Every little girl wants a pretty bedroom, and my little girl is no different. A few years ago, I turned my daughter’s boring beige room with a generic crib turned toddler bed into the bedroom she loves. The first step was painting the walls pink and light green. As much as she loves the painting I did, the favorite part of her new room is her bed.
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My daughter’s bed includes a custom headboard and footboard for a full size bed (I’ll share the plans for the footboard next week). I found plans on ana-white.com for a storage bed. I used these plans to make the storage cubbies and adjusted them to fit a full size bed.
When I made the bed, I was a little nervous to use plywood, so I used 1×12 to make the back of the headboard. If I were building it today, I would use plywood. My plans include the option of making the headboard with 1×12 or plywood.
- 1- 1x12x8 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)
1×12 or Plywood:
- 2 @ 47.5 in (1×12) or 1 @ 22.5 in x 47.5 in (3/4 in plywood)
- 2 @ 46.5 in
- 1 @ 58.5 in
- 2 @ 47.5 in
- 5 @ 19.5 in
- 4 @ 10 in
Step One: Attach the back of the headboard (either 2- 1×12 @ 47.5 or 1 piece of 3/4 in plywood @ 22.5 in x 47.5 in) to the two 2×4 headboard legs using pocket hole screws (2-1/2 in). If you are using 1×12, 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 headboard (1×3 @ 58.in) using pocket hole screws (1-1/4 in). Line up edge with edge of the back of the headboard. 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 headboard, sand and paint or stain both the headboard and the insert. This makes paint or staining the headboard and insert different colors much easier.
Step Seven: Attach the insert to the headboard by screwing it together from the back of the headboard. 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 am so glad I was able to do this for my daughter. I was able to make exactly what she wanted and needed and save money while doing it.
Even though it’s been a few years since I have completed her bed, she still proudly shows off her bed. “Do you want to see the bed my dad made for me?” she asks all visitors to our home. I love it when she does that.