You’ve been working so hard lately! It’s time for you to have a luxurious bed that you can flop your tired body into at the end of the day. Check out this King Sized 4 Post Canopy Bed! It’s a simple construction with TONS of character. After you wake up from your restful slumber, we want to see your hard work!
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- 4 – 1×2 at 8’
- 2 – 1×3 at 8’
- 13 – 1×4 at 8’
- 9 – 2×4 at 8’
- 12 – 2×8 at 8’
- 4 – 4×4 at 8’
- 2-1/2″ Pocket Hole Screws
- 1-1/4″ Pocket Hole Screws
- 2-1/2″ Wood Screws
- 2″ Wood Screws
- 1-1/2” Wood Screws
- Countersink Drill Bit
- Pocket Hole Plugs – Paint Grade, Pine, Oak – optional
- Safety Gear
- 3/4″ Edge Banding – optional
- Wood Filler
- Wood Glue
- Sanding Supplies
- Paste Wax
- Finishing Supplies
- 4 – 4×4 at 7-1/4” – Legs
- 2 – 2×8 at 84” – Side Bases
- 2 – 2×8 at 83” – Head/Foot Bases
- 5 – 2×4 at 85” – Stretchers
- 10 – 2×4 at 3-3/4” – Stretcher Bases
- 2 – 1×3 at 75-1/2” – Cleats
- 2 – 2×8 at 89-3/4” – Side Bed Frames
- 2 – 2×8 at 91” – Head/Foot Bed Frames
- 2 – 1×2 at 91-1/2” – Side Trim
- 2 – 1×2 at 92-1/2” – Head/Foot Trim
- 13 – 1×4 at 76-1/2” – Slats
- 4 – 4×4 at 79-1/4” – Posts
- 2 – 2×4 at 84” – Head/Foot Canopy Frames
- 4 – 2×8 at 84” – Headboard Slats
- 2 – 2×4 at 83” – Side Canopy Frames
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 Head/Foot Bases, Side Bases, and Legs. With the Kreg jig set for 1-1/2” material, drill pocket holes in each end of the Head/Foot Bases and Side Bases. Next, drill pocket holes in the two outside sides of the top each Leg (the sides that will not make contact with the Bases). Assemble as shown with glue and 2-1/2” Pocket Screws.
Cut the pieces for the Stretchers and Stretcher Bases. With the Kreg jig set for 1-1/2” material, drill pocket holes in the each end of the Stretchers and in the top end of the Stretcher Bases. Once installed, the top of the Stretchers should be flush with the top of the Bases. Assemble as shown with glue and 2-1/2” Pocket Screws.
Cut the pieces for the Cleats. Position the Cleats as shown with a 4-3/4” space on each end of the Cleat. The Cleat will be 3/4” above the Stretcher to which it is attached. Assemble as shown with glue and 2” Wood Screws.
Cut the pieces for the Head/Foot Bed Frames and the Side Frames. The ends should be cut at a 45-degree angle. With the Kreg jig set for 1-1/2” material, drill pocket holes in the each angled end of the Side Frames. Assemble as shown with glue and 2-1/2” Pocket Screws.
Place the Bed Frame assembly on top of the Base assembly as shown and attach with glue and 2-1/2” Wood Screws. The Cleats will sit 3/4” below the Bed Frame pieces.
Cut the pieces for Head/Foot Trim and the Side Trim. Each end of the Trim pieces should be cut at a 45-degree angle. Attach to the Frame pieces as shown with glue and 1-1/4” Wood Screws or Brad Nails.
Cut the pieces for the Slats. Position the Slats as shown, approximately 2-1/2” apart. Attach to the Stretchers with 1-1/4” Wood Screws – you should be fine attaching to the first, middle, and last Stretchers only.
Cut the pieces for the Posts, Headboard Slats, Head/Foot Canopy Frames and Side Canopy Frames. With the Kreg jig set for 1-1/2” material, drill pocket holes in each end of the Canopy Frame pieces. Also, drill pocket holes in two opposite sides of the bottom ends of the Posts. Drill pocket holes in the ends of the Headboard Slat pieces as well as along the long sides to attach the Slats together as shown. Assemble with glue and 2-1/2” Pocket Screws.
Assemble the remaining Posts and Canopy Frame pieces as shown with glue and 2-1/2” Pocket Screws.
Fill any Screw, Nail or Pocket Holes, Sand and Finish as Desired. For Finishing Tips and Tricks visit my Finishing School
2 comments on “Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a 4 Post Canopy Bed”
i want to make a wueen size 4 post canopy bed. i think the dimensions u have would be a lil big.
yep, i think this is the king sized version – though now i am wondering why it doesn’t say so… eek. if you search for queen sized canopy on my site, you should find it easily.