Low Post Bed

4 post queen bed

A Classic 4 Poster Bed with a Contemporary Feel

Build a queen sized four poster bed. This design calls on colonial American four poster designs and adds a contemporary flair suited to the modern household. The traditional octagonal posts with lamb’s tongue carvings are shortened so as not to dominate a smaller bedroom yet still add a high quality, hand made feel.

Guest Bedroom suite

Chapter 1: Introduction

We look at the history of the form and discuss the different ways to build a bed from platform to traditional frame

bed model diagram

Chapter 2: The Design

I break down the design of the bed and discuss the changes to contemporize this form to match the modern bedroom.

Chapter 3: Posts

Octagonal tapers are created and punctuated with lamb's tongue carvings.

planing bed rails

Chapter 4: Rails

Long rails test our milling ability and a round over profiles is stuck into the the edges.

bed headboard

Chapter 5: Headboard

Milling skills are tested again with a 16" wide headboard that is then sawn to shape.  Finally the curves are refined and made ready for finish.

bed bolts

Chapter 6: Assembly

Bed bolts are installed with escutcheon plates and the entire bed is test assembled.

finishing the bed

Chapter 7: Finishing

I use a water based finish for this bed and apply it using a brushing technique.

As usual, we do it all by hand

No electrons were harmed during the building of this bed

  • Comprehensive Video Instruction (over 7 hours) in a easy to reference chaptered format.
  • Parts List
  • SketchUp Model
  • Process Document
  • Community Support
  • Quick Tip Video Archives
  • Sharpening Technique Archive

Included With Your Purchase

Low Post Bed Model Icon

SketchUp Model

Low Post Bed Process Document

Magazine Style Process Document

Low Post Bed Parts List Icon

Parts List