Build your own twin bed with this beginner-friendly house bed building plan! The printable woodworking plan includes the option for a box spring support rail or bed slats instead of a box spring.
Hi it’s Amy from Hertoolbelt back again with another build project. If you’ve been following along with our build series, you’ve probably noticed a few ‘house’ shaped projects. We have made the cute Playhouse frame for a fun reading nook. A little more recently, the house headboard. The house project that takes the cake is the amazing Bunk Bed Playhouse. When Australian magazine Home Life showed this fun House Frame bed in a kids’ room article, we had to add it to the collection of ‘house’ shaped tutorials, right!
How to Build a House Frame Twin Bed
Click here to purchase and download the House Frame Twin Bed printable woodworking plan.
This house bed is designed to fit a twin mattress and box spring 39″ x 75″, with a no box spring option that uses 1×4 bed slats instead. Here are the overall dimensions of the bed.
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House Frame Twin Bed Building Plan Materials Needed
- printable woodworking plan
- 9 – 2″ x 4″ x 8′ boards (actual 1 1/2″ x 3 1/2″)
- 3 – 2″ x 2″ x 8′ boards (actual 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″)
- *5 – 1″ x 4″ x 8′ boards (actual 3/4″ x 3 1/2″)
- *1 1/2″ screws
- 2 1/2″ pocket screws (self tapping)
- 2″ brad nails
- Pendant Light
- wood glue
- wood filler
- sand paper
- Paint and primer or wood stain
- Kreg Jig pocket hole jig
* No box spring option
Yes — you can build a twin bed from just 2x4s and 2x2s! The option 1×4 bed slats are
How to assemble a house-shaped twin bed frame
After making the cuts following the cut list and diagram in the printable woodworking plan, you’ll use pocket holes and screws to assemble the bed as detailed in the plans. To join the boards, use pocket holes set for 1 1/2″ material.
Can I disassemble the house bed to move it?
Yes! If you apply wood glue to *only* the joints for the headboard and footboard sections, you’ll be able to remove the screws connecting the bed rails and roof beam to the headboard and footboard and move the bed in sections.
If you anticipate disassembling and moving this bed multiple times, you might consider adjusting the plans to use metal surface-mounted bed rail brackets instead. Connecting the bed slats using webbing to make your attached bed slats will also take up less space than using a box spring, while making disassembly easier than installing the bed slats with screws, as suggested in the building plan.
Finishing the DIY House Bed Frame
Once you finished building the twin house bed frame, remove any excess glue, apply wood filler to nail holes, cracks and blemishes and allow to dry. Sand the wood filler and house frame until smooth, finishing with 120-150 grit sand paper. Stain or paint and prime as you like.
For a colorful pop, use our colorwashing stain technique to stain the bed ANY color you like!
The little details are what make any project. I love the little pendant light hanging from the roof. IKEA carries light cords for $5 that plug into an outlet. They also carry cords with fun colors for $8. Add a pendant cover/shade that fits your decor and you have the cutest House Frame Bed on the block!
Reader-Built House Beds
Feb 2018: Reader Alisha submitted this bed that she built and it is perfectly adorable!
“We followed the plans to a T and everything turned out perfect! Made all of the cuts first, then assembled and it came together very easily. Once built, I finished it with a thin coat OF white chalk paint and some light, lanterns and lace overhead. It is gorgeous and cute and we get tons of compliments on it!”