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How Do I Build a Bed Frame?

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It is not exceptionally difficult to build a bed frame, but you will need to do some prep work before you begin the project to ensure the building goes quickly, smoothly, and safely. First and foremost, you will need to assemble the proper tools and clear out a well-lit and well-ventilated workspace where you can build a bed frame. The tools you will need will vary depending on the style of bed you choose to build, so do some research into various bed frame options to find the style, shape, and size that will work best for you.

Be sure to build a bed frame that is suited to the size of mattress you already own or intend to purchase. A queen size mattress, for example, will require a frame that is big enough to accept it. Find out the specific measurements of your mattress before you begin to build a bed frame, as this will have an effect on how much lumber you need to buy, how you need to cut that lumber, and what kind of support the frame will need. Consider, too, whether you will be using a box spring or not, as this will have an impact on the depth of the frame.

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Choose the type of wood you want to build a bed frame with. You have two general options: hardwoods and softwoods. Hardwoods tend to be exceptionally beautiful and durable, but also expensive. Softwoods, such as pine, tend to be less expensive and more susceptible to damage such as chipping, cracking, and warping, but pine is also very attractive at a much lower cost. Hardwoods are also more difficult to cut or otherwise manipulate, so carpentry skills will be required to work with such woods.

Once you have your tools assembled and your workspace cleared out, you can begin to build a bed frame by working off the measurements you took for your mattress. You can also choose to use a bed frame kit, which will include all the materials you will need to build a bed frame, as well as detailed plans or instructions to complete the project. If you choose to build the bed from scratch, be sure to draw out a design before you begin so you know what type of cuts need to be made, what tools are necessary for the job, and where hardware will be secured to provide stability and security.

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