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DIY Fancy Full Bed

Learn how to build this DIY Fancy Full Bed with free plans and a how-to video by Shanty2Chic!

I am back with a really fun project and one that I’ve never tried before! My friend has been a long time builder and her daughter asked her to build a fancy headboard and bed for her room. She was intimidated to build it alone so I told her to come over and I would give her a hand. I designed and build this DIY Fancy Full Bed for about $230 in lumber! So let’s get to building!

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You can watch the full build in the box below!

How to build a DIY Fancy Full Bed

Tools

Supplies

How to Build a DIY Fancy Full Bed

Assembling the Headboard

Step 1

Cut the headboard planks to size and use a Kreg Jig to drill 3/4″ pocket holes along the edges according to the picture below.

Attach the planks together with 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws.

Step 2

Mark for the headboard design, with a projector, trace a line with a pencil and use a jigsaw to cut the headboard design.

Step 3

Trace the top of the headboard on the 1/4″ plywood for the headboard trim and cut it using a jigsaw

 Using a projector, trace the bottom design

and cut it with a jigsaw. 

Attach the trim to the headboard with 5/8″ brad nails and wood glue.

Step 4

Cut the posts to size and attach them to the headboard with 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws and wood glue. The top of the posts should be flush with the ends of the headboard.

Step 5

Cut the middle trim and bottom trim to size. Center the middle trim on the headboard. Use 5/8″ brad nails and wood glue to attach it to the headboard.

Place the bottom trim 4 3/4″ from the bottom of the headboard. Use 1″ brad nails and wood glue to attach it to the headboard.

Assembling the Side Rails and Footboard

Step 1

Cut the side panel pieces to size and drill 1 1/2″ pocket holes according to the plans. Attach the top and bottom runners to the big panel with 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws and wood glue. Build two of these assemblies.

Step 2

Cut the cleats to size and drill 1 1/2″ pocket holes at each end. Attach them to each side panel with 2 1/2″ wood screws and wood glue.

Cut the footboard pieces to size and drill 3/4″ and 1 1/2″ pocket holes according to the plans. Attach the top and bottom runners to the panel with 1 1/4″ and 2 1/2″ poket hole screws and wood glue.

Step 4

Cut the legs to size and attach them to the side of the footboard panel with 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws and wood glue.

Step 5

Cut the footboard trim to size. Attach it to the top of the footboard with 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws and wood glue.

Assembling the Bed

Step 1

Attach the side panels to the headboard with 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws. The inside of the side runners should be flush with the inside of the legs.

Step 2

Center and attach the middle cleat to the headboard and footboard with 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws and wood glue.

Step 3

Cut the slats to size and spread them out evenly over the cleats. Attach them to the bed wth 1 1/4″ wood screws.

Step 4

Now just fill your screw holes, sand it own and give it a finish! Make sure to shar your builds with us on social media and use #shanty2chic so we can share them too!

Happy Building!

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DIY Fancy Full Bed

Learn how to build this easy DIY Fancy Full Bed with free plans and a how-to video by Shanty2Chic! Click here to download the full set of free printable plans, including a shop list!

Tools

  • Miter Saw
  • Drill
  • Kreg Jig
  • Table Saw (optional)
  • Brad Nailer
  • Sander
  • Jigsaw

Supply List

  • 10 1x6x6 Common Boards or Pine
  • 13 1x4x6 Common Boards or Pine
  • 9 2x4x8 Framing Lumber
  • 3 2x2x8 Framing Lumber or Pine
  • 2 1x8x8 Common Boards or Pine
  • 1 1x8x6
  • 1 1/4"x48"x96" Hardwood Plywood (Birch)
  • 1 1/4" Pocket Hole Screws
  • 2 1/2" Pocket Hole Screws
  • 2 1/2" Wood Screws
  • 1 1/4" Wood screws
  • 5/8" Brad Nails
  • 1" Brad Nails
  • Wood Glue

Instructions

Cut List

  • Cut List 1
  • Cut List 2
  • Cut List 3

Assembling the Headboard

  • Cut the headboard planks to size and drill 3/4" pocket holes along the edges according to the picture below. Attach the planks together with 1 1/4" pocket hole screws.
  • Mark for the headboard design, trace a line with a pencil and use a jigsaw to cut the headboard design.
  • Trace the top of the headboard on the 1/4" plywood for the headboard trim and cut it using a jigsaw. Using a projector, trace the bottom design and cut it with a jigsaw. Attach the trim to the headboard with 5/8" brad nails and wood glue.
  • Cut the posts to size and attach them to the headboard with 1 1/4" pocket hole screws and wood glue. The top of the posts should be flush with the ends of the headboard.
  • Cut the middle trim and bottom trim to size. Center the middle trim and place the bottom trim 4 3/4" from the bottom of the headboard. Use 5/8" brad nails and wood glue to attach the center trim and 1" brad nails and wood glue to attach the bottom trim.

Assembling the Side Rails and Foot Board

  • Cut the side panel pieces to size and drill 1 1/2" pocket holes according to the plans. Attach the top and bottom runners to the big panel with 2 1/2" pocket hole screws and wood glue. Build two of these assemblies.
  • Cut the cleats to size and drill 1 1/2" pocket holes at each end. Attach them to each side panel with 2 1/2" wood screws and wood glue.
  • Cut the footboard pieces to size and drill 3/4" and 1 1/2" pocket holes according to the plans. Attach the top and bottom runners to the panel with 1 1/4" and 2 1/2" poket hole screws and wood glue.
  • Cut the legs to size and attach them to the side of the footboard panel with 2 1/2" pocket hole screws and wood glue.
  • Cut the footboard trim to size. Attach it to the top of the footboard with 1 1/4" pocket hole screws and wood glue.

Assembling the Bed

  • Attach the side panels to the headboard with 2 1/2" pocket hole screws. The inside of the side runners should be flush with the inside of the legs.
  • Center and attach the middle cleat to the headboard and footboard with 2 1/2" pocket hole screws and wood glue.
  • Cut the slats to size and spread them out evenly over the cleats. Attach them to the bed wth 1 1/4" wood screws.
  • Now just fill your screw holes, sand it own and give it a finish!
    Make sure to shar your builds with us on social media and use #shanty2chic so we can share them too!
    Happy Building!

4 Comments

  1. Laura on January 13, 2021 at 12:16 pm

    Am really wanting to do this in King Size!! Are there plans for different sizes?🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

    • Katie on September 20, 2021 at 2:04 pm

      I would love this in a king size. Do you have measurements for that?

  2. Stacey on December 23, 2020 at 3:02 pm

    Is there plans for a king size bed?

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