- 4 – Box Frame Bed Brackets
- 2 – Center Support Brackets (for full-size or larger mattresses)
- 1 – Mattress
- Plywood, cut to size
- 2x4 Standard studs, cut to size
- 1x6 Common board, cut to size
- Tape measure
- Circular saw
- Speed square
- Straightedge (to guide cuts, if you like)
- Orbital sander and sanding discs, or sanding block
- Screws (we used #10 x 3/4" wood screws for the plywood frame, 2" deck screws to attach the 2x4 rails, and #8 x 1" wood screws to secure the slats)
- Finish of your choice
- Brush or rag to apply finish
- Safety gear such as eye protection, a mask/respirator, and gloves
Matt Jensen is a maker, designer, and entrepreneur who believes anyone can build. After building furniture for years, Matt began welding hairpin legs in his backyard with a borrowed welder and a $65 Harbor Freight hand bender. His passion for quality furniture led him to found DIY Hairpin Legs and Semi Exact. Today, Matt leads teams at both companies, collaborating with designers and makers to help people create furniture and objects with meaning.
Size and prep your wood
Start by cutting your plywood and lumber to fit your mattress size (view cut list). Sand things smooth, remove the dust, and finish the outer plywood frame, if desired.
Assemble the frame
Add 2x4 rails
Set the 2x4 rails on the inside of the brackets, and attach them to the inside of the plywood frame with 2" deck screws. The bottom of the 2x4s should be flush with the bottom of the frame.
Add a center support if needed
You'll want to add a center support beam to full-size or larger bed frames. Screw one center support bracket onto each end of the beam, and secure it to the inside rails so that the top of the beam is flush with the rails.
Secure the slats
Start by placing the slats at the head and foot ends of the bed, so the first and last slats are flush with the bracket corners. Space the remaining slats out evenly across the rails, and secure to the 2x4 rails with a screw at each end.
Enjoy your new bed!
Once everything is assembled, it’s time to relax! Place your mattress on top of the slats, add some comfy bedding and pillows, and climb in for some well-deserved R&R.