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Free DIY Furniture Plans to Build an Emmerson Full Sized Bed

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Free DIY Furniture Plans to Build an Emmerson Full Sized Bed. We have so many amazing pieces in the Emmerson Collection so far and several more to come! For each of the pieces in this collection, you can stain them in a striped pattern to mimic slats or you can substitute for actual slats of different boards with different amounts of weathering and stain colors. To finish in a striped pattern, I would simply tape off sections in a scattered pattern and stain one color, the once that is dry, tape off another series of sections that mimic boards and stain another slightly different color, then repeat with a third series of sections. It doesn’t have to be precise and will look fabulous regardless. If you prefer to use actual slats, you can simply join the boards together with glue and a Kreg Jig if need be. Can’t wait to see which you choose to do! Xx…Rayan

Estimated Cost

$75-$100

Dimensions
Dimensions for This Project
Tools
  • Tape Measure
  • Saw – Jig, Circular, or Miter
  • Drill
  • Countersink bit for drill
  • Square
  • Sander
  • Kreg Jig
  • Brad Nailer
Lumber
  • Two sheets of ¾” plywood
  • 2 – 4×4 at 6’
  • 2 – 1×2 at 6’
  • 15 – 1×3 at 6’
  • 2 – 1×4 at 6’
Materials
  • 1-1/4” pocket hole screws
  • 1-1/4” screws
  • One set of Bed Rail Brackets
  • Wood filler
  • Sandpaper
  • Wood glue
  • Finishing Supplies
Cut List
  • 2 – 4×4 at 44” – Headboard Legs
  • 1 – ¾” plywood at 36” x 50” – Headboard Panel
  • 2 – 1×4 (ripped to 2-3/4” wide) at 50” – Headboard/Footboard Top
  • 2 – 4×4 at 15-1/2” – Footboard Legs
  • 1 – ¾” plywood at 7-1/2” x 50” – Footboard Panel
  • 2 – ¾” plywood at 76” – Sides
  • 2 – 1×2 at 72” – Slat Supports
  • 15 – 1×3 at 55-1/2” – Slats
Instructions

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

Apply optional edge banding to exposed edges of plywood before assembly.

Cut the pieces for the headboard legs and panel. Set the Kreg jig for ¾” material and drill pocket holes in each end of the panel. Attach to the legs using glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws.

Cut the piece for the top. Drill pocket holes in each end as well as one long edge. Attach to the panel and legs using glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws.

Step 2
Step 2

Cut the pieces for the footboard legs and panel. Set the Kreg jig for ¾” material and drill pocket holes in each end of the panel. Attach to the legs using glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws.

Cut the piece for the top. Drill pocket holes in each end as well as one long edge. Attach to the panel and legs using glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws.

Step 3
Step 3

Cut the pieces for the sides and the slat support. Attach the slat supports to the sides using glue and 1-1/4” countersunk screws leaving 2” at each end for the bed hardware. Attach the bed hardware according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Step 4
Step 4

Cut the pieces for the slats. The slats will be spaced approximately 2-1/2” apart. Attach to the supports using 1-1/4” countersunk screws. DO NOT use glue! The slats may have to be removed at some point to take the bed apart!

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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