Build a Riva Queen Bed
DIY Plans to Build the Trendy Riva Bed Fit for a Queen!
In my quest to add more bed plans to the site, I stumbled upon the Riva Queen Bed. I like the look of this bed with the simple cutouts in the headboard and think it would be fabulous finished with a dark stain! The plans can also be scaled down for a full size or scaled up for a king size by altering the dimensions of the slats, footboard, and vertical headboard pieces.
- 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws
- 1-1/4″ screws
- 2-1/2″ screws
- Bed rail hardware (like these from Rockler!)
- Wood glue
- Sandpaper (100, 150, 220 grits)
- Finishing supplies (primer & paint, or stain, sealer)
- 2 – 1×2 at 8′
- 16 – 1×3 at 6′
- 1 – 1×3 at 8′
- 3 – 1×4 at 6′
- 3 – 1×8 at 8′
- 2 scraps of 2×2 measuring 8-3/4″ each
- 2 – 2×4 at 6′
- 1 sheet of 3/4″ plywood
- 2 – 2×4 at 15-1/2″ – Footboard Legs
- 1 – 1×8 at 55″ – Footboard Panel
- 3 – 1×4 at 55″ – Headboard
- 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 14″ x 55″ – Headboard Panel
- 3 – 1×8 at 5″ – Headboard
- 2 – 2×4 at 45″ – Headboard Legs
- 2 – 1×8 at 80-1/2″ – Side Rails
- 2 – 1×2 at 80-1/2″ – Slat Supports
- 16 – 1×3 at 60-1/2″ – Slats
- 1 – 1×3 at 77-1/2″ – Center Slat Support
- 2 – 2×2 at 8-3/4″ – Center Support Legs
Click on the drawings for a larger view!
Cut the pieces for the footboard. With the pocket hole jig set for 3/4″ material, drill pocket holes in each end of the footboard panel. Attach to the legs using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. The outside face of the panel will be flush with the outside face of the legs.
Cut the pieces for the headboard. Drill pocket holes in the pieces as shown, then assemble using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. Attach the headboard to the legs using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. The front face of the headboard will be flush with the front face of the legs.
Cut the pieces for the side rails and the side rail supports. Attach the supports to the rails using glue and countersunk 1-1/4″ screws.
Install the bed hardware according to the manufacturer’s installation instructions. I recommend this hardware because I’ve used it before – it is easy to install and sturdy! Attach the rails to the headboard and footboard.
Cut the pieces for the slats. Attach the slats to the slat supports using 1-1/4″ screws spacing them approximately 2-1/2″ apart. Do not use glue – the bed may have to be disassembled someday!
Cut the pieces for the center slat support and the legs. Attach the legs to the support, then secure using glue and 2-1/2″ screws through the support into the legs. Attach the center supports to the slats using 1-1/4″ screws through the slats into the support.
Finish as desired!
One of the first projects I ever built was a bed. It was so simple and I still love it! I hope you will use these Riva queen bed plans to construct a bed for yourself – and love it!