Tuesday, August 1, 2017

How To Make A Farmhouse Bed

Our youngest daughter moved into her own apartment in June and asked Mr. DIY to make her a Queen size Farmhouse bed. 

What's a dad to do? 

He stopped everything and got right on it. I sent her pics from Pinterest as to how she wanted it to be built and finished. Mr. DIY and I went back and forth about the size of boards and rails and how it would look.
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Most Farmhouse beds are really low to the ground, but our daughter wanted to be able to store containers underneath and she wanted it to be built as a platform bed. 

Mr. DIY was happy to be building something with his new 12" Dewalt compound miter saw that he got on Father's Day.
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Here's how we made our queen Farmhouse bed:

Stacked 3 pieces of 1 x 4 for the legs.The front board is 1" x 4" x 12". The two longer boards in the back are 1" x 4" x 15 3/4".
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The pieces were glued and nailed together.
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Oops, he nailed the front of the leg, instead of the back, by mistake. Easily filled with wood putty.
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I wanted a curve, instead of a straight leg, so we made a cardboard template and cut the leg accordingly.
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Here, the leg was attached to the foot board, which consisted of 2 pieces. The front piece you see is  1" x 6" x 61 1/2".
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(this pic was taken after painting) You can see here that the cleat behind the foot board rail is 1" x 4" x 52 7/8" and is raised 1/4" from the bottom. This allows the mattress to sit 1" down in the rail once a piece of plywood is placed inside the frame. (you'll see this later)
The side rails are made in the same fashion, with a 1 x 6 and a 1 x 4 cleat, but are cut to 80" (measure your mattress and make the side rails to fit accordingly)



The Headboard

This photo below shows one of the channels that the boards will set into.
A 1 x 3  is ripped to 2 3/8" wide (front piece). The back piece is a 1 x 4 and the end piece is  a 1 x 3. All three of these pieces are cut to 55" in length.  The front and back pieces are attached with pocket screws made with a Kreg Jig. The spacing was determined by the boards that will fit between them.
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We used 9 of these planks from Lowe's were used for the center part of the headboard and fit between the channels.




Here's a photo of the left channel with the planks in place. The boards are from Lowe's The planks are beadboard on the back of the headboard, but we liked the wider side, so that's what we used for the front.
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2 pennies were used for spacing the boards.
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Blue tape was used to hold the pennies in place until the boards were screwed together. The are 9 plank boards cut to 61 1/2".
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This is the back of the headboard. (notice the beadboard). 1 screw was used per board.
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Here's the headboard with all the boards in place, but without the top of the frame and the top cap. To make sure the headboard is perfectly square, measure it diagonally in both directions and make sure the measurements are the same.
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The top frame of the headboard at the top of the boards matches the side pieces (the 2 arrows point to this piece). The front board is a 1 x 3 ripped to 2 3/8, the back piece is a 1 x 4 and both are cut to 56 5/8". The top cap (black arrow pointing to it) is a 1 x 4 ripped to 3 1/4", cut 63 3/4" long. These front and back boards were glued and nailed from the back. The top cap was glued and nailed from the top.
On the bottom part of the headboard, there is a matching rail made of a 1 x 6 and a 1 x 4 sandwiched together in the same fashion as the side rails and was cut to fit the space.


The side rails and foot board was attached to the headboard with brackets/no-mortise bed rail fittings
 purchased from Amazon. 2 1/2 sets are needed


No-Mortise Bed Rail Fittings- (note that the pic shows the brackets upside down- they should be installed the opposite way so the large part of the hole is at the top)




After the bed was assembled, the rails extended past the leg, so a filler was added to the leg. (see pic above) Here the filler is dry fitted to see how it looked. The piece is a 1x 3 ripped to 2 1/4" x 12" long.
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Since there are no center legs,  three 1 x 4 cross rails were cut to length and attached with the same brackets.
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Two 4 x 8 sheets of plywood were cut down to 30" x 80". A 1" hole was drilled in the foot, so that they could be easily placed and lifted out. The bed took Mr. DIY about 4 days to make.
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Next time I'll show you how the Farmhouse bed looks all finished and distressed and set up in our daughter's apartment. I'll give you a hint:

It looks great!

UPDATE: you can see the finished bed HERE

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Disclaimer: The above post is how we made our farmhouse bed.  We don't take any responsibility for any errors or results obtained from using this information. When using power tools, use safety equipment.

3 comments:

  1. That's amazing! You guys did a wonderful job on it- love the design! I bed your daughter loves it a lot. Can't wait to see it finished!

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  2. Wow--truly amazing!! People would pay a lot of money for a wonderful bed like that; she's a lucky girl :) Thanks so much for the visit to my blog today and the sweet comment--

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