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. Denise Johnson on September 14, 2020 at 4:45 pm

    Could I please get the measurements for the side rails I am having trouble with that step only I am not sure what size to cut the plywood at.

  2. Samuel Adler on September 10, 2020 at 7:26 am

    Brilliant work!!
    In a word.

    I was wondering how you managed all these together.
    And, would love to see a Throne for the King, btw. 😀

    What would it be if the whole bed is colored dark – chocolate or complete black?
    Pretty convincing as retro, right?

  3. Angelique on August 25, 2020 at 9:51 am

    I made the bed and it is wonderful I wish their was a way to post a picture

  4. Chris on August 25, 2020 at 9:35 am

    This to me is the best looking king bed I’ve found online. Just finished building it n we love it! Wish I could post a pic of it. It came out so great! Thank y’all for the free plans!

  5. Danielle on July 8, 2020 at 12:00 pm

    Where did you get your bedding? I love it!

  6. Angelique on May 24, 2020 at 10:53 am

    Hi I would like to know how high to you natal the interior support beam That hold the palette in place.

  7. Kevin on May 17, 2020 at 4:34 pm

    First time trying to build home furniture turned out great. I added 4 drawers , dog sleep area under foot of bed, night stands attached to each side, and head and foot of bed raise.

  8. ryan on March 8, 2020 at 11:04 pm

    1 1/4′ screws for the 1x boards and 2 1/2′ screws for the 2x’s. the plans only say 1 1/4″ screws, so I am guessing it was just an oversight

  9. shawn reeves on February 4, 2020 at 1:13 pm

    i would like to have the rustic queen bed plans. but in king size…..if possible….thankyou

  10. Kylie on October 13, 2019 at 5:27 pm

    How could this be made for a queen size bed?

  11. Jeff on October 8, 2019 at 8:09 pm

    Good Evening;

    I want to make this for a California King. Is there a breakdown of the change in dimensions for that? I have no issues going into the plans to figure it out, but thought I would ask the experts (or anyone following) first.

    This one looks challenging, but I have really been impressed with everything I have made from you guys so far.

    Thank you so much for all of your plans.

  12. Rebecca Bunch on October 7, 2019 at 6:35 pm

    How big in the bed frame?

  13. Zoey Nestor on September 30, 2019 at 2:56 pm

    Hi! This is everything I have been looking for !!! I was just wondering what approximately did the materials cost? Trying to budget to build our own for our master!

  14. Arial on March 17, 2019 at 10:21 pm

    Thank you so much for the plans! We made a double queen size bed and it’s massive and beautiful! We actually went with the cheap wood so it ended up costing us about $250. It’s solid as a mofo though. Thank you so much! I have pics but don’t know how to post them!

  15. William on March 15, 2019 at 4:06 pm

    So, the width across the siderails is 82″ – as per the 82″ slats that are used. King size mattresses are 76″ wide. What is the extra 6″ for?

  16. Tony Shepherd on March 5, 2019 at 6:58 pm

    I know this post is from like 3 years ago, but I’m really wanting to build this as a surprise for my wife. However, we have a Queen Mattress. The only thing I can’t figure out is what size to cut the 2X3s. I would be able to figure out the rest; I know Queen is 60″, so would I cut to that size, or would it be 62″ to allow for the rails?

  17. T. Smith on February 11, 2019 at 9:32 pm

    I built this bed per the plan and turned out great – went together as it should. When we ordered our king mattress (not looking at size) it showed up and is 76×80” which seems to be standard size. However, this left about 6” gap between mattress and side rails. I went back and double checked the plans – slats are 82”. Ended up turning the mattress to make work – did I miss something tho?

    • William on March 15, 2019 at 4:42 pm

      I’m in the same boat as you. I have 6 inches leftover on the side. I’m going to build out the siderails with 2 stacked 2x3s and stain/poly them to match the rest. It isn’t the best fix, but I didn’t like the look of the mattress turned the other way.

      I wish my wife took a picture of my face when we dropped the mattress in place and I realized that the bed is 6″ too wide. I nearly had a conniption. I have a solution, but I’m very curious if I missed something and that extra 6″ width is simply part of the design.

    • David Moss on March 2, 2020 at 11:24 am

      They did that so you would have 3 inches on each side to tuck in your comforter….

  18. T. Smith on February 11, 2019 at 9:18 pm

    I built this bed per the plan and turned out great – went together as it should. When we ordered our king mattress (not looking at size) it showed up and is 76×80” which seems to be standard size. However, this left about 6” gal between mattress and side rails. I went back and double checked the plans – slats are 82”. Ended up turned mattress to make work – did I miss something tho?

  19. Joe Gonzalez on January 10, 2019 at 11:16 am

    Did you use 2 1/2 inch pocket hole screws throughout the entire build? The plans say to use 1 1/4 inch screws.

  20. Stacy Foster on January 2, 2019 at 1:39 pm

    Is there a way to make an additional plan for a second design, the base with storage? Make 2 or 3 drawers on each side instead of just being purely for looks?

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