To build a twin bed frame, measure and cut the panels, assemble the frame at the corners, install additional corner pieces, attach the slats and perform any finish work. Most bed frame plans can be altered to accommodate a standard twin bed, which is 38 inches wide by 74 inches long.
To build a wooden bed frame:
- Measure and cut
- Assemble the frame
- Install corners
- Install slats
- Perform finishing work
Use a piece of plywood to cut two side pieces, a front and back piece, two ledgers and four triangular gussets. The two sides should be long enough to accommodate a twin's length of 74 inches, and the front and back pieces should be long enough to accommodate the 38-inch width.
Assemble the sides and the front and back pieces to create a rectangle. Place the frame pieces on the floor, ensuring they are flush with one another. Drill pilot holes into the sides and attach the frame with wood glue and screws. After the frame is assembled and squared, glue on and screw in the triangular gusset pieces along the bottom of the frame at each of the four corners. Ensure the screws are flush or recessed.
Cut and notch the 4x4 into wrap-around corner pieces. The corner pieces should be flush with the bottom but slightly protrude from the top. Cut the top pieces off at a 45-degree angle.
Screw in the ledger pieces along the bottom interior of the frame, and use wood glue and screws to attach the cross slats to the ledger pieces.
Sand and paint or stain the finished frame, using wood putty to fill the screw holes. Add any desired finishes, such as legs or a headboard.