So I was looking for a Full bed frame and was way too frugal to buy an expandable one for $80. I have seen some on here before, but I was trying to find the cheapest, easiest, and fastest way to do it. So without further to-do, here we go.
Step 1: Materials
(1) box of 3" wood screw
(1) box 2" screw
drill with bit for pilot holes
Clamps (optional, but helpful)
Step 2: Frame
So I am making this for a Full bed, so measurements are 74"x54". This is the Google search size and the actual size that I measured.
First, cut the two sides to 74" and the center to 71"
Second, cut the sides to 51". (This is to account for the size of the 2x4. They are actually 1.5")
Use a square and clamps to get lined up correctly.
Drill pilot holes to ensure no splitting of wood (optional)
Attach using 3" screws using impact driver. Drill from the outside of the frame, in, obviously.
Step 3: Legs
I guess this part depends on how high you want your bed to sit. For me, I chose to make my legs 1'.
Cut (4) 1' sections of 2x4. It is important to cut them all to the same size because your next cuts will depend on it.
Make sure they are flush with whatever part will be the top of the frame.
Drill Pilot holes
Use 2" screws to make a pattern like that of a 5 dice.
Do this all the way around
Next thing I did was use the scrap cuts of wood and traced a leg support (second picture) to attach to the original leg. Since it is traced, I am not sure of the exact length, but I am guessing it is somewhere around 8.5"
I attached these to the original legs with 2" screws, then came in on an angle and used a 3" screw to attach to the frame.
Lastly, I sanded it a whole bunch to knock off splinters and sharp ends.
Step 4: Put Your Bed on
Im about 200lb, and this thing is solid. There is about 8"of clearance underneath, so it is a great storage bed.
You could swap the screws with bolts and make it easier to take apart, but this whole project cost me $31.00 exactly (neat right?).