1. John Fithian-Franks
    November 7, 2015 @ 2:12 am

    Hi Steve, I have watched your videos since the beginning, I like the way you make woodworking more human and easy.
    But since you went onto your new web site every time I click on your site it takes about 30 seconds to load. I have almost deleted your shortcut several time because it takes so long to load. I don’t know why this is so as it used to load quickly the same as all my other woodworking shortcut, but it is really irritating and I am hoping that you can do something about it.

  2. Andrew
    November 8, 2015 @ 10:56 pm

    Was just saying the other day that I wanted to build a bed frame (and dressers … and night stands) so hopefully, I can adjust these plans to fit a queen bed.

    And as somebody who started out a little more than a year ago with EXACTLY the tools Steve used in this project, I think this is an excellent project. Those three tools and one set of closet shelves have greatly expanded my tool collection – and, obviously, my interest in woodworking – but now my problem is “limited space;” outdoor, patio shops in the middle of Downtown are great in the summer … but when the Midwest winter kicks in … there could be some issues!

  3. Linda
    February 27, 2016 @ 7:17 pm

    Where are the 37-1/2 long 1-1/2 furring strips used? I don’t see them anywhere besides the cut list.

    • K
      February 29, 2016 @ 11:41 pm

      I have been scratching my head about those too. The only place I can see they will fit is horizontally across the head and foot of the mattress.

    • Ari
      June 6, 2016 @ 8:48 pm

      Anybody figure it out? I can’t find them either.

      • joe
        July 8, 2016 @ 11:45 am

        If you count up all the pieces of wood needed in the pictures of the pdf it comes out to 48 pieces of wood needed. (pages 3-5) Then, if you do the same it comes out to 50 pieces of wood on the cut list unless if Steve added anything with out telling us, he just made a mistake with the dimension’s that’s all.

    • Runignone
      March 27, 2017 @ 9:53 am

      Those are the strips that support the mattress.

      • Runignone
        March 27, 2017 @ 10:05 am

        …sorry. My bad. Should have paid attention to the whole question. I see no use for those 2 pieces 37 1/2 inches.

  4. Rob McDonnell
    March 7, 2016 @ 11:45 am

    If I wanted to adapt this to queen size, would I have to do anything aside from adjusting the necessary lengths? So for example, would I need to add any kind of support in the middle for longer slats?

    • David DeBello
      June 5, 2016 @ 7:52 pm

      I’m doing that same revision (upsizing to a queen) now. I’ve added one additional 80″ long 2×4 running in the center from the top to the bottom with lap joints into the now 60″ long 2x4s that go across. I’ll bolt those 2 60″ 2x4s in place to make the bedframe easier to disassemble if/when I want to move it

    • Joe Sandaker
      December 27, 2016 @ 1:14 pm

      Queen and king size beds need additional support in the middle. So adding a foot below 3 of your cross slats would be sufficient.

  5. Steve
    April 7, 2016 @ 12:34 pm

    I made this in my tiny little basement. Super easy and super strong. My daughters bed kept falling apart so I made this. Now we can all jump on it. Thanks 🙂

  6. wanda
    May 28, 2016 @ 10:11 am

    how many 2×4’s will you need when you go buy the lumber?? you never said.

    • David DeBello
      June 5, 2016 @ 7:55 pm

      Wanda, you’ll need a total of 6 2x4s if you are building this to the original measurements

  7. Sam Kamees
    July 1, 2016 @ 7:28 pm

    This looks like another great project from Steve Ramsey. I built his woodworking workbench and adjusted the sizes to accommodate a desk top that I had salvaged. So changing measurements to fit can definitely be done. I to adjust the sizes of the head and foot boards to allow the addition of a box spring and mattress instead of just a mattress. Also plan to stain and poly urethane the sanded finish. Thanks again Steve!

  8. David DeBello
    July 9, 2016 @ 8:38 pm

    After about a month’s worth of work, I finally got the bed done with some help from a few of my sons. Looking forward to a good night’s sleep tonight

  9. Matt Metzker
    July 10, 2016 @ 7:29 am

    (or anyone who has already built this project)
    Looking to make two of these for my boys, but i do not see anywhere the size screws you use for the lap-joints. Guessing I would say 11/4, but would like to know for sure. also the length of the lag bolts.

    Thank you,

    • David DeBello
      July 29, 2016 @ 1:57 pm


      I used 1 1/4″ screws for all of the lap joints (and for screwing the mattress slats in the frame). For the lag bolts, I used ones that were 5/16″ diameter and 2 1/2 long”

  10. Sara
    July 27, 2016 @ 11:48 am

    How high is this off of the ground? It looks like it would be 8″. If I wanted to make it higher to incorporate a trundle bed, would I just move the notch up?

  11. Jon
    September 15, 2016 @ 10:35 am

    I’m in the process of building this bed, using the limited tools described. One problem I’m running into is: how do I safely cut the 1.5″ furring strips to length? Cutting the furring strips isn’t shown in the video, and it seems like a precarious proposition to use the circular saw. I tried making one of the cuts freehand with a hacksaw I had and couldn’t make a straight cut, so I’m looking for other options. The thoughts that come to mind are borrowing a miter box or a miter saw from someone to make the cuts?

    • Jon
      September 18, 2016 @ 7:33 pm

      Follow-up to anyone who wanders to this page later – I borrowed a miter saw from a friend, and made the cuts that way.

  12. Jon
    September 18, 2016 @ 7:11 pm

    On to the next stuck point – on the footboard, the space in which to fit the drill/driver to screw in the long furring strips is really small. Do you simply glue the long furring strips in place and skip the screws, or is there some way to squeeze the impact driver in there? Any feedback from folks who have built this bed would be appreciated. I’m building the bed outside my apartment building on the weekends, dropping a power cord out a second story window, with a 1970s Workmate as my workbench.

    • Jon
      September 29, 2016 @ 6:02 am

      I took a closer look at the video – there aren’t any screws, so it looks like Steve simply glued the furring strips in place on the footboard.

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  14. Christopher Saltiban
    December 18, 2017 @ 6:54 pm

    I’m currently working on this DIY for my daughter, thanks.