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Overview

A homemade wooden bed frame is a fantastic, cost-effective way to transform a bedroom. You can give your bedroom a great industrial look and save plenty by doing it yourself.

Steps

1Cut your timber to size

We've made our frame for a single bed but you can make yours any size you want. You can have the timber for the side braces, middle support and the plywood base pre-cut at your local Bunnings. Here's our cut list for this project:

1200mm x 2400mm x 17mm ply board:

  • 1060mm x 2000mm x 1
  • 140mm x 137mm x 6

90mm x 45mm pine:

  • 1860mm x 2
  •  690mm x 3
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2Mark out the frame for the braces

Line up the pieces for your frame together. Measure the length of the side braces and mark the halfway point. Place your centre brace on this mark.

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3Fix the braces and support

Use the nail gun to secure the side supports to the middle brace. Repeat the process on the other side. If necessary, use a square to make sure the bed frame is square. The final dimension of the frame will be 1860mm x 780mm. 

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4Secure the plywood blocks to the base

Place the plywood base on the workbench, then place the plywood blocks in each corner. For the centre blocks, measure your base to find the middle and place your blocks on either side. Apply PVA wood glue to each plywood block and press them onto the base. 

DIY Step Image - D.I.Y. wooden bed frame . Blob storage upload.

5Attach the castor wheels

Place a castor wheel on a plywood block. Use the drill and four hex head screws to secure the wheel and plywood block to the base. Repeat this for all six castor wheels.
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6Attach the plywood base to the frame

You will need someone to help you with this step. Place the frame on top of two saw horses. Have someone help you lift the plywood base on to the top of the frame. Make sure it's centred and flush with the ends. Secure it by driving the screws into the ends of the frame and the middle support beam.

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7Sand the base

Before you sand back the surface, putty up any holes where the screws are. Let the putty dry and sand back the whole surface so that it's smooth.

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8Finish off the bed frame

Depending on the look you want, you can paint or stain your bed frame. Wait for the paint or stain to dry before moving it into your bedroom.

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Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.

When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.