DIY: A Bed frame With Steel Hairpin Legs

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I saw this DIY bed frame on A Beautiful Mess, and thought to share. One of the things I love about it is that it looks relatively simple to do. I saw this DIY bed frame on A Beautiful Mess, and thought to share. One of the things I love about it is that it looks relatively simple to do.

If you are looking to have a bed done, but would love to keep the cost minimal this could fit the profile. When it comes to diy-ing, there are two categories of people; those that have the knowledge and the tools, and those that just have the technical knowledge. For the former, all you need do is follow the steps, and you will be fine. For the latter, you can work with a skilled carpenter to have this done.

Supplies

  • five 1x12x8
  • one 1×3.5×8
  • two 1x4x6
  • two 1×3.5×8
  • four 1x3x6 (I used all pine, except for these I used oak for extra support)
  • box of fifty 1/2″ wood screws
  • six 4″ hairpin legs (or other sturdy legs)
  • semi-gloss polyurethane (and/or woodstain)
  • sandpaper

Tools

  • brush
  • circular saw
  • drill

Step One: 

Measure your space and the bed. The mattress and box spring set I created my bed frame for is a queen size. I also decided that I wanted the frame to be just lightly (1/2″ or so) wider and longer than the mattress and box spring, so this informed my overall project measurements. I then cut my lumber down to size (as the lumber yard did not have the exact measurements I needed, of course).

bedframe with hairpin legs

Step Two: 

Once I had the body of the frame made, I created a frame for it and screwed those boards in place.

Step Three: 

I screwed the hairpin legs into each of the four corners of the frame. 

bedframe with hairpin legs

Step Four: 

In the above photo you can see where I added the oak boards which provide the support for the bed frame (so actual adults can lie on top of the bed without breaking the frame). I also added the remaining two hairpin legs to help to distribute weight once the frame is in use. 

bedframe with hairpin legs
bedframe with hairpin legs
bedframe with hairpin legs

A Beautiful Mess

And if you wanted to know how they did the headboard, check it out here. I love that they used the projector to trace the sleepover text on the bed. Definitely precise. Have fun with your project, and if you get to do, even with your own modifications, we would happily feature it here.

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