Take it from me, building a bed – even a DIY king size bed with upholstered panels – is NOT as difficult as you might think. With plans from Rogue Engineer as my jumping off point, I was able to build this Rachel Ray knock-off for about $255 US!
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It is just plain embarrassing how long this project took me – all because I was too intimidated to try! As you may or may not know, I have been sleeping on the floor for the past 6 months. Not the floor exactly; but a mattress, on boxsprings on the floor – ie. no bed frame, headboard or footboard. I have been saying for months that I was going to build my own king size bed, but never took the leap to actually start the project.
Dumb, dumb, dumb.
Particularly since it ended up being a relatively simple build, thanks to plans from Rogue Engineer. (I am linking to his project throughout this article so you can get detailed steps for his project – but my bed ended up being different enough that they warranted plans of their own).
I started by pining over this Rachel Ray Highline bed I’d seen online:
Isn’t it gorgeous? At over $2,000 CDN it was a little out of my league, plus I am one of those people that NEEDS a ceiling fan – so a canopy bed was out.
I found building plans for a DIY king size canopy bed over at Jamison’s site: Rogue Engineer:
With his measurements as the basis, I was able to come up with a version of Rachel Ray’s bed – but not without a few problems along the way – first up being I couldn’t find 4″ x 4″ posts in the same wood as the rest of the wood I’d need for the bed. Because I planned to stain my DIY king size bed in the end, it was important that all of the wood I used matched so that the stain would take the same on each piece.
I ended up using plain construction lumber from Home Depot – which is spruce – and laminated (used carpenter’s glue and clamps) to glue two of the 10′ 2″x 4″ boards together. (you’ll actually need two sets of these, so glue up the other two while you’re at it.). These will be cut to 65″ and 34″.