DIY Simple Bed Frame

DIY Simple Bedframe @themerrythoughtI’ve been pinning lots of bedrooms that have the bed laying right on the floor piled with cozy blankets and pillows. I recently got a new mattress and didn’t want to buy a bed frame for it so I left it on the floor for a few months. I couldn’t stand seeing the boxspring peeking out anymore so I decided to make a super simple “bed frame”/cover for it. This is one of the quickest, most simple projects that makes such an enormous difference.

My friend liked how much cleaner it had made my room look so she decided to make one for herself! I went over to go take a few photos while she was putting hers together so I could share this project with all of you! Sadly, this gorgeous room with a billion lovely windows is not my room – but I will be sharing a little room tour of mine soon now that it is finished!
DIY Simple Bedframe @themerrythoughtWhat you need:
-Two 1″x12″x12′ piece Wood (Try Pine or Whitewood if you’re looking for an affordable, light-colored wood.)
-Twelve 2″ Screws

How to make it:
-If you’re buying the wood at Lowe’s or Home Depot bring the measurements with you and they’ll cut the wood for you so you won’t need a saw at home! For my queen bed, I needed two 7′ pieces and two 5′ pieces.
-Line up the pieces around the mattress and drill three pilot holes along the side at each corner where the boards will connect. (See the photo above.)
-Add screws at each of these holes. And you’re done! So dang simple!
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  • LaurenMonday, March 9, 2015 - 3:19 pm

    great tutorial! it’s so simple to follow. Where is the bedding from?ReplyCancel

    • Mercedes KirkTuesday, April 7, 2015 - 7:56 pm

      Yes! I’d love to know where the bedding and chair are fromReplyCancel

      • Caitlin McGrathTuesday, April 14, 2015 - 2:01 pm

        The duvet cover was from IKEA! 🙂ReplyCancel

        • KristineThursday, July 21, 2016 - 7:19 pm

          That is the same duvet cover I wanted from IKEA last spring!! I begged my husband for it, but we never did buy it. LOVE it.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle @ Full Belly Worn SolesMonday, March 9, 2015 - 6:34 pm

    Very nice. I’ve also been loving the minimalist, bed on the floor look, but haven’t gone for it because of the unsightly box spring. Problem solved!


  • AmaTuesday, March 10, 2015 - 3:05 pm

    Simple, functional and beautiful…as always! Thanks for this great idea!ReplyCancel

  • KristiinaThursday, March 12, 2015 - 6:05 pm

    Love this idea!ReplyCancel

  • Hannah SMonday, March 16, 2015 - 1:02 pm

    Beautiful and yet so simple. Love it!ReplyCancel

  • lizbethjoyWednesday, March 18, 2015 - 4:08 pm

    Oh man! I totally should do this for our bed on the floor!ReplyCancel

  • SaraTuesday, March 24, 2015 - 11:28 pm

    I’ve got to try this over Spring Break while helping my 16 year old redo her room. Thanks for sharing it!!ReplyCancel

  • BethTuesday, June 9, 2015 - 8:26 pm

    I looked up the standard dimensions for a queen size bed and it was 60 x 80 inches. But 7ft is 84 inches did you have 4 extra inches, I would like it to be a tight fit but worried it will be too small if I do 80 inches. Thoughts?ReplyCancel

    • Caitlin McGrathWednesday, June 10, 2015 - 10:18 am

      You will need a little extra room because the width of the boards themselves count as some of that space and you will lose another inch or two when they’re screwed together. You can probably cut it a couple inches shorter and get away with it. I like that little extra space so that I can tuck my comforter down in the side.ReplyCancel

      • SarahSunday, September 4, 2016 - 7:36 pm

        Caitlin-just to make sure you made an extra 4 inches on each side, top and bottom? I have a california king. I am horrid at mathReplyCancel

  • emilySaturday, June 27, 2015 - 3:52 pm

    How did you make the wooden slats that sit under the mattress? I.e. how is the mattress held in place?ReplyCancel

    • Caitlin McGrathMonday, June 29, 2015 - 1:21 pm

      The boxspring is still on the floor – the frame just fits around the boxspring.ReplyCancel

  • joellaSunday, June 28, 2015 - 2:07 pm

    What would be the materials i would need to build this bed in a twin size ?ReplyCancel

    • Caitlin McGrathMonday, June 29, 2015 - 3:09 pm

      You just need to get the measurements of your mattress and add a couple inches to each side and cut your wood to those lengths.ReplyCancel

      • SarahSunday, September 4, 2016 - 7:40 pm

        I forgot to ask what kind of screws did you use? Should I do an extra 2 inches or 4 inches?ReplyCancel

  • marioWednesday, September 16, 2015 - 1:18 am

    How much did it cost you?ReplyCancel

    • Caitlin McGrathWednesday, September 16, 2015 - 10:59 am

      I think it was about $30.ReplyCancel

  • TaylorMonday, October 5, 2015 - 1:37 am

    I love this! Definitely going out to purchase wood tomorrow! Where did you get yours from?ReplyCancel

    • Caitlin McGrathMonday, October 5, 2015 - 9:39 am

      I believe I bought mine from Lowe’s! You could get the same thing from Home Depot though if there’s one closer to you – and both places will cut the boards down to size for you.ReplyCancel

  • CeciliaFriday, March 25, 2016 - 7:21 pm

    Made this bed for our guest bedroom!!! LOVE! Thank you for the inspiration.ReplyCancel

  • RitaWednesday, March 30, 2016 - 6:33 am

    Love this idea. But is there a way I could build it higher so that the box spring and mattress are not on the floor as I am going to have my basement redone and have two bedrooms in it for guest and would prefer it not to be down on the concrete floor? Any suggestions? love the easy idea of it though. and the approximate expense too.ReplyCancel

    • Caitlin McGrathThursday, March 31, 2016 - 11:29 am

      If you’re planning on supporting the entire bed, you would need more support across the bottom which would require a lot more wood underneath and a more thought out design. You could try buying a very basic bed frame and then attach this around the sides. I have also seen people use cinder blocks or pallets stacked as a base which could work too.ReplyCancel

  • Mary EllenWednesday, March 30, 2016 - 12:26 pm

    Could I make this a little higher off the floor and have some storage under the bed? Maybe put the box on wood legs to allow room for boxes for out if season clothes? ThankReplyCancel

    • Caitlin McGrathThursday, March 31, 2016 - 11:26 am

      If you’re planning on supporting the entire bed, you would need more support across the bottom which would require a lot more wood underneath and a more thought out design. I’m sure there is a way to do that but I have not tried. You could try buying a very basic bed frame and then attach this around the sides.ReplyCancel

  • NatalieSaturday, April 9, 2016 - 11:33 am

    Love this! Wanting to do this for my son– almost 4 years old. Did you find the wood to be rough or splintered at all? Do you think the corners are too sharp or will sanding help that? Also though of getting corner protectors.

    We have a queen size bed that is in our guest and new baby needs his crib (which is a toddler bed right now). This is a great economical solution for us at this time!ReplyCancel

    • Caitlin McGrathWednesday, April 13, 2016 - 9:53 am

      I haven’t had any problems with the corners at all. Definitely not splintered. If you find the corners to be too sharp you could always sand them a bit to round them. My frame is a few inches below my actual mattress top so I don’t ever really hit it at all.ReplyCancel

  • ElleSunday, May 29, 2016 - 10:11 am

    What about the slats under the bed?
    Is there a plank running down the Center for support?ReplyCancel

    • Caitlin McGrathTuesday, May 31, 2016 - 11:44 pm

      This is just to hide the boxspring that is already underneath the mattress for support. It’s more like a faux bed frame – it doesn’t actually raise up the mattress but makes it look like it sits up on a bed frame.ReplyCancel

  • KyraFriday, September 30, 2016 - 10:00 am

    Love this bed! Do you know the brand/paint color of your room?ReplyCancel

    • Caitlin McGrathSunday, October 2, 2016 - 8:29 pm

      Thanks! It actually just came with the apartment – so we’re not sure!ReplyCancel

  • Marilou JohnstonThursday, October 27, 2016 - 4:43 pm

    Love your siteReplyCancel

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