How to Build a King Size Captain's Bed

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Things You'll Need

  • Two inch by four inch lumber eight feet long (12 each)

  • Plywood 3/4 inch four by eight feet (6 each)

  • Screws

  • Hammer

  • Nails

  • Saw

  • Square

  • Tape measure

  • Corner brackets

  • Carriage bolts

  • Casters (4 each)

  • Corner trim eight feet long (2 each)

  • Drawer boxes (eight each)

  • Drawer face panels (10 each)

  • Drawer slides (eight sets)

Tall king size captain's bed

Is there a problem with lack of space in your bedroom? Perhaps you have your heart set on a king size bed, but there is not enough room for this large bed and the dressers and chests for storage. The answer to this dilemma can be a king size captain's bed that you can build yourself with medium carpentry skills. In this article the steps will be given to create your own one of a kind king size captain's bed with plenty of storage space underneath.

Step 1


A standard king size mattress measures 76 inches wide by 80 inches long, the bed will be built 78 inches wide by 82 inches long by 32 inches high.

Step 2

Cut eight two inch by four inch lumber at 82 inches long. For the ends cut four two inch by four inch pieces 78 inches long. Cut eight two inch by four inch pieces at 32 inches long. Cut four sheets of the ¾ inch plywood at 82 inches long. Trim two of these sheets to 30 inches wide. Cut two pieces of plywood 78 inches by 32 inches for the ends of the bed platform. For the sides of the bed cut four 12 inch by 32 and two 10 inch by 32 inch plywood pieces.

Step 3

Make two frames using two of the 82 inch pieces and two of the 78 inch pieces, forming a box. Attach at the corners with screws. Square the box up and install corner brackets in each interior corner. Place two of the 82 inch pieces, evenly spaced inside each box. Attach to the end sections with screws and install corner brackets.

Step 4

Attach the 32 inches pieces to each interior corner of one of the boxes using carriage bolts. Attach the second box frame to the other ends of the 32 inch pieces with carriage bolts. Install two of the 32 inch pieces on each long side, evenly spaced to form the center supports. Attach with carriage bolts.

Step 5

Attach one of the four foot wide pieces of plywood and one of the 30 inch wide pieces to the top and bottom of the frame.

Step 6

Drawer slides

Using screws attach the plywood ends to the bed framework. Attach (one) 12 inch by 32 inch plywood sections at each corner (long side). Then attach one of the 10 inch sections to the center of each long side. This will leave openings for the drawer installations.

Step 7

Drawer boxes

Install the drawers (two) in each opening following manufacturer's directions to install slides.

Step 8

Drawer face panels

Apply corner trim to the outside corners and install casters to the bottom four corners. Attach drawer face panels to the foot section of the bed.

Step 9

The finished projected is now ready to paint or stain.


To add even more storage a book case headboard can be added.

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Myra Smith

Myra Smith has retired from the business world after successfully working as a manager in the accounting field over twenty years. Smith received her education in Texas (high school) and Missouri (University of Missouri) business courses offered by employer. Smith has now embarked on an exciting second career as a writer for Demand Studios. Smith writes articles in the Home and Garden section.