How to make a pine bed frame

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How to make a pine bed frame
If you don't have a circular saw, use a hand saw. (John Howard/Lifesize/Getty Images)

Pine is a very good wood for making a bed frame. It's soft enough to be easy to work with, but still strong enough to support even a heavy adult. Though not the most attractive wood available, it's pretty enough for the bedroom. Besides, with a low-lying design, your bedspread will drape over and obscure the exposed wood. As do-it-yourself projects go, a pine bed frame is simple enough for beginners to do in just a few hours. These plans are for a full size bed, but you can alter it to fit other mattress sizes by adjusting the lumber dimensions.

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Things you need

  • 6 pine planks, 2.5 x 30 x 187.5 cm (1 x 12 x 75 inches)
  • 3 pine planks, 2.5 x 30 x 130 cm (1 x 12 x 52 inches)
  • 1 pine plank, 2.5 x 12.5 x 187.5 cm (1 x 5 x 75 inches)
  • Box of 5 cm (2 inch) wood screws
  • Sandpaper
  • Power saw
  • Power drill
  • Drill bits
  • Screwdriver bits

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Instructions

    Prepare the wood

  1. 1

    Drill two pilot holes in both ends of each of the 187.5 cm (75 inch) pine planks. Use a drill bit 3 mm (1/8 inch) narrower than the diameter of your wood screws. Position the holes on centre, one each 5 cm (2 inches) from the edge.

  2. 2

    Drill five pilot holes in one edge of each of the 130 cm (52 inch) planks. Use a drill bit 3 mm (1/8 inch) narrower than the diameter of your wood screws. Position the holes on centre, at 15, 45, 66.25, 87.5 and 120 cm (6, 18, 26 1/2, 35 and 48 inches) from the edge.

  3. 3

    Drill six pilot holes through the face of two 187.5 cm (75 inch) planks. Use a drill bit 3 mm (1/8 inch) narrower than the diameter of your wood screws. Position the holes in sets of two, each two inches from the edge. Place the sets at 1.2, 93.75 and 186.25 cm (1/2, 37 1/2 and 74 1/2 inches) from one end. Note: the last set will also be 1.2 cm (1/2 inch) from the other end.

  4. 4

    Drill a three pilot holes through the face of the five 187.5 cm (75 inch) planks you haven't yet drilled, including the one only 12.5 cm (5 inches) wide. Use a drill bit 3 mm (1/8 inch) narrower than the diameter of your wood screws. Position the holes on centre, 1.2, 93.75 and 186.25 cm (1/2, 37 1/2 and 74 1/2 inches) from one end.

  5. 5

    Sand all faces of all your timber.

    Assembly

  1. 1

    Attach one 130 cm (52 inch) plank to one of the 187.5 cm (75 inch) planks with six pilot holes, forming and "L" shape. Connect them by driving two wood screws through the pilot holes in the face of the long plank and into the pilot holes in the end of the short plank.

  2. 2

    Repeat step one to build a second "L".

  3. 3

    Attach the two "L" shapes to form a rectangular frame. Connect them with wood screws in the same way you connected the "L"s. Set the planks so the drilled edge of the 130 cm (52 inch) planks faces upward.

  4. 4

    Set the third 130 cm (52 inch) plank inside the rectangular frame, on centre and parallel to the other 130 cm (52 inch) planks. The edge with the pilot holes should face upward. Connect it to the 187.5 cm (75 inch) planks with four wood screws, driven through and into the pilot holes.

  5. 5

    Lay one 30 cm (12 inch) wide,187.5 cm (75 inch) plank on the rectangular frame so that its outer edge is flush with the outer edge of the frame. Screw it in place with three wood screws, each drilled through the pilot hole in the plank and into the pilot hole in the edge of a 130 cm (52 inch) plank.

  6. 6

    Lay down and screw in the other five planks, placing the 12.5 cm (5 inch) wide plank in the centre.

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