DIY solid wood twin bed for UNDER 50$

Five Zero! Yuppers! You can make a (very nice) solid wood twin bed frame + stain + a paint brush + Protective finish all for 50 dollars or less! Too crazy? Don’t believe me? Keep reading then…



Okay, so a lot of you know, I am sorta redoing my little brother’s room. (aka adding a few things in) He needs a bed….well, not a bed…he has one of those, what I mean is that he needed a bed frame. A really nice one. I was thinking dark walnut wood with kind of a rustic “cool” feel. Perfect for a game room/man cave bedroom.


Ummmmm….. exsqueeze me?

450 dollars??!?!

Maybe he doesn’t need a bed frame…

Back to the drawing board. I surely wasn’t going to be able to convince my parents to spend 500 $ on a bed frame so all that was left was to break out my ancient old carpenter skills (actually I have no ancient carpenter skills, that just makes me sound like I know what I was doing. In reality, I have no idea :)

But I do now! kinda

I researched a bit and found the lovely Ana White and her bed frame tutorial. This is a lovely bed and tutorial (Thanks Ana) and you should totally go check it out, but for me, I wanted something taller and no lip. ;)

I wanted a bed Like this one (with no headboard)

Using Ana’s plans as guidelines, I modified them to fit my wants and made this bed and tutorial. Let’s get started:

what you need



  • 2 1/2” wood screws $6.00
  • Stain (keep reading, and I’ll show a pic of what kind I used) $4.80
  • Two – 2×2 @ 8′ long $4.00
  • Six – 1×4 @ 8′ long $12.20
  • Two – 2×8 @10′ long $13.00
  • Water based protective finish (I will also show you a picture) $9.00
  • Saw
  • Drill
  • Measuring tape
  • Level
  • Protection for eyes and ears

how to make it




Now notice, I did not use the most expensive wood. This bed cost only $43.01 exactly, the price of one fancy meal at a nice restaurant. I went in, found some wood (who knows if it was indoor or outdoor) and said, ill take 2 of those please!

As Shanty 2 Chic would say, I “Build like a girl” :) And you do too, if your like me and walk into a Lowe’s or Home Depot and began describing what you need by using your hands and funky words: Ha!

“Hi, I need one of those hinges that go like this:”

Proceed to move your hands in the movement you want the hinge to do

“Do you have any of those?”

So me…all the time lol

So imagine my delight when I didn’t have to ask for help! All I needed was simple wood (cheap wood at that)

To make this bed, you cut your 2×8’s into 4 pieces.

Two pieces need to measure: 76.5” and two pieces need to measure 39”

(you may need to adjust slightly depending on the mattress)

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Take those 4 pieces and build a box. Simple! And I’m sorry, but this bed frame was so gargantuan that I couldn’t get a picture of it without puppies trying to help out. lol :)

Build the box with the 76.5” pieces of wood on the outside of the 39” pieces. Like above.

I used three screws on each end, drilling pilot holes so the wood won’t split.

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Next, cut your 2×2 pieces so they fit right inside the box on each long end

Position it about 2-3” below the top. Screw one screw in the middle, make sure it is all level and add another couple of screws in the ends. Do the same to the other long side. Make sure everything is level. Levelness is the key


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If that’s nice and stable, it is time for the slats. Here is where you can choose from two different options. You can keep the 2×2 braces at the top so the bed sits about 6” off the ground, or you can flip the whole frame over so the bed mattress sits in the frame about 6”. I choose this latter option because lil’bro has an unusually tall mattress.

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Time to cut the slats. Take the pile of 1×4’s and cut them 39”. You should end up with 12. You can use all 12 if you want or you can use less. It depends on the size of the child sleeping and the size of the mattress.

Spread them out evenly on the braces (I didn’t measure) and tack secure with some nails. No need to get fancy with pilot holes and screws unless you want to. I just chose the easy nail option. But just as a warning, if you choose nails…DO NOT pick the bed up by the slats!!!

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Stain the bed frame if you so desire and finish with a sealer (protective finish). 

As you can see, I got a little stain happy: Boredom + stain = an impulse to stain the entire bed, which by the way is not necessary! :)

So that’s it! Ta-Da!! Enjoy!!!

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Oh yes! *Wyoming* And don’t forget to let your wee little helpers pick up the tools for you! ;)


Hope your bed frame turned out awesome! Don’t forget to check out Ana’s bed, and have a wonderful splendid rest of the day! 

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How to olden a frame

hmm… is olden even a word?

oh well, it is now

boring to awesomeness

I can’t believe it turned out this great! It was more of a: “hope for the best” kind of project and I think it came out the best!

The frame I started with was just a regular old slick black (I think fake wood) frame. Not much to it. But with a little spray paint, stain, and sanding, it turned into an old looking frame. “olden-a-fied”

PS: It took less than a day

First thing is first: spray that fella (the frame not your brother) with about two coats of spray paint. I used an olden looking color in a very olden can of spray paint. I was going to use white spray paint but I used all of that up a few hours earlier. After you spray, it will look basically like a spray painted frame.

Now to olden it up a bit. Take 80 grit sandpaper and scuff it up. As you can see in the first picture, the black areas is where I sanded. I did this randomly, as should you, don’t get too caught up with making everything perfect symmetry. (Quick question: Why isn’t the word symmetry, symmetrical? WHAA!?!?? Mind Blowing!

Now while you are trying to solve the world crisis of symmetry, take an olden rag and dip it in a little bit of dark walnut stain. If you are going to prom, to Target, somewhere nice, or graduation *ahem* you might want to wear gloves. Lemme just say it takes a lot of frantic scrubbing to get this junk off your hands!

Wipe it on the frame, taking off excess stain in some areas and blotting it darker in some. It takes a little practice, but since this frame is supposed to look old[en] and beat up, it is okay if you mess up in spots.

Now comes the fun part While it is still sticky, SMASH IT WITH A HAMMER! This is my favorite part of this movie :D But seriously, take a hammer and beat it! Not REALLY hard, just hard enough to make a mark. Do this sparingly and randomly. I also turned my hammer over to the pronged side and hit the frame a few times with that end.

Let dry completely (2-3 days) and if you want, add a little extra awesomeness by gluing bunting to the top!

Enjoy Everyone!

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Question: What should be my next post? And do you have another spelling for symmetry??!

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