How to Make a Bed's Legs

Over time, your bed's legs can become damaged. When the legs break or crack on your bed, your first inclination might be to buy a new bed. However, even without carpentry skills, you can make new legs for your bed.

Lift your bed to new heights with new bed legs.

Step 1

Cut four 4-by-4-inch posts to the height you want the bed.  Use a circular saw or have them cut at the hardware store.

Most bed frames are 7 inches tall.  If you want the same height for your bed, use the same measurement.

If possible, choose posts made from the same wood as your bed frame. 

Step 2

Sand the cut edges of the posts using medium-grit sandpaper.  Use a tack cloth to wipe off the dust.

Step 3

Paint or stain the posts to match your existing bed frame.  Let them dry overnight.

If necessary, apply a second coat for full coverage.  An acrylic sealant can be applied to the finished product, if desired, to protect the legs from normal wear and tear.

Step 4

Turn the existing bed frame upside down.  Place one wooden leg against each of the inside corners of the bed frame.

Ensure the edges are flush. 

Step 5

Place one metal L-bracket on either exposed side of each leg.  Place one arm of the bracket against the leg and one arm against the bed frame.

Position it half way between the top and the bottom of the bed frame.  Screw a 2-inch screw into the leg and frame at each of the holes in the bracket.

Place a total of eight brackets on the four legs and frame. 

Step 6

Turn the bed frame over and place the box spring and mattress on top. 

Things You Will Need

  • 4-by-4-inch wood posts
  • Circular saw
  • Medium-grit sandpaper
  • Paintbrush
  • Paint
  • Wood stain (optional)
  • Acrylic sealant (optional)
  • 8 metal L-brackets
  • 2-inch screws


  • If you have woodworking skills, you can use a lathe to turn the legs or carve a design in the posts. Another option is to round the posts to remove the sharp angles.
  • Adjust the size of the legs if you need smaller or larger legs.
  • In the event that the bed frame has a cross bar at the corner of the bed, position the legs at all four corners, resting the end of the leg against the crossbar instead of the work surface. Secure the legs in place using metal L-brackets and additional 2-inch screws.
  • If the bed frame is thinner than 2-inches, use a shorter screw.

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