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. Dani on January 3, 2018 at 12:30 pm

    Just wondering if you need a box spring for the build or a mattress only? It’s all stained a ready to be put together : ) We decided to purchase all new mattress and bedding for it though, so just want to be sure!


  2. Tony on December 31, 2017 at 5:15 pm

    I showed this to my Sweetie and she loved it. Will build it in a few months, but some questions:

    The space between our windows is roughly size of a queen. I’ll be building a king bet. Wondering if it would make sense to extend headboard on either side at window height or just build a “queen size headband and have bed stick out on either side (which doesn’t sound very attractive”.

  3. Julianna on December 23, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    Ok I am sorry, I’ve read all the comments, and I’m still al little stumped, ok a Queen size mattress 60 inches wide by approximately 80 inches long. In the comments it was saying to subtract between 16-18 inches from the with. So how many slats would I remove to archive this? And which ones do I can still keep the look of this bed? I’ve looked all over for the plans for a Queen and this is all I can find, comments. Thank you in advance.

  4. Brad Meinen on December 13, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    Just completed my own diy version of this bed. I love it! I used bed rail bolts and nuts to attach the side rails for easy break down and rebuild instead of all the pocket hole screws. Here is my finished project. Thanks for the awesome plans!

  5. Danielle Heath on December 6, 2017 at 9:45 am

    Do you guys think this could be make out of palette wood? Or would it not hold the weight..?

  6. Richy on November 18, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    Hi, i’d love to make this bed in a full size….is there a plan for that somewhere?

  7. Jill Sampson on November 12, 2017 at 11:28 am

    How much would you charge to make a king size frame?

  8. Julio C Rivero on September 3, 2017 at 7:27 pm

    Can someone tell me what to do to make these plans into a queen bed? I bought all of the material according to the plan, but need to know how to make it into a Queen size. Please help

  9. Debora Mikus on August 11, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    The king size is a California King, not regular King. Had to make inserts to tighten it up on the box spring. Love the bed anyways.

    • Team DJ on October 7, 2017 at 4:27 pm

      I am confused. So if I follow the plans exactly it will be too big for my regular (not California) king bed?

      • Shanty2Chic on October 7, 2017 at 5:18 pm

        We added width on the sides to allow the quilt/comforter to lay without tucking. This bed has been built so many times and it always looks awesome!

        • Cyndal on December 29, 2017 at 5:53 pm

          Just finished building this bed, but its wayyy to wide. Wish you guys would have included this note into the plans, I much rather would have had the comforter sit on the outside then tucked in. But other then that, its a great bed.

  10. Redbeam100 on July 28, 2017 at 2:57 am

    Can you use an 18G Brad nailer for this bed?

    • Shanty2Chic on July 28, 2017 at 7:27 am

      Where the plans call for a nailer, yes. I don’t suggest using the nailer instead of the pocket holes though. Hope this helps!

  11. Eric Audette on July 16, 2017 at 9:06 am

    How high on the bed rails do you attach the slat rails?

    • Nick K on July 17, 2017 at 9:40 am

      That really depends on how high you want your mattress. Figure out that height. Subtract the thickness of your mattress and you have the height of the slats. Obviously it needs to fall within the range of the side rails.

  12. Eric Audette on July 16, 2017 at 8:42 am

    Dosent mention where to install the slat rail on each side I see they’re is no pocket holes in the plywood cause of the rail but what are the measurements from the bottom of the plywood ?

  13. rb763 on March 24, 2017 at 11:01 am

    I’m about to take on this project and I’m wondering if after building this, anyone felt the headboard is too high. If looks fine in all the photos but when I put the tape measure at 66″ against the wall it seems extremely high compared to our present bed.

  14. michael moritz on March 21, 2017 at 9:38 am

    So my mattress is a standard King that is 80 inches long. I see the bed rails are only 79 inches long, do i need to modify any cuts or will my mattress still fit? I dont want it to be super tight so i can’t tuck my sheets and comforter in at the foot of the bed.

  15. Kimberly Jacona-Stratton on February 20, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    I love this design! do you have a plan for a Cal-King 72″x84″

    • Christina Champion on March 13, 2017 at 10:18 pm

      The plan is larger than that so it might actually fit your Cali king. I am about to start building it and noticed that it’s way to big for a standard king. Glad I’m reading the comments now.

  16. Mike on December 7, 2016 at 10:26 am

    Looks great. But why so many Kregs? Wouldn’t it be cheaper and stronger to use mortise and tenon jointery?

  17. Alex Casciani on September 30, 2016 at 9:40 am

    How much does this weigh?

  18. GH on September 4, 2016 at 7:00 am

    I saw comments on the width being incorrect at 95 1/2″ instead of 92 1/2″ to fit a standard king mattress. Were the plans corrected, or do we still need to take 3″ off of all of the horizontal measurements for the bed to fit a standard king? Thanks

    • Jessa on March 5, 2017 at 11:33 am

      Did you ever figure this out GH?
      I am trying to figure it out now and I feel your frustration in no response lol!

  19. BZ on August 21, 2016 at 5:18 pm

    Took a stab at the King. Couldn’t find the right stain so I went with a mid tone with a black wax and lacquer finish. Pretty happy with the result.

    • GH on September 4, 2016 at 7:01 am

      I saw comments on the width being incorrect at 95 1/2″ instead of 92 1/2″ to fit a standard king mattress. Were the plans corrected, or do we still need to take 3″ off of all of the horizontal measurements for the bed to fit a standard king?

  20. jessica craddock on August 12, 2016 at 9:41 am

    I love this bed and am thinking about making it, but we will be buying a new house soon and it needs to be movable. Any suggestions on how I can alter the plans to make the bed a little easier to disassemble as well as make it for a queen?

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