In Bedroom, DIY Furniture

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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DIY footboard

See my plans for the headboard and the plans from ana-white.com that I used to make the storage cubbies.

DIY FootboardI used 1×10 to make the back of the footboard.  If I were building it today, I would probably use plywood.  My plans include the option of making the footboard with 1×10 or plywood.

DIY Footboard

Supply List:

Tools Needed:

Cut List:

1×10 or Plywood:

  • 2 @ 47.5 in (1×10) or 1 @ 18.5 in x 47.5 in (3/4 in plywood)

2×4:

  • 2 @ 20.5 in

1×3:

  • 1 @ 58.5 in

1×2:

  • 2 @ 47.5 in
  • 5 @ 15.5 in
  • 4 @ 10 in

Project Plan

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.

DIY Footboard

NOTE: All Illustrations are the back view of the Footboard

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 2

 

Step three:  Begin the insert piece by attaching the 1×2 frame using pocket hole screws (1-1/4 in).  See illustration below.

DIY footboard

Note: All Illustrations are the back view of the insert

Step Four:  Add the other vertical pillars to the frame of the insert using pocket hole screws (1-1/4 in).  See illustration below.

DIY Footboard

Step Five:  Complete the frame of the insert by attaching the 10 inch horizontal pieces.  See illustration below.

DIY Footboard

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.

DIY Bed

This is the bed before I painted it. I did not actually attach the inserts at this point, but I wanted to make sure they fit before I painted them.

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.

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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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