There’s a first time for everything…and this was my very first time building a DIY farmhouse storage bed. It was empowering, exciting, and challenging. It was also a little humbling…as I had several “whoops moments” during the process.
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I have “whoops moments” a lot. Sometimes I leave those parts out of these tutorials to save my dignity haha. But, this time, I’m going to point them out to you for kicks and giggles. And also because you’ll see the screw ups in the tutorial photos and the video, and I need to explain them a little.
Speaking of videos, I made another YouTube video for this bed build!! You can find it below. Have you guys been watching the videos I’ve been making? Do you like them…are they helpful…too long, too short?? I’d love some feedback so I can make them better 🙂 Anyway, here’s the DIY Farmhouse Storage Bed video.
And I’ve also got the free building plans over on Build Something for you, too!
But you want to see the “bloopers,” don’t you? I know why you’re here 😉 I don’t blame you. Everyone likes to see someone screw up so we can all
point and laugh encourage them and help them improve.
So I made three mistakes during this build. Okay, I lie. I made more than that…I’m sure I did. But these are the three that were significant enough to take note of. Good news: two of them are avoidable. Bad news: one of them is kind of inevitable.
Mistake #1: I made the drawers uneven
I designed this bed to be made in four separate pieces plus slats so that it would be easy to assemble and disassemble. First, I built the headboard. That went well. My confidence was high.
Then, it was time for the foot board. I measured and drew out the holes where the drawers would be and cut them out with a jig saw (you can see all of this in the plans and the video). I ASSUMED (you know what assuming does, right?) that my measurements were correct and didn’t double check my cut outs to make sure they were the same size. They weren’t…but I didn’t know. Ignorance is bliss, you know?
I didn’t realize the problem until I got several steps ahead and it would have been difficult, if not impossible, to disassemble everything to redo it. I had made one drawer opening 1″ wider than the other. I thought long and hard about just making the drawer fronts the same size and letting the wrong size one just hang over the side 1 extra inch instead of fixing the root cause.
Then, I decided that, even though it was extra work, the right thing to do is to cut the opening 1″ wider like it should have been from the beginning. By the way, if anyone wonders how I get sawdust in my hair all the time, this is a prime example. I reworked the foot board to cut out an extra inch on the shorter drawer.
This mistake was avoidable. Moral of the story–measure TWICE and cut ONCE. Like, don’t just say it…actually DO that.
Mistake #2: I neglected to consider the bed side width when attaching the foot board supports
As I mentioned, I designed the bed to be built in four separate pieces. They assemble using these bed brackets. You mount the bracket with holes onto the head and foot boards, and the brackets with “hooks” or “teeth” onto the bed sides.
In order for this to work, the head and foot board brackets need to be attached at least the thickness of the bed sides away from the posts. The bed side thickness is 1 1/2″. But, I mounted a 1 1/2″ wide board in the foot board corner to mount the bracket on. This didn’t work.
The bracket would have to be mounted at least this far away from the corner. So, I had to screw ANOTHER 1 1/2″ wide board next to it to mount the bracket. I should have thought ahead and used a 2×4 here instead of a 2×2, then ANOTHER 2×2 next to it. See below.
This mistake was also avoidable with a little more forethought. Oh well, live and learn. But now YOU know, so YOU don’t make that mistake, too, deal? Pinky promise? Don’t make me type this for nothing.
Mistake #3: I didn’t foresee the foot board gap
This mistake is kind of inevitable. I have a few ideas of how to avoid this, but fixing it is probably the easiest option. Sometimes fixing it is better than avoiding it. There’s a deep life lesson in there somewhere, I think. Maybe write that one down 😉
It’s hard to explain what I’m talking about so hopefully these pictures will help. Once I assembled the bed sides to the head and foot board, I noticed this on both sides of the foot board. It doesn’t affect the structure at all, but is kind of a noticeable gap missing along the top of where the mattress will sit.
BUT….it’s an easy fix.
Just cut to fit a small block here and glue it on 🙂 easy peesy. Of course, you could think ahead and cut your bed sides longer, then cut out a notch for where the brackets will be so this would be one solid piece, but honestly, this is so much easier and once the bed is made, no one will ever notice this little piece. Sometimes the extra effort isn’t worth it and an easy fix is fine 🙂
Now that I’ve shown you all my mistakes, let me show you something else you might find…funny?? I actually made this bed for a friend and it’s a king size. We don’t have a king size bed, so we don’t have a king size mattress. You can’t take pictures of a king size bed with a queen size mattress!
After brainstorming a minute, I came up with a solution. In case you ever want to know how to stage a king size bed with a queen size mattress, try this 🙂 Place the queen on one side of the bed, and stuff the other side with a bunch of pillows.
Then, turn your queen size sheet longways and place it across the top and your queen size comforter longways across the bottom and fold it over a little like those fancy people do in the magazines. If you throw a bunch of pillows on top, you’ll never notice the lumps haha. Now you know all my secrets from this build 😉
What’s cool about this build is that since it’s built in separate pieces, you can build only the headboard if you want, leave the storage off the end, and modify the size pretty easily.
Now, go grab the free plans over on Build Something and get out there and get building!
Until next time, happy building! 🙂