Free DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Land of Nod Oak Park Elementary Inspired Twin Bed

02.06.12 By //
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This is a such a fabulous new collection we’ve added here at TDC. The clean lines and simplicity make these pieces easy and quick to build! To see the other pieces that match, head to the Plan Index and use the menu sorting box to choose Oak Park Collection!

Estimated Cost


Dimensions for This Project
  • Safety Gear
  • Tape Measure
  • Saw – Jig, Circular, or Miter
  • Table Saw
  • Drill
  • Sander
  • Kreg Jig
  • 1 sheet of ¾” plywood
  • 2 – 4×4 posts at 6’ (if your store doesn’t sell these in 4′ sizes, you will need 3 of these)
  • 1 – 4×4 post at 4’ (if your store sells in this size)
  • 2- 1×2 at 6’
  • 5 – 1×3 at 8’
  • 1-1/2” pocket hole screws
  • 1-1/4” screws
  • Iron On Edge Banding, if desired
  • 2 – 2” or 3” angle backets
  • Spray paint to match stain or paint
  • 1 set of bed hardware – I recommend Rockler Surface Mounted Keyhole Brackets, part no. 32077
  • Wood filler
  • Sanding Supplies
  • Wood glue
  • Finishing Supplies
Cut List
  • 2 – 4×4 at 37” – Headboard Sides
  • 1 – 4×4 at 45-3/4” – Headboard Top
  • 2 – 4×4 at 16” – Footboard Sides
  • 1 – 23-1/4” x 37-3/4” of ¾” plywood for Headboard Panel
  • 1 – 7-1/2” x 37-3/4” of plywood for Footboard Panel
  • 2 – 1×2 at 69-1/4” – Slat Support
  • 2 – 7-1/2” x 72-1/4” of ¾” plywood for Side Rails
  • 10 – 1×3 at 39-3/4” ** – Slats **Measure spacing between rails before cutting!

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

**You will want to apply the edge banding to any exposed ply wood edges before assembly

** Cut the pieces as listed for the headboard and footboard.

The headboard top will be fastened to the sides with angle brackets. It is a good idea to spray paint the angles to match your finish prior to assembly. Set the Kreg jig for ¾” material and drill pocket holes in the shorter edges of the plywood panel for the headboard. Also drill pocket holes in the shorter edges of the plywood panel for the footboard. The panels will be attached at the center of each post.

Step 2
Step 2

Cut the pieces for the side rails and attach the 1×2 slat support as indicated with the bottoms being flush. The ends of the slat support should be located 1-1/2” away from the ends of the side rail.

Step 3
Step 3

Attach the bed hardware per the package instructions. If there are no instructions, go here: and click the More Info tab for a diagram.

Step 4
Step 4

Cut ten 1×3 pieces for the slats. Measure the spacing between the rails first before cutting. Attach the slats, evenly spaced, with 1-1/4” screws through the slat into the support.

Finishing Instructions

If painting, I like to sand the entire piece with 100 grit, then 220 grit, prime with any latex primer, sand again with 220 grit, and paint. Sanding the primer gives an extra-smooth finish! Finish with water-based polyurethane for added durability. If staining, sand the entire piece with 60 grit, then 100 grit, then 220 grit. Stain as desired. For the finish, use wipe-on poly or brush-on poly.

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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