How To Make A Twin Bed? 6 Easy Steps To Follow!

Do you want to know how to make a twin bed?

Then you have come to the right place.

how to make a twin bed

In this post, we will discuss the procedure using the standard framing lumber.

To do this, high woodworking skills are not required.

But since it involves using heavy-duty tools, you need to have hearing and eye protection.

Also, make sure to know how to utilize the tools before you start.


Materials And Tools Needed

Before we proceed with the steps, prepare the materials needed first.

Below is the list:

  • Groove and tongue bedboard
  • Dowels
  • Wood screws
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper
  • Paint
  • Wood filler
  • Circular saw
  • Table saw
  • Drill
  • Tape measure
  • Sander
  • Paintbrush


6 Steps To Make A Twin Bed

My friends, do you want to know how to make a twin bed?

Now let us get right into the procedure of making one for yourself!


Step #1. Cutting the lumber to the right length

The very first thing that you need to do is to cut all the lumber into the right length.

You have to make sure that the size is right before you cut.

Measure it twice if necessary.

You need to cut 4 of the 2×4 lumbers into the length of about 25 inches and one into 24 inches long.

Then cut two 2×4 lumber into 75 inches long each.

Three 1x4x10 lumber must be cut into 38 inches long each.

The same goes for two 1x4x8 lumber.

Also, cut the bed board into 10 portions with 17 inches long each and ten pieces 6 inches long.


Step #2. Building the posts of the bed

Get two lumbers with a length of 35 inches and out some wood glue on either of their sides.

Then use the wood screws to attach the two pieces of lumber together.

Repeat the same process for two 35-inch lumbers. The same goes for the 24-inch lumber.

You also have to ensure that the heads of the screw sink under the wood’s surface.

Then fill the holes of the screws as well as the joint of the lumber using a wood filler.

Allow it to dry and sand.


Step #3. Drilling for the dowels

In this step, you need to drill some holes onto the tops of the lumbers with grooves.

Make sure the holes are 1inch deep and centered onto the butt end.

To make it easier for you to drill holes consistently, you can try putting tape around your drill bit at the right depth.

You also need to drill one-inch-deep holes both on top and at the bottom of every post. Make sure to center the holes.

Then, glue the dowels in every hole at the end of the 2×4 lumber.


Step #4. Completing the footboard and headboard

Lay one of the 35-inch posts onto your working surface. Put some glue at the end of one post.

Then alight it to the top of another post with its groove facing downward.

Now, you can insert the dowels into the holes of the post.

Once done, you can start drilling for the pilot holes on top as well as on the sides of the dowels and attach them onto the posts by screwing.

Attach the end of the other 2×4 lumber by adding some glue and then align it at about 12 inches from the post’s bottom with its groove facing upwards.

Insert the dowels into the holes of the post by drilling some pilot holes and screwing them into place.

After that, you need to slide the longer pieces of the bed board into those grooves. Glue them up and attach the dowels.

Position the other 35-inch post above. Make sure that the dowels are aligned with the holes.

Then, screw them in place after you drill.

After that, try standing the headboard and then attach the 1x4x41 lumber towards the top with the use of screws and wood glue.

Lay it again flatly onto the floor so that you can check if it is twisted or not.

You might as well need to cross tape to endure that the share is square.

To do that, you need to measure it diagonally starting from one corner to another. Perform this from both directions.

Check whether or not the measurements are the same.

You have to make adjustments if needed. Then, fill the holes and sand.

Repeat the same process for the footboard.


Step #5. Create the mattress support

Lay the 75-inch lumber down and use the wood glue and screws to attach the strips flush onto the edge at the bottom.

Leave a small gap at every end for the bed hardware.

Mark the spot intended for the support slats. Make sure that there is a 2-inch space in between every slat.

Then, drill for the pilot holes and secure the slats in place with screws. Angle the screws correctly so that they can go into the 2×4 lumber.


Step #6. Finishing the twin bed

Now it’s time for you to do any necessary touch-ups including filling the holes, sanding, and painting.

Finally, you have to attach your bed hardware to the end of the mattress support.

Then attach the mattress support onto the footboard and the headboard.


It’s A Wrap!

And that’s it, folks! You have finally known how to make a twin bed.

Just place your mattress on top of it and your twin bed is ready.