Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Pottery Barn Inspired Bed

Are you ready for the BIG reveal?!?!?!  I know I’ve been talking about this for sometime now and NOW you can see what all the fuss has been about!

It all started when I saw this gorgeous bed set from Pottery Barn

Hudson Bed, Full, Mahogany stain

{via PB}

Now this beautiful bed cost $1599. plus $125. for shipping.  Ouch!

With this PB picture and a print out of a design from Ana’s Knock~Off~Woods, I went knocking on my father’s workshop door!

So for about 3 months I got to work side-by-side with my dad.  Pretty much taking over more than half of his workshop!  These babies are quite large and bulky….part of the reason I love them so much.


We kind of made up our own design as we went long.  I’m going to give the “cliffs note” version of how this headboard set came to life.

We starting with the headboard~  Cut a sheet of MDF board the width of the mattress (the boys’ both have full size mattresses) and the length is determined by how high you want it to extend beyond the bed.  Because know one will see the board behind the bed our board starts at the bottom of the box spring.  On top of the MDF board lie 2 picture frames butted up together made from 1x4 select pine. 

The post were also made from MDF.  My father informed me that these post won’t split, twist, or shrink unlike that of a solid 4x4 post.  Sold! Say no more.  Attach the post to the picture frame MDF board.

To dress up the top, a 2x8 is cut to fit just beyond the post.  Crown molding was added to the under side of the 2x8.

Know repeat with a shorter version for the foot board.

There you go…… 3 months of work summed up in a few short paragraphs.

PB Hudson Bed knock-Off PB Inspired Head  board

Full size PB Inspired Bed

Bedding:  sheets are from Target, Quit and Pillow Sham’s are from The Land of Nod

Benjamin Moore Polo Blue Headboard

Benjamin Moore Paint (Polo Blue)

Much better than that country blue I had before!

PB Inspired Footboard

The foot board is just a mini version of the headboard with one adjustment,  the top board is a 2x10 instead of 2x8.  This allowed an over hang on each side of the foot board.  See in the photo below.

MDF Post

Oh, and don’t forget the side rails!  These are 2x10’s.  The original thinking was to have the box spring set entirely behind the 2x10 as well as about an inch of the mattress so that the mattress wouldn’t be able to slide around.   However, after looking at other bed sets and to get the necessary height, the box spring ended up setting about an inch above the 2x10.  (know you see why it took 3 months??????  We I kept changing the direction of design.  Yes my dad is a patient man.) 

To cover up the exposed box spring, I wrapped the box spring with the bed shirt material so that it covered without showing under the side rails.

Oh and another thing, there are cleats attached to the inside of the side rails, where slats run horizontally to hold the box spring and mattress in place.

Land of Nod Red & White comforter

I didn’t notice this stitching detail when I order the quilt and pillow shams!

PB Inspired

Well…. I have to say… it was worth 3 months!  I love how it turned out and I hope these photos will show how truly beautiful this bed set is.

My Final Cost: 

{drum roll please}


(this includes the wood, MDF, 2- Gorilla wood glue, primer, paint, rollers, and SC sales tax)

(had on hand ~ screws, nails, sand paper, metal brackets to attach side rails, and all tools needed)

Now just incase you haven’t been following…..

My father and I made 2 of these headboard sets!  I’ll be revealing my teenage son’s headboard along with his NEW room, SOON.


Click here to find out more information on the PB Inspired Beds





  1. Wow...just gorgeous! You should proud. How lucky you are to have a Daddy who can do such wonderful things!!

  2. That looks great! I wish I was that clever!

  3. I am so impressed with that bed! My son was born on President's Day, and we're patriotic anyway, so I plan on doing his room in red, white and blue. I love this room.

  4. WOW!!!

    I'm your newest follower.

  5. Oh wow! I can't even nail a frame into a wall straight! I'm soooo impressed!

  6. the whole room is just super cute...I LOVE LOVE LOVE the bedding!

  7. Wow, amazing bed! You are very lucky!

    visiting from "Transformation Thursday"!

  8. It looks awesome! I think I told you this once, but I love the bedding you chose, too.

  9. What a gorgeous bed! I saw this in the PB catalog & loved it, too. You & your dad did a wonderful job building the bed, & building memories, too. :-)

  10. The bed looks great! Do you know what color you used to paint it?

  11. Great job! The bedding choices are all nice. Followed your link over from Fab Friday. Drop by Atticmag and leave a comment for your chance to win Roxy bedding for Giveaway Friday.


  12. Unbelievable! I am in awe. What a great job you did. I like it better than the PB one. It looks so sturdy and has such a designer look to it. Very impressed. Saw this on somewhat simple link party

  13. It's Amazing!!! I have been to Ana's site! I might just try my own headboard making. Thanks for posting! -Amanda

  14. Thank you so much for sharing some love with me. I'll pass on all your wonderful comments to my father.

    Elisabeth~ I'm sorry I meant to incude the color and forgot. "Polo Blue" Mooregard by Benjamin Moore (I used the exterior paint because of it's durability and Low Lustre)

  15. Love love love it! I'm itching to build some of Ana's plans!

  16. WOW! I'm seriously yellin' for my Hubby to get in here and see this right now! 175 for PB furniture?! You have just inspired me beyond words! Good Job!!

  17. WOW WOW WOW!!! You did am AMAZING JOB!!! You should be so proud of your awesome bed! In putting you in the PoPP Spotlight tomorrow!

  18. WONDERFUL job! We are looking for ideas to build our own Kind sized bed and I'm a little scared about tackling this project. Question: does this bed break down for easy moving?? Or did you build it all as one piece? Thanks for sharing!

  19. New Follower! This is so Neat! I would never have the patience! lol check out My Blog at

  20. Simply fabulous! Love the blue the bedding looks amazing. You have done an incredible job! Hope you have a wonderful weekend. ~ Stephanie Lynn

  21. ummmm, WOW! I so want to make this for my son one day. And I LOVE the color you chose!


  22. That looks so good! I wanted that bedding for my middle son, but found a different set cheaper. Boy I wish I would have held out! It looks amazing! Great job! I can't wait to see the next one!

  23. Wow, that is so cool! Can't wait to see the other one too.

  24. Carrie - Simply Amazing! I'll be featuring this tomorrow - Stop by and grab a featured button if you like. Thanks for linking up to the Sunday Showcase. I greatly appreciate it. Hope you have a fabulous week. Stephanie Lynn

  25. This is amazing. I want to make one. I will do a feature on you. Don't forget to grab your featured button.

    Because you used Gorilla Glue, you can also enter our Gorilla Glue contest. Just click on Special Event Parties.

  26. this came out amazing. the price difference is shocking. for a little more than the shipping by PB - u made ur very own bed. amazing talent!

  27. FAN-tastic! I've been wanting to add a headboard to my son's room...this is so inspiring!

  28. This is AMAZING and so worth the effort!

  29. What a gorgeous bed and how special that you worked on it with your dad. Those will be heirlooms to pass down the family I'll bet! Great job.

  30. Awesome job...I have been to your site so many time I am now adding you my daily read :)

  31. Fantastic job!! It all looks wonderful! Love the colors~Great post! Coming over from Met. Monday- nice to meet you! :)

  32. I have to make one of these headboards. I wouldn't be able to fit the footboard too, but the headboard is just what I have been looking for. You guys did an amazing job. The room looks just perfect.
    I just had to become a follower after checking out your blog. Yeah!

  33. That is FANTASTIC!! My husband and I are "thrifty" and I keep telling him that I want a new bed set, he keeps telling me there's nothing wrong with the one we have, and I say "WE DON'T HAVE ONE!" LOL It's just on a cheap little metal under frame that some friends of ours gave us because we did have it sitting on the floor! I think that we could totally make this and I would be super duper happy! Now if you could only do an inexpensive nightstand idea! ;-)

  34. That's incredible! The finish work is beautiful. I want one for my room!

  35. This is unbelievable that you did this on that little $$$$$$$ Holy cow it looks better than PB..seriously it does! Love the finish too, and the Target bedding is so nice!

  36. Love the bed!

    Question: Are the 2x8s and 2x10s wood or mdf? And I'm assuming you made the detail on the headboard by attaching a wider strips of MDF?
    Sorry if you already answered this in the post and I just missed it btw!!

  37. Karrie~
    Everything is wood except the 4x4 post and the back board (the board that extends from the post to post). So to answer your question, yes the 2x8's, 2x10,s, and the 1x4,s are wood.

  38. Thanks for the info!
    I'm loving that bed. Showed the husband the pics and told him he'd have to build me a few beds after/if we ever move! :)

  39. It's beautiful. WOW! Great job! Can't beat that price and it looks just as good if not better than the PB bed!


  40. Looks great! And if it makes you feel any better about your total cost vs. the bed from Pottery Barn...that $125 shipping is the drop ship charge. That means it's an ADDITIONAL $125. The shipping is calculated based on the total cost. Since it's over a certain amount ($500 I think) the shipping is like 6% of the order and the drop ship charge is added on to that.

    I was also wondering where you found 4x4 MDF post? Or did you construct them yourself?


  41. That price is for both? Amazing! Is your Dad available for hire? LOL! The beds are amazing and that's so cool that you (and your dad) made them and saved so much money! Great job!

  42. Incredible! My 9 year old son is asking for a "big-boy room" (my words, not his - LOL) and this would be WONDERFUL! You and your dad do AWESOME work!

  43. I just stumbled across your site and seen the beds you made. I absolutely LOVE them. I know this post is a couple years old but I hope you get this message. Would you by any chance have the plans on here for these somewhere? I`m not very crafty and have never made anything like this. I think with a plan and specific measurements I may be able to do something like this. Thanks for any help you can give me. :)

  44. Bravo! Beautiful job! And I particularly like that you chose a dark blue. You and your dad did a superb job. I'm enjoying your site!

  45. Great post full of useful tips! My site is fairly new and I am also having a hard time getting my readers to leave comments. Analytics shows they are coming to the site but I have a feeling “nobody wants to be first”.


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