How to Build a Queen Sleigh Bed

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  • 3-4 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 200-300
What You'll Need
Maple wood
Medium-density fiberboard
Band saw
Sleigh bed template
Drill bits
Wood glue
Wood screws
Tack cloth

A queen sleigh bed adds an opulent style to your bedroom due to the detailed carvings these beds often have in the wood. The actual name for the sleigh bed comes from the signature curved headboard and footboard that make it look like a sleigh that Santa Claus would use to deliver presents to homes during Christmastime. A queen sleigh bed can be an incredibly expensive purchase, but if you have a love of woodworking, then building a queen sleigh bed may be right up your alley. A sleigh bed is not a simple project, but the following article will show you how it is done.

Step 1 - Size the Wood

When you build the queen sleigh bed, the only measurement that has to be perfect is the measurement for where the mattress is going to be. The headboard and the footboard are where the design elements come into play. The space for the mattress needs to be cut to 60 inches wide by 80 inches long. The actual sizes of the headboard and footboard are up to you, and this is where the template comes into play.

You can find templates for a queen sleigh bed on the Internet and at home design stores. The width of these sections is the same width as the bed plus a few inches, but that is up to you. When the wood is purchased, you can have it cut to size for you at usually no cost. Or you can cut it yourself. You will need two planks 60 inches long by 4 inches wide and two planks 80 inches long by 4 inches wide. Trim the MDF to 60 inches by 80 inches.

Step 2 - Build the Sleigh Section of the Bed

The biggest part of the queen sleigh bed in both design and construction is the headboard and footboard. The maple used for this is often very large, and making the queen sleigh bed stable will require it being made out of one piece. Trim the bottom of the sections first to create the legs. It can either be a straight edge or curved. Use your template and the router to create the designs on the wood.

Step 3 -Finish the Wood

Maple is a beautiful wood in its raw form, but if you want to stain it, then you can certainly do so. Sand down the cut edges of the wood and use a tack cloth to clean off the dust. If you are going to stain it, now would be the time. Otherwise, apply a coat of polyurethane to seal and protect the wood.

Step 4 - Assemble the Queen Sleigh Bed

Place the braces at each corner inside the form so they are not seen. Attach the sides to the MDF board, keeping about 1-inch lip so the mattress can easily sit on top of it so it doesn’t slide off. Attach the headboard to one of the frame pieces at the height that you want and repeat with the footboard.