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A few months ago we were making plans for transitioning our toddler from a crib to a toddler bed, so we started to look for a bed frame. My husband  then had an idea to create a DIY bed frame as he had recently started building a few small things. The Pinterest loving side of me instantly jumped on board! I love adding to our home through projects we make ourselves.

We went with a very simple and basic bed frame. The end result is great! Eventually, my husband wants to paint it and add legs and a possible headboard.

Want to make your own bed frame? Follow these simple steps: 

DIY Bed frame- a simple tutorial to help build a bed frame

Step 1: 

Cut 2x10s for the outer frame to the desired length and width.

Step 2: 

Cut 2x4s and screw them to the side panels of the bed frame to serve as supports.

Step 3: 

Use corner brackets to connect the 2×10 sections of the frame together. The size and type of brackets will vary depending on your preference. Once all brackets are screwed to the frame, use a level to check from side to side.

DIY Bed frame- a simple tutorial to help build a bed frame

Step 4: 

Next cut slats to connect from side to side and support the mattress within the frame. Screw the slats by starting with small pilot holes to try to protect the slats from splitting. The number of slats will vary depending on the amount of support and the type of mattress used. You do need to make sure that the slats are LESS THAN 3 inches apart to prevent mattress sagging. We recently went in and added a couple extra!

DIY Bed frame- a simple tutorial to help build a bed frame

Step 5:

Add legs, a headboard, and paint the bed frame. We started with frame on floor since our daughter is young and will add legs as she gets used to transitioning.  In the next couple months, we plan to paint the bed frame white.

You are Finished! 

This project took my husband an afternoon to finish. The boys had so much fun helping him work on it. While it may take a little more time to build your own bed frame, there is something so special about turning it into a family project. Our next plan is to make one for our queen sized bed.

Additional Steps: 

Once it is all put together, we were able to put the mattress on it. We were given a twin sized Pure Echo mattress from My Green Mattress.  The story of how My Green Mattress was formed connected right away with me. My Green Mattress was founded by Tim Masters as his daughter, Emily, inspired him to include natural mattresses.  After Emily was born, her parents realized she suffered from eczema and allergies. As her parents took her to pediatric dermatologists and did their own research, they found that all-natural products could help alleviate her symptoms. They quickly added all-natural mattresses to their shop and their daughter’s bed.

This story about Tim and his daughter connected with me, because my daughter  suffers from eczema and allergies as well. We have been on a journey to figure out the best products for her. It gives me so much peace and joy to know she is sleeping on an all-natural, hypoallergenic mattress.

DIY Bed frame- a simple tutorial to help build a bed frame

It  arrived via Fed-X all wrapped up. My kids loved seeing how it arrived and could not believe it was a mattress! Once we unwrapped the mattress, it just popped out to form.

As soon as we set it on the bed, my daughter eagerly jumped up onto the bed before I had the sheets even on the bed. She put some of her animals and pillow on the bed and laid there in pure excitement.

DIY Bedframe- a simple tutorial

We could not be happier with the bed frame and mattress. Claire is loving her “big girl bed” and it has been such a good transition. My husband and I joke that she sleeps in the best mattress in the house! If you are looking for a mattress, check out My Green Mattress, you will not be disappointed!

Have you ever thought about building a bed frame?

Let me know if you try this tutorial and how it works! Sometimes simple, is the best way to go!


DIY Bed frame- a simple tutorial to help build a bed frame

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Thank you again for My Green Mattress for sending us the mattress to review. As always, all opinions are entirely my own. Read my disclosure policy

26 comments on “A Simple DIY Bed Frame”

  1. This is such a great idea! I am not a huge fan of our bedroom furniture. I got a good deal on it before we got married and it is huge and bulky. I want to get something simple that takes up less space in our small bedroom. This might just be perfect!

  2. So fun! I love that the project is simple enough that even the kids could feel like they were able to help out. It’s way more fun when it can be a family project!

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