Free Furniture Plans to Build a Queen Sized Hudson Bed

07.31.11 By //
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This bed was beautiful in twin size (plans for that are here), so queen should be just as fabulous if not more so, since it's bigger!   I love the understated beauty of this piece with a bit of decorative trim but without the fuss, and the cost (or lack thereof) is mighty enjoyable too! This plan will show a modification for the top by using a horizontal top trim board rather than the finials…

With Finials…

Estimated Cost 


  • Tape Measure
  • Square
  • Sander
  • Drill
  • Saw – Optional if you have your local lumber supply cut your boards.
  • 1 Sheet of 3/4″ Plywood or MDF
  • 2 – 2×4 at 6' – optional if you are not using finials
  • 2 – 1×8 at 10'
  • 1 – 1×2 at 10' (3 – runners + 1 lower head side)
  • 1 – 1×2 at 8' (everything else listed for 1×2 cuts)
  • 2 – 2×3 at 10'
  • 6 to 8 – 1×4 at 6' – optional slats for extra support or use without a box spring
  • 1 1/4″ Wood Screws
  • 3″ Wood Screws
  • 4 finials if desired. Round Ball Curtain Finials are used in the inspiration bed.
  • Wood Glue
  • Wood Filler
  • Sandpaper
  • Finishing Supplies
Cut List 
  • 2 – 4×4 at 41″ Legs
  • 2 – 4×4 at 30″ Legs
  • 1 – 3/4″ Ply at 8 3/4″ x 55″ Upper Headboard Panel
  • 1 – 3/4″ Ply at 16 1/2″ x 55″ Lower Headboard Panel
  • 1 – 3/4″ Ply at 4 1/2″ x 55″ Upper Footboard Panel
  • 1 – 3/4″ Ply at 9 3/4″ x 55″ Lower Footboard Panel
  • 6 – 2×3 at 56 1/2″ Head and Foot Board Center Boards
  • 2 – 1×8 at 62″ Head and Foot Rails
  • 2 – 1×8 at 82 1/2″ Side Rails
  • 2 – 1×2 at 81″ Cleats
  • 4 – 1×2 at 55″ Upper and Lower Head and Foot Runner Boards (above and below the upper and lower panels)
  • 2 – 1×2 at 9 1/2″ Upper Head Side Boards
  • 2 – 1×2 at 17 1/4″ Lower Head Side Boards
  • 2 – 1×2 at 5 1/4″ Upper Foot Side Boards
  • 2 – 1×2 at 10 1/2″ Lower Foot Side Boards
  • 8 – 1×4 at 62″ Slats – optional for extra support or use without box spring

Before beginning to build, always check in on my site to make sure you have the most up to date set of plans, I occasionally update and change the plans to make the building process easier or to allow for less expensive purchasing of materials! Read through the entire set of instructions and all comments before beginning this project. If you print out or save plans, be sure to check in on my site to be sure you have the most up to date set of plans, as I occasionally update things for ease of building or buying. If you are new to building, read through the GETTING STARTED section and other articles found under the BUILD tab in the menu on my site, it has valuable information about how to get started, tools and techniques. If you are unfamiliar with the finishing process, visit my Finishing school for some tips and tricks for painting like a pro and for special finishing practices. Use glue to secure your joints and Consider Painting or Staining individual sections prior to assembling. This makes the paint application virtually flawless. Coat with a spray on Poly or Wipe on Poly to protect your finish and your piece and it will last for ages. Adhere to all safety standards and guidelines, and be sure you follow safety protocol throughout your build. If you are unsure about whether you are building safely, run a quick online search for the tool or technique you are using, or contact me via email or post to the forum before you move ahead. My contact info can be found in the menu of my site.

Step 1

Step 1 

Build your Headboard and Foot Board Panels. Use your 3″ Screws to fasten the Panels and Boards together and the entire piece will be sandwiched for easy attaching to the legs. You will have a tricky time fastening the Upper and Lower Inserts to the 2×3 in the center, so don't worry too much about that and simply focus on attaching to the legs and lining them up properly. It won't make much difference if the aren't attached so long as the are attached to the side boards and the legs. Use glue, and fasten the center board to one of the two sides (upper or lower) and you will be just fine.

Step 2

Step 2 

Fasten the Panels to the legs. Use 3″ Screws to fasten from the inside 1×2 running down the sides of each Panel. Fasten all the way down the Panel Length every 3-4 inches, countersink and fasten with glue as well.

Step 3

Step 3 

Fasten the Bed Frame in Place, use 3″ Screws from inside Head and Foot Board Rail into the Legs. The Side Rails will fasten directly to the Head and Foot Rails, and the Head and Foot Rails to the Legs. Attach the cleats as well. Use 1 1/4″ Screws for the cleats and fasten from the inside.

Step 4

Step 4 

Add the Top Trim Boards using Glue and 3″ Screws. Then if needed add a few slats. This bed is meant for using both a Mattress and Box Spring. If your matress is not a typical width, you will benenfit from adding a few 1×3 slats to ensure it doesn't fall through. Mattresses are supposed to come in fairly standard sizings, but they don't… So this is only if you need them, and isn't required. Fasten slats to the cleats using 1 1/4″ wood screws and drill pilot holes for your finials. Screw them down and into place and add your mattress, box spring and bedding…you are done! yahoo.

Finishing Instructions 

Fill any Screw, Nail or Pocket Holes, Sand and Finish as Desired. For Finishing Tips and Tricks visit my Finishing School

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