Project 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.

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Step by Step Instructions

1 Cut your timber to size
2 Mark out the frame for the braces
3 Fix the braces and support
4 Secure the plywood blocks to the base
5 Attach the castor wheels
6 Attach the plywood base to the frame
7 Sand the base
8 Finish off the bed frame
  • Step 1. Cut 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
  • Step 2. Mark 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.

  • Step 3. Fix 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. 

  • Step 4. Secure 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. 

  • Step 5. Attach 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.
  • Step 6. Attach 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.

  • Step 7. Sand 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.

  • Step 8. Finish 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.

Tools and Materials

Tools

  • Drill
  • Drill bits
  • Earmuffs or earplugs
  • Measuring tape
  • Nail gun
  • Orbital sander
  • Paint brush
  • Paint pot
  • Paint tin opener
  • Pencil
  • Safety glasses
  • Saw horses
  • Set square

Materials

  • 1200mm x 2400mm x 17mm ply board
  • 1860mm x 90mm x 45mm pine x 2
  • 690mm x 90mm x 45mm pine x 3
  • 100mm cast iron swivel caster wheels x 6
  • 12g 25mm hex head screws
  • 120 grit sandpaper
  • Chipboard screws
  • Liquid nails
  • Nails
  • Paint or stain (optional)
  • PVA wood glue

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Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. 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. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.
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