Building a bed means working large-scale, with long rails, wide headboard assemblies, tall posts. The four projects shown here, made by some of the best woodworkers in the country, can help you cut that work down to size. They feature clear, helpful instructions and detailed drawings. You can also order complete plans for two of these projects from our plan store. Take a look:

 

A Pencil-Post Bed
by Lonnie Bird
Figured wood, subtle details, and a rich finish bring charm and elegance to this traditional design. Plus: Watch a video with Lonnie Bird describing the bed's design and construction details. You can also order a full-sized plan.

 

 

Arts and Crafts Bed
by Gary Rogowski
An FWW contributing editor shows you how to use a router to create smooth curves and tight joinery. You can also order a full-sized plan

 

Making a Sheraton Bed
by Philip C. Lowe
This award-winning woodworker shows you how to handle the most challenging part of this period-furniture piece--the posts. He explains how to make the blanks, turn and reed them, and put everything together. 

 

New Twist on a Sleigh Bed
by Charles Shackleton
X-shaped back slats and hand-carved curls on the legs link this bed to furniture that Shackleton designed as an homage to fork-back chairs of his native Ireland. Jigs and templates simplify the construction .