Today we're going to finish the bed we started yesterday (see the headboard plans here). You can see links to the complete series here, and get details about my Lowe's gift card giveaway here. In this series, we're seeing what we can make out of 2x4s. I want to keep it cheap, keep it easy, and keep it totally doable for anyone. Today's plans are for the nightstands and bed frame for the Simple Modern Bed.
This simple, modern style bed has a unique long & low headboard with built-in nightstands. The plans are for a queen size bed, but could easily be adapted to other sizes. Like I mentioned yesterday, this headboard would make a statement in any room, but if you adjust the measurements to fill an entire wall in your bedroom it would be a show stopping feature! Let's get started!
6 - 2x4s @ 10' long
2 - 2x4s @ 8' long
3 - 2x8s @ 8' long
17 - 1x3s @ 8' long (or 9 @ 10' long if you can get them)
2 1/2” screws (or Kreg Jig & 2 1/2" self tapping screws)
4" screws (or Kreg Jig & 2 1/2" self tapping screws)
2x4 Cut List:
(A) - 4 @ 14" (nightstand sides)
(B) - 8 @ 16" (nightstand top)
(C) - 2 @ 19" (nightstand front)
(D) - 2 @ 18" (nightstand supports)
(E) - 3 @ 80" (bed supports)
2x8 Cut List
(F) - 2 @ 81 1/2" (bed sides)
(G) - 1 @ 60" (bed end)
1x3 Cut List(H) - 17 @ 60" (bed end)
Dimensions: 106" wide x 45 1/2" tall x 83" deep
Please read all the directions before beginning, and cut your pieces as you go, measuring before each cut. Use 2 1/2” screws or pocket holes with 2 1/2" screws unless otherwise indicated. Always use glue. Pre-drill and countersink your screws. I have not built from these exact plans, so measure lots to make sure things work out!
This is where we left off yesterday, see the complete headboard plans here.
Step 2: Build the Nightstand
Now we can start building the nightstands. Start by using four nightstand top boards (B) to connect 2 nightstand side boards (A) as shown below. Everything should be flush across the top. Connect these boards using your Kreg Jig and pocket screws, or by drilling through the sides and into the top with 2 1/2" screws and glue.
Then attach the nightstand front (C) in the same way, keeping all the edges flush.
If you don't plan to put anything heavy on your nightstand and want an even more simplified look, you could probably get by attaching the nightstand at this point. However, if plan to keep books or something else heavy on the nightstand you'll want to make these extra supports. You need to cut the ends of your supports (D) at 45 degree angles like this:
Then attach the supports to the nightstand top. Working on a level surface, stand the nightstand top up on its backside. Then set your supports in place, making sure the ends sit flat against the nightstand and flat against your work surface. Setting them up in this position will help make sure the pieces all line up straight when you attach this to the headboard. Once they are lined up, drill through the supports and into the table sides and attach with 2 1/2" nails and glue. Repeat to build the second nightstand.
Step 3: Attach the nightstands to the headboard.
Before you attach the headboard, check how high off the floor your mattress/box springs will be. Based on the the thickness of my mattress & box springs I set the tops of my nightstands at 21" from the floor. If you don't have a box spring you will need to set yours lower, and if you are using a taller bed frame you will need to set them higher. To attach the nightstands, center them on the side panels of the headboard. Then drill in from the back of the headboard and attach with 2 1/2" (or longer) screws and glue.
Step 4: Build the Bed Frame
Now we're going to build the bed frame. I used 2x8s sitting right on the floor for a low, modern look (and because it will be very easy to build). If you want your bed a little higher, you can construct this part with 2x10s or 2x12s instead (adjust your nightstand height accordingly). You'll probably need to do this assembly in the room since you won't be able to move it all together. Be sure to anchor your headboard to the wall!
Start by attaching the bed sides (F) to the the bed end (G). Use your Kreg Jig or 2 1/2" screws and glue. Then attach this frame to the headboard in the same way. The inside edges of the bed sides should line up with the inside edges of the center posts on the headboard (see pic below).
Now you can add the bed supports (E). Attach one support against each bed side using 2 1/2" (or longer) screws and glue. They should bed set down 1" from the top of the bed sides. Attach the third support along the middle of the bed, also set down 1" from the top edge of the bed sides and end. This will leave 27 3/4" of space between each support.
If you have a box spring it can sit right on these supports. If you just have a mattress, you'll need to add some slats (H) across the supports. Lay the slats on and just space them so they look pretty even. Drill down through the slats to attach them to the supports. Use glue.
Step 5: Finishing
Now you can finish your bed. Start by filling any holes and sanding everything down. Then spiff it up with any paint/stain/polyurethane you like! When you install the bed, be sure to anchor the headboard securely to the wall.
You can do all kinds of fun things with this big headboard. Like to read at night? Try installing some sconces right into the headboard. Or maybe hanging some family pictures above the nightstands. Be creative and find something you love!
Project 2x4 Cost:
$19.20 - 6 2x4s @ 10' long ($3.20 each)
$5.00 - 2 2x4s @ 8' long ($2.50 each)
$19.50 - 3 2x8s @ 8' long ($6.50 each)
$25.16 - 17 1x3s @ 8' long ($1.48 each)
See giveaway winners here.
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