How to Build a Wooden Bed Frame

While you can walk into any furniture store and purchase a bed frame--wooden or metal--sometimes the styles in stock may not be what you're looking for. So whether your personal tastes are retro, country or contemporary, build a wooden bed frame yourself to match what you have in mind.

Choose your bed size. Consider the size bed you have now. If you have a queen and want to upgrade to a king, make sure it will fit in your bedroom before proceeding to build it.

Locate bed frame templates. You can find step-by-step instructions for building a wooden bed frame at your local home improvement store, or you can design your own plans by using your imagination and the dimensions in Step 3.

Buy your building materials. You'll need 2 by 8 boards for the entire width and length of your bed. For a queen-size bed, you'll need boards 80 inches long for both sides and 60 inches wide for the head and foot of the bed. Standard king-size bed dimensions are 76 inches wide and 80 inches long.

Gather the supplies to build your bed frame. In addition to your 2 by 8 boards, you're going to need wood screws, a drill, circular saw, MDF (medium-density fiberboard) or plywood, as well as stain, polyurethane or paint for the finish.

Connect your frame using wood screws at the corners. Turn your frame over, face down, and attach your MDF or plywood at the base, which will sit on the floor. If your template calls for a pedestal bed frame, this is where you'll attach your MDF and pedestal frame together using bracing brackets and wood screws.

Turn your wooden bed frame upright. Attach the MDF or plywood to the top of your wooden bed frame. This will hold your mattress and/or box springs.

Finish building your wooden bed frame. Stain your wood or add a coat of polyurethane to protect the wood. If you want to paint your bed frame, you can do that as well.


You can either rent a circular saw to cut your boards and plywood/MDF down to size, or you can have the wood pre-cut at your home improvement store.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 by 8 boards
  • MDF (medium-density fiberboard)
  • Plywood
  • Circular saw (optional)
  • Wood screws
  • Bracing brackets (optional)
  • Drill
  • Polyurethane
  • Paint (optional)
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