Full Canopy Bed

Our 7 year old daughter has had some trouble sleeping at night, worrying of what might be lurking below her bed. We knew we needed to build her a new bed for some time now and my wife has be pushing for a cute canopy bed. The design of this bed is simple but we kept the bed low to the ground so no monsters could fit under her bed and we used higher quality materials, oak in this case, for a beautiful finish! Read on to see how to build your own and let me know what you think in the comments!

If you are interested in a king size (slightly different) version check out these plans!

Full Canopy Bed 5

Time to Complete

2 Days

Estimated Cost

~$400 (far less with pine)

Skill Level


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  • 3/4” x 4’ x 8’ Oak Plywood
  • (6) 2 x 2 x 8’ Oak Boards
  • (3) 2 x 2 x 6’ Oak Boards
  • (4) 1 x 2 x 8’ Oak Boards
  • (2) 1 x 2 x 6’ Oak Boards
  • (2) 2 x 2 x 8’ Furring Strips (11) 1 x 4 x 6’ Furring Strips
  • 2-1/2” Pocket Screws
  • 1-1/4” Pocket Screws
  • 2” Wood Screws
  • 1-1/4” Wood Screws
  • (4) Nail On Furniture Glides

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DIY Full Canopy Bed Plans Dimensions 1

This step by step tutorial will walk you through exactly how to build a standard full size loft bed (54″ x 75″). Be sure to measure your mattress to assure it is the same, if not, make changes to suit. If you want to convert this plan to fit another size mattress, add to or take from the dimensions as required. Here is a good chart that show mattress dimensions.

  1. Cut List

    For this project I decided to go with oak, however you could save a bunch of money if you went with something like pine or poplar. If you are painting it then I would recommend select pine.

    DIY Full Canopy Bed Plans Cut List

  2. Assemble the Footboard

    DIY Full Canopy Bed Plans Step 1

  3. Assemble the Headboard

    DIY Full Canopy Bed Plans Step 2

  4. Assemble the Side Boards

    DIY Full Canopy Bed Plans Step 3

  5. Finishing

    This is a good time to sand and finish the individual pieces. For this project we eased any sharp edges while sanding all surfaces to 120 grit and then applied Minwax’s simply white wood stain followed by 2 coats of satin wipe-on poly.

  6. Bed Frame Assembly

    DIY Full Canopy Bed Plans Step 4

  7. Bed Slat and Support Cut list

    DIY Full Canopy Bed Plans Cut List2

  8. Install Slat Supports

    DIY Full Canopy Bed Plans Step 5

  9. Install Bed Slats

    DIY Full Canopy Bed Plans Step 6

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