How to Make a Wooden Test Frame

Make Your Own Bed Frame

Don’t you think that there would be something incredibly satisfying about stretching out on a bed – knowing that this bed is like no other because you personally built the frame for it? As you relax, you think to yourself, “Yeah, this is all my own work”. Have you ever had this daydream? There is nothing to stop you turning it into a reality, especially if you’re good with your hands and enjoy making things.

You will need the raw material for the frame – the wood – plus wood screws, and either bedrail hangers or lag bolts (lag bolts make the frame stronger overall, and are generally easier to acquire than bedrail hangers). If you can get the wood at the exact size you want it, so much the better, but be prepared to make adjustments if necessary. The last thing you want is to finish the job, stand back in satisfaction and then realize that your feet will poke off the end of the bed. Similarly, make sure it’s going to fit in your bedroom!

Depending on how confident you are in your DIY abilities, you can have some, all or none of the preparation done for you (the cutting of the wood for instance). If there are any steps you’re not sure about, consult the hardware store or a recognized expert in these matters.


In terms of the actual design of the bed frame, most DIY stores have illustrated examples that you could use, but there’s nothing to stop you using your imagination and coming up with a design of your own making. After all, half of the fun in making your own bed frame comes from knowing it will be unique.

Get all your tools together (drill, circular saw, plywood or medium-density fiberboard (MDF for short) plus whatever you want to use for the finishing touches.

Initially you should connect the frame together at the corners, using the wood screws. Then turn the frame over and attach the MDF (or the plywood if that is your preference) to the base of the frame. You can now turn the frame back over so it’s the right way up and attach the MDG / plywood to the top of the frame. This is where you will place your mattress.

The last step and the most personal, is the finish. Obviously you will want to make the wood as smooth as possible, and that there are no splinters, but once you’ve done that, it’s up to you. It’s your frame. You made it, so you can paint it if you like, or leave it as it is for that real natural look. Whatever you do with it, it is now your own bed frame which you made. Nobody else has one exactly like it. And now you can doze off thinking “yes, this is all my own work.”

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