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Topic tags/keywords: bed dimensions lumber walnut

I’m about to build a queen sized bed using walnut, I have the design pretty much finished but I’m wondering what dimension lumber to use 4/4, 6/4 etc. I was thinking 6/4 for the legs and side/end rails would do the job. The side/end rails will be about 6 inches wide, could I get away 4/4 or should I go all the way to 8/4? Watcha think?

-- Chris, Long Island


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Grandpa

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#1 posted 541 days ago

6/4 8 inches wide if I were building it. You will probably put in a 2×2 strip on the lower edge of the rail to support the slats. That will take away the lower 1-1/2” of the rail so it will not cover the entire spring. Just what I would do.

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#2 posted 541 days ago

Anything above 1 1/8 or so would work. I used 3” square for the legs on my king sized bed build. May go a bit bigger if I were to do it again.

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#3 posted 541 days ago

The bed is based on this http://gingkofurniture.com/shop/lewis_bed/ http://gingkofurniture.com/shop/lewis_bed/ but the fabric headboard will be wood. I’m not planning on using a box spring I think making the rails 8” wide will make it a little bulky but some where in the middle of 6 and 8 might work to give it some strength.

-- Chris, Long Island

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#4 posted 541 days ago

Ahhh, given that design w/thinner rails, better get closer to 1 5/8 to 1 3/4. I agree, for this look 8” would be too wide. The legs may need to be still 2” maybe a bit more?

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Grandpa

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#5 posted 541 days ago

Well, I am thinking everyone is a big person and big people weigh more. If you aren’t large then why the large bed is my thinking. I would hate to build a bed that was not strong enough.

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#6 posted 541 days ago

Thanks Thanks for the input guys! Haha yeah we’re not large people I guess but we’re not small either Grandpa,but that’s definitely one of my main concerns, I want to build a bed that will stand the test of time.

-- Chris, Long Island

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#7 posted 541 days ago

take your tape to the store and measure a few.

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MNgary

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#8 posted 541 days ago

“take your tape to the store . . “

Grandpa has the best advice!

-- I dream of the world where a duck can cross the road and no one asks why.

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#9 posted 541 days ago

Ahhhh if it was only that simple, I’ve only seen this online, they only have stores in Californi , and I’m about an 8 hour plane ride away from there. That’s the only place I know that has it. :-(

-- Chris, Long Island

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#10 posted 540 days ago

Check a few beds locally and see what they used. Then you would have some real life direction on where you are headed.

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#11 posted 540 days ago

Queen mattress is 60” wide. Print up the picture and
use measuring tools to figure it out.

I would use 5/4 for the sides because it’s
heavier visually. You can glue or screw another
cheaper board to the back of a rail to increase
stiffness.

You might want to look at the European wood
bed springs sold by IKEA. They are pretty cool.

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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#12 posted 539 days ago

That’s actually what I ended up doing Loren, I measured know dimension on a picture of the bed with a piece of paper and from there was pretty much able to figure out the dimensions. I ended up getting 6/4 for the sides and 8/4 for the legs. We’ll see what happens, thanks all!

-- Chris, Long Island

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