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)
- 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!