Build a bed yourself: It's easy

If you are a bit handicrafted, it is not that difficult to make a bed of wood yourself. However, you need the right tool and a bit of skill. In the following, we will explain step by step how to make a simple wooden bed yourself.

The easiest way is to build a bed without a slatted frame with a continuous lying surface made of a plywood board. Therefore, we will explain this in the following. Afterwards, you will also learn what you need to do differently or in addition, so that you can lay a slatted frame on your self-built bed. No precise measurements are given for the length or width of the material, so you can decide for yourself how tall, long or wide your bed should be.

Step-by-step guide to building a wooden bed without slatted base

  • saw
  • drilling machine
  • Cordless Screwdriver
  • Grinder or coarse sandpaper (takes much longer)
  • Brush and / or paint roller
  • cloth
  • 4 wide squared timbers for the feet
  • 2 shorter woods than crossbars, depending on the desired width 90 - 200cm wide
  • 2 longer woods than side slats, depending on the desired length 200 - 220cm long
  • 3 to 5 crossbeams (the wider the bed the more) (falls off if you use a slatted frame)
  • 1 plywood plate in the size of the lying surface or a slatted frame
  • glue
  • Linseed oil or linseed oil varnish
  • Lacquer or glaze

1. Pre-treat wood

Untreated wood should first be rubbed in with a cloth containing linseed oil. This closes the pores and thus protects the wood. In addition, rough spots, e.g. were made by cutting in the hardware store, sanded smooth.

2. Prepare feet

Now cut out of the feet on the opposite corner of a piece, which has exactly the width of the cross and side slats. In this notch then the slats of the bed frame are later set and screwed. Before sawing, paint all four feet with a pencil to see what needs to be sawn off. Pay attention to the depth! The side and cross slats must fit like a puzzle piece in the notch and neither to the side or up to survive.

Then you sand the feet clean, bite them are completely smooth.

3. Fasten side and crossbars

Now put a lath into the intended notch of the foot, put some glue into the notch and then screw it down with a few long screws using a drill and a cordless screwdriver. Repeat for all feet until your rectangular base frame is done.

4. Crossbar

To make the bed more stable, now several crossbeams are fixed in the middle. Saw them in exactly the right way, so that they stay in the middle without screwing them tight and then screw them to the frame with three screws.

5. Lay plywood board

Now place the plywood board on your bedstead and screw it to the frame.

6. Delete the bed

Finally, the bed should be completely sanded, cleaned and painted or covered with a glaze to protect the wood. Find out how you can do this here.

Alternative with slatted frame

If you want to place a slatted frame on your home-made bedstead, skip steps 4 and 5 and instead screw a two to four centimeter (depending on the slatted frame) continuous support approximately in the center of all outer side and cross bars. Then lay your slatted frame on this edition. Make sure that you do not screw the overlay too high, so that the mattress lies still deep enough around the bedstead and does not slip out.
Of course, if you want to use a slatted frame, you must adapt all dimensions to those of the slatted frame.


Of course, a self-made bed costs significantly less than a purchased one. Depending on the size of your bed and the material you choose, you can expect to spend between € 100 and € 200, provided you have the tools you need at home and do not have to buy one or the other. In comparison, a simple bed frame is available online for around 100 €. In a home-made you can of course be more creative and make your bed very nice.

Tips & Tricks

A simpler alternative is to make a bed of europallets. Find out how to do it here.

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