Last week I shared the plans for the headboard I made for my daughter’s full size bed, and this week I am sharing the plans for the footboard. I wanted the footboard to match the headboard so the plans are very similar, but I had to make some adjustments to get everything to the smaller size of the footboard.
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- 1- 1x10x8 or 3/4 in plywood
- 1- 2x4x8
- 1- 1x3x6
- 3- 1x2x8
- 1-1/4 in Pocket Hole Screws (Kreg SML-C125-100 1-1/4-Inch 8-Coarse Washer-Head Pocket Screws, 100-Count)
- 2-1/2 in Pocket Hole Screws (Kreg SML-C250-50 2-1/2-Inch #8 Coarse Washer-Head Pocket Screws, 50 Count)
- Kreg Pocket Hole Jig (Kreg Jig K4 Pocket Hole System)
1×10 or Plywood:
- 2 @ 47.5 in (1×10) or 1 @ 18.5 in x 47.5 in (3/4 in plywood)
- 2 @ 20.5 in
- 1 @ 58.5 in
- 2 @ 47.5 in
- 5 @ 15.5 in
- 4 @ 10 in
Step One: Attach the back of the footboard (either 2- 1×10 @ 47.5 or 1 piece of 3/4 in plywood @ 18.5 in x 47.5 in) to the two 2×4 headboard legs using pocket hole screws (2-1/2 in). If you are using 1×10, attach the two pieces together with pocket hole screws (1-1/4 in). See the illustration below.
Step Two: Attach the top piece of the footboard (1×3 @ 58.in) using pocket hole screws (1-1/4 in). Line up edge with the edge of the back of the footboard. The front will stick out a little.
Step three: Begin the insert piece by attaching the 1×2 frame using pocket hole screws (1-1/4 in). See illustration below.
Step Four: Add the other vertical pillars to the frame of the insert using pocket hole screws (1-1/4 in). See illustration below.
Step Five: Complete the frame of the insert by attaching the 10 inch horizontal pieces. See illustration below.
Step Six: Before you attach the insert to the footboard, sand and paint or stain both the footboard and the insert. This makes paint or staining the footboard and insert different colors much easier.
Step Seven: Attach the inset to the footboard by screwing it together from the back of the footboard. If you don’t want the screws to stick out, just countersink the screws. To insure that all the screws lined up to the insert, I used the insert to trace a template on the back before I screwed it in place.
I painted the frame and the insert of both the headboard and footboard white and the back pieces (the 1×12 headboard pieces and the 1×10 footboard pieces) pink.
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