{wood pallet bed}

In all our married life, we've never had a bed.  Okay, so we've always had a bed, just not a headboard or foot board.  There's just always been so many other places for money to go, and the bedroom always came last. For many years we couldn't even make one, because we were living in apartments/townhomes while we were in school and then while were building our house, and didn't have room for tools.  When we finally moved into our house, and had all the tools we needed, there were always a million other projects, and the bed kept going lower on the list.  When I found some wood pallets a couple months ago, I knew it was finally time! I love out wood pallet bed, and you can make one too!



{I actually forgot to take a before picture, so this is one that was taken awhile ago...)


You guys, this is an easy bed to make!  There aren't too many steps, and you could substitute the pallets for shutters, cabinets, or wood planks. We are actually in the process of making beds for our girls out of shutters, but using this same technique. I didn't do an in-depth tutorial for a couple of reasons.  First of all, there are a million bed tutorials out there, and I didn't think the need was there for another one.  Secondly, my hubby made this one mostly himself as a gift to me, and he isn't used to taking pictures of every single step like I am. :)  So, this is a very basic outline of the steps we took, to give you an idea of what we did.  If you have any further questions, or need clarification on anything, please post a comment or e-mail me.


You can see in the picture above that the pieces of wood we used on the front and back are different sizes.  The 1x4 needs to go on the front, but because the back isn't going to show, it doesn't matter as much.  We just used a scrap piece of wood that was a little smaller--about 3 inches.

Steps 3 & 4 are for the BACKS of the headboard and footboard only!

We didn't get a picture of the last step, so I took a couple after it was done.

After all the pieces were made, we sanded them completely smooth, painted them black, then added a coat of poly. We attached the headboard and footboard together with 2x8's, and placed wooden slats across the middle for the mattresses to sit on.

Measurements for the bed:

Top of headboard to floor:  56 inches
Top of footboard to floor:  20.5 inches
Length of headboard/footboard:  83.5 inches

I LOVE LOVE LOVE how it turned out!

Simply Kierste
Kierste is a blogger who shares her love of all things DIY. She is the mother of six, and most of her posts revolve around making her home a beautiful, organized, and fun place to be. When she's not chasing around two sets of twins, a teenager, and a baby, she's working on a project, training for her next race, reading one of her favorite books, or baking something with chocolate in it.
Simply Kierste


Blogger at Simply {Kierste}: Where you can find simple ideas and tutorials for DIY projects, holiday crafts, home & family, organization, recipes, and more!
Simply Kierste
Simply Kierste

Latest posts by Simply Kierste (see all)

RSS Facebook Google+ Buttons Pinterest Email Twitter Instagram


  1. Eleatha says:

    What size bed does this fit and did you just put a mattress on top with no box spring? I love the finished product and it doesn’t seem too difficult.


    • This is for a king bed, and there is a mattress and box spring both!! You could build it higher if you wanted to, and not use a box spring, but this is one is made for one. Hope that helps!!! xoxo

  2. What was the total cost to make the king size bed.

    • It was around $50, plus the cost of paint. We used spray paint–about 10 cans–so another $30. You could easily use latex paint and roll it on, and it would cheaper. I would probably recommend it, but either way works!! Good luck! xo

  3. Sorry more questions. Is this a really difficult project to make? The pictures of the bed look amazing. In person how does it look? Thanks

    • No worries!! I’m happy to help! I would rate it a 5 out of 10 for difficulty. It’s not really hard, but it is time consuming working with pallets. We used about 6 pallets to make the bed, and it took some time to remove nails, and separate out the pieces before starting to build.

      It is beautiful in person too, and I still LOVE it. Lmk if you have any other questions!!

  4. How many 2x8s did you use on each side to hold the head and foot board together. What size would did you use to put in middle to hold mattress up? Also do you have a picture of the side of the bed? Thanks

    • Unfortunately, we just moved and all of our stuff is in storage while we’re building a house. :( I don’t remember off the top of my head, but let me ask my husband if he remembers, and I’ll get back to you.

join the conversation


CommentLuv badge