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DIY Pottery Barn Inspired Farmhouse Bed

It’s amazing what you can accomplish with a little lumber and elbow grease.


I know I’m not the only one who pours over the Pottery Barn catalog looking for inspiration. I think I own a handful of actual Pottery Barn creations – a throw, a hook thingie (technical term there) and I’m sure there must be something else. However, I can’t seem to pull the trigger on any of the big stuff though – the sofas, the tables, the beds.


That’s where I owe a debt of gratitude to Ana White for coming up with the plans to make this bed and giving my husband and me the confidence to tackle this project.

The real Pottery Barn Farmhouse Bed is currently $1299 plus a $150 delivery surcharge. Ouch! Our bed cost less than a couple of hundred bucks with materials from Home Depot.


Is our bed a little different from the actual Pottery Barn version? Yep. There’s a detail on the side rail that is different. We also used vertical boards instead of one flat board in the headboard and footboard, which I think, gives it a more farmhouse look.


Do you see the posts on the headboard (above) and footboard (below)? Yep, those aren’t one-board posts. My husband couldn’t find perfectly straight 4×4 boards at Home Depot, so he fused two 2x4s together to create the posts. When he was finished with the glueing and sanding, you couldn’t even tell. I love it when he gets crafty!


This bed is made of ALL REAL WOOD. Do you know what that means? The sucker is heavy. Like, make me wish I was a weight-lifter heavy. And we carried it up the stairs in pieces! Who knew a 2×10 board could weigh so much? It’s safe to say this bed is going to last a good, long time. It makes me feel a little mushy inside knowing that the bed is something we created that can be passed down for generations to come.


Ahem, too much mushiness, let’s change the subject…

I love the imperfections in the wood. My husband bought the cheap wood at Home Depot and just sanded the heck out of it. I know it takes a little more time, but it’s amazing what you can create out of wood that other folks overlook. Plus, we have a really good sander.


The best part is when guests come to stay at our house, they have a real bed to sleep on instead of that futon from college. Kidding, there wasn’t any futon. There was the floor.

We are already planning what our next building project should be and that makes me very happy!

P.S. Most of the bedding came from Target. I made the artwork. Pottery Barn, Ana White, Target, Home Depot and really anybody else on the planet have not heard of me, but if they want to give me a ring, I won’t play hard to get. Amazon has heard of me, but I’m not sure it matters.

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