Free DIY Furniture Plans to Build a West Elm Inspired Chunky Leg King Bed Frame

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Free DIY Furniture Plans to Build a West Elm Inspired Chunky Leg King Bed Frame

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Dimensions for This Project
  • Tape Measure
  • Saw – Jig, Circular, or Miter
  • Drill
  • Countersink Bit for Drill
  • Square
  • Sander
  • Kreg Jig
  • 4 – 1×10 at 8’
  • 2 – 1×2 at 8’
  • 1 – 2×4 at 8’
  • Scrap of 2×4 measuring at least 1’
  • 15 – 1×3 at 8’
  • 1-1/4” pocket hole screws
  • 2” pocket hole screws
  • 1-1/4” screws
  • One set of keyhole bed brackets like these
  • Wood filler
  • Sandpaper
  • Wood glue
  • Finishing Supplies
Cut List
  • 2 – 1×10 (ripped to 8” wide ) at 78” – Head & Foot
  • 4 – 1×2 at 5” – Head & Foot Legs
  • 2 – 1×10 (ripped to 8” wide) at 81-1/2” – Sides
  • 2 – 1×2 at 81-1/2” – Slat Supports
  • 4 – 1×2 at 4-1/2” – Side Legs
  • 1 – 2×4 at 81-1/2” – Center Support
  • 2 – 2×4 at 5-1/4” – Center Support Legs
  • 15 – 1×3 at 76-1/2” – 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

Cut the pieces for the head and foot plus the legs for each. Set the Kreg jig for ¾” material and drill pocket holes in the pieces as shown. Attach the legs using glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws. The ends of each of the legs should be flush with the ends of the head and foot pieces.

Step 2
Step 2

Cut the pieces for the sides, as well as the slat supports and the legs. Drill pocket holes as shown and attach the legs in the same manner as the head and foot pieces. Attach the slat supports as shown (3/4” down from the top edge of the sides) using 1-1/4” countersunk screws.

Attach the bed brackets according to the manufacturer’s instructions and assemble the bed frame.

Step 3
Step 3

Cut the pieces for the center support and the center support legs. Set the Kreg jig for 1-1/2” pocket holes and drill holes in each end of the support as well as one end of each of the legs. Attach the legs using glue and 2” pocket hole screws. Attach the entire center support assembly to the head and foot pieces using 2” pocket hole screws. Do not use glue – it may need to be disassembled some day!

Step 4
Step 4

Cut the pieces for the slats. Position them so they are evenly spaced and attach to the slat supports using countersunk 1-1/4” screws. Do not use glue!

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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