42 Gorgeous DIY Bed Frame Plans to Upgrade Your Bedroom

42 Gorgeous DIY Bed Frame Plans to Upgrade Your Bedroom

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The bed is and will always be the focal point of any bedroom. And so you not only need to have something that provides warmth and comfort but also looks good in your bedroom.

Unfortunately, buying that big beautiful bed frame that you desire can mean you have to spend a fortune as they can be quite expensive.

But, you do not always have to use up a lot of cash to get a beautiful bed frame because you can also build a DIY bed frame at a fraction of the cost of buying one.

If you have a little free time and would want to build a customized bed frame for your bedroom, we have gathered some easy to implement DIY bed frame plans to help you out.

Here are the simple DIY bed frame ideas. Check them out and pick one that you can build for your sleeping chamber.

If you like these free bed frame plans, consider these other free frame plans such as picture frame, cold frame, as well as projects that build your own bed like daybed, murphy bed, bunk bed, platform bed, loft bed.

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1. $100 DIY Bed Frame with Wooden Headboard

$100 DIY Bed Frame with Wooden Headboard

With one free weekend to spare, a budget of $100 and your regular woodworking tools you can create this DIY bed frame. And the A Piece of Rainbow blog provides a detailed step by step tutorial.

This DIY frame project uses some 4x4 posts, 2x6s rails and you will also need 2x4s, 1x4s, and some plywood. But, the article lists everything you will need to make the bed frame and headboard.

There are some in-depth text instructions, 3D images and several pictures that will guide you through the entire process of making the DIY bed frame and headboard.

2. Plywood DIY Platform Bed Frame 

Plywood DIY Platform Bed Frame

This beautiful DIY bed frame is cut from 3/4-inch plywood, but there are many other things that you will need. However, the Lowes tutorial provides lists of both the tools and all the materials.

You can customize this platform bed frame to suit any mattress size and will take under $500 to build. But, you will need anywhere between 1 and 2 weeks to implement these bed frame plans.

This tutorial provides some detailed step by step instructions and a picture for each stage for building the base, headboard and for finishing the DIY frame. And there is also a helpful video in the tutorial.

3. Modern DIY Platform Bed with Hairpin Legs

Modern DIY Platform Bed with Hairpin Legs

If you prefer something contemporary here is a tutorial that will help you make a modern frame for your bed.

This DIY king bed frame plan provides supplies and material lists to get you started. And once you gather everything there is a picture tutorial with brief text description to guide you through the construction.

The modern look comes from not only the frame design but also the contemporary hairpin legs that always look good on any furniture.

There is also a video on this Modern Builds tutorial to help you understand the project.

4. Simple DIY Giant Bed Frame

Simple DIY Giant Bed Frame

You do not have to spend thousands of dollars to buy a frame for your giant bed because you can make a simple but appealing one like this with 2x4s.

This homemade bed frame is 76x80 inches in dimensions, but you can always customize it to suit the size of your mattress.

Since this is a minimal frame design, it should take one weekend at most to build, and you will also not spend a lot of cash on the materials. If you have some leftover 2x4s, you will only need to spend money on the wood stain and screws.

5. Easy Homemade Platform Bed with Salvaged Door Headboard

Easy Homemade Platform Bed with Salvaged Door Headboard

The next time I build a DIY bed frame, this is one of the plans that I will consider using. It is a simple but stylish bed frame that takes a total of 10 hours to build and a small budget.

One of the elements that I like most about this DIY bed frame plan is the salvaged door headboard as it gives it a rustic overall look.

There are tools and supplies lists on this Averie Lane tutorial to get you started, but the step by step directions with plenty of pictures are the most helpful.

6. Cheap and Easy to Build DIY Bed Frame

Cheap and Easy to Build DIY Bed Frame

You can always build that expensive bed frame that you desire at a fraction of its retail price provided you have some good plans to follow.

This Instructables tutorial provides some bed frame plans with detailed drawings, pictures, and text instructions to help you make a cheap but attractive frame for your mattress.

And they even provide some tips on how to replicate designs of those pricey bed frames you see in furniture stores.

You will only spend a few hundred dollars to make this bed frame, and you can do it over the weekend.

7. Cute and Simple White Bed Frame

Cute and Simple White Bed Frame

Keeping your bed frame design simple makes it cheap and also quick to build. This beautiful white one can work for all bed sizes, and the tutorial provides cut lists for different bed sizes including king and queen.

You will need to make several pocket holes, and so a Kreg pocket hole jig will be handy. And besides, from this, you will also need wood glue, paint, and filler.

With the supplies and cut list to start you off the only other thing to do is to follow the text and picture directions to build your DIY bed frame.

8. Easy Modern Pipe Bed Frame

Easy Modern Pipe Bed Frame

Lumber might be the most common or widespread bed frame material, but you can also make a DIY bed frame with other things such as pipes.

Building this pipe bed frame will cost about $300 if you have to buy everything from the store, but you can also make it for as little as $120 with recycled pipe and lumber.

This Simplified Building tutorial provides a SketchUp file to help you understand the size and dimensions of the pipe bed frame and a picture with all the fittings and their sizes.

There is also some step by step directions for the assembly and some pictures to make the project easy for you.

9. Under $400 DIY King Size Bed Frame

Under $400 DIY King Size Bed Frame

If you are looking for a DIY king bed frame, you do not need to buy one as you can make modern and sleek one like this for under $400.

Shanty2Chic provides some free bed frame plans to help make this an easy project for you and there are also many pictures and 3D images to help you out.

The large size of the frame and the fact that it requires a lot of wood makes it quite labor intensive as there are many parts to cut and assemble. But, it is possible to finish it in just a couple of weekends.

10. DIY Pallet Bed Frame with Casters

DIY Pallet Bed Frame with Casters

If you can find some pallets that are still in good shape, this will be an inexpensive bed frame project for you. But even if you do not have wood pallets the 2x6, 1x4, and 1x6 lumber pieces that you need are still quite cheap.

Besides from the lumber you will also need some casters to make the bed mobile and other basics such as wood screws, filler, and sandpaper.

This article provides the complete material list and a brief text tutorial with some pictures to help you build the little and cute bed frame.

11. $278 DIY Upholstered Bed Frame

$278 DIY Upholstered Bed Frame

Upholstered bed frames can be quite pricey, and you may have to part with thousands of dollars to get one. But if you know how to build a bed frame you can upholster it to give it an impressive look.

This DIY bed frame tutorial by View Along The Way provides some easy to follow instructions to help you make an attractive upholstered bed frame for just $278.

The upholstered bed frame should be a one weekend project, and the article provides everything from the material lists to detailed drawing and step by step directions. And there are also lots of pictures to guide you.

12. Chunky $55 Homemade Full-Size Bed Frame

Chunky $55 Homemade Full-Size Bed Frame

Here is another cheap and easy to implement bed frame design from Shanty2Chick. The chunky rustic look is just awe-inspiring, and it will be perfect for your full-size bed.

This project only costs about $55 to make, and you can do it even in one day if you have all the materials and by following the detailed picture and text tutorial.

Shanty2Chic also provides these free plans in a downloadable and printable PDF format.

13. Reclaimed Wood DIY Bed Frame

Reclaimed Wood DIY Bed Frame

This DIY wood bed frame is a product of repurposing some old reclaimed wood. And so it is a cheap project that you can build at almost no cost if you have enough leftover wood.

The rustic look of the headboard comes from the natural appearance of the reclaimed wood, and so you will only need to clean and stain them to maintain this looks. And if you pair this with a simple box bed frame you will have a functional and very appealing bed.

With the pictures and text in the tutorial to guide you, this should be just a one-weekend project.

14. MDF Board Bed Frame with Storage and Wheels

MDF Board Bed Frame with Storage and Wheels

Real wood is always the preferred option when it comes to building frames for bed but if you intend to paint your frame MDF boards can also work well and lower the cost.

This bed frame also includes some wheels and a storage compartment underneath. And so besides from the MDF board, you will need wood glue, paint, and some casters.

The Chatfield Court tutorial provides lots of pictures for different stages of construction and some text description to help you build this simple bed frame.

15. Sturdy and Simple $150 DIY Wood Bed Frame

Sturdy and Simple $150 DIY Wood Bed Frame

It is hard to believe that this DIY bed frame plan takes just $150 to implement as it looks very sturdy and high end.

There is nothing much that DIYers need to do for this project besides from cutting the lumber, joining the pieces and painting. And so this should be just a one-weekend project.

Although the tutorial does not provide supplies and tools list or the usual step by step instructions, the many pictures should be enough to inspire you to make a similar bed frame.

16. Expedit Shelves DIY Bed Frame

Expedit Shelves DIY Bed Frame

IKEA Hackers provides this tutorial for someone with some Expedit shelves in the house and wants to put them to good use or build something unique.

This project will require 5 of the shelves, and you will also need some lumber boards to form a simple bed box for placing on top of the shelves.

With your shelves and the few lumber pieces, you can build this bed frame in just one afternoon since most of the work goes into making the bed box.

If you have some leftover lumber pieces, this will be quite an inexpensive project for you. And the tutorial provides some short text guidelines and pictures to guide you in the build.

17. Repurposed Box Spring to Platform Bed

Repurposed Box Spring to Platform Bed

For those DIYers that are still trying to figure out how to make a bed frame, this tutorial makes things easy to understand. It is a simple project as it is all about converting your old box spring into a fantastic platform bed frame.

There is no any woodwork on this bed frame plan because you will only need to cover your box spring with some fabric to upholster it and then add some legs to the bed frame.

This project should also be quite cheap because you only need to buy a few yards of fabric and some bed legs. And it should just take a few hours to finish.

18. Homemade Platform Bed With Drawer

Homemade Platform Bed With Drawer

DIY bed frame plans that also include some drawers are my favorites because any additional storage space is always an excellent addition to the bedroom.

This 8-step tutorial from Instructables provides a comprehensive guide that combines both pictures and text to help you build a beautiful platform bed with some drawers.

The project starts with the construction of the 75x50 inches base for the bed frame with 2x4s, and the tutorial explains with text and provides some pictures to demonstrate what to do.

Although the 2x4s make up the frame, you will also need some plywood, drawer slides and a few other materials that the tutorial highlights.

19. The Boat Bed with a Secret Compartment

The Boat Bed with a Secret Compartment

Here is a project that will impress your kids. It entails making a boat-inspired DIY bed frame with a secret compartment, and it is easier to build than it might look.

Since the bed frame does not have a conventional design, most people will assume that it is complicated to build, but this is not the case. With the 14-step instructions on the Instructables tutorial to guide you, it will be an easy project to implement.

You will also not use a lot of cash on this bed frame because there is nothing much you need besides from the lumber and you can build it in one weekend.

20. Quick Wooden Bed Frame with Metal Legs

Quick Wooden Bed Frame with Metal Legs

The metal pipe legs on this DIY wooden bed frame will not only support a lot of weight but also give the bed a unique industrial look.

You will not have to buy a lot of lumber for this project as you only need a few 2x4s to form the base and a few slats for creating a level surface for your mattress. And if you also add the cost of the metal pipe legs and screws this is still an inexpensive project.

The step by step picture and text instructions provide enough information for anyone to build this bed frame including beginner woodworkers.

21. DIY Farmhouse Bed Frame

DIY Farmhouse Bed Frame

DIY bed frames give you the freedom to experiment with different styles to create a unique and comfortable bed. This project provides some guidelines on how to make a farmhouse one.

Although you will spend up to $750 on the materials that you need to build this farmhouse bed frame, the final results make it worth the investment.

The plans take inspiration from a DIY queen bed frame on Ana White's site which are for a king size bed, and they use pictures to explain the construction.

22. Contemporary Floating Bed Frame with LED Lights

Contemporary Floating Bed Frame with LED Lights

This bed frame looks like it is floating and it also has some beautiful lights underneath. Everything from the design of the bed frame to the finishing is unique, and it is one of those that you will want to keep for a long time.

It is possible to build this frame for your bed in one weekend, but most people will take two or about 4 days to complete.

This DIY bed frame uses 2x8s for the base and 2x4s for the top frame, but you also need a few other lumber pieces like 1x6s for the headboard. For the tutorial, you will get pictures of the crucial stages of the construction.

23. Cheap Upholstered King Size Bed Frame with Wooden Legs

Cheap Upholstered King Size Bed Frame with Wooden Legs

An upholstered king size bed frame can be quite expensive, and many will come with price tags that will be in the thousands of dollars range. But, it is also possible to build a DIY one like this for under $200.

This tutorial from The Handy Homemaker provides detailed instructions on how to make the DIY king size bed frame, and there is also a link to the upholstering instructions.

For the bed frame, you will need 1x12, 1x4, 2x4, 1x3 pine boards and a few other materials and the article also provides a comprehensive cut list.

24. The Rustic Modern 2x6 Platform Bed

The Rustic Modern 2x6 Platform Bed

A platform bed is always a good choice where ceiling height is a problem, but this rustic one from Ana White will work well for any room.

The construction of this DIY platform bed uses 2x6s, but you will also need a few 2x4 and 1x3 boards. The other materials that you need to build this 80-inch long platform bed are on the shopping list.

Ana White also provides a cut list of all the sections of the bed frame and the headboard. And for the construction, you get 3D SketchUp with dimensions and step by step instructions.

25. DIY Walnut Bed Frame with Welded Legs

DIY Walnut Bed Frame with Welded Legs

If you are planning to give your bed an upgrade, this walnut plywood bed frame with some welded legs will be a good project.

The tutorial provides instructions on how to build both the plywood bed frame and welded legs. And there is also a materials list for the supplies that you will need for both.

This bed frame project should only take a couple of days to finish, and there is enough information to help you with the build thanks to the in-depth text tutorial and pictures.

26. King Farm DIY Bed Frame

King Farm DIY Bed Frame

This sizeable DIY frame is more straightforward to build than it might look. You will spend around $120 to $150 on the materials. And this is still a small fraction of what you would pay for a similar bed frame.

Although this tutorial is for finishing the bed, there is also a link to the step by step instructions on how to start the project from scratch.

Depending on your skill level and how long you are working per day this should take about one weekend to finish.

27. Easy DIY Wood Pallet Bed Frame

Easy DIY Wood Pallet Bed Frame

Here is another wood pallet bed frame that looks fantastic and it will add some glamour to any bedroom. And it is also cheap and quite easy to build.

If you have some wood pallets or can get them for free, you might not need to spend anything on this double bed size frame. Most of the work goes into cutting the pallets to get the dimensions that you desire and joining them.

Despite this being a very straightforward DIY project, The Wonder Forest tutorial still provides lots of pictures and detailed text instructions. And so you will have all the information you need to convert the pallets into a bed frame.

28. $350 Slats Platform Bed with Hairpin Legs

$350 Slats Platform Bed with Hairpin Legs

This sleek bed frame looks very high-end, but it is not very expensive to build. All the materials that you need will cost around $350, which is still way cheaper than buying one.

The hairpin legs look more stylish than the usual wooden ones, and so they are a great addition to this DIY bed frame.

There is no step by step instructions on this article, but the in-depth description of the project and the few pictures will make the bed frame easy to make.

29. Simple and Modern DIY King Size Bed Frame

Simple and Modern DIY King Size Bed Frame

This modern king size bed frame has a very straightforward design that anyone including a beginner woodworker can replicate.

The DIY bed frame uses 2x4s, 2x6, and 2x8s and making it is as simple as framing a wall or floor, and it should only take a few hours.

You will also need some stain to give your wood an appealing look and to protect it and the other obvious things like nails or screws and sander.

The tutorial provides pictures for different stages of the construction, and they will give you some idea of what to do.

30. IKEA Shelf Brackets and Plywood DIY Bed Frame

IKEA Shelf Brackets and Plywood DIY Bed Frame

Various things make this an impressive DIY bed frame, but key among them is that you only need 3 tools and that it takes just 4 hours to complete.

You will also not need a lot of material because with some 3/4-inch plywood, IKEA shelf brackets and some screws you have everything you need. Since these are inexpensive materials, it will only cost around $75 to build this bed frame.

The step by step tutorial with pictures for each stage is easy to follow, and so this should be a simple and quick project for most DIYers.

31. Hotel Style Platform Bed and Headboard

Hotel Style Platform Bed and Headboard

Here is another fantastic DIY bed frame for your king size mattress. But, you can always modify the dimensions to suit any mattress size.

You will need 2x4s, 1x8s, 2x3s, and 1x4s for the platform bed and the tutorial explains in detail their quantity and sizes and also where to use them.

The headboard uses some 1x4s to frame the edges and 1x6s for the pattern (which is also easy to make), and it should also be easy and quick to build.

There are pictures of different stages of building both the headboard and platform and enough text description to guide any DIYer that wants to make this hotel style bed frame.

32. The Custom King Size Bed Frame

The Custom King Size Bed Frame

A custom king bed frame like this one will serve you for a long time as it is very high quality. And it is also cheap to build since all the materials will cost around $150.

What I like most about this DIY king size bed frame is that it is also easy to dismantle in case you need to move it as it uses bolts to join the different parts instead of nails or screws.

There is a complete list of everything you need for this DIY bed frame plan and some detailed text and picture directions for the construction.

33. Easiest DIY Bed Frame

Easiest DIY Bed Frame

This DIY bed frame project is one of the easiest that you can get anywhere, and it will only take minutes to implement once you have all the materials.

The bed frame uses a couple of 1x12, and you should go for light colored wood like pine as they give the bed frame a more appealing look.

With your lumber pieces, you will only need about a dozen screws, a drill, and screwdriver and you will have all the tools and materials you need for the project.

You do not even need a tutorial for this homemade bed frame project, but the Merry Thought article still provides some text description and pictures.

34. Wood Plank Bed Frame and Headboard

Wood Plank Bed Frame and Headboard

When trying to build a bed frame for the first time, things can look a little complicated, but with some extra effort and the right tools, you can make an impressive one like this.

This bed frame and headboard use some regular wood planks which you can get at an affordable cost and most of the work goes into making the pocket hole to join the planks.

The article provides some easy to follow step by step instructions with some pictures and text, and most DIYers will not have any problem implementing this DIY project.

35. Easy Under $200 Reclaimed Wood Bed Frame

Easy Under $200 Reclaimed Wood Bed Frame

There is always something to build with reclaimed wood, but few are more impressive than this DIY bed frame.

Despite the large size of the bed and striking design, it will only cost around $200 to build, and you can do it in a few days.

This tutorial provides a brief overview of the construction with some pictures, and there are also some downloadable PDF plans.

36. The $150 King Slat Bed Frame

The $150 King Slat Bed Frame

The in-depth text tutorial and the few images on this Kiwi and Peach article will help you build the perfect slat bed frame for your king size mattress.

Since there are no expensive materials that you will need for this project, it will only cost about $150 which is quite inexpensive given its size and quality.

The tutorial provides lists of the timber, tools and all the fasteners that you need to assemble the bed frame.

37. Cheap and Easy White Pallet Bed Frame 

Cheap and Easy White Pallet Bed Frame

Wood pallets are one of the best woodworking materials as there are endless things that you can use them to build. And they also make your projects cheaper.

This DIY bed frame plan uses some old $50 wood pallets, and they are probably the only thing that you need to buy.

You only need to cut the pallets to the desired size, join them and finish by giving them an attractive white paint. And so you will not even need a tutorial because the pictures in this article are just enough.

38. Large Farmhouse Storage Bed Frame with Drawers

Large Farmhouse Storage Bed Frame with Drawers

This storage bed frame will take a few weekends to build, and you can adjust the dimensions to any bed size that you want.

The free plans include 3D images with precise dimensions for the different sections of the bed frame and also for the headboard and drawers.

For many experienced woodworkers, the 3D images should offer enough information. But the article also provides a link for a more comprehensive tutorial with material list and step by step guidelines.

39. Homemade Storage Bed Frame from 2x4s

Homemade Storage Bed Frame from 2x4s

If you want some additional storage for your shoes in the bedroom and other things a DIY storage bed frame will work well for you.

This particular DIY storage bed uses some plywood and 2x4s, and so it can take a lot of weight, and you can build it for less than half the cost of buying one.

Pictures always make a DIY project easy, and this tutorial provides plenty of them to make the storage bed frame simple to build.

40. Super Simple Hairpin Leg DIY Bed Frame

Super Simple Hairpin Leg DIY Bed Frame

Hairpin legs will add some style, and a contemporary look to any furniture that you use them for and they are in most cases more long-lasting than the wooden ones.

For this project, the hairpin legs help to enhance the appearance of the bed frame. This DIY bed frame uses some 1x12, 1x3 and 1x4 lumber pieces and you will also need other materials like sandpaper and semi-gloss polyurethane.

It costs about $210 to make this simple DIY bed frame, and you can do it in 4 easy to follow steps that the tutorial provides.

41. Modern Homemade Bed Frame With Floating Nightstands

Modern Homemade Bed Frame With Floating Nightstands

If you want a modern bed frame with a cool appearance, you should try this one out that also includes some unique floating nightstands.

The materials that you will need to implement this Instructables homemade bed frame plan will cost around $400. However, this is still quite inexpensive compared to the cost of buying a similar bed frame.

The tutorial is very detailed, and it starts with the tool and material lists and also provides some 9-step instructions with both text and pictures.

42. Cedar Wood Homemade Bed Frame

Cedar Wood Homemade Bed Frame

For a total budget of around $267, you can build this beautiful cedar DIY bed frame. These free bed frame plans are very detailed, and so they will be helpful even for beginner woodworkers.

There are some shopping and tool lists to help you understand everything you need and even a list of the safety equipment you will need for the project.

The DIY Projects With Pete blog provides photos for every stage of the construction and some short text tutorial to make this an easy-to-implement project.

Well, now you have 42 different ways of making DIY bed frames for your sleeping chamber. If you have tried one of the projects or have some idea to add, feel free to leave your comments below.