Sunda Bed Plans

First and foremost, I want to say thank you.  Thank you very much to Ana White for all of your support – you are the reason I, and so many others, ever tried to do anything myself.  Thank you so much for all of you who read my little blog.  For all of you who comment on my posts and fan the blog on facebook.  Old Paint Design has only been around a little over a month, and I already feel an outpouring of love from you guys.  You make me want to blog better and build more, so thank you.  I blog for myself, so that I can share what I love, but I also blog for all of you.  So that I can share what I do and hopefully help you guys to get exactly what you want for a fraction of the price.  If I can inspire one person to look at a Pottery Barn catalog or a dream bathroom with determination that they could build it rather than feel the despair of the price tag, I have done my job.

That being said, blogging is not my full time job.  I work full time for a Visual Effects company working on feature films.  I love my job, but it’s a demanding job, and it demands a lot of my time.  Which means I can’t post every day like I would like to.  And, I can’t build everything I would like to.  But, I want you guys to still be able to frequently get great, quality plans from me, which is why I’m trying this out.

I’m still going to build and DIY every single spare second I have because it’s what I love.  But, if I can post awesome plans without necessarily having to build every single one of them, I feel that you guys can only benefit from that.  More plans = more opportunities to build = more great furniture in your houses.  So, I’m trying this concept out today with some great bed plans… let me know what you guys think!

Another thing that I plan on doing within the next week or so is adding a “suggestion box” to the side of the page so that you guys can submit things that you’d like to see plans for or ways that OPD can improve.  I want you guys to get what you want, and I’m here to help you.

I fell in love with another Pottery Barn piece recently.  (I’m sure you’re all shocked, haha.)  Their Sumatra Bed  is just so gorgeous and elegant, but still rustic at the same time.  I knew I had to make plans for it.  This plan is for a queen sized bed, but they are easily adapted to a full or twin.  Check out the plans after the jump!

Approximate Cost: $100-150


See dimensions above.

Shopping List:


1 – 1×4 @ 6 feet long
2 – 1×6 @ 6 feet long
3 – 1×8 @ 8 feet long
8 – 2×4 @ 8 feet long
1 – 2×6 @ 4 feet long
2 – 4×4 @ 8 feet long
1 Sheet of 3/4″ Plywood*

*Like Ana White, I am committed to only using Pure Bond plywood in my home so as not to slowly kill off my family with formaldehyde.

Hardware and Supplies:

1 1/4″ Pocket Hole Screws
2 1/2″ Pocket Hole Screws
1 1/4″ Screws
3″ Screws
4″ Screws
Wood Glue
Wood Filler
Medium Grit Sandpaper
Primer or Wood Conditioner
Paint or Stain


Kreg Jig
Circular or Table Saw (Optional, to get straighter lines when cutting your plywood. You could also use the Jigsaw for this.)
Miter Saw (Optional, but very helpful)
Measuring Tape
Carpenter’s Square
Safety Glasses

Cut List:

1 – 1×4 @ 58″ – Headboard Bottom
1 – 1×5 (This is a 1×6 ripped to 4 1/2″ wide.) @ 67″ – Footboard Top
1 – 1×6 @ 67″ – Headboard Top
1 – 1×8 @ 58″ – Footboard Center
2 – 1×8 @ 80″ – Side Rails
2 – 2×4 @ 80″ – Bedframe (long sides)
6 – 2×4 @ 60 1/2″ – Bedframe (short sides)
6 – 2×6 @ 5 1/2″ – Feet
2 – 4×4 @ 46″ – Headboard Side Posts
1 – 4×4 @ 58″ – Footboard Bottom
2 – 4×4 @ 11″ – Footboard Post
1 – 3/4″ PLY @ 58″x30″ – Headboard Base

General Instructions:

Make sure to re-measure and check for square after every step.  Sometimes when building your measurements can be off very slightly, and it’s important that your numbers are exact.  (Especially when working with doors and drawers!)  Measure your available space and before building this plan to make sure that it will fit.

Step 1:

Using your Kreg Jig and 1 1/4″ screws, attach the plywood to your 4×4 headboard posts with the tops flush.  Leave a 1 3/8″ gap on each side of the front and back of your plywood to create an inset.  (To make this step easier, usually i find a scrap or object that is the width that I need the gap to be and lay it underneath the plywood before I line it up with the posts.  In this case, I would probably create a stack that was 1 3/8″ using a scrap 1x board, a scrap of 1/4″ plywood, and a scrap of 3/8″ plywood to equal the height that I need.  That will create an exact and even surface for you to lay your plywood on and screw in your pocket holes.)  At this time, I would also drill some extra pocket holes on the top and bottom of your plywood piece to prepare for the next steps.

Step 2:

Attach the top of your headboard to the base by using 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws in the predrilled holes you created in the plywood on step 1.  For extra stability, attach your top to the 4×4 posts using 2″ screws.  (Make sure to countersink your holes for a clean finish!)  There should be a 1″ overhang on all sides of the board when lined up with your 4x4s.

Step 3:

Attach the bottom piece flush on each end of the 4x4s at the base of your plywood using your Kreg Jig.  (I would drill it into the plywood using your predrilled holes from step 1 and also from the ends of your 1×4 into each of the 4×4 posts using 1 1/4″ screws.)

Step 4:

Put aside your headboard for now to move onto the footboard.  Attach the 1×8 to your 4×4 posts just like you did your headboard, leaving 1 3/8″ gap on each side.  At this time, I would also predrill those Kreg holes in your 1×8 for the following step.

Step 5:

Attach the top and base pieces to your footboard using 1 1/4″ screws in the predrilled Kreg holes that you created in the previous step.

Your bottom 4×4 should be flush with each side of your side posts.  In addition to your Kreg screws into the 1×8, attach it to the posts using 4″ screws on each side.

For the top piece, rip a 1×6 board to 4 1/2″ wide.  When you place your board, there should be a 1″ overhang on each side and the front of your footboard.  The back should be flush to your posts.

Step 6:

Put aside your footboard for now.  Lets build the bed frame.

Here is an awesome trick that I learned from my favorite builder/blogger of all time, Ana.  For your bed frame, assemble it as though you were framing a wall, leaving gaps as shown above.  (The smaller, 14″ gap should be the headboard side.)  You could countersink 2″ screws into the sides to attach, but I would use my favorite joining tool of all: my Kreg Jig.  I would set my Kreg Jig to 1 1/2″ stock and use 2 1/2″ screws for a super tight hold.  (Remember to use wood glue!  It’s important that this piece is incredibly sturdy.)

Step 7:

Add the side rails to your bed frame by countersinking 1 1/4″ screws from the inside of the frame.  Leave a 1″ gap between the top of the frame and the top of your side rails.

Step 8:

Cut your bed feet as shown above using a jigsaw.  (I also have a pretty awesome tapering jig that I got from Rockler that you use with your table saw and consistently cuts the same taper every time.  I highly recommend it if you’d like to make the investment and taper a lot of legs.)

Step 9:

Here is the fun step where it actually looks like a real bed.

Attach the bed frame to your headboard with 4″ screws from the back, leaving 6″ clearance at the bottom of the post.  (If you’d like to be able to unattach it later, don’t use glue.)

Line up your footboard so it is flush with the bottom of the bed frame.  Screw them together using 3″ screws from the inside of the bed frame to the base 4×4.

Step 10:

Attach the bed feet as shown above, starting with the feet on the footboard with the tapered edges always going on the outside.  Use your Kreg Jig to attach them to each other first, and then you can attach the solid piece to your 4×4 using your Jig and wood glue.

For the feet on the headboard side, attach them with 4″ screws from the back side of the headboard.  The outside of the foot should be even with the side of the 4×4 post and the outside of the 1×8 side rail.  If you would like to remove the headboard from the bed frame later, make sure not to use wood glue on the headboard side of these back feet.

Finish your project as desired!  For tips on finishing, check out the Lazy Girl’s Guide to Finishing.


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12 Responses to Sunda Bed Plans

  1. You’re amazing! I love that you’re posting more plans – I’m in full support! I actually HAVE found some pieces recently that I might suggest you look into… I’ll get back to ya! :)

    PS. I definitely plan on building a bed in the next year. We’ll have to discuss at a later date though!

  2. Margaret K.

    I love your plan! Like you, Ana has inspired me to build several things – I’m glad I found your blog through hers! One question – is this a platform-style bed for use without a boxspring? If so, could you attach the frame lower on the side rails to allow for a low profile boxspring?

    • Hi Margaret! Thanks so much for reading! Ana’s amazing, isn’t she? I can’t believe she has the time and energy to build the Momplex on top of everything else she does!

      I probably should have mentioned about the box spring, huh? This bed frame is actually designed to be used with a box spring. You could totally put the frame a little lower in the side rails to further hide the box spring and lower your mattress, and it wouldn’t ruin the structural integrity of the bed. I would just put it an inch from the bottom instead of an inch from the top. Now’s a good time to mention that in order to use this bed without the box spring, you should add 3/4″ plywood across the top of the frame for better support.

  3. Annie

    Great job! My hubby and I were walking through ikea the other day gathering ideas and we liked a few beds for the storage options but not the quality. Also…What size bed is this for?

    • Thanks, Annie! My husband and I did the same thing at Ikea looking for a guest bed before we found Ana – it’s so hard to find something of quality with an $150 budget! That was my first project ever. A bed for our guest room. And I love it so much more than the Ikea one we were going to buy!

      These bed plans are for a queen sized mattress. I’m also going to create plans for the storage version of this bed very soon… :-) .

  4. It is tremendously hard to find a comfortable work-life balance, even more so when you’re talking blogging & building. I think you’ll be surprised by the rewards of being honest with your readers; I don’t think anyone out there assumes this is your day job, and appreciates every second you put into making easy to follow and good looking furniture hacks. (I know I do).

    Just like you, my husband & I had never tried to build anything let alone put much thought into it until I found Ana’s site- we were smitten. Being just newly out of the college scene and 1st time home buyers, the cost of good looking ‘quality’ furniture was more than daunting and the lower-priced press board options not very appealing (sine they have a limited lifespan). I love reading your blog & pouring over your build plans because they inspire me to work on our own projects & even tweak the build hacks to our liking to create real quality pieces that we love for a reasonable price. Really, without someone else out there building gorgeous furniture we never would have had the courage to tackle our table & bench, let alone even day dream about future projects.

    I just want to give you a huge personal thank you for providing these great plans in addition to Ana’s resources, it’s truly inspiring to see someone go from never building to tackling so many beautiful projects. Good luck with the Sunda Bed, it looks fabulous already!Can’t wait to see the finished product.

    • Thanks for the support, Martina! After reading Ana’s blogaversary post on how last year was the year she found balance, I wish she would share her secrets with us!

      You have no idea how much your support means to me. Thank you so much for your kind words – they keep me going!

  5. Ken

    Thanks for the design. I’ve been looking at this bet on-line and now I can make it! I move quite a bit and would like to make this bed so I can easily separate the frame from the head and foot boards. Any suggestions on a method (perhaps a hanger of some sort)? Thanks.

    • Hi Ken! I’m so glad I could help! I can’t wait to see pictures of your bed!

      I was looking into mounting hardware for a headboard, and if you’d like to go that route these or these look like they would work out great. Let me know if this helps!

  6. Bob

    Where can I find dimensions of a “king size” bed like this?
    Thanks in advance for any help you may provide

  7. Rick

    What kind of wood did you use for the 4×4 posts? All I can get my hands on is pressure treated pine. I am afraid the stain wont work the same on pressure treated pine posts as it will with the normal pine lumber for the rest OR with the birch faced Ply that i was thinking on using.. I dont have any specialty wood products locations. My best options are lowes and home depot.. any suggestions?

  8. Rick

    I am looking for the 4×4 posts but my lowes and home depot cannot get the unpressure treated. What do i do?

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