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!

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  1. Just wanted to point out that the measurement for the width of the bed is wrong it says 95 1/2′ yet the dimensions for board cuts states the top rails at 92 1/2″, I noticed a few people comment their confusion on the matter.Love the design, I’ll be building a queen size version for my sister and her husband

  2. Did anyone get an answer to the size question? We have a king size bed but some comments indicated that this plan seems to make a bed frame that is too large for a standard size king bed. I would really like to make this frame for our room but I would like some direction on how to edit the plans if it’s going to be too big…

  3. I have emailed shanty 2 chic 3 times and never got a response from them on the plans for a queen bed. So I’ll try posting here do you guys have plans for a queen

      1. Most queen beds are 16-18 inches narrower than a king. Just subtract that from all the boards that go the width of the bed.

  4. Hi there! My grandfather has been making furniture for years, and I printed off the PDF plans so that he could make this bed for me! It turned out gorgeous, but exactly following the plans the frame is far too wide for our standard king mattress 🙁 Did I miss an update on it somewhere?

    1. I am glad you posted this. I am about to start my project tomorrow and measured my king size bed at 76 inches. That would leave 6 inches of space on each side of the mattress for this frame! Looks like I can return a few boards to home depot.

  5. is there an actual cut list or materials list for this build? It would be nice to know what i am gonna need up front 🙂

  6. Did anyone ever attempt a queen sized version? I am assuming you could just subtract 16″ from the width? If anyone has tried this can you please let us know.. a pic would be fantastic too.

  7. What color stain did you use on this bed and how many coats did you use? We bought the color ash stain, different brand thought but it doesn’t look as pretty as your bed.

  8. This is beautiful!

    I Just wanted to say one thing about the 4×4 posts though: you absolutely CAN cut them with a 10inch compound miter saw! I do it all the time!

    Thank you for all your wonderful building plans! Y’all are such an inspiration and I love this bed!

    1. Most of the time they don’t use polyurethane on indoor projects. They talk about it in one of their other articles. It isn’t necessary, unless you are concerned about water damage or just like the finished feel of it.

  9. If you don’t mind me asking, where did you snag your bedding? I’m looking for something simple pretty like that.

  10. Hello,
    Do you have measurements for a queen size? Also, what about drawers for the sides… would be a great idea! 🙂

  11. Nice job ladies! Made one for my wife over the last week. One suggestion though is thbe dimensions. If you build to plan then the frame comes out to wide for a standard king mattress. If you remove the 1×2 slats on foot board and head board then you have the right dimensions. Virtually all king mattresses are 75in wide and 80in long. For now we have to have our mattress rotated until I can dismantle and unscrew and remove those slats… Good thing I did not glue those.

        1. No – still living with the king mattress sideways – really does not make it a big deal – the thing is so heavy would be a day exercise to take apart and remove the 1×2 slats on each side and then trim down the long boards… If I do another one will just be more aware of what the end dimensions should be.

          1. I should’ve look at this before building. You are absolutely right!! Siderails are 79″ but the length of a king matress is 80″. Width of frame is 84″ but width on a king matress is only 76″. So since I’ve built the entire thing and am prepping to sand and stain… I guess I have no other choice but to rotate the matress. A bit disappointing since this thing has taken every evening and weekend for the last two weeks to build… 🙁

          2. The length of the side rails are 79″ but there is additional room for the length of the mattress given the onset of the supports on the footboard. There is extra width on the sides of the bed to drop the comforter inside rather than tucking it. This was done intentionally. I have answered this in a few comments. My mattress is a standard king and it fits great:)

          3. Hi, thank you for your reply. So sorry, I looked but didn’t see any confirmation from y’all on the dimensions being intentional. Also, I emailed so please disregard that 🙂
            I appreciate you responding that this is intentional. I have been slaving by myself building this bed, all 135 lbs of me, so this makes me feel so much better!! I’m super excited to stain it!!!

            Thank you again.

  12. Love this bed, amazing. Is there any way you will be making a dresser to match? I am looking for a master bedroom dresser to make with good instructions and that matches a DIY headboard.