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Easy DIY Bed Using One Sheet of Plywood Only With Pictures


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In today’s era wherein everything is made available in the market, some would find it fun to make things out of something. May it be your own hand shovel with scrap aluminum or plastic sheet for gardening or an Android phone from Arduinos and some coding, you just need to awaken this Do-it-yourself thing in your inner self. In this article you will learn how to make a DIY bed with just a ¾ size marine plywood.

Two sheets for two beds.  Let's get started.

Two sheets for two beds. Let's get started.

What is Plywood?

Plywood is a product of thin layers of wood which were bound by resin. It is engineered to withstand breakage like when you hammer a nail on it, it won’t crack or break because of its cross-graining method wherein the sheets were layered alternately turning to the piece’s 90 degrees every layer. So if you try to crack open a plywood, you will see each layer’s wood grain different from the adjacent one.

Things You'll Need

A sheet of ¾ marine plywood


2” common nail

Wood glue for additional bond

Measuring Tape

T-square for exact measurements

For extra strength you can add some nuts, bolts and washers set, screws and tox, screw driver or wrench and a drill

The sheet and saw, and some coffee to start the morning with.

The sheet and saw, and some coffee to start the morning with.

Step 1: Measurements

Get the dimensions of the bed you are going to make. You will have here a sample copy of a dimension of single size bed. You can use this as your guide but the sizes in the lay out fits a 6 ft. by 3.5 ft. bed with just one sheet. You can also adjust the dimension to fit your size but assure an additional sheet. Draw your layout on the sheet with a pencil or marker using the T-square for a straight line and perfect angle.

Measurements for a 6 ft. by 3.5 ft. bed you can use as guide.

Measurements for a 6 ft. by 3.5 ft. bed you can use as guide.

Step 2: Cutting Time

Cut along the layout you’ve made. Make sure to follow the grid and guides properly. For easy cutting, use an electric circular saw or a table saw, but if you prefer to work your cardio, try to have a hand saw and stress those biceps and triceps (left and right), then you’ll see that you’re exhausting more of your muscles aside from the arm. Now you have Part A, which is the larger part and Part B the smaller one. Set aside the colored parts. You will use that later on.

Step 3: Making the Legs

Get Part B and take a measurement of four equal parts. Make 4 sets of 2 parts. Now measure the thickness of the board. Mark and cut it on all your Part B cutouts up to the middle part (refer on the picture below). These is where you will join the parts for the legs. Cut the colored parts the same height as your cutout legs. Make at least 2 sets of 2.

Leg cutouts

Leg cutouts

Cut the colored part for the joints.

Cut the colored part for the joints.

Step 4: Gluing and Nailing

Now you have your cutouts, join the leg parts set by set. Fit the joints to the other part. Place some wood glue onto the parts to join and hammer some common nails in it. Make sure to hit the mark carefully and surely. Too much force will crack the sheets. You can also use screws and tox instead of nail. On the joint area, drill some 2-inch hole in the middle of the sheet and place some tox before twisting the screws in (refer on the picture below for the output). For the colored part, nail it together and make a T-shape leg.

Step 5: The Bed

On the bottom surface of Part A, mark the places where you will nail the legs (refer to the diagram below). Drill holes on the points where you will hammer the nails. Place the legs standing in an area where you can move freely without obstacles. You can place the legs with their vertices facing outward but you can also place them facing inside. Have someone help you place it on top of the standing legs. Go below the bed and align the legs with the layout and holes then hammer some nails on the top part. You can also use some screws instead of nails and drill some holes again on the area where the screw will be placed and add tox.

You can adjust the middle legs farther apart if you like.

You can adjust the middle legs farther apart if you like.

Step 6: Sanding and Finishing

With a sandpaper, smoothen the edges and sides of the bed to avoid abrasions. Then you can cover it with some finishing paints or varnish of your preferred color.

For extra strength, place nuts and bolts to keep the sheet from opening up.

For extra strength, place nuts and bolts to keep the sheet from opening up.

A near-finished project.

A near-finished project.

Now you have your DIY bed out of one sheet of marine plywood only. You can place some improvements like a headboard or an arm rest with a built in coffee cup holder for your breakfast-in-bed moments.

© 2020 Klarenz V

If you have some tips for the improvement of the project, we would like to hear from you. Please feel free to place your comments below.

Klarenz V (author) from Philippines on November 03, 2020:

Hi Elaine, thank you. I will try to make some more tested DIY crafts to share.

Elaine Byers on November 03, 2020:

Oh wow, this is a great idea! Thanks for sharing!

Klarenz V (author) from Philippines on October 28, 2020:

Thank you for taking time to read the article and placing your opinion. With the 3/4 inch plywood and the spacing of the legs, it can hold and support the weight of the user. As a matter of fact, there were no warping and bending on the bed I've made at home. I will try to place pictures and videos sometime. For the mattress, I would recommend that you make the legs shorter for at least half of the indicated length to make a platform bed if you are using an innerspring mattress. You can place the other parts as legs and place it in between those other legs. You can use a foam mattress instead as an improvement for additional comfort. This project is made economically as possible and ready to use, just place some traditional "banig" or the handwoven mats of the Philippines. I will try to make some improvements too, based on your comment, on my next DIY bed projects. Thank you.

Lynsey Hart from Lanarkshire on October 28, 2020:

I appreciate the sentiment, however I don't think this would make for a very sturdy bed frame. I think that there would be a lot of warping and bending when the weight of a mattress is applied, but I can't see any photos of this stage. Also, I don't think it would be very comfortable either. good attempt, but I remain a skeptic.