The upholstered panels are created separately then inserted after the bed has been finished. And this is one more project from our Project Request list checked off! If you have a project request, simply register for a member account and post your request in the community pages under Project Requests… easy peasy!
- Tape Measure
- Saw – Jig, Circular, or Miter
- Kreg Jig
- 7 – 2×2 at 6’
- 2 – 2×2 at 8’
- 2 – 2×4 at 8’
- 8 – 1×3 at 6’
- One sheet of ¾” plywood
- 2” pocket hole screws
- 1-1/4” screws
- 4 – Furniture legs at least 8” tall
- Nailhead upholstery trim and nails (go here)
- Countersink bit for Drill
- Wood filler
- Wood glue
- Finishing Supplies
- 2 – 2×2 at 51-1/2” – Headboard Sides
- 4 – 2×2 at 62” – Headboard & Footboard
- 1 – 2×2 at 65” – Headboard
- 2 – 2×4 at 80-1/2” – Side Rail Bottoms
- 2 – 2×2 at 6” – Side Rail Ends
- 2 – 2×2 at 82” – Side Rail Tops
- 8 – 1×3 at 62” – Slats
- 1 – ¾” plywood at 31-7/8” x 61-1/8” – Headboard Panel
- 2 – ¾” plywood at 4-3/8” x 80-3/8” – Side Panels
- 1 – ¾” plywood at 4-3/8” x 61-7/8” – Foot Panel
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Cut the pieces for the headboard. Set the Kreg jig for 1-1/2” material and drill pocket holes in one end of each of the pieces for the sides, and in both ends of the lower piece. Assemble as shown with glue and 2” pocket hole screws.
Cut the pieces for the lower rails. Drill two pocket holes in each end of these boards. Attach to the headboard as shown using the outer pocket hole only but DO NOT use glue! You may want to disassemble it someday!
Cut the piece for the lower headboard rail. Drill pocket holes in each end. Attach as shown with glue (it’s ok on this piece!) and 2” pocket hole screws, also with a screw through the lower rail into this piece.
Cut the pieces for the side rail ends. Assemble as shown in the drawing with the pocket holes facing to the inside. Use glue and ONE pocket hole screw.
Cut the pieces for the top of the side rail. Drill pocket holes in one end of each piece. Assemble as shown with the pocket holes facing down and the screws secured into the headboard. DO NOT use glue at this joint but you can use glue to attach this piece at the end.
Cut the pieces for the footboard. Drill two pocket holes in each end of the piece that will be used for the top only. Secure to the side rail end pieces but DO NOT use glue. Secure the lower piece with a screw through the remaining pocket hole in the lower side rail and again, DO NOT use glue!
Attach the feet or legs.
**The bed will need to be stained or painted before inserting the slats or upholstery panels.**
Cut the pieces for the slats and attach to the lower rail with countersunk 1-1/2” screws.
Cut the panels for the headboard, footboard, and side rails. Set the Kreg jig for ¾” material and drill pocket holes in the back side to attach to the frames. They will be upholstered as follows:
Cover the front each panel with a thin piece of foam, then cover the front with upholstery batting. Lay the fabric over the top and secure at the edge of each panel with the upholstery nail strips. Trim the fabric leaving at least 1-1/2” of fabric around the edges of the panels (this will be hidden when the panels are inserted into the frames and secured.). Insert the panels into each of the openings and attach with 2” pocket hole screws.
When disassembling the bed, the panels will not have to be removed. For the footboard, only remove the screws attaching this piece to the side rails. For the side rails, only remove the screws attaching the panels and sides to the headboard. Nothing will have to be removed for the headboard.
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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