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How To Build a Bed Frame

If that old squeaky bed frame is keeping you up at night, this guide will have you sawing logs after you saw a few boards first.


  • Step 1: Add the inner lip to the bed frame by cutting the one by ones to the right length and screwing them to the long side of the bed frame from the inside.
  • Step 2: Attach the headboard to the back of the bed frame by drilling two holes in each of the three two by fours and using lag bolts, washers, and nuts.
  • Step 3: Paint your new frame or leave it natural, place the slats on the inside lip, and then carefully slide the mattress and box spring inside.
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  • Step 4: Cut several two by one slats 1/4 inch shorter than the width of the bed frame -- these will be the support slats.
  • TIP: Glue the joints and wipe away the excess with a rag for additional strength.
  • Step 5: Measure your mattress and box spring and add 1/2 inch before cutting the four two by 12s to the right length and width using a power saw.
  • Step 6: Build the box frame by sanding the edges of the two by 12s and then securing them together using corner brackets, long screws, and an electric drill.
  • Step 7: Build the headboard by lining up the five two by sixes cut to 77 inches and then screwing in three two by fours cut to 42 inches perpendicular to them.
  • : Always wear gloves, safety goggles, and a mask when using a power saw.

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