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Picture of Superking Oak, Walnut & Elm Bed

In this instructable I will show you how I made myself a new bed.

Before this build I had an old shop bought oak double bed frame with a well used mattress on that had seen better days.

As a result it was uncomfortable to sleep in and I wanted an upgrade, since I had room in my house for a bigger bed I decided to go all out and build a bed to hold a superking size mattress. Mainly superking so I might get some room as oppose to my girlfriend allowing me an inch on the side of the old bed.

With the size decided I set about designing the bed and deciding on materials.

Step 1: Tools & Materials

As this is a superking bed it is very large and as such I decided I wanted a chunky frame to support the weight and size. I decided on using oak railway sleepers to construct the main frame, with some kind of live edge headboard, which ultimately ended up being elm after spotting a piece long enough and nice enough in a timber yard.

Everything else I used in the build is as follows:


  1. Circular Saw
  2. Hand Saw
  3. Tenon Saw
  4. Hack Saw
  5. Table Saw
  6. Wood Chisels
  7. Digital Calipers
  8. Tape Measure
  9. Ruler, pens, pencils etc
  10. Belt Sander
  11. Orbital Sander
  12. Electric, Table Top & Hand Plane
  13. Planer Thicknesser
  14. Cordless & Electric Drill
  15. Impact Driver
  16. Socket Wrench
  17. Screwdrivers
  18. Pillar Drill
  19. Drill bits, Forstner, Hole Saws, Wood/Metal Bits
  20. Clamps
  21. Router
  22. Various Sanding Accessories


  1. x2 Oak Railway Sleepers 100 x 200 x 2400mm
  2. Live edge Elm Plank
  3. Walnut Lengths
  4. 40 x 40 x 2400mm Pine lengths
  5. OSB 11 x 1200 x 2400mm
  6. 38mm Oak Dowels
  7. 6mm Threaded Rod
  8. 6mm Threaded Wood Insert Nuts
  9. Wood Glue
  10. Danish Oil
  11. 8mm dowels
technovative3 months ago
Really well done. A nice looking piece of furniture, and an excellently presented article.
benjenky (author)  technovative3 months ago
Thanks very much
Looks nice and sturdy! I love the headboard :)
benjenky (author)  Penolopy Bulnick5 months ago
Thanks, took a while to find a nice piece long enough, but was worth the search