Free DIY Plans for a Built-in Bed

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Free DIY Plans for a Built-in Bed
Screwing into wall studs will make your built-in bed sturdy. (Electric drill with a drill on a white background image by terex from

Built-in beds are often used in lofts, dens, cabins, and log homes. They are usually simple in design, and are constructed out of standard construction lumber. People choose to build these types of beds because they are inexpensive, long lasting, and quick to build. Once the frame is built, all that needs to be done is setting the box spring and the mattress on top. Then it is ready for bedding, and eventually your night's rest.

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Things you need

  • Tape measure
  • 2 pine boards, 2-by-4-by-73-inch
  • 4 pine boards, 2-by-4-by-28-inch
  • 2 pine boards, 2-by-4-by-15 1/2-inch
  • Screw gun
  • Stud finder
  • Plywood, 1/2-inch, 31-by-73-inch
  • Level
  • 36 wood screws, 3-inch

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  1. 1

    Set two 73-inch boards on edge, parallel, and 28 inches apart. Set two 28-inch boards perpendicularly between them so they are on edge, and 70 inches apart. Screw through the 73-inch boards, and into the ends of the 28-inch boards. You should have a 31-by-73-inch frame. Use eight screws for this task.

  2. 2

    Set two 28-inch boards inside the frame so they are on edge, and parallel with the other two 28-inch boards. There should be a 28-inch board 18 inches away from each 28-inch board on the frame. Screw through the 73-inch boards, and into these 28-inch boards. Use eight screws for this task.

  3. 3

    Use your stud finder to locate studs in the wall where you would prefer to mount your bed. Position the frame against the wall so a 73-inch board is flat against the wall, parallel with the floor, and 12 inches above the floor. Screw through the 73-inch board and into the studs. Use four screws for this task.

  4. 4

    Screw a 15 and 1/2-inch board to the inside of both corners of the frame that are opposite the side of the wall. The board's 4-inch wide surface should be flat against the 73-inch board. Screw through the 73-inch board, and into the 15 1/2-inch boards. Use four screws for this task.

  5. 5

    Lay your plywood over the frame so all of the edges are flush. Screw through the plywood, and into the frame. Use 12 screws for this task.

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