The bed I made is for a queen mattress, which measures 60” wide and 80” long. If you have a different size mattress, you will need to alter the measurements accordingly. I built my bed in two pieces (60” x 40” each) so it’s not too large or heavy for me to move.
- Drill with bits and screwdriver
- Wood screws in two sizes -- The #12 x 3” shown were overkill; #10 x 3” would have been better. The #8 x 1.25” were great for attaching the OSB.
- Tape measure
- Safety glasses
- Jigsaw (optional)
- Earplugs (optional)
- Felt strips (optional – not shown)
- Four 60” long 2x10s
- Six 37” long 2x10s
- Two 40” x 60” pieces of OSB (not shown in photo)
Don’t have a power saw? Home improvement stores such as Home Depot and Lowe's will cut the wood for you. They're supposed to charge 25 cents per cut after the first two, but the friendly orange-aproned employees have never charged me for cutting.
Optional: Cut a notch for wires.
I have an electric blanket, and the wires need to run to the foot of the bed. I used a jigsaw to cut a notch for the wires to run through.
Place the OSB on top and attach it using the smaller screws.
Optional: Apply felt strips.
I didn’t want to chance any scratches to my brand-new floor, so I attached peel-and-stick felt strips to the bottom of the bed.
Repeat to assemble the second half of the bed. Place the two halves of the bed together. In the photo, you can see the black plug of the power strip at the head of the bed and the two electric blanket wires coming out at the foot of the bed. The power strip, wires and transformers are hidden under the bed. :)
Because OSB is rough, cover it with fabric before putting on the mattress. A bedskirt will do the trick, or use an old sheet. Your bed is made!