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How to build a cabin bed

Updated February 21, 2017

Cabin beds are rustic and often simple in design. They require the most basic of building materials and are made to last. Cedar construction timber is an adequate choice of wood for this project because it is heavy enough for any bed plans and holds up well to moisture. Cedar is easy to work with and is known for its pleasing aroma. This project only requires a few boards and can be constructed in less than an hour. Allow your cabin tenants to enjoy a peaceful night's rest on your newly built cabin bed.

Lay the 180 cm (72 inch) boards on edge, parallel and 72.5 cm (29 inches) apart. Place two 72.5 cm (29 inches) boards between them so they are perpendicular to the 180 cm (72 inch) boards, and 172.5 cm (69 inches) apart. Screw through the 180 cm (72 inch) boards and into the 72.5 cm (29 inches) boards. You should have a rectangular frame that measures 80 x 180 cm (32 x 72 inch). Position two more 72.5 cm (29 inches) boards so they are inside the frame, perpendicular to the 180 cm (72 inch) boards, and so they are each 30 cm (12 inches) away from the 90 cm (36 inch) centre of the 180 cm (72 inch) boards. Screw through the 180 cm (72 inch) boards and into the last two 72.5 cm (29 inches) boards.

Position a 37.5 cm (15 inch) board in each corner of the frame. They should be perpendicular to the frame, with the ends all flush with one side of the frame. These are the legs to your cabin bed, and they must be even. Screw through the corners of the frame and into the legs. Use four screws for each corner.

Turn your frame upright so it is standing on all four legs. Sand down the bed frame with your medium-grade sandpaper and then wipe it down with a tack cloth. Apply the wood stain and let it dry according to instructions. Position the twin mattress on the bed frame after the stain has dried.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • 2 Cedar boards, 5 x 15 x 180 cm (2 x 6 x 72 inches)
  • 4 Cedar boards, 5 x 15 x 72.5 cm (2 x 6 x 29 inches)
  • 4 Cedar boards, 10 x 10 x 37.5 cm (4 x 4 x 15 inches)
  • Screw gun
  • 32 Wood screws, 8.7 cm (3 1/2 inch)
  • Sandpaper, medium grade
  • Tack cloth
  • Wood stain
  • Twin mattress
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About the Author

Brandon Salo is a world-traveling writer, musician, medical technician and English teacher. After earning his degree at Northern Michigan University, he traveled the world while writing, performing as a jazz pianist and teaching English. In 2014 he worked as an emergency medical technician in New York state before he left to travel the world while finishing his first book.