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Looking to save by building your own bed frame? Check out over 200 (well organized!) easy tutorials that will help you build a bed of any type.
Building your own bed can be a fun and cost-effective DIY way to outfit the bedroom. This approach adds appeal, personal touch and saves you money. Whether your bedroom is a small cozy retreat or a large luxury suite, it has never been easier to learn the basics of building a stylish, functional bed.
How to Build a DIY Bed Frame
Building a basic bed frame isn’t that difficult (tutorial by HomeDepot). But if you want to include a few extras like storage space or a headboard, you will need more elaborate guidelines. This is the aim of this article. Here are 200 well organized and relatively easy DIY projects that will help you build your own bed.
If you’re looking for a bed for your master bedroom, the king size is probably your choice. From simple woodworking projects in different styles (rustic, farmhouse, modern) to upholstered and more involved ideas. We have inspiring DIY king size bed frame ideas. (20 more ideas)
Do you love all things minimalist and rustic in your home decor? The trends of using pallets for everything has quite a following. And if we are going to embrace it, perhaps the best use for this material is for custom bed frames. Want to know more? Check out these pallet bed ideas and tutorials. (12 more ideas)
The farmhouse style is all the rage, and it’s here to stay. So if you’re going to build a bed, you might as well do it in this style. After all, it’s one of the most simple designs to make too. You have to see what farmhouse bed ideas we have here. (15 more ideas)
One of the most popular types of bed frames you can DIY is the platform bed. It’s a sturdy type so you can be sure you will build something to last, even if you’re not a seasoned crafter. Platforms also look great and they can fit the right mattress even without strict measuring. Check out how you can build a platform bed. (20 more ideas)
A bed is not functional unless it includes storage area. And it’s usually a very practical idea to keep things uner your bed anyway. So if you’re about to build a frame, why not add space to keep things in the bedroom? Here’s how you can add storage to your bed. (16 more ideas)
The trundle bed comes in handy whenever you have sleepovers for your kids, or in tiny rooms where extra accommodation is needed. The trundle system allows the second sleeping space to be hidden under the bed. It’s a rather easy project to build a trundle bed too. (12 more ideas)
If room space is a problem and you still need more beds (usually for the kids), a bunk bed is an option. Why not use all that vertical space, indeed? You can double and even triple the sleeping space this way. And the best part is that you can build a bunk bed too. (25 more ideas)
Another type of bed that solves the small spaces problem is the loft bed. Similarly to bunk, it’s built to use the vertical space. This way elevating your bed leaves space to serve a different purpose (such as a lounge area or a reading nook). It’s ideal in a guest room. Build one of these loft beds. (33 more ideas)
And if we’re talking about solving small space problems, nothing does it better than the murphy bed. It’s a full-sized bed at night, but it’s hidden out of sight during the day. Adding more sleeping space for guests can’t be easier. You can build a murphy bed too. (19 more ideas)
The daybed is not a sleeping space (although you can have a nap in one), it’s the ultimate reading nook or a lounge area that takes up little space. It’s usually the size of a small couch so you can place it even in a small corner (where it makes a cozy nook). Check out how you can build a daybed. (14 more ideas)
This project gives you an opportunity to build a sturdy and functional bed without compromising on comfort. The unit makes it easier to incorporate a stylish headboard using reclaimed wood, which adds character to any bedroom. The best part is the project does not cost a fortune. Check out the tutorial for complete details on how to do it.
A mid-century inspired DIY bed provides a viable way to transform your bedroom at an affordable price. With a wide variety of plans from which to choose, you are sure spoiled for choice. The bed can complement both classic or contemporary decor for an eye-catching appearance. Check out the tutorial if you’re interested in this project.
Tongue and Groove
This DIY bed project requires the use of tongue and groove pattern stock boards. It presents a fascinating opportunity to create a seamless panel that is highly functional and looks compact. You can work your magic to ensure that the groove detail creates a visual illusion of thinner boards. Follow the tutorial for complete instructions.
Memory Foam Mattress
A memory foam mattress provides a wide range of health benefits. It incorporates special technology that allows it to conform to your bodyline. The technology was introduced by NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration). The units are manufactured using special material that is sensitive to temperature. This DIY project requires high resiliency (HR) foam.
Plywood is a cost-effective material that allows you to build a functional, sturdy bed and headboard. This type of wood makes it easier to create a more traditional bed capable of supporting different types of mattresses. On completion, you can add a splash of color to complement the existing decor. The material has the capacity to prolong the life of the mattress. The project is fairly simple, you just need proper measurements.
An Upholstered Bed like Jonathan Adler’s
Upholstered beds provide the ultimate in comfort and luxury. It comes as no surprise that they are the preferred choice for countless designers. They are suitable for different types of rooms, lifestyles and architecture. You can transform the appeal of even the most modest bedroom. Upholstered beds are known to have a lasting quality.
This wooden bed with powerboard and lights attached to the head of the bed looks professional all the way and yet it was DIY-ed at about 1/4th of the price of similar bed frames you would get to buy on stores. We especially love the guide for its awesome step-by-step breakdown instructions and anybody that wants to DIY his own bed can use this tutorial as a primer.
Simple Bedframe Tutorial
We like the simple and elegant look of this bed and the fact that it can be built quickly and inexpensively. Read through the tutorial and you will find that the frame, apart from looking good, is also sturdy enough.
Pipe Bed Frame
If you don’t want to go for a wooden bed and will instead prefer an industrial/transitional look for your bed (and also save some pretty bucks in the process), this pipe bed with wooden slats would be ideal for you. Check out the tutorial for details.
This bed is an IKEA hack and is prepared by ingeniously repurposing a set of tall and doorless IKEA kitchen cabinets – and yet one would hard be hard put to believe it looking at the finished product, right? Please check out the tutorial to find how you can do this by yourself.
Simple Pine Board
This simple yet gorgeous looking bed (don’t confuse with the ‘Sleepover’ headboard in the picture) was prepared using pine boards only. The maker used oak for support and mounted the frame on six short hairpin legs. The latter will set you back $70, so if you want, you can use an inexpensive alternative in its place.
Flush with Floor
This bed lies right on the floor and looks super cool in a suitable décor (such as the one we see in the photo). What we especially like about this project is how simple it is and virtually everybody should be able to make it and in little time, too.
This again sits right on the floor and is ideal for all minimalist décors. This would also be right for fitting in relatively smaller spaces. Check out the tutorial to learn how to make this pine wood beam bed all by yourself.
As the name implies, this simple plywood bed was made using no more than three tools! Plus it will take you no more than four hours to make the frame and the costs will stay under $70. If you are looking for a quick & inexpensive DIY bed frame project, this is it!
This one uses walnut plywood to make this awesome bed with welded legs. Will fit right in with all wood/chocolate/walnut themed décor. We also like the not so common welded legs idea.
How about repurposing your old box spring and mattress to get a brand new bed!? This is what is done in this project and the finished product looks neat and elegant enough with its wooden legs. And all of this done in a meager budget only! Check the tutorial to learn how.