

          • Kerrin on February 13, 2017 at 11:34 am

            Yes it is. But you can adjust the slats as Nick mentioned above if you want to forgo the box spring.

  9. Kim S on April 7, 2016 at 1:06 pm

    HELP PLEASE! My husband and I are in the process of making this bed right now and are completely stuck. All the pieces are cut and pocket holes drilled. The problem is when I went to screw the pieces together for the headboard slats, the screw is going through the wood to the front! We are using 1.25″ screws and they are still going through. How do we prevent this from happening?

    • Nick K on April 8, 2016 at 12:20 pm

      are you setting the kreg jig for 1″ or 3/4″ material? When doing thin material I also do tests and adjust the jig accordingly

    • Bryce Petersen on April 28, 2016 at 12:08 pm

      Hi Kim, what Nick said, make sure you’re jig is set appropriately. You also need to make sure that the drill stop is set appropriately or your holes will bore too deep.

  10. G Rice on February 14, 2016 at 6:45 am

    Hello. Could you comment on the fact that some others here have pointed out that the dimensions of your plan are too wide for a king mattress? It looks like from your photos that you really did use the plan and your king mattress fit?? By my calculations, the width based on your plans is about 81 inches wide. A standard king is 76. How did yo get your mattress to fit on the bed f yo used this plan? Also, I did not read other posters comments until I had assembled the headboard so I’m looking for a way to either dismantle and subtract boards or leave it as is and make the King mattress fit. Any suggestions would be greatly welcomed. Thank you.

  11. Amy on February 11, 2016 at 5:37 pm

    Just finished a queen size version of this bed in a gray stain! We are absolutely in love!

    • Rajah Jackson on April 27, 2016 at 9:10 pm

      How did you adjust the plan to make a queen?

    • theiowakid on January 3, 2017 at 5:35 pm

      Can you tell me what grey stain you used? Did you clear coat it with anything after?

  12. Josephine Crabill on January 29, 2016 at 11:09 pm

    If you want to it yourself just look for woodprix website. There is all you need to make it 🙂

  13. Shaun Satter on January 28, 2016 at 12:17 am

    I love this bed and really plan on making it. The only question that I have (and it may be silly) but how does it come apart if you ever move? Without cams or other fasteners of the like it seems like you wouldn’t be able to. thank you and great job!

  14. MegBee on January 4, 2016 at 12:58 pm

    OH I AM OBSESSED. I. NEED. THIS. BED. I have a California King…Will the pattern easily translate to this size?

  15. alexandre leblanc on November 25, 2015 at 7:01 pm

    Did you use knotty pine or clear pine?

  16. Zach on November 22, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    Looks like you used pocket holes and wood screws to attach the side rails to the head/foot boards. It would seem that this would make it very hard to break the bed down for future moves. Have you ever seen any hardware that would attach to each side and then hook together?

  17. John on October 31, 2015 at 7:22 pm

    I finished mine today and love it! Based on some other comments I cut the width down by 3 inches and it’s perfect! All you need to do is not use the 1×2 on each side and cut down the length of all the horizontal boards on the headboard and footboard.

  18. Mike Sierra on October 18, 2015 at 7:33 pm

    Cant wait to start this. I am a beginner, but after looking at these plans, I don’t see why I couldn’t complete this! Thanks for putting such details plans. I will upload my picture upon completion.

  19. Amber on October 14, 2015 at 7:20 pm

    I’m late to the game here, but I’m looking for these exact roman shades. Could you tell me where you got them?

  20. Karen Zimmer on September 27, 2015 at 5:23 pm

    LOVE THIS BED…would look perfect in our future mtn home. We have an extended queen Sleep # bed. Does anyone know how to adjust the measurements for that? I’d love to see if my nephew would make this for me.

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