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Modified King Size Farmhouse Bed with Storage Drawers | Pretty Handy Girl

The master bedroom is almost finished. If you’ve been following along, I decided to give our bedroom a makeover when we upgraded our mattress to a king size. That decision has resulted in a few “give a mouse a cookie” decisions. Every time we needed a new mattress, we discussed whether it was time to upgrade to a king. Each time we decided to stick with our queen. Besides the savings, I was attached to our oak leaf sleigh bed. The wrought iron leaves are my favorite part of the bed.

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Farmhouse King Size Bed with Storage

This time as the mattress buying decision loomed, I did extensive research and discovered Savvy Rest’s Serenity latex layered mattress. Who knew that this DIY mattress would last us for decades! (You have to read about this mattress, it will probably be the last mattress you ever buy!) Given the length of time we’d be sleeping on it, we decided it was finally time to make the switch and move up to a king. But, I have to admit, I was sad about saying goodbye to the oak leaves. A few sleepless nights later and I had formulated a brilliant plan of how I could use my beloved oak leaves in the new bed:

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I ended up altering Ana White’s Queen size farmhouse bed with storage drawers plans by sizing it for a king-sized mattress. Plus, I altered the headboard design to incorporate my beloved oak leaf wrought iron.

Ana’s plans are great, so I’m going to send you to her site to download the basic plans. Then, I’ll give you the details and show you the modifications I made.

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Building the King Size Farmhouse Storage Bed:

Cut List: (alterations to Ana White’s plans denoted in red)

Headboard:

*1 – 3/4″ Plywood @ 26″ x 69″
2 – 1×4 @ 69″
1 – 2×2 @ 69″
1 – 3/4″ L shaped corner moulding piece cut to 69″
2 – 4×4 @ 60″

2 – 2×4 @ 69″
1 – 2×4 @ 76″
1 – 2×6 @ 78″

Footboard:

*1 – 3/4″ Plywood @ 15″ x 69″
2 – 1×4 @ 69″
2 – 4×4 @ 19″
2 – 2×4 @ 69″
1 – 2×4 @ 76″
1 – 2×6 @ 78″

Storage Boxes:

*4 – 3/4″ Plywood @ 15 1/2″ x 80 1/4″
*8 – 3/4″ Plywood @ 15 1/2″ x 13 1/2″
*2 – 1/4″ Plywood @ 79 1/2″ x 15″

Support Center:

3 – 2×4 @ 80 1/4″
4 – 2×4 @ 10″
2 – 2×4 @12″
13 – 2×4 @45″

Drawer Boxes:

12 – 1×10 @ 23 1/4″
12 – 1×10 @ 14″
*6 – 1/4″ Plywood @ 24 3/4″ x 14″
*Plywood cut into 9 1/2″ strips can be substituted for 1x10s, use at least 1/2″ plywood, for direct conversion, use 3/4″ plywood

Drawer Faces:

*6 – 3/4″ Plywood @ 25 1/2″ x 13 1/4″
12 – 1/4″ hobby stock, 2 1/2″ wide @ 8 1/4″
12 – 1/4″ hobby stock, 2 1/2″ wide @ 25 1/2″

* I used PureBond plywood for the plywood lumber because I didn’t want to be sleeping on wood glued with formaldehyde. 

General Instructions:

Download Ana White’s plans for the basic (and easy to follow) plans to build the bed. Then come back here and I’ll show you my alterations.

Preparing the Wrought Iron Oak Leaves:

I removed all the wrought iron pieces from our queen-sized sleigh bed (headboard and footboard pieces.) Then I laid out all the pieces and cut one of the iron sections to add enough width to our new king size headboard. If you don’t have wrought iron laying around, head to a salvage shop or get creative. You could use reclaimed boards in the void or cut a fun pattern into thin plywood with a jigsaw (band saw or scroll saw.) Or add an upholstered panel. Get creative and make your new bed your own!

To cut the wrought iron, use a metal cutting blade on a vibrating multi-tool to cut through one of the oak leaf sections.

Modified King Size Farmhouse Bed with Storage Drawers | Pretty Handy Girl

Build the headboard panel as described by Ana’s plans, but slide the top 1×4 piece up 1″ to create a lip:

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Use the table saw (or router) to cut out a 3/4″ notch out of the  2×2 board to create a channel:

Modified King Size Farmhouse Bed with Storage Drawers | Pretty Handy Girl

Your headboard construction will accommodate the wrought iron pieces as shown below (view from the backside):

Modified King Size Farmhouse Bed with Storage Drawers | Pretty Handy Girl

Line the 2×2″ board up with the top of the 4×4 posts. Measure the height of the wrought iron and mark the top of the plywood headboard. Secure both the 2×2 and the headboard using pocket hole joinery.

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Follow the rest of Ana’s plans to build the storage boxes and the footboard.

Before securing the wrought iron, prime and paint your headboard.

While you are waiting for it to dry, you can add some glam to the wrought iron with a little Rub n’ Buff:

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The gold highlighted the wrought iron and makes it show up better against our dark bedroom walls.

Gold Rub n' Buff leaves | Pretty Handy Girl

Working from the back of the headboard, use small wood screws (ideally you salvaged them from the old head board) to secure the wrought iron into the headboard.

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Set the piece of corner moulding over the bottom of the wrought iron.

Modified King Size Farmhouse Bed with Storage Drawers | Pretty Handy Girl

Tack it in place using small brad nails.

Modified King Size Farmhouse Bed with Storage Drawers | Pretty Handy Girl

Moving right along….secure the storage boxes as instructed by Ana’s plans.

One of the requirements for maintaining the longevity of our latex mattress is to allow for breathability underneath. If you don’t buy a box spring with your latex mattress, you can use a platform bed. To allow for more air flow to our mattress, I drilled holes through the top of the storage boxes with a forstner bit.

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To avoid fatigue and multiple battery charges, use a corded drill with a handle. Brace yourself because the drill will spin if you aren’t ready for it.

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To create the inner support for the king mattress, I beefed up the center with one 2×4 beam attached with pocket hole screws to the headboard and footboard. Be sure to position the beam 1.5″ lower than the top of the storage boxes to accommodate your cross slats. Support the center beam with two 12″ 2×4 legs distributed in the center.

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Attach the remaining two 2×4 studs horizontally to the back of the storage boxes. Position them 1.5″ below the top of the storage boxes. Drive screws from the inside of the box out if possible.

Modified King Size Farmhouse Bed with Storage Drawers | Pretty Handy Girl

Add two 10″ tall 2×4 legs under each horizontal stud (as shown above and below.)

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Begin laying the horizontal 2×4 slats on top of the supports you installed. (Side note: I beefed up the slats from 1×4 to 2×4″ studs to accommodate the king mattress and because our latex foam mattress is much heavier than a traditional spring mattress.)

Modified King Size Farmhouse Bed with Storage Drawers | Pretty Handy Girl

Evenly space the slats.

Modified King Size Farmhouse Bed with Storage Drawers | Pretty Handy Girl

Go ahead and follow Ana’s plans to build the storage drawers. I added some quarter round moulding onto our drawers.

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I also modified the drawers closest to the headboard. I knew it would be near impossible to access that drawer without moving furniture, so I added a hinge and a latch so I can tilt the drawer face and access the storage area. As an added bonus, I drilled a hole into this compartment and put a power strip for charging our electronic devices.

Modified King Size Farmhouse Bed with Storage Drawers | Pretty Handy Girl

Feel free to add your own decorative moulding. I used egg and dart moulding to the headboard…

Modified King Size Farmhouse Bed with Storage Drawers | Pretty Handy Girl

…and footboard.

Modified King Size Farmhouse Bed with Storage Drawers | Pretty Handy Girl

The bed is done and ready for a good night’s sleep!

Modified King Size Farmhouse Bed with Storage Drawers | Pretty Handy Girl

I am so glad I was able to save those oak leaf details from our old bed!

headboard-details

I do want to update you on our new mattress. It’s been 7 months since the Savvy Rest latex mattress arrived — BEST DECISION EVER!!! Not only am I sleeping better, but so is Pretty Handsome Guy. I have no more back pain and I’m sleeping more soundly. This means more energy for more projects! Win-win-WIN!

Just getting caught up? Here are some other tutorials from our master bedroom makeover:

Coming up soon! The rest of the master bedroom!

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57 replies
    • Brittany Bailey
      Brittany Bailey says:

      Debbie, the roman shades were from either Bed, Bath & Beyond or Linens & Things on clearance several years ago. The curtains are simple white tab top curtains. They were given to me by a neighbor who wasn’t using them.

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  1. Beth @ Sawdust and Embryos
    Beth @ Sawdust and Embryos says:

    I looooooooove this room Brittany! Everything just seems to come together! Also, HOW DID WE MISS EACH OTHER AT HAVEN?! Every time I saw you, I was either in a conversation, or you were… and I’d think ‘I’ll snag her later’. And somehow it never happened! HA!

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  2. ColleenwithJustPaintIt
    ColleenwithJustPaintIt says:

    You amaze me, as always. I’m just awestruck at your talent! However, I spied a little pillow that caught my eye – the one up front with the birdie on it? Did you happen to paint that? Or by chance, remember the source? Thanks! xo

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  3. Karen
    Karen says:

    I must say that of all the projects I have read on your blog and there have been MANY, this one is pure genius!!! Kudos! Beautiful and so functional. Love the hinge and cord hole idea, along with the oak leaves of course!

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  4. Colleen Taylor
    Colleen Taylor says:

    Astounding transformation. What a brilliant idea Brittany! It looks better & even more beautiful. Love what you did with the wrought iron part of it as well. Thank you for the download link too.

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  5. Heather
    Heather says:

    Love this! We are in the process of moving and we were going to use Ana’s plans to build the farmhouse bed without the drawers once we move-in to the house, but your post has made me think that maybe we need the drawers…hmmm. Also because of your post about your Savvy mattress we went to a sleep store that had this mattress. We actually didn’t end up getting the Savvy because we found another earth friendly foam mattress that had a better price tag and was just as comfortable. Had we not read your post I don’t think we would have even considered a foam mattress, so thank you for that!

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    • Chandler
      Chandler says:

      Hi Heather,
      About to start building this bed for ourselves and needing a new mattress to go on it. I was looking into a foam one and wondered if you could tell me the brand you ended up getting and how you like it a few years later?
      Thanks!

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      • Heather
        Heather says:

        We went with the company Bed In a Box https://www.bedinabox.com/category/mattresses. The mattress has held up really well and we still love it. I went to their website and I don’t see the mattress we got (or at least I couldn’t tell which was ours). We got a bamboo one, which was supposed to be more Earth friendly. Our only problem is that my husband made our bed, but he made it just a tad too small so that whenever we have to take off or put on our sheets we have to pull the mattress out & it’s very heavy & there are no handles on it to get it out. I’ve heard a lot about the company mattress Casper, but I don’t know what their prices are like.

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  6. Monika
    Monika says:

    I know your sister helped with color choices but, I have to say, seeing how you made the bed… well, the color choices kinda recede for me. Not that they’re not wonderfully complimentary to the room but, Geez, that bed! I’m so impressed you made it. It looks so… perfect. Good for you!

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  7. Rob
    Rob says:

    That is really nice with the wrought iron! I am getting ready to build something similar with storage. Looking at your plans and Ana’s, what did you guys do about the exposed edges of the boxes that the drawers slide into as the edge of plywood is not usually overly smooth?

    Thanks,
    Rob

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  8. Amber
    Amber says:

    Hi,
    I was wondering how much the bed cost to make? Maybe I overlooked it if you did mention it but I’d like a ballpark before I decide to undertake such a large project. Thanks so much! And what a beautiful job you did!!

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    • Brittany Bailey
      Brittany Bailey says:

      Amber, I’d guess $250 – $350 depending on the lumber costs in your area. And if you use PureBond or not. We did, so it cost a little more but piece of mind is worth it for the formaldehyde free.

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      • Jeremy
        Jeremy says:

        It cost me $425-ish.

        Also note that the 45″ cross beams did not sit in there with the backboards on the drawers. Needed cut to 44.5″

        Also, combining the plans, you will see the center supports should be 4″ longer than listed. So 16″ of the middle and 14″ for the backs of the drawers.

        Thank you still for the plans, just thought you would like to know it still worked out great in the end

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  9. cory
    cory says:

    Hi, question for you. Is the 2 x 6 on the foot board 1″ all around or even with the back of the 2 x 4 in towards the bed so it doesn’t push in and affect the bed?

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  10. cory
    cory says:

    Can we get a good picture of the hinge drawer? Having a hard time figure this one out. Placement of the hinge and if it needs to be elevated to accommodate the motion.
    Thank You

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  11. Nora
    Nora says:

    Did you use the same amount of wood (probably not) or remember the extra pieces needed? My husband is building this for the holidays!

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  12. Karina
    Karina says:

    Hi Looove your bed before and after. By the way i have the same bed, but i got ut at a yard sale. I was wondering if you could help me out and tell me where you bought it or who makes it. I would love to get some drawers that match it. Thanks in advance!!!

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  13. orangesugar
    orangesugar says:

    Loooove storage beds. Question for you: You drilled holes into the top of the storage boxes for ventilation with what looks like a hole saw bit. But in the photo above and below where it says “evenly space the slats” it looks like there is wood underneath the holes. Not being snarky, genuinely curious…doesn’t that defeat the purpose of the holes?

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  14. Brittany m.
    Brittany m. says:

    Just to tell you how much money you saved. I got an estimate from a custom furniture designer and they said they would charge $2,300.00 to make this bed!!!

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  15. Trevor
    Trevor says:

    We just completed this project…and we were very happy with the turnout…there are a few dimensions that are out in the plans…but all the pieces that were out of dimension were longer than required so no wood was wasted…the mattress we bought has pillow top on both sides, so the storage boxes ended up sitting on the floor to keep the mattress at a normal height…we also covered the center supports with a piece of canvas, although sanding the 2×4’s smooth, we didn’t want any pulls or tears on the mattress as we begin the arduous task of flipping the beast of a mattress each month…we searched high and low for a decorative headboard inlay…we ended up going with 13 pcs of 3/4″ round bar x 6″ long, painted black and then drilled out the 2×4’s to fit…it matched up nicely with the cast iron drawer handles…as for a few improvements to the project, for the inlay you could use cast aluminium garden fence décor for the inlay they are readily available, relatively cheap and they fit perfectly on 3/4″ plywood….the euro drawer slides are cheap and do not support a big load and after building my boxes with 3/4″ plywood I felt they were not going to be durable enough for the long haul…so I would suggest spending a bit more and getting a heavier duty drawer slides…thanks for the plans…we loved the project and the finish it gave us for the bedroom make over

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  16. Kyle Blood
    Kyle Blood says:

    I just started woodworking and found your plans. I thought they were awesome and ideas were flooding in. I’ll post more details when I’m finished but here are a few pictures to show my progress. *how do I leave photos?

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