To build this bed, I looked at the farmhouse bed plans on Knock Off Wood. I modified the measurements to build my daybed. I drew out my plans to make my own list of materials.
Then, I went and bought the wood. The hardest part about buying wood is trying to find the straightest pieces. It took a while rummaging through the piles of wood to find decent pieces. I am sure the employees thought I looked funny, but I didn't care. When I came home, I laid out all the pieces of wood and started making my cuts. Here are my wood cut dimensions.
I would like to warn you about the height of the bed. Since this bed is for my 2 year old, I wanted it a little lower than normal. To get my mattress to fit under the daybed, I had to buy a 6" mattress for the trundle. The top mattress which has a pillow top, measuring 8.5" in thickness did not fit under the bed in the trundle. Therefore, should you want a thicker mattress, increase the height of the foot board to accommodate this, perhaps adding another 2.5 inches. If you do that, remember to increase the headboard legs as well.
Then I started to assemble the headboard. I laid the runners on the floor and started laying the panel pieces on top. I put the pretty side facing down so that I could nail from behind. I used some pieces on the edges to line up the wood to make it straight. If my pictures are not self-explanatory enough, Knock Off Wood does a much better job at showing you how to lay out the wood.
Don't forget to glue the boards down before you nail it into place. Glue is what actually keeps the boards staying together.
Since some boards were not perfectly straight, I clamped them down before nailing them into place to ensure they would be straight.
Once you are done nailing all the panel pieces into place, lay the runners on top of the paneling boards to finish it up.
This is what the front of the head board looks like. Since you nailed everything from behind, you shouldn't see any nail holes from the front.
I next pre-drilled holes into the legs and screwed the 2 1x3s to the headboard.
Next, I decided I wanted a small piece of molding right underneath the top piece. I wanted it to wrap around the headboard.
I added a 1 x 1 to the bottom of the headboard where I want to later put the support boards where the mattress will lay. I later stained this piece to match the headboard.
After my headboard was complete, I sanded it for a smooth finish. Since this bed is for my son, I rounded all the edges so there wouldn't be any sharp corners.
Once again, here is the groove to allow the side board to rest.
Originally I was just going to use a 1 x 6 for the side boards, but I liked how the foot board looked and wanted the same look all around the bed so I decided to make the side boards to match. The process is exactly the same, except there are no legs and there is an additional panel piece that extends on both edges of the side board.
I put the bed together allowing me to drill all the necessary holes for final assembly.
The trundle front is the same as the foot board without the top and bottom additional pieces. The sides are made from 1 x 10's cut at 41.5". The back is also 1 x 10 cut to 74.5". Since I am still a little squeamish about using the circular saw, I made my husband make these cuts. You can get them cut down at the hardware store, but after spending so long searching for straight boards, I was ready to get out of there.
Here is a funny picture of my bed partly stained.
I added the same 1 x 1 support pieces for the trundle and placed an OSB board on top. I had the store cut the OSB board to fit the inner dimensions of the trundle (74" x 38.5"). This is what it looks like underneath the trundle. I screwed the OSB down onto the supports. Then I attached the 6 wheels to the OSB board to allow the trundle to move. Sorry, I forgot to take a picture of the wheels. Please visit Knock Off Wood for instructions and pictures.
Here is a funny picture of my bed partly stained.
I stained the bed with 2 coats of a rich espresso finish and applied 2 coats of varnish with light sanding in between. Here is what I used.
One week later after I was sure the varnish had cured, I brought the bed into the house for assembly. Here is the head board with the cutouts.
I next added the support slats to which the mattress would sit. I pre-drilled all the screw holds and counter-sinked them so that they would be flush. If I didn't run out of stain, I probably would have stained these pieces because I am such a perfectionist.
I did splurge on a great pillow top mattress and feather top mattress pad, but I saved everywhere else. The bedding I found at Target last summer for 75% off! Each sheet set was only $3.75. Can you believe that??? The $74.98 hand sewn quilt was only $18.75 each. You certainly can't beat that. I did run out and buy some pillows, but I had a coupon for those so there were savings all around.
I still can't believe that I made this bed. I am so ready for my next project.