Free DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Caroline Queen Bed! By special reader request… but we created this plan with some modifications that make it easier to build using standard lumber and parts from your local hardware stores! If you prefer to get fancy with the legs, go for it, it will be fabulous! Xx…Rayan
- Saw – Jig, Circular, or Miter
- Drill Countersink Bit for Drill
- Kreg Jig
- Brad Nailer
- 3 – 1×2 at 8’
- 20 – 1×3 at 6’
- 1 – 1×6 at6’
- 2 – 1×10 at 6’
- 2 – 1×10 at 8’
- 2 – 4×4 post at 6’
- 1 – Half sheet of ¾” plywood
- 1-1/4” pocket hole screws
- 1-1/4” screws 1 set of bed rail brackets (like these)
- 8 – 9” post finials/feet
- Wood filler
- Wood glue
- Finishing Supplies
- 2 – 4×4 posts at 23-1/4” – Footboard Legs
- 2 – 1×10 (ripped to 9” wide) at 59” – Footboard & Headboard
- 2 – 4×4 posts at 42-3/4” – Headboard Legs
- 1 – 1×6 at 59” – Headboard
- 1 – ¾” plywood at 29” x 51” – Headboard Panel
- 2 – 1×10 (ripped to 9” wide) at 80” – Side Rails
- 2 – 1×2 at 80” – Slat Supports
- 1 – 1×2 at 83” – Center Support
- 2 – 1×2 at 9” – Center Support Legs
- 20 – 1×3 at 62” – 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.
Cut the pieces for the footboard legs. Drill a hole in the center of the leg matching the depth and diameter of the bolt at the ends of the finials and feet. Attach to the top and bottom of each post. Cut the piece for the footboard. Set the Kreg jig for ¾” material and drill pocket holes at each end. Position the piece so that the front face is set back ¼” from the front face of the legs. Secure to the legs using glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws.
Cut the headboard legs and attach the finials and feet in the same manner as in the footboard. Cut the 1×6 and 1×10 pieces for the headboard and drill pocket holes at each end. Cut the piece for the panel and drill pocket holes in the longer edges. Secure the 1×6 piece and the 1×10 piece to the panel using glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws. Position the assembly so that the front face is set back ¼” from the front face of the legs. Secure the headboard assembly to the legs as shown using glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws.
Cut the pieces for the side rails and the slat supports. Attach the slat supports to the lower edge of the side rails using glue and 1-1/4” countersunk screws. Attach the bed rail hardware according to the manufacturer’s installation instructions.
Cut the pieces for the center support and the support legs. Drill pocket holes in each end of the support, as well as one end of each leg. Secure the legs as shown using glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws. Attach the support to the headboard and footboard as shown using 1-1/4” pocket hole screws. Do not use glue!
Cut the pieces for the slats. Attach to the supports spacing them 1” apart using countersunk 1-1/4” screws. Do not use glue!
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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