Make a Mid-Century Modern Bed Frame | Build Plans
- 3 Sheets 3/4″ Walnut veneer plywood
- 2 Sheets 1/2″ lower grade plywood for drawers (I used Baltic Birch)
- 14 Board feet solid 1 thick Walnut
- 11 – 1″ x 4″ x 96″ pine for slats
- 5 – 2″ x 4″ x 96″ spruce (Dimensional lumber)
- 2 – 2″ x 6″ x 96″ spruce (Dimensional lumber)
- Able to collapse and rebuild for moving
- Headboard mounted on cleat to wall
- Floating night stands
- Nightstands notched to pass through charging cables
- Two large bottom drawers for bedding
- Walnut drawer pulls
- Durable solid wood edging
I have always been a fan of the Mid-Century Modern bed frame so I set out to design and build one for myself. This post will cover the planning and materials for the project while later posts will cover the build process.
Traditionally, Mid-Century furniture is made from a mix of veneered plywood and solid wood of the same species which is usually Walnut, Teak, or even Rosewood. I really favor walnut and found someone selling three sheets of walnut plywood for $100. The sheets where originally purchased in the 70’s and never used! One of the sheets had a different grain pattern which looked great for the headboard.
I was able to find Walnut shorts (less than 48″ long) at $6.99 a Board foot and additionally purchased a 96″ long piece of Walnut at $14.95 a board foot.
Using walnut plywood (normally $180 per sheet) and solid walnut edging may be pricey for some. You can always substitute for a more affordable species and apply stain to get a similar effect. This plan was designed for a king size mattress (76″ x 80″) so the dimension will need to be altered if you have different a mattress size in mind.
Check out the video link at the top of this page and make your very own!
What size bed does this plan fit? I have a king.
This plan is for king size 🙂
Thanks.. Just saw that in the description.
Hi just wondering what the lengths are for the various pieces of dimensional lumber. Thanks
What dimensions would you suggest for a queen as far as the headboard and the drawers?
I did it! I finished my take on your bed! Well, I have to finish the bottom drawer fronts. Bit yes, beautiful bed. Thanks so much for the design. I love it. I want to share pictures with you.
You are very welcome. I’d love to see those pics!
Linda cama sera una bonita construcción en pino que pronto comenzare gracias por compartir exitos