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. Amy on January 1, 2019 at 8:16 pm

    I’m a little behind on this bandwagon but I have been wanting to build this frame for quite some time. I think I finally have my hubby on board. Only question I have that I haven’t seen on here for this plan is, can we add storage drawers to it? If so, do you have another plan we can kind of run off of but keep this look (or any other advice)? PS- You ladies are the inspiration behind my desire to learn to be more independent with my projects! Love what you do! Thank you!!!

  2. Travis akkerman on December 29, 2018 at 11:46 am

    What was the total cost of just the wood

    • William on March 15, 2019 at 4:37 pm

      I sourced my wood from a local lumber company and Lowes. Total lumber was around $400. I made a few minor modifications to bring the price down.about $60-$100. Nothing visible.

  3. Karen Stellrecht on December 23, 2018 at 9:38 pm

    We are in the midst of building this bed which i absolutely LOVE!! I went to buy the stain and they don’t sell Ash. What would you recommend to be close to it? I bought two different stains and one is too black and one is too “traditional” brown. Any advice on what would be close to the ash colored stain that you used?

  4. Jonathan Hartman on October 26, 2018 at 7:51 am

    Hi! 🙂 What is the depth of the inside of the bed? I would like to add a boxspring but I’m unsure of the size I should buy.

  5. Roxanne Steward on October 17, 2018 at 4:19 pm

    How easy would it be to add drawers underneath?
    I want to get rid of my dresser.

  6. Jessica on October 3, 2018 at 10:59 am

    Did anyone ever get the instructions for the Queen size bed?

  7. Sean Sehl on September 22, 2018 at 7:42 am

    My wife fell in love with this design and wanted me to make this for her. The plans were easy to follow and the best part is she loves it!! Thanks so much!! The kentwiod nights stands are the next project!!!

  8. Chris Ruff on August 23, 2018 at 8:46 am

    I’m wanting to build this bed for my brother and his wife is there a parts list or a shopping list of the material needed?

  9. Angela on August 21, 2018 at 4:59 pm

    I am absolutely in love with this bed! Thank you for sharing. Husband just finished 2 weeks ago. Little on the pricey side how we did it but it was well worth it!

  10. Taylor Holmen on May 15, 2018 at 9:50 am

    Did you rip the edges off all the boards? If so how much do u take off? Going to be making it soon and don’t want to mess up!! Thanks:)

  11. Jason on March 26, 2018 at 8:47 pm

    Looks great, thanks for sharing.

    One question: Going through the cut list and I only see (6) 1X6X18 boards for the headboard and footboard. Looking at the drawings, I count 8 boards required, 4 for the headboard and 4 for the footboard. Am I missing something?

  12. Chris on March 26, 2018 at 4:43 pm

    I prepping to build this frame. This may be a silly question but aree all king sized beds the same size? Just want to make sure i can build without altering and my king fits. What are inside dimensions? Thanks!

  13. Brebda on March 20, 2018 at 4:06 pm

    What are the measurements for a California king

  14. Wendy Marck on March 13, 2018 at 2:17 pm

    I made this as a Queen size frame and we love it! We used the measurements for store bought queen size headboards as our guide. Then we just changed the number of 1×6 boards on the headboard and footboard. We also simplified things by using 1×10 boards on the sides. It still looks great and cut down a lot of time. I don’t see how to post a picture or I would. Couldn’t find the “ash” stain, so I thinned ebony stain and it came out looking very similar to this picture. It’s a gorgeous bed and it only took 2 weekends to build!

  15. Jeff on March 4, 2018 at 8:22 pm

    I would love to see this plan but with drawers on the side.

  16. Paul on February 21, 2018 at 4:40 pm

    I’m getting ready to start my bed now and was wondering if you have plans for a nightstand to match?.. thanks

  17. Tracy Daniels on February 8, 2018 at 3:31 pm

    I recently finished this bed as well for a lady who happen to visit my wife’s FB page and said she saw it on your site. Small world! I love this page and have done a couple projects from you ladies. Y’all are awesome. Bed was heavy as h***!!! But we’ll worth it.

  18. Lisa Hyrup on January 27, 2018 at 11:59 am

    I love this bed! I need some help with the color. I bought the stain pictured but when I test it out on my wood it comes out really dark and thick. Did you do anything to alter the color at all?

    • Lisa Hyrup on January 27, 2018 at 12:09 pm


      The stain almost looks black. I’m trying to figure out if I’m missing something?


  19. Lauren on January 20, 2018 at 1:29 pm

    Did you use any polyurethane for a top coat? Or just the stain itself?

  20. Chukwithak on January 18, 2018 at 2:28 am

    Prepping to build this. Was this just Doug fir from HD or Lowe’s? And has anyone attempted attaching the bed sides with hardware vs pocket holes? Was thinking mortise/non mortise. Don’t want to brake the bed getting crazy if you know what I mean. 🤦🏻‍♂️

    • Wendy Marck on March 13, 2018 at 2:20 pm

      We used hardware so that the bed can be taken apart easily when we move. We used the kind with the hooks. It is SOLID.

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