When you want something that doesn’t quite exist then you make it right? Today I bring you my DIY pipe and wood slats bed. Yes it’s a bit unconventional but my son is digging it and that’s really all that matters.
A DIY tutorial to build a pipe and wood slats bed. Make a unique bed using pipes and wood slat accents.
Ana White and I are up to our old tricks again except this time we’ve entered new territory by combining wood boards with galvanized steel pipes to make this twin bed. It’s a match made in heaven with the cool, hard steel against the warm wood.
Metal and Wood Bed
- beautiful texture combination
- easily adjust size to fit your mattress
- very basic tools needed
The galvanized steel pipes give a hard, clean look to the bed frame. I probably need a rug for this room but all good things in time!
More Pipe Projects:
This is definitely a different type of build requiring very little tools except your hands to screw the pipes together. And just like all of Ana’s other building plans we designed this plan using off-the-shelf, readily available supplies that can be found at any big building supply store.
- galvanized steel pipe $466
- lumber $54
So this bed will cost just over $500 to build but that’s still cheaper than retail price and combines both retail looks for a truly unique build. And if you’re looking for another version of this bed in full size with a more streamlined look check out my friend Lindsay’s post here.
A huge thank you to Ana White for working with me on this project. Her willingness to work with a new medium gave me the support I needed to pull this build together.
And now on to the how-to portion. Let’s build this pipe bed!
Pipe Bed Notes:
- No glue was used on any pipes or pipe-to-wood connections.
- Hand tighten pipe connections until you are confident of pipe placement, this allows you to unscrew if necessary – that’s the beauty of working with pipe.
- The most difficult portion will be connecting the side rails to the footboard / headboard since the pipe screws together in the same direction on both ends (if you’re screwing in one end essentially you are unscrewing the other end simultaneously). Take your time and eventually it will come together.
- Follow the step by step instructions carefully.
1. Follow Ana’s plans for supplies.
All the pieces are off-the-shelf available except the (2) siderails at 75″ and (4) top horizontal portions at 18″. You will need to have these pieces cut and threaded at the store.
Supplies: All the pipe pieces are off-the-shelf available except the (2) siderails at 75″ and (4) top horizontal portions at 18″. You will need to have these pieces cut and threaded at the store.
Start with with one footboard leg in the combination pictured above.
Then begin the other leg, foot portion only and connect the siderails.
- Repeat the same process for the headboard except opposite. Attach one completed headboard leg to the siderail with footboard foot portion only leg. Then the other completed footboard leg attaches to the siderail with headboard foot portion only. This allows you to screw siderail completely into tees by swinging the foot portions around and around.
Once the basic framing (4 legs and siderails) is set then begin connecting the horizontal pipe support section using 1″ close nipple.
- To prepare the wood slats I stained my boards using Minwax weathered oak.
- Attach two split ring clamp hangers on the cut ends.
Then place the wood slat in position in footboard frame and screw in the 1″ x 8″ nipple.
Next add the horizontal pipe and tee section. Then keep repeating the process until you have the three wood slats in position.
To secure the clamps onto the vertical nipples center the board in position and tighten the screws with a drill.
One last challenging part is the center top horizontal portion. Again it’s a twisting game until you get it just right but it will eventually come together. Have patience.
Build the mattress support to fit the frame. The 1×3 boards will rest on the siderails providing a platform for your box spring / mattress.
Pipe Bed Plans:
- For the complete plans visit Ana’s site here.
- Working with pipe is different that building with wood, take your time. If you love DIY then this bed is for you.