How to build wood bed box frame

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How to build wood bed box frame
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Building your own wooden box bed frame has several advantages. It's markedly cheaper than buying even a simple premanufactured frame. Using real wood, rather than the commonly used particleboard, makes your bed sturdier. The simple box frame can serve fine on its own, or act as the core of a more ornate bed frame project. A box bed frame is well within the abilities of even beginning woodworkers, and should take no more than a day to construct.

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Things you need

  • 2 wooden planks, 1 inch by 18 inches by 75 inches
  • 2 wooden planks, 1 inch by 18 inches by 37.5 inches
  • 8 L-brackets with matching screws
  • plywood sheet, 1/2 inch by 39 inches by 75 inches
  • Wood screws, 1 inch long
  • Power drill
  • Sandpaper

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  1. 1

    Set one long plank and one short plank in an L. The end of the short plank should rest against the inside face of the long plank. Attach them using two L-brackets. Screw them in place using your power drill with screwdriver bits, each brace 2 inches from one edge.

  2. 2

    Repeat step one to build a second L using the two remaining planks.

  3. 3

    Set the two Ls into a rectangle. Use the remaining four L-brackets to connect them at the open corners, just as you attached the corners of the Ls.

  4. 4

    Set the plywood sheet on top of the frame. Screw it in place with one screw at each corner, drilled through the plywood and into the edge of the plank below.

  5. 5

    Sand all exposed surfaces of the bed frame.

Tips and warnings

  • These plans are for a box bed frame for a twin mattress, but you can use them for a full size mattress by changing the dimensions from 39-by-75 to 54-by-75. Queen and king mattresses can use a similar design, but will need some internal ribs in the frame to prevent sagging.

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