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Forum topic by SweetTea posted 11-09-2016 01:57 PM 419 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-09-2016 01:57 PM

So I am getting ready to build a new bedroom suit for myself, and I am starting with the bed. It will be a king size bed that is made of poplar and stained with General Finishes Java gel stain.

Can anyone tell me approxtimately how wide a king size bed needs to be? I need to figure out how wide to make the headboard and footboard.

Also, the poplar that I have is 13/16”, but I can get it up to 4/4. Should I use 4/4 on the headboard and footboard? Or will the 13/16” be sufficient?

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#1 posted 11-09-2016 02:15 PM

There are plenty of mattress size charts on the web to help you with sizing. Wood Magazine has a plan for an A&C bed in their Oct 2004 (Issue 158) that includes dimensions for double, queen & king sizes. Nice for converting. PM me if you can’t find the article.

-- Mike - Waukesha, WI

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#2 posted 11-09-2016 02:21 PM

You will need to actually find the mattress you want and measure it. I built a bed for my granddaughter. Her other gandparents bought the mattress (a double) and gave me the dimensions off the packaging. It turn out to be 2” smaller both length and width. I had to do a quick modification on the rails to support is.
The standard mesurements for mattresses are anything but standard.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#3 posted 11-09-2016 02:32 PM

13/16” poplar is 4/4.

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#4 posted 11-09-2016 02:53 PM

13/16 should be fine. I’m building one also from oak and black walnut. The black walnut will be 3/4”. The only thing to worry about is where the rails might need some support in that area.

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#5 posted 11-09-2016 03:04 PM

suite. suit is what you wear.

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