Introduction: Build a Bed From a Sheet of Plywood
This bed is made solely with one sheet of plywood and the idea was to build something that was cheap, easy and that you could make with limited tools. In fact, if all you have is a circular saw and a drill, you could make this bed.
This build is a lot easier to put together than many IKEA furniture pieces are, so it's the perfect project if you're in need of a bed and you don't want to spend too much money, or get involved in too complicated a project.
Step 1: Cut List
I picked up the plywood from the home improvement store and I had them make two carefully chosen cuts so I could fit the plywood in my car.
Then I cut up the plywood to the following cuts:
- Base: 1 @ 38 x 74 inches (96.52 x 187.96 cm)
- Long Rails: 2 @ 5 1/2 x 74 inches (13.97 x 187.96 cm)
- Short Rails: 2 @ 38 x 4 inches (96.52 x 10.16 cm)
- Legs: 8 @ 4 x 13 inches (10.16 x 33 cm)
Step 2: Leg Assembly
After painting the plywood, it was time to put the bed together.
To assemble the legs I simply drilled and screwed one side to another piece of plywood, as the picture show. After this I spackled the screw holes and painted over those as well so you don't see any marks.
Step 3: Assembly of the Frame, Rails & Legs
To assemble the legs is very simple.
Start with marking out where to drill all around the base piece. Then drill holes, and place the long rails on the sides. It's helpful to put the legs in the middle for extra support. Secure the long rails with screws from the top of the base.
Then follow with the short rails.
At this point turn the bed upside down, and attach a leg in each corner, as the legs fit inside the rails.
Step 4: Conclusion - Watch the Video
For a much better perspective, make sure to watch the video that goes over all the steps of the build!
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