19 Stylish DIY Bed Frames and How To Make Them

We’ve all heard the phrase “If you want something done right, do it yourself,” so why not start with something practical, like a DIY bed frame? Unlike a headboard, which may add a much-welcomed design moment, but isn’t strictly necessary, a bed frame is an essential piece of bedroom furniture. That said, bed frames, no matter how minimalist in structure or appearance, can come with a high price tag. So, if you’re looking to save your wallet from a cash hemorrhage, put your toolbox to good use, and upgrade your home decor along the way, you may want to consider building a DIY bed frame.

Whether you build the frame, headboard, and footboard entirely yourself or upgrade a version from IKEA or Amazon, you really can’t go wrong—especially because you’re in charge of the design of these bed plans from beginning to end. From DIY floating bed frames to storage bed ideas, there are almost limitless options, so consider this your cheat sheet, complete with 19 tutorials that work for king-size beds, queen-size ones, full mattresses, and twin beds alike. Get ready to love your bed again.

Play with pattern

Don’t shy away from having fun with your bed frame. It can be the most eye-catching element in a space. If you’re thinking about how to build a bed frame, try starting with the fabric. Whether you choose a bold yet classic option or opt for something a bit more demure, fabric is an easy way to upgrade an upholstered bed. Just pin it to your headboard or attach it to the wall for an instant transformation.

Beata Heuman’s London house features a headboard made with a BFGF blanket.

Photo: Paul Raeside

Take a page from the minimalists

There’s something to be said about extreme minimalism. When it comes to a bedroom-specific DIY project, the trendy pieces tend to be floating bed frames and platform bed frames, but a bohemian-style wood box in which the mattress (and box spring) fits perfectly is always in style. Not to mention, these modern bed frames are super easy to build and, unless you want to use reclaimed wood, you can purchase the few materials you’ll need at Home Depot. Get your woodworking on.

Go wild

Studio John Sharp’s custom, multi-tiered, furry sleeping quarters for comedian Jordan Firstman may not be easy to replicate, but it’s worth a try, if you are craving a bold look. If executed correctly, this DIY bed is bound to be the centerpiece of your space. Start with a few pieces of cut and sanded hardwood (think teak or beech) and build the basic shape of the frame. Then, make your way to the fabric store to pick out the faux fur you’ll want to bolt to the wood bed frame.