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DIY Modern Full Sized Bed

DIY Modern Full Sized Bed with free plans and a how-to video by Shanty2Chic! This is an easy build, great for beginners and it’s easy to modify if you need a twin, queen or king!

My son has been due a new bed for some time! I’ve built my daughter several (because she is always asking for a new one) and he just doesn’t care as much about his room. When he asked me to bulid him a new one I dropped everyting and got busy designing! His last bed was a platform design and there was no space under the bed. I thought it would make his room feel larger if I gave him a little space under the bed and I love how it turned out!

Check out the video below to watch how easy it is to build!

So quick and easy! Now, let’s get to the how-to!

Click here to jump down to the free printable plans!

Supplies

Tools

How to Build a DIY Modern Full Sized Bed

Building the Headboard – DIY Full Sized Bed

Step 1 – Planks

Cut the headboard slats to size and drill 3/4″ pocket holes on one edge and both ends of each of the planks. Attach them together with 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws.

Step 2 – Side Trim

Cut the side trim to size and attach it to the sides of the planks with 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws and wood glue. The front of the trim should be flush with the front of the planks.

Step 3 – Top Trim

Cut the top trim to size and attach it to the top of the headboard with 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws and wood glue. It should be flush with the planks and side trim.

Building the Mattress Frame

Step 1 – Rails

Cut the side rails and footboard to size. Drill 1 1/2″ pocket holes at both ends of the footboard piece and one end of each side rail. Attach the side rails to the footboard with 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws and wood glue.

Step 2 – Cleats

Cut the cleats to size and drill 1 1/2″ pocket holes on each end. Attach one cleat to the inside of each side rail with 2 1/2″ wood screws and wood glue. Attach one end to the footboard with 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws. Center the final cleat on the footboard and attach it with 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws and wood glue. The cleats should sit 3/4″ down from the top of the bed frame.

Bed Assembly

Step 1 – Attaching the Headboard to the Rails

Attach the bed frame to the headboard with 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws. The side rails should be flush with the side trim on the headboard. Note the placement of the middle cleat on the headboard.

Step 2 – Slats

Cut the mattress slats to size and attach them to the cleats with 1 1/4″ wood screws.

Step 3 – The Finish

Add a finish and attach the feet and you’re done!

For the finish I I mixed 2 parts Golden Oak and 1 part Classic Gray together in a bowl and gave the entire bed one coat of stain!

This is a great build to get creative on and make it your own! Happy Building!

You can find the bedding HERE!

DIY Modern Full Sized Bed

Learn how to build this easy DIY Full Sized Bed with just a few tools! Free plans and how-to video by Shanty2Chic!
Get the full set of free printable plans including a shopping list here!

Tools

  • Miter Saw
  • Drill
  • Kreg Jig
  • Table Saw (optional)

Supply List

  • 3 2x8x8 Framing Lumber
  • 7 1x6x8 Common Board
  • 12 1x4x8 Common Board
  • 2 2x2x8 Framing Lumber
  • 2 2x4x8 Framing Lumber
  • 1 1/4" Pocket Hole Screws
  • 2 1/2" Pocket Hole Screws
  • 1 1/4" Wood Screws
  • 2 1/2" Wood Screws
  • Wood Glue
  • 4 Feet

Instructions

Cut List

  • Cut List 1
  • Cut List 2

Building the Headboard

  • Cut the headboard slats to size and drill 3/4" pocket holes on one edge and both ends of each of the planks. Attach them together with 1 1/4" pocket hole screws.
  • Cut the side trim to size and attach it to the sides of the planks with 1 1/4" pocket hole screws and wood glue. The front of the trim should be flush with the front of the planks.
  • Cut the top trim to size and attach it to the top of the headboard with 1 1/4" pocket hole screws and wood glue. It should be flush with the planks and side trim.

Building the Mattress Frame

  • Cut the side rails and footboard to size. Drill 1 1/2" pocket holes at both ends of the footboard piece and one end of each side rail. Attach the side rails to the footboard with 2 1/2" pocket hole screws and wood glue.
  • Cut the cleats to size and drill 1 1/2" pocket holes on each end. Attach one cleat to the inside of each side rail with 2 1/2" wood screws and wood glue. Attach one end to the footboard with 2 1/2" pocket hole screws. Center the final cleat on the footboard and attach it with 2 1/2" pocket hole screws and wood glue. The cleats should sit 3/4" down from the top of the bed frame.

Attaching the Headboard to the Mattress Frame

  • Attach the bed frame to the headboard with 2 1/2" pocket hole screws. The side rails should be flush with the side trim on the headboard. Note the placement of the middle cleat on the headboard.
  • Cut the mattress slats to size and attach them to the cleats with 1 1/4" wood screws.
  • Add a finish and attach the feet and you're done! This is a great build to get creative on and make it your own! Make sure to share your builds with us on social media and use #shanty2chic so we can share them too!
    Happy Building!

6 Comments

  1. Kayleigh D. on June 14, 2021 at 3:13 pm

    Hi! I am super interested in making this, however I am wanting to make it for a queen bed, not a full size, and was wondering if you would be able to tell me the measurements I would need for the cuts to fit a queen sized mattress. Thank you!

  2. Nic C. on May 28, 2021 at 10:05 am

    I think the plans are missing one cleat in the cuts list. Also, it says the 2×8 side rails are ripped to 5″, but in the diagram, it looks like it should be more like 7″. If ripping down to 5″, why not use 2x6s?

  3. Marlene on May 5, 2021 at 9:51 pm

    Can you please give the source for the metal legs for this bed and also instructions and source for the sconces/lamps on the bed? Thank you!

  4. S Stroda on May 5, 2021 at 7:47 pm

    Please tell, where did you find semi-industrial looking pin legs??😮😮

  5. Laura W. on May 5, 2021 at 6:37 pm

    How did you attached the lights?

  6. Rosalyn S. on May 5, 2021 at 3:47 pm

    Where did you get the bed lamps?

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