How to make a wooden bed base

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How to make a wooden bed base
Choose your wood to match your decor. (Steve Gorton/Dorling Kindersley RF/Getty Images)

Building your own bed base for an average king-sized mattress rather than buying one in a shop saves you money. Bed bases, or frames, raise mattresses 15 to 20 cm (6 to 8 inches) off the ground so they are at a more comfortable level for people to get in and out of bed.

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Things you need

  • 6 boards, 5 cm by 10 cm by 2.1 m (2 inches by 4 inches by 7 foot)
  • 4 boards, 10 cm by 10 cm by 1.8 m (4 by 4 inches by 6 foot)
  • 1 sheet of 1.8 cm (3/4 inch) high-quality smooth-finish 1.5 by 3 m (5 by 10 foot) plywood
  • Measuring tape
  • Circular saw
  • Sander
  • Wood stain or paint
  • Wood screws, 6.2 cm and 3.7 cm (2 1/2 inch and 1 1/2 inch)
  • Screwdriver

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Instructions

    Cutting

  1. 1

    Cut two 198 cm (78 inch) pieces from the 5 by 10 cm (2 by 4 inch) boards with the circular saw for part of the frame.

  2. 2

    Cut four 142 cm (57 inch) pieces from the 5 by 10 cm (2 by 4 inch) boards.

  3. 3

    Cut the four 1.8 m (6 foot)10 cm by 10 cm (4 by 4 inch) pieces in half for the eight legs that support the frame.

  4. 4

    Trim the sheet of plywood down to a 152 cm by 198 cm (60 by 78 inch) piece for the top of your frame.

  5. 5

    Sand all rough edges of the cut pieces. Apply wood stain or paint and allow to dry.

    Assembly

  1. 1

    Find a hard surface and place the two 198 cm (78 inch) pieces on edge parallel to each other, 152 cm (60 inches) apart. Complete a rectangle by laying the two 142 cm (57 inch) pieces between them. Drive three 6.2 cm (2 1/2 inch) screws through each end of the longer pieces into the shorter ones.

  2. 2

    Add support beams inside the frame using the other two pieces of 5 by 10 cm (2 by 4 inch) board. Lay them on edge parallel to the shorter sides of the frame. Equally space them out inside the frame and attach them. Drive two 6.2 cm (2 1/2 inch) screws through the 198 cm (78 inch) sides into the ends of the two support beams.

  3. 3

    Stand a 90 cm (3 foot) piece of 10 by 10 cm (4 by 4 inch) board on end against each inside corner of the frame for the legs. Drive 6.2 cm (2 1/2 inch) screws through the frame into them. Use two screws on both sides of the frame that each leg touches.

  4. 4

    Sit another 90 cm (3 foot) piece of 10 by 10 cm (4 by 4 inch) board on end in the centre of each of the longer sides against the inside of the frame. Drive four 6.2 cm (2 1/2 inch) screws through the outside of the frame into them.

  5. 5

    Use the remaining two 90 cm (3 foot) 10 by 10 cm (4 by 4 inch) boards pieces for the legs in the centre of the frame. Sit one 10 by 10 cm (4 by 4 inch) board on end against the centre of each support beam. Put them against the sides of the support beams closest to the outer frame. Drive four 6.2 cm (2 1/2 inch) screws through the side of each support beam into them.

  6. 6

    Flip the completed portion of your frame over on the legs and put the piece of plywood over the frame so it lines up. Drive one 3.7 cm (1 1/2 inch) screw down through the plywood piece every 15 cm (6 inches) around the edges into the frame including the support beams.

  7. 7

    Add extra strength to the eight legs by driving two 3.7 cm (1 1/2 inch) screws down through the plywood piece into each one. Your new frame is ready for a mattress.

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