- 1″ x 6″ x 43″ qty 7
- 1″ x 4″ x 37.5″ qty 3
- 1″ x 2″ x 37.5″ qty 2
- 1″ x 2″ x 43″ qty 1
Lay all seven 1 x 6 “face down” on the floor with them all as tight together as possible. Pick whichever side of the 1 x 6 looks best to be the front facing side (the “facedown” side).
Take the 1 x 4, place one on top, tight to either end and then measure out and place the 3rd 1 x 4 in the centre.
Drill pilot holes so that there are 2 holes through the 1×4 into each 1×6. To help prevent splitting, ensure the pilot holes are not too close to the edges of the wood but also not drilled too close to one another.
Fasten the 1×4 to the backside of the 1×6 using the 1 1/4″ screws. There should be a torque setting around the chuck on your drill (mine is a dial around the chuck and it is numbered 1-24). I kept mine set between 12 and 15 while I was setting these screws. This will ensure the screws aren’t over tightened and will help prevent the wood from splitting.
Once all three 1 x 4 pieces are fastened, the 1 x 2 frame is next.
Mock up the frame around the assembled headboard to ensure all our lengths and corner cuts line up ok (you would cut these with a mitre saw). You may notice very tiny gaps at the corners but you will see those become a non factor when you sand and stain.
Use the brad nailer to fasten the frame pieces around the outside of the headboard. Since you will use 2″ nails, you need to be cautious that you are nailing in as straight as possible to avoid them shooting out the side or top.
If there is any gaps you’re not happy with, you could choose to wood fill- but we were happy with the rustic, plank look of them. At this point, give it a really good sand job then stain it. We used Early American stain from Minwax, then sealed it with Varathane Diamond Satin Finish Crystal Clear (we use that stuff for everything). Also- when it comes to stain and clear coats, I really recommend a quality brush (our favourite is Purdy) since they don’t lose hairs and get stuck in your project! While you’re doing the headboard and foot board- don’t forget to sand and stain the side rails as well!
All the same steps as above for the footboards. Materials for footboards:
- 1 x 6 x 43″ qty 2
- 1 x 4 x 43″ qty 1
- 1 x 4 x 14.5″ qty 3
- 1 x 2 x 14 3/8″ qty 2
- 1 x 2 x 43″ qty 1
Each rail is comprised of a 1″ x 6″ x 75″ and a 2″ x 4″ x 75″.
The 2 x 4 is mounted with the long side up against the face of the 2 x 6. Again, if one side of the 2 x 6 looks better than the other, mount the 2 x 4 to the ugly side.
I fastened these together with brad nails and wood glue but in hindsight I wish I’d used screws. I also filled any screw holes in the footboards that may be visible, but it’s not a must. I would along the top of the footboards so that they aren’t seen and then there is nothing for the sheets or kids toes to contact. (Sorry for the poor photos on this… it was late at night but we really wanted to get them done so kids could sleep in them that night!)
Don’t you love how helpful toddlers are?
Use your bed brackets (you’ll need 4) to attach the side rails to the head and foot boards with screws. Make sure to measure the same distance from the floor on each. Again, we chose to make our rails standard twin bed height to allow for under bed storage and since we don’t plan on changing their beds ever (sorry kids, this is what you get ’til you move out). Lay the 1×3 slats in then top it with the mattress. You could choose to re-inforce the bed with corner brackets under the bed brackets if you wish. Our kids are 2 years old and under 20 lbs so we didn’t look into it too much and from what we’ve read- this will be more than stable. If you wanted to, you could staple cord between the slats (like you would get at an Ikea store).
That’s it! (Colleen again) We totally love them and our kids have been so proud to show everyone their ‘big kids’ beds. And we’re really lucky we didn’t have a ‘falling out of bed’ problem with either of them. I think it’s happened twice since we gave them these beds in November. We did put down those kids foam tiles in their room while they were getting used to them… just in case!