Free DIY Furniture Plans to Build a PB Inspired Cortona Queen Sized Bed

02.14.12 By //
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We drafted plans for the full sized version last week, and now in honor of Valentine's Day today, we shall be sharing the Queen size! Of course the Queen will be followed by the King and all will be right in the world with all 3 sizes covered! yahoo…

Stay tuned for a big announcement following this set of plans and regarding this set of plans… I think you will like it! Yes I do…

**This bed is meant for use with both a box spring and mattress. If you plan to use only a mattress, you will need to modify the slats and supports just a tad, so please keep this in mind and be ready to add more slats and a Center Joist to support them if you go this route! Not a big deal, just something to keep in mind!

Estimated Cost 


Dimensions for This Project

  • Tape Measure
  • Saw – Jig, Circular, or Miter
  • Drill
  • Square
  • Sander
  • Kreg Jig
  • Brad nailer
  • 8 – 1×3 at 6’
  • 2 – 1×2 at 6’
  • 2 – 1×10 at 8’
  • 3 – 2×4 at 6’
  • 12 – 1×4 at 6’
  • 2 – 4×4 posts at 6’
  • 8 – 4×4 post finials or furniture feet
  • 1 ½” pocket hole screws
  • 1¼” pocket hole screws
  • 1 ¼” screws
  • 1-1/4” brad nails
  • Bed rail hardware – I recommend Rockler part no. 32077
  • 8 post finials or furniture feet to fit on a 4×4 post
  • Countersink bit for Drill
  • Wood filler
  • Sandpaper
  • Wood glue
  • Finishing Supplies
Cut List 
  • 12 – 1×4 at 56” – Headboard and Footboard Centers
  • 1 – 2×10 at 56” – Headboard Top
  • 3 – 2×4 at 56” – Headboard and Foot board pieces
  • 1 – 1×3 at 56” – Footboard Cap
  • 2 – 1×10 at 80” – Side Rails
  • 2 – 1×2 at 77-1/2” – Slat Supports
  • 8 – 1×3 at 60” – Slats

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

Step 1 

Cut the 1×4 pieces for the headboard and footboard centers. Set the Kreg jig for ¾” material and drill pocket holes as shown in the drawings. Eight of these pieces will be for the headboard center and three will be for the footboard center. Assemble with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws.

Step 2
Step 2

Step 2 

Cut the curved piece for the headboard. Set the Kreg jig for 1-1/2” material and drill pocket holes in each end. Center the straight end on the headboard center and attach to the assembly with glue and 1-1/2” pocket screws. Cut the 2×4 piece for the bottom, drill pocket holes in each end,  and attach in the same manner.

Step 3
Step 3

Step 3 

Cut the 2×4 pieces for the footboard. Set the Kreg jig for 1-1/2” material and drill pocket holes in each end.  Assemble with glue and 1-1/2” pocket screws. Cut the 1×3 piece for the cap. Center the cap over the top of the footboard assembly and fasten in place with glue and 1-1/4” brad nails.

Step 4
Step 4

Step 4 

The length of the headboard and footboard posts will depend on the height of the post finials or feet you choose. Maintain the 52-1/2” height for the headboard and the 32” height for the footboard. Attach the finials to the posts according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Both the headboard and the footboard will be fastened to the posts with glue and 1-1/2” screws, maintaining a 9” distance from the floor to the bottom.

Step 5

Step 5 

Cut the pieces for the side rails and the slat supports.  Locate the slat support as shown in the drawing. Fasten to the side rails with glue and countersunk 1-1/4” screws. Attach bed hardware according to the manufacturer’s directions maintaining a 54” distance between the side rails.

Step 6

Cut the pieces for the slats. With the slats evenly spaced, secure to the slat support with countersunk 1-1/4” screws.

** Keep in mind, that if you are only going to use a mattress without a box spring, you will need to add a few more slats and a Center Joist underneath them for added support! 

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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