(Last Updated On: May 30, 2022)

A couple of weekends ago, my husband and I decided to build a 2×4 twin bed for our 4-year-old daughter, made out of all 2x4s and two 2x6s. We used the 2x6s for the side rails on each side of the bed to make it sturdier.

It was fairly simple to do. It took us about 8 hours or so on a Saturday. I am still planning on staining it with either a white or a black wood stain. This 2×4 twin bed is really cute and easy to do.

2x4 twin all wood bed.

Supplies for a 2×4 Twin Bed

  • Six 2x4x8
  • Two 2x6x8 – these are the side rails
  • Four 1x4x10 – used for the bed slats on which the mattress will sit
  • Box of 2.5-inch pocket screws


Step by Step 2×4 Twin Bed Instructions

To begin with, you need to buy the wood supplies listed above to build a 2×4 twin bed. Next, you need to cut up the wood so that you have the following sizes:

  • 2 — 45″ 2×4
  • 4 — 38″ 2×4
  • 2 — 47″ 2×4
  • 2 — 75″ 2×6
  • 14 — 6″ 2×4
  • 2 — 75″ 1×4

First and foremost, we made all of the cuts. Then, we assembled the bed frame.

We started with the front and the back headboards. For the front headboard, you will need two 45″ 2×4 pieces, two 38″ 2×4 pieces, and one 47″ 2×4 piece.

Next, is the back headboard.

Finally, it’s time to attach them to the 2×6 rails. We did this after the front and back headboards were done.

We used wood glue, pocket hole screws, and two 3″ screws to make it extra secure. On both inner sides of the 2x6s, we attached the 75″ 1×4 board using wood glue and screws. These are used as the ledges that the slats will sit on to hold the mattress.

The bed frame is done! Now, just lay down the 1×4 boards across the ledges. Put your mattress on top of the bed slats!

Want something else to build? Try adding these sturdy and easy-to-build garage storage shelves to your garage.

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