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DIY Rustic Modern Queen Bed

My oldest princess turned 16 this month and decided she needed a queen bed.  So, I got to designing and came up  with the cutest bed that I was able to build for under $100 of lumber!   This bed is so darn cute and perfect for kids or adults.  I love the clean lines and modern yet super rustic look.  Check out how we built this bed by clicking HERE or the video button below!

 

How cute did this thing turn out??

 

DIY Rustic Modern Queen Bed

 

Before we get started, be sure to download and print the FREE PLANS by clicking HERE!

DIY Rustic Modern Queen Bed

The first step is building your legs. You will build two taller legs that will be a part of your headboard, and two shorter legs that will be a part of the footboard. These are 2×6 boards that we ripped to 5” with the table saw. If you choose to not rip your boards, you need to refigure your measurements as it will change the rest of this plan. We attached each board together using wood glue and clamped them together until the glue dried. Then, sand any rough or uneven edges.

DIY Rustic Modern Queen Bed

DIY Rustic Modern Queen Bed

DIY Rustic Modern Queen Bed

While the legs are drying, you can start building the rest. The side rails are also 2×6 boards that we ripped to 5”. Add 1.5” pocket holes to one side of the vertical board and 1.5” pocket holes on one side of the horizontal board that sits on top of it. Attach these boards together using wood glue and 2.5” pocket hole screws. Notice the alignment of the boards in the picture.

DIY Rustic Modern Queen Bed

DIY Rustic Modern Queen Bed

DIY Rustic Modern Queen Bed DIY Rustic Modern Queen Bed

Now add the cleats to both sides. These are 2×2 boards that we attached to each side using wood glue and 3” Spax or wood screws. Notice the alignment in the bottom picture.

DIY Rustic Modern Queen Bed

DIY Rustic Modern Queen Bed

DIY Rustic Modern Queen Bed

Now build the footboard. The top of this assembly is also a 2×6 board, but we ripped this one to 4.5” so it would line up flush with the legs. Add 1.5” pocket holes to both boards, and attach them using wood glue and 2.5” pocket hole screws.

DIY Rustic Modern Queen Bed

DIY Rustic Modern Queen Bed

Now attach these boards to the footboard legs we built in the first step. Attach them using 2.5” pocket hole screws through the pocket holes you made and into each leg. You want the top of the slat to sit flush with the top of the feet.

DIY Rustic Modern Queen Bed

DIY Rustic Modern Queen Bed

Attach the small trim piece to the top of the headboard panel first. The panel is 3/4” hardwood plywood with 3/4” pocket holes on the sides of the back of the panel. The trim piece is 1/4” thick x 3/4” wide and attach it using wood glue and brad nails.

DIY Rustic Modern Queen Bed

 

DIY Rustic Modern Queen Bed

Now attach the headboard panel to the legs using wood glue and 2” pocket hole screws. You want the headboard panel to line up 3/4” from the front of the legs. The top of the trim piece will be flush with the top of the legs.

DIY Rustic Modern Queen Bed

DIY Rustic Modern Queen Bed

DIY Rustic Modern Queen Bed

Now attach the rails to the headboard using 2.5” pocket hole screws through the pocket holes on the rails and into each leg.

DIY Rustic Modern Queen Bed

DIY Rustic Modern Queen Bed DIY Rustic Modern Queen Bed

Attach the footboard to both legs using 2.5” pocket hole screws. Make sure the tops and sides are all flush.

DIY Rustic Modern Queen Bed

 

DIY Rustic Modern Queen Bed

DIY Rustic Modern Queen Bed

Time for slats! We used 2×2 boards for this part and attached them using wood glue and 3” Spax or wood screws. We suggest not using glue to attach the slats and the runners to both the footboard and headboard so you are able to move your bed around from room to room and disassemble it easily.

DIY Rustic Modern Queen Bed

DIY Rustic Modern Queen Bed

Here it is all finished up!  I just love this bed so much!

DIY Rustic Modern Queen Bed

DIY Rustic Modern Queen Bed

DIY Rustic Modern Queen Bed

DIY Rustic Modern Queen Bed

 

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25 Comments

  1. Yvonne Bundy-George on February 23, 2019 at 7:09 pm

    Is a box spring used on this bed?

  2. Heather on February 21, 2019 at 6:35 am

    What brand/color paint are the walls???

  3. Carlyn on February 20, 2019 at 3:18 pm

    Is this pictured without a box spring? Just trying to understand dept of the frame. Thanks!

  4. Jo Curry on February 19, 2019 at 6:09 pm

    What kind of clamps did you use? I can’t find the link for them.
    Thank you!!
    JO

  5. JTorrens on February 14, 2019 at 6:22 am

    Howdy, we’re planning on building this bed very soon! My wife and I are very excited to embark on our first woodworking challenge!
    I do have a question: the cut list says to rip one of the 2x6x8 to 4″ but the instructions say 4.5″. Which one is it!?!? Please help!!
    Thank you so much for this amazing design.

  6. Alex on February 8, 2019 at 10:35 am

    If I remove the slats would this work with an adjustable base in the middle?

  7. Sam Leigh on February 2, 2019 at 5:05 pm

    I’m 99% sure they used Valspar Briarsmoke for the stain color. It’s a very popular choice of theirs.

  8. Cass on February 1, 2019 at 12:17 am

    Can you please share details on the stain used?

    • Samantha Leigh on February 2, 2019 at 5:07 pm

      I’m 99% sure they used Valspar Briarsmoke for the stain color. It’s a very popular choice of theirs.

  9. Lynsey on January 31, 2019 at 9:24 pm

    What stain was used for this bed?

  10. Cynthia on January 30, 2019 at 11:03 am

    How much weight can slats like this hold? Is it different when stretched across a king? Would we need to put in center support(s) as asked below? My current king situation has a beam in the center and you can feel it up in the mattress. I hate it. I’m looking for a better solution.
    Thanks!

  11. Jen Celes Pablo Salas on January 28, 2019 at 7:19 pm

    What type of clamps did you use and where did you purchase them?

  12. Bryant Morin on January 27, 2019 at 11:27 pm

    Would you put a center support for a king sized bed? If so, how would you recommend doing it?

  13. Bryant on January 27, 2019 at 11:25 pm

    Would you put a center support for a king sized version?

  14. Shalysa on January 24, 2019 at 10:53 pm

    What stain did you use?

  15. Shane on January 24, 2019 at 10:02 pm

    Twin size plans please. Also stain color.
    Thanks..

    • CC on January 27, 2019 at 5:02 pm

      Standard measurement for a Twin (not XL Twin, but Twin) is 39”x 75”.

      Your side rail pieces will be cut at 75” instead of 80”, like it shows on their plan. If you have an XL Twin (standard measurements at 39”x80”) you don’t have to change the side measurements.

      Headboard, footboard, and trim piece for top of the headboard would be measured at 39.5” for a Twin and Twin XL. (their’s is 60.5”, standard measurement is 60”…they went up a .5”).

      Your slats will be 40”. (They went up an inch in their’s, too.)

  16. Tiffany on January 24, 2019 at 1:26 pm

    Love this!! King sized measurements pretty please??

    • CC on January 27, 2019 at 4:51 pm

      The bed they completed is a Queen (standard measurement for a queen is 60”x80”). Their headboard and footboard panels are measured at 60.5” (so, a 1/2” bigger). The slats for the mattress are measured at 61”, so a full inch from the measurement of the Queen.

      The standard measurement for a King is 76”x80”. So, your headboard AND footboard pieces will be measured at 76.5”, and the slats will be 77”.

      So, when you look at their cuts list on their plans, any piece you see measured at 60.5”, you will do at 76.5”, and where you see 61” on the plans, you will make 77”.

      The sides of the bed and the legs don’t need any modifications, as the length is the same for a Twin XL, Queen and King. They touch on this a little bit in the video.

    • CC on January 27, 2019 at 4:54 pm

      See comments below for information regarding a King size bed and the measurements. 😊

  17. Sabrina Dalessio on January 23, 2019 at 9:07 pm

    What stain did you use for this bed?

  18. Whitney on January 23, 2019 at 8:15 pm

    I love this so much! Could you give measurements for a full?

    • CC on January 27, 2019 at 5:08 pm

      The bed they completed is a Queen (standard measurement for a queen is 60”x80”). Their headboard and footboard panels are measured at 60.5” (so, a 1/2” bigger). The slats for the mattress are measured at 61”, so a full inch from the measurement of the Queen.

      The standard measurement for a Full is 54”x 75”. So, your headboard AND footboard pieces will be measured at 54.5”, and the slats will be 55”.

      So, when you look at their cuts list on their plans, any piece you see measured at 60.5”, you will do at 54.5”, and where you see 61” on the plans, you will make 55”.

      Your side boards will be 75” instead of their 80”.

  19. Samantha Ruiz on January 23, 2019 at 6:19 pm

    Beautiful bed!! Can you provide measurements to convert this to a king?

    • CC on January 27, 2019 at 4:51 pm

      The bed they completed is a Queen (standard measurement for a queen is 60”x80”). Their headboard and footboard panels are measured at 60.5” (so, a 1/2” bigger than the standard measurement.). The slats for the mattress are measured at 61”, so a full inch from the measurement of the Queen.

      The standard measurement for a King is 76”x80”. So, your headboard AND footboard pieces will be measured at 76.5”, and the slats will be 77”.

      So, when you look at their cuts list on their plans, any piece you see measured at 60.5”, you will do at 76.5”, and where you see 61” on the plans, you will make 77”.

      The sides of the bed and the legs don’t need any modifications, as the length is the same for a Twin XL, Queen and King. They touch on this a little bit in the video.

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