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Added/Modified on October 20, 2016
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Overall Dimensions are shown above. Composition is pine boards and 3/4″ sheet goods, particle board would be inexpensive and effective for this application.

Materials and Tools

Shopping List:

1- 4×8 Sheet of 3/4″ Particle Board
4 – 1×2 Boards, 8′ Long
7 – 1×3 Boards, 8′ Long
11 – 2×2 Boards, 8′ Long
3″ Screws
1 1/4″ Screws
Wood Glue
Finishing Supplies

wood filler
120 grit sandpaper
wood conditioner
paint brush


measuring tape
safety glasses
hearing protection
circular saw

Cut List:

1 – 3/4″ Particle Board @ 39″ x 11 1/2″ (Open End Panel Board)
1 – 2/4″ Particle Board @ 39″ x 46″ (Closed End Panel)
7 – 1×2 @ 39″ (Panel Trim Pieces)
1 – 2×2 @ 39″ (Bottom of Open Panel End)
4 – 2×2 @ 46″ (Legs)
3 – 2×2 @ 16″ (Ladder Rungs)
5 – 2×2 @ 75″ (Side Panel Full Length Boards)
3 – 2×2 @ 57 1/2″ (Ladder Panel Guardrail Boards)
14 – 1×3 @ 39″ (Slats)

General Instructions

Cut all of our boards and finish individually. You should assemble this bed in the room. You can assemble the “panels” as shown in the steps in your garage and move into the room and then assemble the panels. You should always work on a clean level surface and check for square after each step. predrill your screw holes!

Step 1

Open End Panel { Part 1 }

Fasten with glue and screws the 1x2s to the particle board. This can be a permanent joint.

Step 2

Open End Panel { Part 2 }

Fasten the legs and the bottom end panel piece to the legs as shown above. Use 3″ screws. Predrill your screw holes. Use glue, as this can also be a permanent joint

Step 3

Closed End Panel { Part 1 }

Build your closed end just like your open end, first by gluing and screwing with 1 1/4″ screws the trim boards to the particle board pieces.

Step 4

Closed End Panel { Part 2 }

Add the legs with 3″ screws and glue. Keep outside edges flush.

Step 5

Ladder Side Panel

Construct the ladder side panel as shown above, using glue and 3″ screws.

Step 6

Back Rail Boards & Bottom

Using 3″ screws, attach the back boards as shown above.

Step 7


With every plan, there is a tricky part. And putting these slats on is going to be your tricky part. OPTION #1: You could screw from the outsides of the sides of the bed into the ends of the slats, but then you have lots of screw heads showing.

Step 8

OPTION #2 You could also glue and screw a 1×2 on edge to the rails.

Step 9

OPTION #3 If you have a Kreg Jig™, you could drill pocket holes and fasten to the rails in this manner

Step 10

OPTION #4 If you’ve got teenagers using the bed, steel angle like this piece would both strengthen your rails and fasten your slats to your rails. Simply screw with 1 1/4″ screws to the inside of the rails and rest your slats on top. From underneath, use a couple of screws to fasten your slats down.

Step 11
To make your bed even stronger or to take an “wiggle” out, you can use Simpson Strong tie like the one pictures at the corners of the legs.

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