Japanese Bed Style




Introduction: Japanese Bed Style

About: I am a interaction design student based in Berlin. I like to share my ideas and work on projects with other people.

I just finished my first furniture and I really like to share it here in my first instructables. Hope you enjoy and don't hesitate to ask if there are some difficulties. This instruction is more a inspiration than a tutorial. I won't explane every step.

This bed is made without screws in the construction (there are some for the 2 sockets which are - of course - optional). I don't want to describe how the socket is integrated because I'd like to concentrate on the main structure of the bed.

The building time was approximately 16h and the costs around 70€.


!! Caution !!

I'd really recommend some craftsman skills. You will need some professional tools or else this bed is really annoying to build because you have to cut a lot of wood!

This bed is made for a cold foam mattress with 140cm x 200cm.



  • 20x spruce wood ( 2cm x 12cm x 200cm )
  • 2x spruce beam ( 8cm x 20cm x 200cm )
  • 2x spruce beam ( 3cm x 30cm x 200cm )

Costs around 70€ and I absolutely recommend to buy this wood pre-cut.

Step 1: Plan Your Cuts

Remember that the bed is plugable. So we have to cut 20x 2cm wide holes in the beam.You could either do this with a milling cutter or with a buzz saw. I did it with the buzz saw and a chisel. The 2cm wide holes have a distance of 8cm to another.

I let the thin wood overlap by 30cm because I'd like to have a litte deposition for some books, glasses, lamps or whatever I dont want to put on the floor. I cut the holes also with the buzz saw. For that I made 7 cuts per hole, thats enough that you are able to fracture the small parts to one 8cm hole. You don't have to be too precise +1cm is absolutely fine!

Step 2: Finishing Up

Stick it together and you are finished!

I made 2 sockets inside my bed because i don't like to have many cables at my bed. So I connected the to sockets (one for each side) and now only only cable leads to my bed.

hope you enjoyed it and again:

Don't hesitate to write me any messages.



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12 Discussions

Really like this Instructable! Are the boards on the side just laying on top of the frame, or are they secured in some way?

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I forgot to mention, that the boards on the side are connected with some wodden dowels. I took big dowels and put some glue in there. I took only 2 and it is quite secure.

Really like this Instructable! Are the boards on the side just laying on top of the frame, or are they secured in some way?

Thanks a lot for inspiration. I made this one for single person and I have some future bed to make for a couple. Your idea is awesome! Check this one!

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I'm almost done making mine, and you are right: it is a pain if, like me, you don't have any proper tools to make the cut. I managed it with a jigsaw and a classical wood saw (the one with big teeth :). It wasn't particularly difficult, but it took time to get it right. Also, I had to sander the wood since the one I bought wasn't really nice…

Images will follow once I put it together : )

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oh wow, that sounds like a lot of effort ... I hope it turned out nice!

yeah, I would really like to see some images :-)!

The bed looks great. I love it! I'm in the middle of planning my new bed, now I'm thinking of switching over to your design. I'm a bit scared of all the notches needed, thou. Do you have any tips beyond buzz saw and chisel? Thank you.

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it's good to hear that you want to rebuild it! The only thing with the buzz saw is that you are a lot faster. But I'm sure you can rebuild it even with a japan saw ... but keep in mind that you have to saw at least 80 cuts! And I think that you will need a chisel to hammer out those cuts. This tool costs very less (at least here in Germany) and is very very useful...

Are the electric sockets isolated? personally i try to avoid to place anything electrical with flamable materiales like wood.Just in case of shortcuircts... A simple plastic box used for electric installations could do the work, not the best, but helps. :D

Suggestion: round the corners unless you like scars :D

The bed is nice and I think, easy to bould... even when you need some power tools.

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thanks for the replies :) !

gomibakou, you are really right. I have also thought about isolating the sockets, but I havn't. Thanks for the tip, I will try to find something before I plug in my lights (again ;) )!!