Do you need a new bed frame but don’t want to pay the high price at a retail store? You’re in luck. Bed frames are relatively cheap and simple to build yourself. Read on to learn more about the styles you can easily build at home.
Build Your Own Bed Frames
Good looking bed frames can be extremely expensive. Some of the nicer options will cost you thousands of dollars, which is quite an investment for the aesthetic of your bedroom. Thankfully, there are several styles of bed that you can build yourself. Building a bed frame isn’t as difficult as you might think, and you can save some money in the process as well.
Ahead, we’ll make a case for why you should consider building a bed frame and cover some of the design choices you can make. Happy DIYing!
Why Build Your Own Bed?
Building your own bed is cheap, practical, and satisfying. There are several reasons why you should consider building rather than buying. Ahead, we’ll give you a couple of reasons to trade some of your free time to learn a new skill and build your own bed frame.
It’s Cheaper Than Buying
The best argument for why you should build your own bed frame is that it’s far cheaper than buying one. You can build almost any bed frame for under $100, and some will cost closer to $50.
Sure, you might be able to find a bed frame for around the same price, but the quality won’t be there. You’ll probably end up buying an Amazon Choice product if you’re looking for a bargain. These are functional, but far from aesthetically pleasing.
The right bed frame will perfectly accentuate a bedroom. A cheap one can cheapen the design of the room, no matter how much you spent on the look of it. Building a bed frame, on the other hand, is a way to get a top-notch option for a fraction of the cost of buying one.
It’s Not as Hard as You Think
Building a bed frame probably isn’t as difficult as you might think. Some of the designs can be a bit more complicated, but most of them are easy enough for beginners to tackle alone. DIY projects can be intimidating for those who haven’t worked with tools much in the past.
Bed frames offer a low-risk, relatively easy project that will get a new DIYer’s feet wet. Messing up on one of the measurements or cuts isn’t a huge deal. It’s not like you’re installing crown molding or trying to build a porch for your first project. You can even scrap the project and cut your losses if you don’t think it’s going well. The investment you made won’t be huge.
We’re certain you’ll be able to get the hang of it, though. Everyone has to start somewhere, and a bed frame is the perfect DIY project that’s practical at the same time.
A platform bed is one of our favorite bed frames to build. These are easy to create and provide versatility of designs that can be surprisingly elegant when you combine everything into one. There are several benefits to a platform bed over some of the other options on this list – the biggest being using one means you don’t need a box spring mattress.
Platform beds have either a solid middle section or one with several slats equally spaced throughout. This base provides enough support for the mattress and means you won’t have to use a box spring if you don’t want to.
You can use one if you want, but platform beds don’t require box springs. Even the cheaper box springs will cost around $50, So you’ll be saving quite a bit of money by skipping this step. They’re quite large and bulky as well, which makes moving them annoying – especially if you have a big bed.
Platform beds also allow you to keep more items under the bed most of the time. The design we included below shows a bed frame flat on the ground, but other styles are equally easy to build and offer storage underneath. Take a look at our DIY Platform Bed guide for more information on this style of bed frame. Here is one of the DIY designs we found that we think makes a fantastic DIY platform bed.
Easy DIY Platform Bed
We found this recipe for an easy DIY platform bed on Shanty 2 Chic. It’s one of the easier platform bed designs we’ve found and looks pretty professional once you’re finished. The writer on the site said this bed frame cost her only $55, which is nothing when you see the finished product.
There won’t be any storage underneath the bed, but that’s not a huge deal for everyone. You can find many designs if you want some additional space to put things, though. Again, our DIY Platform Bed guide has some more designs you can sift through.
Panel beds have many of the same advantages of platform beds, especially when it comes to adding some storage underneath. While box springs can be expensive and annoying, some people prefer them over not having one. They raise the bed, which some people like, and can provide more support than the panel or platform bed alone.
Panel beds are more conducive to box springs since they hold it better. The box spring will be set into the bed frame, which means it won’t shift or move around as much as it will on a platform bed.
Of course, you can always use your panel bed frame without a box spring. The bed will be a bit lower, so it’s usually a good option if you have a thicker mattress. Thin mattresses might sink past the lip on the side of the bed frame.
Panel Bed From A City Born Love
We found this panel bed design on A City Born Love, and it’s one of our favorites. This simple outline comes with a headboard design as well, which will save you even more money on your bed frame accessories.
Headboards might seem more intimidating, but building them is often easier than building the bed frame itself. A frame like this one would easily cost you over $1,000 at the store, but you can build one of your own for under $100.
A Murphy bed is going to be a bit more complicated than some of the other designs because there are more moving parts. For those who don’t know, a Murphy bed is one that’s built into a fixture on the wall. It drops down when you want to sleep, and folds up during the day.
These beds are perfect for a studio apartment or a guest room. The easiest ones to build will be twin beds, which isn’t always ideal. You can always scale up the project and build a large bed, but you’ll be capped with how much space it will take up.
Murphy Bed From Ana White
This Murphy bed design comes from Ana White and fits a twin mattress. You should probably have a bit of experience before tackling a project like this one, as you have to make sure the Murphy bed is secure on the wall and will drop down when you need it to. Although the outline walks you through what to do, the decision of the exterior design is ultimately yours. You can disguise the bed as a cupboard, add some artwork to it, or do anything else creative that strikes your fancy.
A canopy bed might not have the same list of benefits as the three we mentioned above, but it’s one of the most elegant bedframes you can build on your own. The method for building these bed frames is surprisingly simple, so you don’t need to be a DIY master to start the project.
Canopy beds, in many ways, are similar to the panel beds we included above. You should try to make one of these if you’ve already built a bed in the past, as you’ll find the instructions to be quite similar.
You might even be able to add a canopy to your existing DIY bed frame if you like. This is a surefire way to class up your bedroom without too much effort.
DIY No-Sew Table Cloth Bed Canopy
This recipe from Home Talk outlines how to create and add a canopy to an existing bed using a tablecloth. You can use any style of a canopy on your bed, but the tablecloth method is one of the easiest and cheapest we’ve seen. Of course, we recommend starting with a relatively cheap tablecloth if you’re nervous about trying this method. You can always do the same thing with a more attractive one in the future if you see fit.
One of the best parts of this design is the fact that you can create a few different canopies and change them with the season.